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Trench is a capturing game with mechanics inspired by trench warfare during world war one.    The two sides are divided by a shared "trench" along the diagonal, and there are interesting, asymetric rules for attacking to, from and within the trench.  As is appropriate to the theme, it's a war of attrition; the goal is to decimate your opponent rather than an elegant checkmate as in chess.

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Robots:  Officially described as "challenging".  Lower ranked bots just count the wood, but smartbot and bestbot consider more.


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Trench win/loss database rules for Trench
Trench game archives

The back story:  
Trench caught my attention immediately with it's unusual look and mechanics.  Following up on the immediate interest was extensively delayed by a disasterous kickstarter.


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