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Abacus is an Amiga implementation of 'Abalone' - a board game for one or two player. The game Abacus is played by two players on a hexagonal board. Each player starts up with 14 marbles and the goal is to kick the enemy marbles off the board. If a player lost 6 of his marbles he lost the game. What the players have to do is to push one of their marbles by turns. A marble can be pushed from its place to one of the six neighbour places. When the destination place is occupied by another marble, that marble gets pushed into the same direction and so on. This way you can push not only one but a row of marbles at once - and if a marble is pushed over the board limits it gets lost. But not all kinds of moves are allowed! To push marbles of the opponent, you got to have the majority of marbles in this move. You are only allowed to push maximal three of your own marbles at once, which also means that the number of pushed enemy marbles is limited to two. The color of the marbles in a row may not be mixed. First place have to be the marbles of the active player followed by the marbles of the opponent. The following list shows all possible moves. "X" marks a ball of the active player and "O" a ball of the opponent. "." is an empty place or a place outside the board. The push- direction is always from left to right: Right X . X X . X X X . X X O . X X X O . X X X O O . Wrong X O . ( no majority ) X X O O . ( no majority ) X X X O O O . ( no majority ) X X X X . ( more than three own balls ) X X O X . ( mixed ball order ) X X X O O X . ( mixed ball order ) Broadway moves Despite the moves mentioned above, you may also move a row of two or three of your marbles "broadway". That means that they are moved all together left or right, instead of a straight forward push direction. The destination fields have to be empty, and you cannot push enemy marbles with broadway moves.
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