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M Winther wrote on 2007-02-13 UTC
Andy, no the Helmsman bounces whereas the Murmillo collides. The Murmillo is probably easier to understand. The bouncing, and the second leg leap pieces, are probably more difficult than the others. There is a table of bifurcation pieces here. My latest addition is the Provocator, which probably is quite good. I understand if people are sceptical towards bifurcation pieces, but at least certain of them are not difficult to master, and quite useful. They introduce new strategical and tactical themes. It becomes a different game if you introduce a new form of piece. Another interesting aspect is that it's become easy to introduce cannons in a Western context, while the cannon bifurcation pieces are more powerful than their Eastern counterparts. A counterpart of the Chinese cannon is the Crossbishop, and a counterpart of the Korean cannon is the Venator. But it's possible that colliding pieces are more easily accessible than leaping pieces. /Mats

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