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Gods on Pluto

This is a rules file for Zillions of Games, a Windows program that will let you play any puzzle or strategy board game you can feed it the rules to. With Zillions-of-Games installed, this rules file will let you play this game against your computer.

This game can be downloaded on 'Zillions of Games' website here:;id=1291

Gods on Pluto' plays with extremely weak pieces, no pawns, and drops (captured pieces are kept in-hand and may be placed back on the board).

Just over half of the pieces have no backward movement. Though there are pieces that can move backwards, the strongest piece is 'Ramshead-Soldier' (Tai Shogi), which moves like a Bishop, but only in the forward directions.

There are 3 'themes' played out on the 9x9 and 8x8 boards, described as follows.

* 'Flying Snow' - plays with pieces that cannot move backwards.

* 'War on Pluto' - plays with the 'strongest' pieces.

* 'In the Nursery' - plays with the weakest pieces.

Gods on Pluto has 2 zrf's, 1 each for the 9x9 and 8x8 games.

Mainline games are 'War on Pluto' and 'Flying Snow' on the 9x9 board.

That being said, it is unclear to me which is better, the 9x9 or 8x8.



Sceenshot of the 9x9 board.



Screenshot of the 8x8 board.



Piece Descriptions: In order of strength according to Zillions.

Ramshead-Soldier, Goose, IronGeneral, StoneGeneral and TileGeneral are from ancient Shogi variants.

Xiang and Mao are from Chinese Chess.

The others are pieces i have made up, or pieces that exist somewhere i have never seen :)

Ramshead-Soldier: slides diagonally forward any number of squares

IronGeneral: moves 1 square in the forward directions

TileGeneral: moves 1 square diagonally forward or directly backwards

SoldierHero: slides 1 or 2 squares diagonally forward

Goose: forward alfil, backward dabbaba

Mad-Dabbaba: forward dabbaba or slides 2 squares sideways

StoneGeneral : moves 1 square diagonally forward

Mad-Elephant: forward alfil

Mao: moves 1 square orthogonally + 1 square diagonally outward

DabbabaSlider: moves like a sliding dabbaba

Soldier: slides 2 diagonally forward or non-capture 1 diagonally back

Xiang: slides 2 squares diagonally

StoneDabbaba: slides like dabbaba but only forward or sideways

GooseSlider: forward alfil slide, backward dabbaba slide

StoneElephant: slides 2 squares diagonally forward


Usual rules, checkmate or reduce enemy to lone King

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By Christine Bagley-Jones.

Last revised by Christine Bagley-Jones.

Web page created: 2006-08-26. Web page last updated: 2006-08-26