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This page is written by the game's inventor, Gary Gifford.

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Gary Gifford wrote on 2006-08-08 UTC
Jeremy:  I imagine that by your question of, 'Why did ______ create 
this ___ if it's not even considered _________ by _____? ' 

you are asking,

'Why did [you] create this [game] if it's not even considered
[enjoyable] by [humans]?

Answer: I actually got to look at 'alleged' {with heavy emphasis on the
word 'alleged'} alien hieroglyphics and a declassified copy of a very
interesting Roswell report (with lots of blacked-out content).  One of the
alleged alien hieroglyphs looked like the King in Shogi.  And so the
thought of 'Roswell Chess' was present and quite strong and I knew a
game was forming.  And it did seem quite alien to me... and I found myself
trying to make some sense of the strange graphics.  The Triangle was easy,
the vertical and horizontal Shields weren't too hard, nor was the
Marauder and the Tri-Bar [though I did mistake the Tri-Bar for the King
piece at first].  Anyway, I felt that I had to create the game, and when I
finally unlocked the secret of the Ortho-Diag Twins I had to share the game
with CV members.

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