LOA was invented by Claude Soucie,
and described in A Gamut of Games by
The black pieces are placed in two rows along the top and bottom of the board,
while the white pieces are placed in two files at the left and right side of the board
- The players alternately move, starting with Black.
- A player to move must move one of its pieces. A move takes place in a straight line (along files, ranks, or diagonals),
exactly as many squares as there are pieces of either colour anywhere along the line of movement.
- A player may jump over its own pieces, but not land on them.
- A player may not jump over the opponent's pieces, but can capture them by landing on them.
- The goal of a player is to form one connected group with all of its pieces.
The first player to do so is the winner. Connected pieces are on squares that are adjacent,
either orthogonally or diagonally. A single piece is a connected group.
- If a move simultaneously creates a single connected unit for both players, it is a draw.
- If a player cannot move, this player has to pass.
- If a position with the same player to move occurs for the third time, the game is drawn.