‘Game’ refers to birds and wild animals which are commonly hunted and consumed. It includes all wild creatures and birds that are either caught in the wilderness and raised as game or later brought into civilized society, such as deer, rabbit and squirrel (the last two being farmed); quail are no longer permitted to be hunted in the wild. The term may also cover fishing, hunting, trapping, and gathering. Virtually any wildlife which exists in or on the earth is potentially covered by the term; birds, mammals, insects, and even plants are included.
Game rules are generally agreed upon before a game is started. These rules may vary from one game to another, but they all follow some general principles. For instance, the rules for chess differ from those for checkers or rummaging through bags. These games have their own set of rules by which they are played, and any deviation from these rules could result in immediate disqualification from the playing group. The general principle of the game is usually followed; however, individual rules may be laid down for each game.
Chess is played between two competitors on an open field with fifteen chess pieces each, called pawns. Each player gets four pawns. Dominoes may be used to mark off points; these points represent the ‘knots’ where each player has to enter their turn. Each player gets a turn at a time, and each player has a chance to move their Dominoes, up or down, to any part of their starting area; this movement is called a ‘cast’. After all their moves have been completed, the Dominoes are placed back in their original position.
Each game consists of forty-five ‘holes’, where each player has to place his game piece into. Once all the holes have been covered, this is the beginning of a new round. When a player gets to have a round in which he is not able to place his game piece into any hole, this counts as one ‘hole’ and that player is eliminated from the game. A player may change his race before the start of the game; however, only one race can be used throughout the duration of a game. A player cannot change his pieces during the course of the game; however, when that player is eliminated, he may switch from one race to another. In addition, a player may move all his pieces to one side of his playing area; however, after leaving this side, he may put them back on again.
Each game has a fixed number of tokens that each player receives at the beginning of play. Different rules apply to the use and number of these tokens, including the possibility of a player receiving more than one token. The first few games of chess that were played with backgammon sets did not have any official rules; therefore, there was no way to judge the value of the different tokens. As time went by and people started collecting such sets, rules were created for each game that dealt with the value of the different tokens differently. As a result, today’s games have more standard rules and a greater degree of uniformity.
The main article about each chess piece is divided into three parts. This main article discusses the name of each of the pieces, their role in the game, and the rules that apply to their use. For the purposes of simplicity, articles that describe a knight, bishop, rook, etc. will be written as they appear in a game.
The second main article addresses the importance of having a large variety of chess pieces. Through the use of different styles of play, a player can get more tokens than his opponent; he can also gain an advantage over the other players through his placement of pieces and through the number of tricks he has been able to use. In many of the board games, the winner is the player who has most counters. The rule regarding the number of counters per player is the one in the main article.
Finally, the third main article gives a brief description of each chess piece. Each of the chess pieces (e.g. pawn, knight, rook, etc.) has a value when playing cards are used, so the pawn, which has no value when played without chess playing cards, becomes very valuable after being played with chess playing cards.