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Subject: Opening alignment rss

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Calvin Daniels
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With the ability to establish whatever alignment off pieces you want to start, are there any suggestions of a good lay out for beginners?
 
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Barry Goldstein
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One of the interesting aspects of this game is that the setup is fluid...
Here you will find some discussion on the arimaa site about set up.


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http://arimaa.com/arimaa/forum/cgi/YaBB.cgi?board=talk;action=display;num=1106048769;start=10#10
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The standard "vanilla" opening that seems safe and flexible was popularized by Toby Hudson. It has six rabbits in back row spaces except the two central ones, and two forward rabbits on the second rank. The elephant and camel go front and center for flexibility, with horses set up flanking the traps where they can take a corner defensive position in a single step forward. Cats go behind the traps, and dogs in the center of the back row.

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The above setup is the one I would recommend for beginners, because it is an average position which you can customize when you see a need. The most important structural variation is the number of rabbits set up forward. Omar Syed, the inventor, prefers all rabbits back...

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...whereas I prefer four rabbits forward:

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Also some people such as Naveed Siddiqui like to decentralize the camel...

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...while Kazushige Ito prefers to decentralize _both_ the camel and the elephant:

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The game is still quite new, and we are barely scratching the surface, but these are some patterns that various individuals have had success with.
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