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Gounki


Gounki is a quick racing game with some unusual move mechanics.  The basic concept is simple - round pieces move diagonally forward, and square pieces move sideways or forward.  The twist is that pieces can be stacked (up to a height of 3) and the stacks acquire the movement capability of the components.  The goal is simply to get any piece to the opposite side of the board.

Read the official rules for details.

Robots: They seem pretty strong, if only because the lookahead is so strange to a human.

gounki board

Links
Gounki rankings at Boardspace
Gounki at BoardGameGeek
Gounki game archives at Boardspace
Gounki Official home page
Gounki win/loss database
Gounki Rules

The back story: 
Gounki's unusual name attracted my attention.  I think it means something suggestive of "capture the flag", in Japanese.  



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