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Rimau-Rimau (Two Tigers)

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Period(s)

Modern

Region(s)

Southeastern Asia

Categories

Board, Hunt.

Description

Rimau-Rimau is a kind of hunt game played in Singapore during the nineteenth century. In this version, two tigers play against 23 people.

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 two tigers, the other as 23 people. One of the tigers begins on any spot on the board. Eight of the people begin on the spots surrounding the central point of the board. The tiger player, on their first turn, removes one of the people and then places the second tiger anywhere on the board. The people then play, placing one of the remaining people on an empty spot on the board. On the tiger's turn, the player may move one of the tigers to an empty adjacent spot along the lines of the board. The tiger may also capture a person by hopping over it to an empty adjacent spot immediately on the opposite side of it along the lines of the board. When all of the people are placed, they move to an empty adjacent spot along the lines of the board on their turn. The tigers win by capturing all the people; the people win by blocking both tigers from being able to move.

Plitschke 1890: 191-192.

These rules were taken from the Rimau-Rimau (Two Tigers) ruleset.

All Rulesets

Observed rulesets
Rimau-Rimau (Two Tigers) The tiger player chooses where the tigers start.
Tigers on Central Point Both tigers begin on the central point.

Origin

Singapore

Ludeme Description

Rimau-Rimau (Two Tigers).lud

Reference

Murray 1951: 109.

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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.828

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