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David Short wrote on 2003-01-29 UTC
Thank you for your comments, Timothy. Woozans are essentially pawns which can not only move forwards and capture diagonally forwards, but also move backwards and capture diagonally backwards. <p>Woozans can make non-capturing moves diagonally forwards along the 'Z' squares on the opponent's sides of the board. Woozans of EITHER COLOR may make NON-CAPTURING diagonal moves EITHER FORWARDS OR BACKWARDS along the 'X' squares on both sides of the board. This last bit may not have been articulated by me properly in the rules, so anyone who attempts to write a ZRF for TRUBIX-43 needs to take this into account. <p>These special rules allow woozans to move from the outsides of the board back towards the center, and sometimes from the center towards the outside of the board. The 'X' squares along a player's own side of the board can also help a woozan make a two-step move. For instance, from a2 to b4. <p>On a board which is likely to get quite congested at times, the ability to move backwards will sometimes come in quite handy. <p>

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