Cultural Games

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I’d like to make some different games from different ages/civilizations

I’m just trying to build a list of different ones that would be fun to do.
I don’t care about complexity, I even put Shogi on the list!
I’m not a programming noob, I have a lot of prior experience with as3
-Mancala
-Senet
-Shogi

Help me expand my list?

 
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Xianqi/Changgi (Chinese/Korean Chess — slight differences between the two)
Shatranj (Arabian chess predecessor; however, it is probably too similar to traditional European chess to be very interesting to most, so I’d go with Tamerlane Chess, the larger version)
Chaturanga (Indian chess predecessor; again, for maximum variety, I’d go with the four-player version)
see Chess Variants (though there’s a lot of non-traditional stuff on there)
Tablut (Skandinavian strategic board game — doesn’t appear to be on Chess Variants pages)

You know that there are several different versions of Shogi? Tori-shogi (IIRC, the smallest of the variants) to Dai-shogi (the largest (Chess Variants page calls it Taikyoku Shogi) — any game that has room for a drunken elephant has got to be good, though, right?). :)

 
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Originally posted by dragon_of_celts:

Xianqi/Changgi (Chinese/Korean Chess — slight differences between the two)
Shatranj (Arabian chess predecessor; however, it is probably too similar to traditional European chess to be very interesting to most, so I’d go with Tamerlane Chess, the larger version)
Chaturanga (Indian chess predecessor; again, for maximum variety, I’d go with the four-player version)
see Chess Variants (though there’s a lot of non-traditional stuff on there)
Tablut (Skandinavian strategic board game — doesn’t appear to be on Chess Variants pages)

You know that there are several different versions of Shogi? Tori-shogi (IIRC, the smallest of the variants) to Dai-shogi (the largest (Chess Variants page calls it Taikyoku Shogi) — any game that has room for a drunken elephant has got to be good, though, right?). :)

Sweet! You either have a passion for chess varients, or you found a sweet cache of them friend. I didn’t know their was variants of Shogi actually.
It seems that will make it more interesting/challenging to make! And drunken elephants sounds like a sweet addition!

 
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Rithmomachy is one of the most known games that was the predecessor of chess. (Sometimes called rithmomachia)

 
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Shogi as it is normally played is actually “middle shogi”. I’m not sure much of anyone actually plays the others any more. I first played shogi around 15(?) years ago with a friend of mine (IIRC, we were at a Magic the Gathering competition). I don’t recall if we tried Xiangqi before or after (I found a Battle Chinese Chess programme which was nice), but personally I prefer Shogi (I’m not very good at either, though).

I recommend Steve Evan’s Shogi variants programme, which you can download here. I downloaded that many, many years ago; it is a fun and informative, easy-to-use programme. Several years later (but still many years ago), I got Zillions of Games (which you can find on the Chess Variants page I provided a link to above). Haven’t really toyed around with that too much (you can actually write scripts for your own games or variants for that programme).

Making a decent computer opponent for Shogi is, from what I understand, exceptionally difficult; I imagine Dai-shogi must be an absolute nightmare. Good luck to you.

Addition (@jasonjie88): I’d never heard of Rithmomachy before. I looked it up on Google. Seemed interesting at first, then more painful than fun. I guess you have to really like math…

 
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From France – Les Dames (aka French checkers)
From Japan – Go (the AI may be devilishly difficult to program)
From India – Pachisi (Parcheesi is the American adaptation of this game)

 
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Go because it is awesome.

 
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Go because it’s basically impossible to program a Go AI that can challenge high level players at this point, any additional effort in that direction is appreciated.

 
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Originally posted by dragon_of_celts:

Addition (@jasonjie88): I’d never heard of Rithmomachy before. I looked it up on Google. Seemed interesting at first, then more painful than fun. I guess you have to really like math…

That’s me all over. ;D