The game is played on an 8 × 16 board. Each player starts with either 24 black or white pieces: 8 circles, 8 triangles, 7 squares, and 1 pseudopyramid. Each of these has a number, which is how many places it can move. A square can move 4 spaces, a triangle 3, a circle 1, and the pyramid as many spaces as the player chooses. Opponent pieces can be captured in a variety of ways: siege capture (surrounding the opponent piece on all four sides; meeting capture (attacking a piece with the same type of piece); assault capture (achieved if the piece's number times the number of spaces it moved lands it next to an opposing piece that equals the product); ambuscade (achieved if two pieces of a player that are on either sides of a piece sum to equal the opponent's piece). There are also a number of different ways to win, including: de corpore (players agree on a number of pieces to be captured); de bonis (players agree on a number value target); de lite (the winner is determined by the sum of the pieces as well as the number of digits on all those pieces); victoria magna (if there is a common difference between the pieces a player has captured, or the squares of three consecutive integers are captured; or there is a difference of 2, 4, and 6 in even pieces, or 3, 5, and 7 in odd pieces.
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