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Rithmomachia Information. Information on Rithmomachia. (16x8, Cells: 128) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Dan Troyka wrote on 2002-10-07 UTC
<html> <body> <p>The images should be straightforward.  The board is 8x16 and consists of two stacked chess boards (dark square bottom left).  All but two of the piece images consist of a circle, triangle, or square with a number inscribed on it.  One side is Black and the other is White although the game manual is specific that any two contrasting colors is acceptable.   The one piece that might present a challenge is the Pyramid/King, which consists of a stack of several pieces.  It is necessary for both the total number (91 or 190) as well as each composite number to be visible.  </p> <p>To see the pieces follow this <a href='http://www.gamecabinet.com/rules/Rithmomachia.html'>link</a> to the Game Cabinet's description of the rules from a game manual published in 1556 by Claude de Boissière.  All the pieces listed on this page are used in the 1563 Lever and Fulke manual although they are arranged slightly differently.  Basically you can rely on the Boissière array except that in the 1563 version only four empty rows separate the player's forces, with two empty rows behind each player's pieces, and the first row of Rounds (i.e., Circles) is centered for each player. </p> <p>I can help out on this if you'd like.  I'm planning to make a Zillions board for recording games and will have to create some images for that purpose anyway.</p> </body> </html>