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Board Game: Xiangqi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:684]
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Board Game: Xiangqi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:684]
Daniel Danzer
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Rank: 447

Times I've played it:No idea. Dozens and dozens of times in the last ten years.

What's unique about it: The cannon, that captures other pieces by jumping over one other piece. The palace with its own small topology of General and "Guards" (they never leave these nine spots). The starting position, which makes it a jump right into the game without making ten moves to "prepare" gameflow. And the genaeral, who is not allowed to "look into the other General`s eyes" across the whole board. The river, making the Elephant a purely defensive piece.

Why I like it: I do not miss anything. I don`t see anything not to like. It is pure elegance, depth, accessibility, strategy, fun, surprise, interaction, you name it.

My guess on why it's not ranked higher: It is not from the western tradition. If this would be a Chinese website, this would be rank 3. And the Chinese characters make it hard to play it for beginners. It is easy to turn the pieces around, place stickers or paint some icons on them and go ahead.


My selfmade carved and painted "other sides".

Other games I rate this highly: None. It is my only 10. The rest are 9.6 (Antiquity) or lower - and these are changing. I never changed my 10 and as the BGG text for a "10" suggests, "I expect this will never change".
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Board Game: Xiangqi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:684]
David Myers
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I've never played this but I recognized the board. It's a folding plastic board with wooden pieces stored inside. $2.50
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Board Game: Xiangqi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:684]
David Nimmo
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Board Game: Xiangqi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:684]
The Autumn Gamer is a pirate, Blustering in from sea, With a rollocking song, he sweeps along, Swaggering boisterously. The Autumn Gamer is a raider, Pillaging just for fun. He'll knock you 'round and upside down, And laugh when he's conquered and won.
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Board Game: Xiangqi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:684]
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Board Game: Xiangqi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:684]
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Board Game: Xiangqi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:684]
Benedikt Rosenau
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Board Game: Xiangqi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:684]
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There are two animals in this Chinese version of Chess.

There is the classic Knight (or Horse). However the Chinese Knight is not as good at jumping pieces as the Western Knight, if you shove a guy right in front of him he can't jump it. Here is a wikipedia image of the rule, and it does add an interesting wrinkle to the defending against/attacking with the knight.



There is also the elephant / minister (the two chinese characters sound the same so the are used for the same piece). This one is a little less exciting in that all it does is move diagonally exactly two vertices (chinese chess is played on the vertices, not in the spaces of the grid). However it cannot cross the river in the middle of the board (not sure why knights can but elephants can't but I guess it might be much asking about theme). BTW this guy can also be blocked if you place a guy in the middle vertice.
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Board Game: Xiangqi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:684]
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This is for Wooden Chinese Chess
This pictured version





DETAILS
size box closed 30'8 x 16'4 cm

CONDITION
New

SHIPPING
Free shipping Worldwide

DRAW DATE
Sometime on May 31th with Sol's Supertool

ENTRIES
1 = 1 entry
5 = 6 entries


Good luck!


On May 31st of 2012 the Gods of Luck spoke, and using their might powers of random generations they chose an winner. To check their bidding, click here. Below you can find glory on the winners name, let them have big praise.

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With a total of 5.0 geekgold tipped, which gave him a 1.38% chance of victory, we salute:
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Board Game: Xiangqi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:684]
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Board Game: Xiangqi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:684]
Jason Monroe
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Board Game: Xiangqi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:684]
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So tactile you might throw your back out while playing.
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Board Game: Xiangqi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:684]
Christopher DeFrisco
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Very nifty set of KiangQi.
The pieces are heavy, rough, stone (pottery?)... Original_CorPse described these as "charmingly shoddy". A fairly apt description, although I'm not sure if I would use the word "shoddy", but they are most definitely charming. This was something I was planning to display in the house somewhere as they look very cool, but couldn't figure out a good way to show them off.

Note: This is just a set of the pieces and does not come with the board or rules.

My set comes in a hard, blue plastic case that snaps shut.
This is a heavy set, although it will certainly fit within a medium, flat-rate box.

I'll take some images and post them soon.
Better late than never I suppose...
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Board Game: Xiangqi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:684]
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黑炮事件 (Hei pao shi jian) - Huang Jianxin (China, 1985)
aka The Black Cannon Incident [en] / L'affaire du canon noir [fr]

The film is titled after the name of a xian qi piece. Explaining the title is a spoiler in itself.

A translator is placed under surveillance by the political police and even prevented from carrying out his usual job because he has sent a mysterious telegram stating “room 301 find lost black cannon” and is viewed as a potential industrial spy (he usually works as an interpreter for a German company who sells heavy machinery to the Chinese). In the end,

Spoiler (click to reveal)
the political police opens up a package sent to him and finds out that the mysterious black cannon was nothing more than a xian qi piece the translator had forgotten in a hotel room. The translator reflects on the disruptions this has brought to his life, while he watches some kids using bricks as dominoes in the street...


If I remember well (I saw it many many years ago), I'd say it's only worth a watch for the curiosity factor and for how it reflects a particular time in history. Chinese films of the time did send mixed messages both to the Western audience and, I am guessing, to the Chinese audience as well. It is a political satire that criticizes bureaucracy and the police state, but it also carries out the Chinese government message about transitioning to market economy.
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Board Game: Xiangqi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:684]
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I don't know--but with the right intonation, it's probably hilarious in Chinese.
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Board Game: Xiangqi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:684]
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Board Game: Xiangqi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:684]
Benedikt Rosenau
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Of all the Chaturanga games, Xiangqi leaves most options for an early end, especially if you are not experienced.
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Board Game: Xiangqi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:684]
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The OP probably has a better chance than I do of pronouncing this one correctly. I kinda know how it's supposed to sound, but I can still only approximate it. (And forget about the tones!)
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Board Game: Xiangqi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:684]
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I've had that "what was I thinking" feeling so many times now that I no longer even notice when it occurs.

One of many examples: I have a decent Xiangqi set with Westernized pieces. It's not an everyday occurrence (sadly), but I do on occasion manage to convince someone to play. The Western pieces serve their purpose, and the game gets played enough to justify it's existence in my collection.

But something about playing a game with inauthentic pieces bothers me. It evokes a feeling akin playing a bootleg version of a videogame, where Mario is replaced by a Korean snack-food mascot and Bowser is a tomcat with a prominent erection. The important parts of the game are completely in tact, but the experience somehow feels cheapened.

So I bought a second set, with an authentically shitty thin plastic "board" and nice chunky pieces with - crucially - the traditional Chinese characters inscribed on them.

Predictably, the "authentic" set hasn't been played once.



Oh, and with everything I said above, you can also replace "Xiangqi" with "Shogi." Yeah...shake

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Board Game: Xiangqi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:684]
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Do I have to learn Chinese to play this game?

And same for Shogi and all the other east Asian chess variants.
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Board Game: Xiangqi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:684]
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Ditto chess comments in China
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They are almost always in Fan Ti form (old form).

Words found on the seeds:
將: Read "jiāng" and means "general".
帥: Read "shuài" and means "overall in command".
士 or 仕: Both read "shì" and broadly means "bodyguard". Could also mean "higher ranking soldier".
相: Read "xiàng" and means "prime minister".
象: Also read "xiàng" but means "elephant".
馬: Read "mǎ" and means "horse".
車: Almost always read "chē" and means "car" but read "jū" only in the context of xiangqi and means "chariot".
炮 or 砲: Both read "pào" and means "cannon".
兵: Read "bīng" and means "soldier".
卒: Read "zú" and also means "soldier".

Words sometimes found on the river:
楚河: Read "chǔ hé" and means "Chu river".
漢界: Read "hàn jiè" and means "Han border".
I believe the above is connected to the rise of the Han dynasty, around 200BC, where the states of Chu and Han were at war with each other and the border between the two states was known as "楚河漢界".
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On the drive home earlier, I was hoping to hit a couple of shops, but could only get to one, as the other was closed at 3:00. Sorry for the inconvenience, the sign said. Sure, like a sign can have any empathy for a human. Don't try to kid a kidder.

The other shop had nary nothing, except for a XaingQi set. It has fantastic wooden pieces. Diameters larger than a loonie, carved symbols, maybe a tad sloppy with the paint but still quite nice. It also comes with a craptacular plastic sheet of a board. Which makes the game quite portable, but still, sheety plastic is a drag. I'll need to replace that...

$2. Salvation Army Thrift Store.
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