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Arimaa

Period(s)

Modern

Categories

Board, Race, Reach.

Description

Invented in 2003 by Omar Syed, Arimaa was invented as a Chess variant to be difficult for computers to learn, but easy for humans.

Rules

Played on an 8x8 board with "trap" squares at C6, F6, C3 and F3. Each player has 16 pieces, in order from strongest to weakest: Elephant (1) Camel (1) Horse (2) Dog (2) Cat(2) Rabbit (8) Each player places their pieces in any configuration on their side of the board. Pieces can move one space orthogonally, except rabbits cannot move backward. The goal is for one of a player's rabbits to reach the opposing player's edge of the board. Players can capture an opponent's pieces by pulling or pushing them into one of the trap squares as long as there is no piece friendly to the piece being pulled or pushed adjacent to the trap square. Pieces can only push and pull adjacent opponent's pieces of a lower rank than the piece making the move. Pushing and pulling cannot happen simultaneously. Pieces can be frozen, or prevented from moving, when they are adjacent to an opposing stronger piece.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arimaa

Author

Omar Syed and Aamir Syed

Creation date

2003

Ludeme Description

Arimaa.lud

Leaderboard

Arimaa

Identifiers

DLP.Game.15

BGG.4616

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