16 soldiers, Peralikatuma, Cows and leopards and Kotu ellima – cousins of Halatafl and Draughts

When i wrote about Halatafl I mentioned that in different countries and on different continents there are similar games (though played on different boards). It’s amazing how the same game concepts pop out in different cultures. Today I describe few games known in India that are clearly relatives of Halatafl, but also Alquerque (ancestor of draughts). Interestingly all of these games use the same board.

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Camelot – you can charge in this game

Recently I wrote that chess and checkers are two very different games without common roots. Despite this, there were people who tried to merge this games and results were fascinating. One of those people was George Swinnerton Parker (1866-1952), who created a fantastic game of Camelot. This game is not popular today. What a pity! For me it’s an underestimated jewel of board games.

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Diagonal draughts on larger board -international (Polish) draughts, soviet checkers, Canadian draughts, Frisian draughts, Ghanaian draughts, Malaysian draughts

On Bonaludo I already wrote about 8×8 draughts variants and about three games from orthogonal draughts family. Every time I mentione draughts is not one game. It is a group of games with some common features. So far I described here you only games played on a 64-square board, although with very different rules. Now it’s time to present games on larger boards with 80 fields (8×10), 100 fields (10×10) and even 144 fields (12×12).

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Ringo – playing round and round

I already complained that the majority of board games have non interesting boards. Typically those boards have straight lines or squares. Games with the circular boards (like spiders and flies) are less common, and there are not many games with boards designed on more complicated shapes (like vsadniki).

Today I want to showu you a strategy game that makes perfect use from a round board. It’s ringo

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Orthogonal draughts on 8×8 board – turkish draughts, croda and dameo

I have already described basic draughts variants and by the way I explained that draughts (checkers) is not one game. Draughts is a huge family of games, and all games in this group have some common rules.
In most draughts games pieces move diagonally, but there are also variations where pieces move in straight lines (orthogonally). Today I would like to show you three variants of orthogonal draughts – turkish draughts, croda and dameo.

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Fortresslike games – more halatafl variants

In previous posts I described halatafl game and its variants such as freys-tafl. Generally, these are “fox games”, where one player plays with the “fox”, and second player plays with “geese”. Aim of the game is different for each player.

In some variants of halatafl there is only one “fox”, and the aim of the game is to kill the geese (for fox) or to block fox (for geese). Today I want to show you three slightly different variants in which there are two foxes, and players fight for a territory.

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