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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, May 16 2019 7:33 PM UTC +00:00

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Introducing Aboleo

Where "Chess" meets "The Art of War"

  • Prototyping: Complete
  • Play Testing: Complete
  • Production Status: Preproduction
  • Website: AboleoGame.com  


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Description and Rules

 Aboleo

Overview

Aboleo is a two-player strategy board game played on an Aboleo board. On the surface, the board resembles a chess or checkers board but has some significant differences. It is a checkered game board with 64 squares arranged in an eight-by-eight grid with each square containing two dots (one at the lower left and one at the upper right) or circles indicating the proper positioning of a player’s piece within the square. 

Each player begins the game with 16 pieces: one king, one general, two chariot units, two cavalry units, two archer units, and eight infantry units. Each of the six piece types moves differently. An additional piece which is not present at the beginning of the game, is the noble. The noble piece replaces any infantry unit that makes it to the opposing player’s side of the board and moves in the exact same fashion as the king. The objective is to 'Aboleo' or abolish the opponent's nobility by executing three attacks resulting in the “death” of the piece. If the king is killed and no other nobility exists, the game is ended. If a noble exists, that piece is then promoted to king and game play continues. This is called a “coronation”. If more than one noble exists, the player has the option of choosing which piece is promoted to king.

To this end, a player's pieces are used to attack and kill the opponent's pieces, while supporting their own. In addition to Aboleo, the game can be won by voluntary resignation by the opponent, this would typically occur when too many forces have been lost, or if the player feels that the death of his nobility is unavoidable. A game may not result in a draw unless both players agree to concede.

Download or View a PDF of the Description and Rules Here

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Aboleo is played on a square board of eight rows (ranks) and eight columns (files) of squares. These squares are called “fields”. The colors of the 64 squares alternate and are referred to as "light" and "dark" fields. Each field contains two dots or circles denoting the proper placement of a piece within it. One dot is located toward the lower right corner of the field while the other is located diagonally toward the upper left corner. The Aboleo board is placed with a light field at the right-hand end of the rank nearest to each player, and the pieces are set out as shown in the image below, with each general on a square of its own color.

Board Setup
Board Setup
Images of piece types (some dark and some light)
Images of piece types (some dark and some light)

The pieces are divided, by convention, into white (light) and black (dark) sets. The players are referred to as "White" and "Black", and each begins the game with 16 pieces of the specified color. These consist of one king, one general, two chariots, two archers, two cavalry, and eight infantry. Additional pieces that are not on the board at the beginning of the game are nobles. Each infantry piece that reaches the opposing end of the board is replaced by a noble. Pieces representing nobility, along with the general are referred to in the singular (King, General, and Noble). The other pieces are referred to as the units that they represent (Chariot Units, Archer Units, Cavalry Units, and Infantry) but may also be referred to as simply Chariots, Archers, Cavalry, and Infantry.

The Book of Creation
The Book of Creation

The Book of Creation is a separate section of the rules and description booklet that list the names of everyone who contributed to the launching of Aboleo (at $10 or more) and will be included with every copy of the game that is sold. This is a kickstarter exclusive. We are excited to give our backers an opportunity to be a part of history. Consider this an added thanks for your support!

Guidons

At setup, each piece has a guidon protruding from the top with the green portion showing (full unit strength).

Positioning

  • The chariot units are placed on the outside corners, right and left edge.
  • The cavalry units are placed immediately inside of the chariots.
  • The archer units are placed immediately inside of the cavalry.
  • The general is placed on the central square of the same color of that of the player: white general on the white square and black general on the black square.
  • The king takes the vacant spot next to the general.
  • The infantry units occupy the next fields to the front, eight units across.

A total of three (3) attacks are required to be made on any one piece to kill that piece and remove it from the board. 

First Blow - When first attacked, the guidon is changed from green to red (by the attacking player). 

Second Blow - When attacked a second time, the guidon is removed (by the attacking player). 

Coup de grace - When attacked a third time, the piece is removed from the board (killed) by the attacking player.

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See an example of attacks at www.AboleoGames.com

Movement

There are two players, one of which controls the white pieces and the other of which controls the black pieces. The player who controls the white pieces makes the first move and then they take turns making moves. Pieces are moved to either an unoccupied field or one occupied by an opponent's piece.  

Each field may be occupied by up to two pieces which must be from opposing sides. 

Adjacent fields forming a horizontal line across the board constitute a rank.

Adjacent fields forming a vertical line across the board constitute a file.

Two pieces occupying the same field are said to be “engaged “or “in contact” with one another. The piece moving into the field is the attacking piece and is said to be “engaging” or “making contact” with the piece occupying the field and deals a damage to the opposing piece. If the opposing piece has no guidon, it is unable to withstand the attack. It is subsequently “killed” and removed from the board leaving the field occupied solely by the attacking piece. 

At each turn, a player who has a piece engaged with an opponent’s piece has three choices. 

  • The player may allow the piece to remain in contact and use his turn to attack the opposing piece in the engagement. 
  • The player may allow the piece to remain in contact and use his turn to move an entirely different piece. 
  • The player may use their turn to move the piece out of engagement and onto a different field that the piece is capable of moving to. This includes moving the piece directly into engagement with a different opposing piece.

Duress

When a king is either engaged with an opposing piece or positioned in a field vulnerable to attack, it is said to be in duress. A player has no obligation to move the king out of duress. A player may choose to move the king or he may allow the king to stand its ground (warrior king). A king may remain engaged and fight to the death, even if causing the end of the game (Aboleo). 

If the king becomes engaged with an opposing piece, a player has four choices.

  • The player may allow the king to remain in contact and use his turn to attack the opposing piece in the engagement. 
  • The player may allow the king to remain in contact and use his turn to move an entirely different piece. 
  • The player may use their turn to move the king out of engagement and onto a different field to which the king is capable of moving. This includes moving the king directly into engagement with a different opposing piece.
  • The player may execute a coup d’état (coup). When executing a coup, the king is moved out of engagement and to the field in which the general is located. The king is restored to full strength and the general is removed from the board. This move represents the act of the general usurping the power and authority of the throne and can only be executed if; (1) The king is engaged with an opposing piece and (2) there are no nobles present on the board.

End of the Game

Aboleo games end with “doing away with” all of the opponent’s representations of nobility (king and nobles). Alternatively, either player may resign which is a win for the other player. Games may end in a draw (tie), draw can only occur as a draw by agreement in which both players decide not to continue play. 

Aboleo Prototype
Aboleo Prototype

Aboleo Terms

  •  Aboleo - Game name; also State of having destroyed all of an opposing players nobility, end of game.
  •  Coronation - Promotion of Noble to King.
  •  Coup d’état (Coup) - Promotion of General to King.
  •  Engagement - Entering an occupied field.
  •  Disengagement- Exiting an occupied field.
  •  Duress - When the king is vulnerable to attack.
  •  Elevation - Promotion of Infantry to Noble.
  •  First Blow - First attack on a piece resulting in guidon changing from green to red.
  •  Secondary Blow - Second attack on a piece resulting in guidon being removed.
  •  Coup de grace - Third attack on piece resulting in death and removal from the board. 

See these moves in action at www.AboleoGame.com

I am an army veteran, I served in the Airborne infantry as a member of the 82nd Airborne Division. There were some things that my military experience caused me to think about in regards to that concept and primarily it was because I saw a lot of things that didn't feel realistic to me. For example, the first person who attacks the enemy is not necessarily the victor in an engagement. That opened a can of worms for me. We have to consider things like enemy strength, their position, the defensive posture, etc. We called this METT-T. It stands for: Mission, Enemy, Troops, Terrain, and Time. It just bugged me, over the years, that that there was nothing available that could incorporate these important concepts at a level of strategy that really interested me so I started to get these ideas about some things that should be introduced that would really really enhance the gameplay. I began to feel that there were other people out there who would enjoy taking a look at and ultimately playing a game that did just that so that's where it began. 

Here’s an example of my thinking. Why should a king have to run away every time he's threatened? Kings can have heirs, can’t they? Why isn't there some type of noble succession to the throne? Can’t a throne be usurped by a strong general executing a military coup? You will find out more as you as you read the documentation. 

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The Book of Creation
The Book of Creation

The BOC will become a part of every game sold...forever. The Book of Creation is a separate section of the rules and description booklet that list the names of everyone who contributed to the launching of Aboleo (at $10 or more) and will be included with every copy of the game that is sold. This is a kickstarter exclusive. We are excited to give our backers an opportunity to be a part of history. Consider this an added thanks for your support!

Risks and challenges

The challenge of this project is simply awareness and support. Every aspect from concept to prototype to play testing and finally to production preparation is complete. This project is ready to launch into the production phase as soon as funding is secured.

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