Unusual victory or capture mechanisms in Abstract Strategy games.
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What are some perfect information games that involve unusual ways to win the game or to capture your opponent's pieces?

For captures, I'm looking for mechanisms other than "jump over a piece" as in checkers or "move to an opponent square to kill" as in chess. We could also skip the "no liberties" capture as in Go.
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1. Board Game: GIPF [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:719] [Average Rating:7.13 Unranked]
Matt Hulgan
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For me GIPF has one of the strangest mechanisms for eliminating opponent pieces. You make a line of 4 of your own pieces which will be removed and placed in your reserve. Any enemy pieces that are an extension of that line are removed from the game.
 
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2. Board Game: Arimaa [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:1861]
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Weaker enemy pieces are eliminated but pushing/pulling them into trap squares. They only fall in the trap and die if there are no adjacent ally pieces.
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3. Board Game: DVONN [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:347] [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked]
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It's no big deal jumping on top of an opponent's piece but moving a DVONN piece such that an entire group of pieces is swept from the board is really cool.
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4. Board Game: Focus [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:2697]
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Pieces are removed when they are crushed under 5 or more other pieces. If it's yours you can hang on to it. If it's someone else's then it's out of the game.
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5. Board Game: Cannon [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:4702]
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You align your pawns in such a way that you can shoot and eliminate an opponent 2 or 3 spaces away.

The cool thing is that if the opponent is just one spot away they plug the cannon's barrel.
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6. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:416] [Average Rating:7.09 Unranked]
 
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En passant.

Weird.







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7. Board Game: Hnefatafl [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:2358]
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Custodial Capture. A piece is captured if it's "sandwiched" between 2 enemy pieces, or an enemy piece and the side of the board (or special corner squares, or central king's square). The interesting "HiQue" also uses this method.
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8. Board Game: Terrace [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:3524]
Michael Kandrac
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Capturing an opponent's piece from a higher level diagonally located on a lower level?

That's unusual.

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9. Board Game: Boundary [Average Rating:5.62 Unranked]
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Doesn't seem to be a photo showing an example of capture, but in boundary, if you stretch the string around your opponent, his piece is removed. Note: this then changes the string's tension dramatically, effectively redrawing the boundary. Your pieces never cross this, but change the boundary with movement. The object is either to eliminate all your opponent's pieces or move the boundary to the side opposite you.
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10. Board Game: Lazo [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked]
David Bush
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Gridwar is an abstract wargame where the higher ground is actually higher. Capturing is by replacement, but may be performed only from above. A capturing piece may perform a cascade sequence of captures in a single move, if they are all downhill. Here the white commander (with the blue token on top) can climb up this hill of pieces and capture six black tiles in one move. http://www.geocities.com/twixtplayer/GW1.html

The object in Lazo is defined topologically. You win by forming a loop, either of your own tiles OR your own tiles and the board surface. A loop must have a hole completely through it which does not consist of any of your tiles. In the diagram below, white has formed a winning loop. http://www.geocities.com/twixtplayer/Lazo1.html

 
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11. Board Game: Fanorona [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:5386]
Richard Irving
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Fanarona from Madagascar uses capture by approach or withdrawal:
- Approach is when a single piece moves towards a line of opposing pieces, the entire line of pieces is removed.


+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
| | | | | | | | |
+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ If O removes to the right,
| | | | | | | | | he captures the five @'s by approach.
+-+-O-+-@-@-@-@-@
| | | | | | | | |
+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
| | | | | | | | |
+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+


- Wiithdrawal is a single moves away from a line of opposing pieces, captures the entire line.


+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
| | | | | | | | |
+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ If O moves diagonally left/up,
| | | | | | | | | he captures the two @'s.
+-+-+-+-O-+-+-+-+
| | | | | | | | |
+-+-+-+-+-@-+-+-+
| | | | | | | | |
+-+-+-+-+-+-@-+-+




What really makes this game great is that a single piece can continue making withdrawal or approach captures long as it is moved along a different line on the board:

+-+-@-+-+-+-+-+-+
| | | | | | | | |
+-+-+-+-@-@-@-@-@ If O capture every @ piece on the board.
| | | | | | | | | Right, Up, Diagonally down/left, Up, Right
+-+-O-+-@-@-@-@-@
| | | | | | | | |
+-@-+-@-+-+-+-+-+
| | | | | | | | |
@-+-+-@-+-+-+-+-+




Note: These boards do not have diagonal lines because of glitch-- /'s diappeared. It should be noted that real Fanorona boards allow only certain diagonals to be moved upon.
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12. Board Game: Rithmomachy [Average Rating:5.48 Unranked]
Raul Catalano
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No game has more weird and difficult capture and victory mechanisms than Rithmomachia (AKA the "Battle of numbers", or "the Philosophers' Game") !

Captures follow positional AND numerical rules, and to win you must arrange your numbered pieces to form one or more mathematical proportions (arithmetical, geometrical or musical)! zombie

If you want to know more, see http://jducoeur.org/game-hist/mebben.ryth.html
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13. Board Game: Surakarta [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:10203]
 
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Use the grid to move pieces, but if you are capturing, and only if you are capturing, use the loops.
 
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14. Board Game: Strata 5 [Average Rating:5.82 Overall Rank:10417]
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A wide variety of ways to capture or trap pieces: piece landing on another; burying piece under a block; "overhanging" a piece from above; "trapping" in a pit by surrounding it with high blocks.
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15. Board Game: Khet: The Laser Game [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1475]
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In the wonderful game, Bonaparte at Marengo, this is how to get nasty Frenchies out of a village.
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Shoot it with a laser!
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