Rhythmomachia
Andre Platzer
Rhythmomachia - The Philosopher's Game
Rhythmomachia is a complex strategic game played on a board
similar to a chessboard. It is an old game supposedly invented
in middle age and has several mathematical roots. Early, there
were some theoretical and mathematical examinations. Some
concerning the best strategies, and some analyzing how far
Rhythmomachia's tactics might relate to ancient warfare. Though
some of these examinations might be mainly unproved or even mere
fiction conserved over the centuries, one cannot doubt that
Rhythmomachia makes use of certain mathematical connections
known in number theory. This applet is based on an historical
reconstruction. Rhythmomachia is played by two players. Who wins
and when? The player whose figures (pieces) are arranged in a
regular mathematical order on the opposite yard, or has captured
all opposite figures. Who starts? The blue one does the first
move. Then the two players alternate by turn.
Rhythmomachia - The Philosopher's Game