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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Epaminondas (1975)

Epaminondas (1975)

Ratings

7.19266 out of 10 with 109 ratings
Board Game Rank: 4281
Abstract Game Rank: 141

Description

Epaminondas is one of Bob Abbott's masterpieces, sadly poorly known. It's a pure abstract 2 player game, white versus black, the board is somewhat similar to the one in Reversi or Othello.

Epaminondas is named after the Theban general who invented the phalanx formation he used to defeat the Spartans in 371 B.C. The term "phalanx" is used in the game to describe a connected group of two or more pieces in a straight line, either orthogonally or diagonally.

Epaminondas is played on a 14 x 12 checkered board with 28 black pieces and 28 white pieces. The objective is to move your pieces across the board onto your opponent's back rank, the row closest to him, by moving your phalanxes and capturing enemy pieces.

Re-implements:
Crossings that is on a 8x8 board.

  • Designer: Robert Abbott
  • Artist: Néstor Romeral Andrés
  • Publisher: Ariel, Bütehorn Spiele, Hexagames (I), nestorgames, Philmar, Robert Abbott
  • Year Published: 1975
  • Number of Players: 2 - 2
  • Suggested Number of Players: 2
  • Manufacturer Suggested Ages: 10
  • Playing Time: 60
  • Suggested Ages: 8
  • Language Dependence: No necessary in-game text
  • Honors: 1980 Spiel des Jahres Recommended
  • Subdomain: Abstract Games
  • Category: Abstract Strategy
  • Mechanic: Grid Movement
  • Family: Combinatorial, Country: Greece
  • Alternate Names: Epaminondas

Reviews

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Included in A Gamut of Games Interested in this or crossings (need an abstract game group probably) also online

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Rules read. Brilliant game mechanics and development. Needs more testing to be evaluated.

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11.01.01.02

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11.01.01.02

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Prototype

10 out of 10
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forgotten classic

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Need more tokens and a bigger board... =)

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2p abstract

6 out of 10
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precursor to Abalone?

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I have a couple of spare copies in good condition. I would trade for items on my want list.

6 out of 10
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I have a home-made set, and have played a computer version a few times.

7 out of 10
By
Similar to [gameid=8553], but heavier.

8 out of 10
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Feels similar to cannon.

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Ariel [10]

8 out of 10
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Wow - lots going on here, especially at the start :-) Does resemble phalanx movement (strong at front, weak at flanks), which is a neat bit of thematic integration (/pasting!). Can end very quickly...

8 out of 10
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A very tense abstract game where every mistake can be brutally punished. It can seem pretty unusual and surprising for a new player, with the phalanxes able to dart away over the board, but after a while one starts appreciating the depth and complexity. Very, very simple rules, as all the great abstracts are supposed to have. Highly recommended.

8 out of 10
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Played with a friend on a homemade board and pieces. Unusual feeling, but cool.

7 out of 10
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A great abstract game. Unfortunately, it is not widely known.

6 out of 10
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Part Abalone and part chess, based on a design in Gamut of Games from Sid Sackson. Can be hard to grasp at first, but easily understood after a few games.

3.5 out of 10
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Sounded interesting. Played the game. Wasn't interesting.

5 out of 10
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(Preliminary rating) Robert Abbott, the designer of this game, wrote an excellent essay in 1975 about "clarity" in games. It's titled "Under the Strategy Tree" and can be found here: http://www.logicmazes.com/games/tree.html

10 out of 10
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An excellent game!

7.5 out of 10
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Beautiful wooden board and great quality large plastic? bits. Tense. No room for a misstep. Every move after the first couple of turns is filled with angst.

8 out of 10
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Great game! I made my own.

7 out of 10
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One one the best abstract games

7 out of 10
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Classic abstract game for 2 players as they try to cross the board while preventing their opponent doing the same.

7 out of 10
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Solid abstract

6 out of 10
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I have a home-made version.

5 out of 10
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Epaminondas is an interesting type of crossing game with a cool movement mechanism and an awkward name. It's more lively that for instance Murus Gallicus or Breakthrough. One thing I'm not too fond of is how the sudden death victory condition creates locally tactical and anticlimactic situations at the end.

7 out of 10
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Manfarita

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classic SPJ collection

8.5 out of 10
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Great game. It has strategy in all the phases.

10 out of 10
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Perfection in simplicity ! A diamond abstract game from the past.

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2p PnP abstract

9 out of 10
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Incredible game that allows for a great deal of player creativity. May become a 10 with more plays!

7 out of 10
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Liked this quite a bit on the first go. Don't think I should rate it higher than Lines of Action off the bat, but I underestimated the awesomeness of the rule determining the end of the game, and need to examine this one further.

7 out of 10
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A breakthrough/race game with novel column movement/capture. Good.

8 out of 10
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A brilliant and now classic abstract game, with absolutely unique tactical arrangements. Beautiful to look at, especially the original wooden addition.

9 out of 10
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Happy publisher of this classic masterpiece.

6 out of 10
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Pretty nice. rating may go up as play more.

6 out of 10
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Wonderfully simple yet deep abstract. Excellently implemented at www.superdupergames.org. NestorGames version newly in print. It's a shame I'm quite so bad at this one . . .

10 out of 10
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After a couple of twitches on the already rather good fight/position game Crossings, Bob Abbott came out with this fierce abstract, faultlessly balancing clarity and economy of rules with both surprising depth and relentless aggressive play in a way that has very few matches (Fanorona comes to mind). The end condition works brilliantly.

6 out of 10
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Astratto molto duro che si gioca su una scacchiera in stile dama ma di forma rettangolare. L'obiettivo del gioco è raggiungere il bordo opposto di gioco prima dell'avversario e in caso di arrivo contemporaneo bisogna arrivare con più pedine. Il gioco è uno scontro tra falangi dove la falange più potente vince ed elimina le pedine avversarie. Gioco semplice nel regolamento ma molto profondo.

10 out of 10
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simply wonderful

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6/92,2/82,

6 out of 10
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Its OK, but compared with new 2-player-abstracts like the Gipf-Series it just doesnt offer that much anymore.

8 out of 10
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2 players. Abstract strategy. I play in my homemade version 12 x 10

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Make my own copy.

6 out of 10
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An abstract chess like game. While not as deep and complex and chess, it still enjoyable for its simple mechanics and rules.

7 out of 10
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Anyone know what happened to the designer, Robert Abbott? His website (http://logicmazes.com/) hasn't been updated in years.

8 out of 10
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Neat slightly older abstract strategy game. Enjoying it online at SDG.

7 out of 10
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An interesting abstract game. You have to count the stones carefully.

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Collega i lati opposti come crossway, ma scacchiera 12x14

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Homemade

6 out of 10
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Nicely designed abstract. It has a clever movement system. As the game progresses it is constantly infused with a sense of impending doom, but it is hard to get overly excited about it, as it can come down to a mathy result. Terrible name

6 out of 10
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Very interesting abstract game.

4 out of 10
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Probably a deep game with some interesting strategies, but to the beginner it is too long and repetative.

8 out of 10
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This one has potential. I need to try it a few more times, but it has a good straight ahead style with (I suspect) some hidden depth. UPDATE: After another play I'm left with very positive feelings. The game plays surprisingly quick, and in two stages. At first, players are maneuvering for position. But once someone makes the first capture, there is an explosion of action with surprise attacks often coming from the diagonal flanks.

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use go board

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12.99

9 out of 10
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Outstanding simplicity, excellent complexity.

8 out of 10
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This is a game you need to devote much time to to become good at I believe. A large board means your options are unlimited almost.

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new in torn shrink

7 out of 10
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Just started to play, looks VERY interesting...

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LUDOTECA

7 out of 10
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Plays on subset of DIY board. When I note I'd like this in trade, I mean a professionally produced set for the game as opposed to making due with other games' equipment.

7 out of 10
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2,85

5.5 out of 10
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A vicious, pure, simple abstract strategy game, in which every move has brutal implications. It strikes me as one which doesn't conceal much mystery, despite the very interesting "phalanx" movement mechanism. Also, though I like the elegance and fairness of the victory condition, in practice, it turns into attrition or surrender (or idiotic forgetfulness), neither of which is particularly pleasurable or painless for the loser.
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