Named after the Shakespeare play due to its traditional black and white pieces Othello was invented in England in the late 1800's. Designed as a simplified version of Go, Othello (or Reversi) offers a fun challenge for all ages.
Initially the board is empty except for 4 pegs - 2 of each color- placed in the central square on opposing corners. On each turn a player places a peg of their color onto the board in such a way as to capture one or more of the opponent's pegs, if you can't capture a peg you must skip your turn. Pegs are captured when a peg placed on the board sandwiches one or more of your opponents pegs between two pegs of your own color. Pegs can be captured horizontally, vertically and diagonally.
The game is over when the board is full or neither player can move, the player with the most pegs of their color wins.
The board allows you to play another Game: Solitaire.
At the beginning of the game the peg in the center of the board is removed. Moves are made by jumping a peg over an adjacent peg, removing each peg as you pass over it. The aim of the game is to remove all the pegs until only one peg is left in the center of the board.
A strategy board game which can be played by two, three, four, or six people, playing individually or with partners. The game is a modern and simplified variation of the game Halma.( invented in Germany in 1892) The rules are simple, so even young children can play
First trademarked in 1974 but forms of the game have existed for much longer than that.
Called also Xiangqi, it is a two-player Chinese board game in the same family as Western chess, chaturanga, shogi and janggi. The present-day form of Xiangqi originated in China and is therefore commonly called Chinese chess in English. The first chacarter Xiàng here has the meaning "image" or "representational", hence Xiangqi can be literally translated as "representational chess". The game is sometimes called "elephant chess" after an alternative meaning of as "elephant".
Xiangqi has a long history. Though its precise origins have not yet been confirmed, the earliest literary reference comes from the 9th century.
Xiangqi is one of the most popular board games in the world. Distinctive features of Xiangqi include the unique movement of the pao ("cannon") piece, a rule prohibiting the generals (similar to chess kings) from facing each other directly, and the river and palace board features, which restrict the movement of some pieces.