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Games featured in the Arena  
Name Platform Comment
Chess Java A popular Chess variant
Grand Chess Java The future of Chess
Congo Java A fun-to-play XiangQi variant
Draughts Java Also called 10x10 Draws
KillerDraughts Java A better way to use the same applet
Dameo Java Draughts liberated
Croda Java Blends Turkish and 10x10 Draughts
HexDame Java Draughts' hexagonal twin
Bushka Java Compares to Draughts as karate to judo
Emergo Java The quintessential columns game
Go Java The quintessential territory game
Dominions Java Make every game a work of art!
Othello Java The oldest modern classic
Havannah Java Simple, deep, unprogrammable!
Pente Java Non trivial 5-in-a-row
Glass Bead Game Java The ultimate mancala!


Games previously featured in the Arena  
Name Platform Comment
Chad Java A simple, elegant and deep Chess variant
Caissa Java The favorite of the Muse of Chess!
Shakti Java The world's smallest Chess variant
HexEmergo Java A flawed masterpiece
SuperStar Java Score points with different kinds of connections
Hexade Java Configure this one out
MacBeth Java Ah, at last ... another way to play Othello


Games featured in  Networks  
Name Platform Comment
 Java A program using the complete network of the game



has implemented some of Christian's Chess variants  
Name Platform Comment
Luminous Chess Macintosh
Joe Strout's Luminous Chess View the "influence" of a (Grand) Chess position


ShaktiProgram Macintosh Joe Strout's Shaki
Play the smallest Chess variant with a non-trivial strategy against a strong 3-level program


has incorporated Yari Shogi in his Shogi variants program  
Name Platform Comment
Shogi Variants Windows Steve Evans Shogi Variants
Play Shogi and 16 Shogi variants, both old and modern, against a digital opponent!
Introductions and rules provided


Abstract games by - you don't need java for these  
Theme Platform Comment
Chess Variants Any Variations on the theme of checkmate
Elimination Any Games of mutual elimination
Territory Any Games of territorial conquest
 Any Connection games
 Any Beadcapture - breakthrough/race - configuration

Meaning of platform:

  • Any: requires a browser 2.0 or up
  • Windows: the package only runs on Windows 95, Windows NT or higher
  • Macintosh: the package only runs on a Mac
  • Java: requires a Java enabled web-browser.
    Packages are available in two archive formats: .hqx for Mac and .zip for Win95.
    All packages use long file names!