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Gary Gifford wrote on 2005-11-29 UTC
(zzo38) A. Black stated 'Good game, but I think even blank Drones should be able to move, maybe like pawns but cannot promote.' I appreciate the comment ; and if desired two players could agree to play that way using the pre-set. But I do not like the idea of a double-pawn fence that would result from having Drones with pawn movement at the initial setup (as it currently stands). I personally like the idea of mindless, remote controlled blocks that need an initial radio transmission to trigger their movement, and can change with additional transmission commands. I also like the idea that when a transmitter is captured, the Drones [with its image] shutdown and require another trigger. As it stands now, with moveless 'block' drones, there is real incentive to use transmitters to the utmost and take down your opponent's transmitters.

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