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Komikan is first mentioned in a text by J. I. Molina in 1787, describing it as a game of chess. Subsequent authors have doubted the identification fo this game as chess, and have largely agreed that it is indeed a hunt game popular among the Araucanians from the nineteenth century, also known as "leoncito." It is a hunt game, played on an alquerque-type board with a triangular appendage. DePaulis 1998: 44-45


One player has 12 "dogs," the other one "lion." The dogs may move one space forward, the lion may move one space in any direction, and may also jump a dog to capture it. The lion may make multiple jumps in one turn. The goal of the dogs is to block the lion from moving; the lion's goal is to capture all the dogs.


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