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== Introduction ==
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The game is played on a 6x6 grid with 'terrain' pieces stacked three deep on every square.  Each player has six pieces: Two fish, two dragons and two samurai.  To win you have to take all of your opponents pieces.
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The game is played on a 6x6 grid with 'terrain' tiles stacked on every square.  The 'board' is the inside of the box that the game comes in.  Each player has six pieces: Two fish, two dragons and two samurai. Players take turns to play.  To win, you must capture all of your opponents pieces.
  
== Movement ==
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== Each turn: ==
There are two basic operations that a piece can do:
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Choose one of your pieces to play with.  There are two basic things that every piece can do:
# Dig : This means picking up a terrain piece from a square that is adjacent (horizontally, vertically or diagonally) to this piece and placing it back on a different adjacent square.  You may only place terrain onto squares that are occupied by another pieces - you may not remove terrain from squares that contain an enemy piece - although you may remove it from beneath friendly pieces.
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# Move : The basic move is ONE square horizontally, vertically or diagonally.  You may only climb up ONE vertical step as you move - but you may drop down as many vertical steps as needed.  If you are TWO steps higher then you can move on top of an enemy piece and capture it.  Otherwise, you can only move into vacant squares.
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The three types of game-piece can each make different moves:
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; Dig: Digging means picking up a terrain tile from any square that is adjacent to the piece you are playing (orthogonally or diagonally) and placing it back onto any unoccupied adjacent square.
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:* You may '''not''' place terrain onto squares that are occupied by another pieces.
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:* You may '''not''' remove terrain from squares that contain an enemy piece.
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:* It's OK to remove terrain from beneath friendly pieces.
  
=== The Samurai ===
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; Move : The basic move is one square (either orthogonally or diagonally).
The Samurai can either:
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:* You may not climb up more than one vertical step as you move.
# Dig, then move one square in any direction.
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:* You can drop down as many vertical steps as needed.
# Move one square in any direction, then dig.
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:* If you are at least TWO steps higher than an adjacent enemy piece then you can move onto that square and capture it.
=== The Fish ===
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:* Otherwise, you can only move into vacant squares
The Fish is like the Samurai - except that it has the special ability to move two squares when it moves diagonally. So it can either:
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# Dig, then move one square in any direction.
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# Move one square in any direction, then dig.
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# Dig, then move TWO squares - '''but only diagonally'''.
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# Move TWO squares, '''diagonally''' - then dig.
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=== The Dragon ===
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The Dragon is also like the Samurai - but has the option to exchange either the dig or the move for another operation.  So it can:
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# Dig, then move one square in any direction.
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# Move one square in any direction, then dig.
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# Exchange it's move for an extra dig: So dig twice - but not move.
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# Exchange it's dig for an extra move: So move twice - but not dig.
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# Exchange it's dig for an extra vertical step: So move one square in any direction climbing TWO steps up in height instead of the usual one - and not dig.
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=== Capturing ===
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A "'''''Basic Move'''''" is to either dig, then move...or...move, then dig.
You capture your opponents pieces by jumping down on them from TWO steps higher.
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=== Stalemate ===
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; The Samurai : Can only perform a basic move.
A stalemate draw happens when neither player wishes to move - or if you each simply undo the action of the other player three times in a row.
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; The Fish : Can either perform a basic move or instead:
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:* Dig, then move TWO squares - '''but only diagonally'''...or...
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:* Move TWO squares, '''diagonally''' - then dig.
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; The Dragon : Can either perform a basic move or instead:
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:* Dig twice - but not move.
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:* Move twice - but not dig.
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:* Move one square but go upwards by '''two''' vertical steps instead of one - and not dig.
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== Game Over ==
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You win if the other player has no pieces left or is unable to make a move.  A stalemate (draw) happens when neither player wishes to move - or if you each undo the other player's move three times in a row.
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== Ideas for additional rules ==
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# Each player gets to move TWO pieces on their turn.
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# Undermining is a third option where you may dig a tile from beneath an enemy piece and forgo your right to move on that turn (which prevents you from undermining a piece that's just one vertical step below you and then taking it.
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# Maybe make undermining '''''and''''' moving a special power of the samurai piece.  This makes it vastly stronger in combat because it only needs a 1 height step advantage to capture the enemy - which kinda fits the picture of a samurai and gives the samurai piece a super-power alongside the others.
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# When your piece is on the ocean (at the bottom of the box), you can move to any adjacent square regardless of the height jump.  This is a new way to defeat tall towers - but because moving down into a trench when next to a guy on a tall tower is suicidal - you can only usefully do this with Fish and Dragons that can move twice...although piece exchanges are now more likely.
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# Make terrain tiles with special powers.  Shuffle the tiles upside down so nobody knows what terrain is going to be revealed when they dig...this adds a huge element of chance - and adds a new memory mechanic where you need to remember where that all-important "lava" tile was buried.  Interesting possibilities for setting traps for opponents with bad memories!

Latest revision as of 10:10, 2 August 2013

The game is played on a 6x6 grid with 'terrain' tiles stacked on every square. The 'board' is the inside of the box that the game comes in. Each player has six pieces: Two fish, two dragons and two samurai. Players take turns to play. To win, you must capture all of your opponents pieces.

Each turn:

Choose one of your pieces to play with. There are two basic things that every piece can do:

Dig
Digging means picking up a terrain tile from any square that is adjacent to the piece you are playing (orthogonally or diagonally) and placing it back onto any unoccupied adjacent square.
  • You may not place terrain onto squares that are occupied by another pieces.
  • You may not remove terrain from squares that contain an enemy piece.
  • It's OK to remove terrain from beneath friendly pieces.
Move 
The basic move is one square (either orthogonally or diagonally).
  • You may not climb up more than one vertical step as you move.
  • You can drop down as many vertical steps as needed.
  • If you are at least TWO steps higher than an adjacent enemy piece then you can move onto that square and capture it.
  • Otherwise, you can only move into vacant squares

A "Basic Move" is to either dig, then move...or...move, then dig.

The Samurai 
Can only perform a basic move.
The Fish 
Can either perform a basic move or instead:
  • Dig, then move TWO squares - but only diagonally...or...
  • Move TWO squares, diagonally - then dig.
The Dragon 
Can either perform a basic move or instead:
  • Dig twice - but not move.
  • Move twice - but not dig.
  • Move one square but go upwards by two vertical steps instead of one - and not dig.

Game Over

You win if the other player has no pieces left or is unable to make a move. A stalemate (draw) happens when neither player wishes to move - or if you each undo the other player's move three times in a row.


Ideas for additional rules

  1. Each player gets to move TWO pieces on their turn.
  2. Undermining is a third option where you may dig a tile from beneath an enemy piece and forgo your right to move on that turn (which prevents you from undermining a piece that's just one vertical step below you and then taking it.
  3. Maybe make undermining and moving a special power of the samurai piece. This makes it vastly stronger in combat because it only needs a 1 height step advantage to capture the enemy - which kinda fits the picture of a samurai and gives the samurai piece a super-power alongside the others.
  4. When your piece is on the ocean (at the bottom of the box), you can move to any adjacent square regardless of the height jump. This is a new way to defeat tall towers - but because moving down into a trench when next to a guy on a tall tower is suicidal - you can only usefully do this with Fish and Dragons that can move twice...although piece exchanges are now more likely.
  5. Make terrain tiles with special powers. Shuffle the tiles upside down so nobody knows what terrain is going to be revealed when they dig...this adds a huge element of chance - and adds a new memory mechanic where you need to remember where that all-important "lava" tile was buried. Interesting possibilities for setting traps for opponents with bad memories!