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Ludus Latrunculorum (Latrunculi)
Ruleset: Bell 8x8

Game

See the game Ludus Latrunculorum for more details.

Summary

Played on an 8x8 board as suggested by R. C. Bell.

Description

This ruleset was suggested by R. C. Bell, a notable games researcher. It incorporates the use of the "dux" piece, the presence of which is inferred from the assumption that Ludus Latrunculorum is related to Hnefatafl and from ambiguous archaeological evidence.

Rules

8x8 board. Each player has 16 pieces and one "dux." Pieces are placed two at a time by alternate turns of play anywhere on this board. During this first phase no captures are made.
The dux piece is added last. Pieces move orthogonally one square at a time.
A piece is captured when the opponent brackets it orthogonally between two of the opponent's pieces, or between an opponent piece and a corner (but not side) square. The dux is captured like any other piece. A piece that makes a capture gains an immediate second move.
The dux can move like the rest of the pieces, or can jump over an enemy piece that is in an adjacent square. The jumped piece is not captured by the move. If a piece is moved voluntarily between two enemy pieces, it is not captured. A player who loses all their pieces loses the game. If no captures are made in thirty moves, the game is ended, and the player with more pieces on the board wins.

Concepts

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Reference

Bell 1979: 86.

Other Rulesets

Scholarly rulesets
Schädler 1994 Proposed by Ulrich Schädler in 1994.
Schädler 2001 Rules proposed by Ulrich Schädler in 2001.
Locus Ludi Seneca Proposed by the Locus Ludi Project.
Locus Ludi Piso Rules proposed by the Locus Ludi Project.

Suggested rulesets
Museum Quintana Suggested by the Museum Quintana.
Falkener Suggested by E. Falkener.
Kowalski 10x11 Played on a 10x11 board suggested by W. Kowalski.
Kowalski 8x12 Played on an 8x12 board suggested by W. Kowalski.
Bell 8x7 Played on an 8x7 board as suggested by R. C. Bell.
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6x7 (Seega Rules) 6x7 board with Seega rules.
6x7 (Kharebga Rules) 6x7 board with Kharebga rules.
6x8 (Seega Rules) 6x8 board with Seega rules.
6x8 (Kharebga Rules) 6x8 board with Kharebga rules.
7x8 (Seega Rules) 7x8 board with Seega rules.
7x8 (Kharebga Rules) 7x8 board with Kharebga rules.
8x8 (Seega Rules) 8x8 board with Seega rules.
8x8 (Kharebga Rules) 8x8 board with Kharebga rules.
8x9 (Seega Rules) 8x9 board with Seega rules.
8x9 (Kharebga Rules) 8x9 board with Kharebga rules.
10x10 (Seega Rules) 10x10 board with Seega rules.
10x10 (Kharebga Rules) 10x10 board with Kharebga rules.
11x16 (Seega Rules) 11x16 board with Seega rules.
11x16 (Kharebga Rules) 11x16 board with Kharebga rules.
9x10 (Seega Rules) 9x10 board with Seega rules.
9x10 (Kharebga Rules) 9x10 board with Kharebga rules.
11x12 (Seega Rules) Seega on an 11x12 board.
11x12 (Kharebga Rules) Kharebga rules on an 11x12 board.

Identifiers

DLP.GameRulesets.541

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