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4.0 out of 5 stars Arimaa: abstracts reborn, April 9, 2012
This review is from: Arimaa (Toy)
Arimaa is an abstract strategy game for two players. It is mostly intuitive and simple to learn. While it has some similarity to Chess and the Chinese classic Dou Shou Qi, it is vastly different and superior to both. It is not "chess reborn", but rather abstract strategy games reborn! Whereas most abstracts created in the last 50 years are overwhelmingly tactical games which either lack clarity,depth or strategic wealth; Arimaa has a great deal of each. A slightly opaque game unfolds over time to reveal one of the most enjoyable games I have played. I have over 50 abstracts in my collection and Arimaa comes only second to Go. The book on the game is also a valuable addition. It is not a "how to" book that lays out opening theory. It is more of a passionate account of the author's engagement with both the game and the gaming community and the isights learned along the way. It also gives great insight into what might be great about this game - why it might stand the test of time where others like Camelot, for example, have not. It will expand your appreciation of Arimaa and improve your gaming experience; not by teaching you have to rote-learn moves, but rather how to appreciated the wealth of strategic and tactical possibilites of the game. I highly recommend buying both.
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