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Abdul-Rahman Sibahi wrote on Thu, May 31, 2007 11:09 PM UTC:
Thanks for the comments.

Charles, I think the Circular Alibaba is in fact one of the major themes of the game.  Even though it's awfully colour-bound, it's quite mobile. To resolve the issue of the whole board, I though about allowing the player to make one Knight move with either Circular Alibaba, but placing four Alibabas in the setup feels more natural.

Also, the Diamond (Ferzaba) is not as symmetrical as the other pieces.


David, yes, you're right about the Circular King, it moves exactly like the Rhinoceros. The Circular Alibaba moves in a similar manner to the Circular King, but making Dabbabah and Alfil moves instead of Ferz and Wazir moves.

In fact, the Circular Alibaba at a1 CAN reach c1. So it's the case with the other squares you mentioned.

I have to mention that my definition (or rather, my understanding,) of the Halfling Circular Rider is different from a Halfling Linear Rider. The Halfling Linear moves half the squares up to the EDGE of the board. The Halfling Circular, in theory, reaches the same squares the Normal Circular does. However, while the Normal Circular has TWO paths to any cell in a certain circle, the Halfling has one (the one with the shortest steps.)

To explain better, the Rose can go from 6 o'clock to 4 o'clock by two paths: through 5 o'clock or 7 o'clock. The Halfling Rose only has the
5 o'clock route. However, it still reaches 12 o'clock by two paths.

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