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Michael Nelson wrote on 2003-02-28 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
What a fine game concept!  Some possiblitities:

1.  (For equal armies) Randomly choose colors for ranks 1-4 and make
corresponding squares opposite colors, thus if a1 is white, a8 is black.
The symmetrical board will not favor either side.

2.  (For different armies) All squares start out uncolored.  Black chooses
his army, then white chooses his army and makes the first choice of
squares. Players alternate choosing the color of any square on their half
of the board--the corresponding square becomes the opposite color as
above. The armies are then put on the board and play begins. The board
almost certainly will favor one side.

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