Up until just over a year or so ago, I was able to play what I thought was a really cool game called "Cirondo."
It was labelled as a strategy game along the lines of chess but with easier to understand navigation of pieces.
It was on a round board with offset rings - offset meaning "checkerboard" but on a round gameplay area. There were pieces called, I think "planets" and "stellars" which moved, respectively (as in chess navigation) like pawns and bishops.
There were, I believe, 8 rings (8 levels from outer board to the centre) and the object was to get your planets to the centre to become stellars (or like "crowning" in checkers). The stellars could then jump along diagonal navigation without having to rest on a board spot, so long as another piece wasn't obstructing the pathway...
"Captures" of opponent pieces were like in chess with rook pieces and pawns and captures eliminated the opponent piece, taking it from the board...
Something like that.
Does anyone remember this game or has anyone actually purchased a board from a good source?
There used to be an online version which had fantastic graphics and you could play solo against the site/computer or - team up with 'buddies' on teams on-site and play that way. I never found too many people to team up with but I really enjoyed the easier gameplay and navigation as compared with chess online.
Anyone else ever play the online computer version before the site went down?
It's been a while since you posted this hub and I only react for sentimental reasons. I got to know this game at a tradeshow in Nuernberg, Germany and fell in love with it immediately. It was not only the game, it has been the guy, who invented it, that would make me like the game even more. He was very convincing and enthusiastic about his invention - he had a very positive energy.
Of course I purchased it and I used to play it with my son every once in a while. But the thing was that I was not able to built up a real "fan community", everybody reacted like "nice" or "oh, good idea".
Unfortunately, that's obviously what most people thought, because the game flopped - at least here in Germany.
I met the guy - I think his name was Andy - again in 2006 in London, we had a coffee together, and he told me that he invested his last penny in this game - I am afraid, it didn't pay back.
Today I found the game on amazon.co.uk for 29 pounds + shipping, on the german website it is on saleo for 5,95 Euro - a bargain and maybe an opportunity for everyone who wants to have a copy in his hand - not only for sentimental reasons.
Wow, I finally found an electronic version of Cirondo!
Got absolutely ruined by the computer/player on the first game haha!
I have a prototype of the board game. I was lucky enough to sit with Angus in the pub one afternoon where he taught me the rules, told me I could borrow the game from him for a while. I never saw him in the pub again and was unable to return it to him. Great game though, it's a real shame it hasn't taken off.
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