Today we had banqi lunch at Tucanos. The food was delicious (as always), and one of the servers was interested in the game, so I gave him the woodpress URL and told him to search for Banqi. Since it’s been a while since I posted this information, I’ll do it again for his convenience:
- The best place I’ve found for buying Xiangqi/Banqi sets is gamecenteronline. They’re excellent quality, suitable for both games, and cost only $5.
- For Banqi, I like to use a printout of a board I designed (see below) which is more decorative than a folded Xiangqi board and includes a table of pieces to simplify the learning process.
- The set from gamecenteronline comes with instructions for Xiangqi (and there is a Xiangqi wikipedia article). There is also a Banqi wikipedia article, which includes game instructions.
Here’s the custom Banqi board I use: