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Here's a video of a nicely commented Arimaa correspondence game. This video provides some good ideas about Arimaa strategy and tactics, and gives an indication of just how complex the game is. Commentary is by Karl Fritz Juhnke (Fritzlein), two-time former Arimaa World Champion.
Regarding Corsari, I think I just picked it up from a toy store at Granville Island, and I'd seen it a few times prior (maybe the same set, at the same place - not sure). Thanks for the tip, though. If I see it again, I might just buy a back-up set, as the card stock is only okay, and I think this game's a keeper.
Yeah, somebody was telling me there was a good game store on Granville Island...maybe it was you !
And, yeah, the cardstock in Corsari is super-thin...it makes it easy to shuffle though.
The last time I was in Vancouver, I was looking for Omega Chess. But I couldn't find it.
Thanks, I'll keep an eye out for Jack the Ripper, for sure. Trick-taking games I tend to find less compelling (because I'm terrible at them).
I held this game in my hands this past weekend at an excellent game store in Kits. It looks intriguing indeed, but I fear that the introduction of another "chess-like" game into my life would result in my being committed to an institution (or at least fired or something). (I did pick up a copy of Blokus, as I figured that would be a straightforward luck-free game to play with my kid.)
Anyway, I'm having enough issues with RPG nostalgia, curiousity about new options in that category, and a sudden obsession with specialty card games. We've been playing a rummy variant called "Corsari" and really enjoying it, and I also picked up a card-based RPG-style dungeon-crawl parody called "Munchkin." Haven't given that one a try yet, but it looks like a lot of laughs.
I know what you are saying...I mess around with turn-based online shogi and other types of chess...but any kind of devotion to them has to wait for another incarnation (or perhaps I am currently devoted to them in a parallel universe). In any case, I've decided international chess is enough for at least this lifetime.
And, by chance, I'm actually familiar with Blokus and Corsari. I'm surprised you found a copy of Corsari...it's several years old, and I doubt if it has been reprinted. As you know, it is a gin rummy variant with some unique twists. In fact, now that you've mentioned it, I think I may try it again...it's been years. If your interest in specialty card games continues, you might also try Jack the Ripper (a very interesting rummy variant), and Mu (a complex German trick-taking game). Both may be hard to find however, except on the Internet.
If you just want to give Arimaa a spin you can play it against various bots over at the official website. Just sign in as a guest: arimaa.com
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