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Rimau-Rimau (One Tiger)

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Period(s)

Modern

Region(s)

Southeastern Asia

Categories

Board, Hunt.

Description

Rimau-Rimau is a hunt game played in the late nineteenth century in Singapore.

Rules

5x5 intersecting lines, with diagonals in each quadrant. Two triangles, the apexes of which intersect with the square at the midpoint of opposite sides. One line bisecting the base of the triangle, and another bisecting this line. One player plays as the tiger, which is placed on the apex of either triangle. The other player plays as 24 people, nine of which begin on the nine central points of the board. To begin, the person playing as the tiger removes three of the people from their starting position and places them on any points on the board. The person playing as the people then places one of the remaining people on an empty spot on the board. The tiger then moves to an empty adjacent spot along the lines of the board. Play continues like this until all of the people are placed, at which point the people move to an adjacent empty spot on the board as well. On its turn, the tiger may hop over a line of people to an empty spot on the other side of the line, following the lines of the board and only if the number of people in the line is odd. The tiger wins if it captures all the people; the people win when they block the tiger from being able to move.

Plitschke 1890: 190-191.

Origin

Singapore

Ludeme Description

Rimau-Rimau (One Tiger).lud

Reference

Murray 1951: 108.

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Sources

Murray, H.J.R. 1951. A History of Board-Games Other Than Chess. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Plitschke, K. 1890. "Kurze Mittheilung ueber zwei malayische Spiele." Internationales Archive für Ethnographie 3: 189-194.

Identifiers

DLP.Game.827

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