(A Chess Variant with different armies)
If the man seems low in value, just bid for 2 or 3 of them. It is a good idea to discuss the ramifications of an unusual piece before bidding.
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A sample list of chess pieces follows (using Henry Davidson's, A Short History of Chess). Feel free to create your own list.
Piece 
Power 


1 
Adjundant 
B+N 
2 
Alfil 
Moves/captures with a 22 leap 
3 
Bare King 
If you capture all your opponents men, you win 
4 
Camel 
Leaps 2 squares diagonally 
5 
Camel 
31 leaper 
6 
Camel 
31 leaper 
7 
Cannon 
Moves like R. Captures on Rlines, but must cross a piece to do so 
8 
Cannon 
R 
9 
Centaur 
R+N 
10 
Centurion 
K+N 
11 
Champion 
R+N 
12 
Chancellor 
R+N 
13 
Concubine 
R+N 
14 
Counseller 
Nonroyal King 
15 
Courier 
B 
16 
Crowned Rook 
R+K 
17 
Decurion 
1 square diagonally 
18 
Dragoon 
B 
19 
Enlisting Captives 
Captured enemy pieces can reused and placed instead of moving. Captured Pawns must be placed in your half of the board 
20 
Equerry 
B+N 
21 
Gaja(Elephant) 
Moves/captures 1 square diagonally or 1 square forward 
22 
Gazelle 
31 leaper 
23 
General 
Q+N 
24 
Giraffe 
41 leaper 
25 
Griffon 
1 diagonal then any number orthogonal 
26 
Guard 
R+N 
27 
Jester 
10 leaper 
28 
King's Leap 
Your K may move once like a N 
29 
Lion 
40 leaper 
30 
Mantri(Counseller) 
Moves/captures 1 square diagonally 
31 
Marshall 
R+N 
32 
Restricted Promotion 
Your Pawns may only promote to lost pieces 
33 
Rhinocerus 
B+N 
34 
Sacrifice 
If your K is checkmated you may have it exchange places with another piece and continue play 
35 
Scout 
B 
36 
SingleMove Pawn 
Your Pawns lack the double move 
37 
Sow 
Nonroyal King 
38 
Sow 
Leaps 2 squares diagonally 
39 
Stalemate=Win 
If you stalemate your opponent, you win 
40 
Unicorn 
B+N 
41 
Vizier 
41 leaper 