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Csaba Kota
Hungary
Budapest
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10
Nov 2007*
One of my favourite two-player abstracts. It is actually similar, at least in game-play to draughts/checkers. Similar, because here you also have playing pieces that are the same, and can move one step/area in a move. and capturing the opponents playing pieces is mandatory, though chain-capture, eg. capturing more opponents pieces through series of movements is not mandatory. The winner is the one, who manages to capture all of the opponents pieces, or succeeds in blocking the remaining opponents pieces, so they cant move. Otherwise they can agree in a tie.
2014-01-11
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Ralf Gering
Germany
Germany
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9
Dec 2005*
The National game of Madagaskar.
2005-12-13*
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Michael Knauer
United States
Norristown
Pennsylvania
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9
Oct 2006*
SCA - Excellent 2 player game, although a bit post-period. Unique capture method and tricky to master.
2006-10-08*
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Antonio RM
Germany
Berlin
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9
Sep 2010
The Madagascar national game, Fanorona, is an apparent descendant of Alquerque since it is played on a much bigger board but with the same kind of connections, and it shares its goal (namely stripping the opponent off their pieces). However, while Alquerque is quite predictable because of its symmetry and modest size, Fanorona is pure dynamite at first and pure finesse in the end. This is achieved with two highly original rules for taking enemy pieces: a group of consecutive enemy stones can be removed both by moving a piece towards an enemy piece (or a group) or by moving away from it. Plus, after one piece has a group of enemy pieces removed it can move again provided it removes another enemy piece or group and doesn't go back to a square just occupied.
2010-05-22
Blue Mountain
Australia
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Aug 2011
Very enjoyable abstract. While I am only starting to get used to the endgame tactics ... it's working out the moves to make to get me to the end game with the least amount of damage that is sending me bonkers. The more i play the more i realise this game has greater depth than initially appears to be the case.
2010-10-25
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Flip the Switch

Minnesota
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9
Sep 2013
Great game. It is a fairly quick play as well. I really like how the strategy changes throughout the game too. Much more to this game than people might think at first.
2013-09-24
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Rich Gowell
United States
Michigan
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8.2
Nov 2011
More to this game than people think. Different stages requiring different tactics. Good stuff.
2011-11-11
Alan Schoppet
United States
Gridley
Illinois
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8
Apr 2004*
This game has a unique capturing system that I love. The game starts at a fast pace, then slows to a good "position" type of game.
2004-04-16*
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Jean Fischer
United Kingdom
London
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8
Feb 2005*
Although played on alquerque-style board the way of capturing pieces is unique: if a move ends on a point and the following point or points in an unbroken sequence along the line of movement are occupied by the opponents pieces then they are captured. The same goes for moving away from an opponents piece or pieces. You continue moving the same piece for as long as it can capture pieces. In other words, capture is made by approach or withdrawal. Strategy is paramount: you need to both capture pieces but also think of positioning yourself so as not be vulnerable to the opponent's next move. 30 seconds learn but a difficult game to master.
2005-02-27*
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Damian Walker
United Kingdom
Hull
East Yorkshire
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8
Oct 2011
This is quite a unique game, despite its resemblance to alquerque. I'd like to see if the second game played under the vela rules is really quite as unbalanced as it appears.
2006-09-16*
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Toph
France
Pau
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8
Apr 2008*
I have surely not played enough to discover all the richness of the game. But Kris Burn's games are surely inspired by this one.
2008-04-26*
Jonathan Kandell
United States
Tucson
Arizona
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8
Dec 2009*
Hidden gem medieval abstract from Isle of Madagascar. The dense board (only one open space at start) and unique mechanic (you capture by either moving toward or withdrawing from a line of enemy pieces) makes the strategy and tactics perplexing. Fewer pieces isn't always an advantage, strength is not gained by numbers. I find the game play soothing. Death by confinement or withdrawal is metaphorical for life, and very ying/yang. The quick playing time, primal metaphorical nature, and the claustrophobic board reminds me of the Gipf series. Surprisingly modern for a game invented in 1680.
2010-02-28
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Dario Delfino
Italy
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8
Feb 2010
Interisting abstract game.
2010-02-07
Brett Christensen
United States
Dickinson
North Dakota
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8
Aug 2013
Awesome capture rules. Fun game. I have ios version.
2014-02-14
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Bennett Gardiner
Australia
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7.8
Oct 2012
The traditional game of Madagascar, a capturing game with a unique board and mechanism. Lines of pieces are captured either by approach or retreat. An initial phase of bloody massacre is followed by a careful battle of pins and attrition. Pretty susceptible to draws.
2013-04-07
Johannes Wentu
Italy
Parma
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7.5
Dec 2009*
fast, wild, simple, surprising moves.
only negative thing i can see now, towards the end the weakest just suffer a slow death without chances to recover
2009-12-13
Behrooz Shahriari
United Kingdom
London
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7.1
Sep 2009*
Seems an interesting game and I like the speed of it.

However, I'm a bit put off by the feeling that I would need to memorise moves (rather than plan ahead further or better understand the implications of rules) in order to win consistently.

Maybe I'm wrong, though...
2009-09-01
richard glanzer
United States
forest hills
NY
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7
Sep 2013
wooden board with drawers for pieces
2015-03-05
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ronaldinho @boardspace.net
Taiwan
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7
Jan 2009*
Good tactical game.
2008-04-21*
United States
Saint Joseph
Michigan
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7
Nov 2008*
Seems interesting, not sure about the long endgame.
2008-09-28*
Benedikt Rosenau
Germany
Göttingen
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7
Oct 2008*
Murray rated it as one of the three great games. The others were Chess and Go. Fanorona redefined mind boggling for me. It is difficult to find strong players, though.
2008-10-06*
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Björn Hansson
Sweden
Bromma
Stockholm
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7
Aug 2014
Cute and tricky little abstract. Rating may increase with more play (as with all abstracts).
2008-11-23*
s nowak
Canada
brampton
ontario
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7
Jan 2011
So far only played the computer on boardspace. It is hard to see the board when you first start out. You need to make strong defensive moves too, otherwise you kill a few men of the opponent but end up losing too many yourself on the subsequent response.

May 18 - had my closest game against the bot, lost by 2. This is a good brain burner game.
2010-05-18
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Pablo Schulman
Brazil
Belo Horizonte
Minas Gerais
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7
Apr 2013
Homemade
2015-05-19
Games Unlimited
United States
Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
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7
Jun 2013
Very intriguing variant/precursor to checkers. The decisions are quite varied and the game is never really over despite how outnumbered one player may get.
2013-06-25
Crazy Adam
Canada
Toronto
Ontario
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7
Feb 2015
For an alquerque variant that is several hundred years old, I'm surprised that I enjoyed this one as much as I did. It just has something very... modern... about it. The way you can remove a player's pieces by moving forward or backward; the additional movement rules for capturing, etc., makes it feel ahead of its time. I'd almost give it a '6' just for being a routine, low-choice abstract, but its peculiarities raise it above the bar. Not a game for all the time, but fanorona deserves to be known by more people, that's for certain!
2015-02-06
Pedro Vaquero
Spain
Pinto (Madrid)
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6.9
Aug 2010
Con su Tablero se puede jugar a varios juegos: Alquerque, Bagh Guti, Bagh Chal...
2010-08-13
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Raul Catalano
Italy
Pordenone
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6.5
Sep 2006*
I proudly own one original wooden board from Madagascar - a really curious and complex game
2011-08-15
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Alexander E. Stevens
United States
Harrisburg
Pennsylvania
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6.5
Mar 2012
Fanorona is perhaps as close as any abstract can get to a plain old savage massacre.

Diminished previous rating in light of research finding forced strategies, but I think they overall mechanism of this game could still be put to interesting ends.
2012-03-19
Bill Herbst
United States
Sayville
New York
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6.5
Jul 2008*
Clever tactical abstract game. This is the sort of game that would require regular play against a partner to do more than scratch the surface of its depth. I have only played this on boardspace.net although I would like to try it on a real board.
2008-07-02*
Clark D. Rodeffer
United States
Ann Arbor
Michigan
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6
Aug 2008*
Excellent two-player abstract with unique approach or withdrawal capture mechanism. The national game of Madagascar.
2005-09-23*
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Tim Taylor
United States
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6
May 2006*
love the high mortality rate.
2006-05-04*
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Ryan Hackel
United States
Falls Church
Virginia
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6
Jul 2007*
Starts out very tactical, and becomes more strategic as it approaches the endgame.
2007-07-27*
Bianca G
Germany
Frankfurt
Hessen
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6
Nov 2007*
My first print and play.
2009-10-30
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Mauricio Arruga
Brazil
SAO PAULO
SP
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Apr 2008*

I don't rate higher because I can't find people to play. I really like this amazing game
2008-04-24*
James Fehr
Canada
Edmonton
Alberta
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Jul 2008*
The official game of Madagascar. A fairly quick abstract game about capturing sets of pieces by moving towards or away from them.
2010-05-16
Rob McMonigal
United States
Pgh
Pennsylvania
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6
Jul 2008*
I want to play more of this one, it seems like a fun abstract game. End game seems to have a lot going on that needs explored further.
2008-07-31*
Jhonna Niver
United States
Houston
Texas
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Jun 2010
Given to Dwight and Gabriel

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2010-06-06
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Tim Koppang
United States
Westmont
Illinois
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6
Apr 2015
Solid game of material capture with interesting opportunities for multiple captures. It's growing on me even though I once found it very boring.
2015-04-05
Robert Seater
United States
Ashland
Massachusetts
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6
Jun 2012
a surprisingly good abstract. very bloody!
2012-07-17
John Mendonopoulos
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Oct 2013
Strange and interesting game with original capture mechanism. It looks easy but it takes time to see some depth and play accordingly.
2013-10-09
Rich P
United Kingdom
Sheffield
United Kingdom
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6
Dec 2013
Plays a bit like Draughts but with a manic start. The board begins full of pieces but they're quickly removed as whenever you capture a piece, you also capture the whole line of pieces behind it and you must keep on capturing with the piece you moved until it can capture no more. This just obliterates the board in the first few turns. I'm sure there's skill to what goes on at the start of the game, but it'll take many plays to work out. The endgame is more traditional abstract fare: slower and more calculating.
2013-12-14
Robert Carroll
United States
Lawrence
Kansas
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5.5
Aug 2005*
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2005-08-18*
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Moshe Callen
Israel
Jerusalem
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5.5
Aug 2013
not bad but not great
2013-08-18
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Łukasz Hapka
Poland
Lublin
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5.5
Feb 2010
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Daniel B
Canada
Vancouver
British Columbia
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Sep 2014
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2014-09-04
Rus
United States
Mountain View
California
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5.2
Apr 2009*
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2009-03-24
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Houserule Jay
Canada
Mississauga
Ontario
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5
Dec 2012
Neat little ancient ancient abstract

First move or two is predictable, then there are a good number of nice moves where multiple kills are possible in a single turn, you need to be very careful here as you can open yourself up to multiple kills by one innocent looking move! The end game comes down to 4 or 5 stones if its close and just a tactical manoeuvre game (actual the whole game is mostly tactical with very little look ahead or setup).

After several plays it feels like it should be slightly solvable. The endgame looks like it should come down to a stalemate when only a few pieces are left however I have not seen this and I have won by having only one piece against 7 when all looked lost, one series of domino effect moves killed all the opponents pieces!

Kris Burm’s games are superior but this is pretty cool regardless
2008-07-13*
Dvonn Yinsh
Canada
Toronto
Ontario
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5
Jan 2011
Many more dynamic abstracts out there.

The beginning of the game has a lot of pieces being removed. Then the game gets stuck moving 1 space at a time. Then the game goes stale.

2011-01-07
Mike Fogus
United States
Burke
Virginia
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5
Nov 2014
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The capture mechanic is worth exploring by its own right.
2015-02-10

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