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George Duke wrote on 2010-07-27 UTC
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marbles;
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/08/07/AR2005080700924.html.
Of CVs with a set-up phase, this Big Board, rather than Unachess, 
http://www.chessvariants.org/diffsetup.dir/unachess.html, has been elevated at Next Chess project threads, where B.B. is currently #6.  The most proficient designer at bringing others' core idea to perfection has to be Duniho, and he does so for Big Board in the comment, http://www.chessvariants.org/index/displaycomment.php?commentid=24670. Both Unachess and Gilman's recent comment for a proposed Shogi variant, Karagi, allow moving pieces before full deployment.  Adding the factor of both options at once is a worsening because the science of deployment deserves separate treatment. If player can move a piece instead of continue deploying until it runs the course, think how unaesthetic in actual play are repeat back-to-back moves of the same piece more than twice, such as King, during peculiar combined phases permitting either movement or placement. There could be just a few pieces on the board, and move of King three times in a row, then followed by the further set-up deployment towards full complement of the 32 or 40 (Shogi) or 50 Big Board pieces. It is just an ugly scenario. Also, one player may still be in the placement phase of the original pieces, long since completed by the other player.  As usual, Gilman is right though that that would be relatively modest or less extreme in the Japanese regional variant Shogi, since the very bizarre particular form of Chess has ongoing drops already, and they amount to continual deployment and re-deployment; so may as well extend them ad absurdum. ( Or, by analogy, like player's marbles re-deployed as own after being knocked out of the chalk circle on concrete with the deft flick of her/his thumb. And aren't most, though not all, variants of Marbles initially really undeployed, unlike the linked championship here? Or, what are the full set of marbles?
See http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/08/07/AR2005080700924.html.
And which of Neto's Chess and Physics, http://www.chessvariants.org/other.dir/physics.html, subvariants would be better played with Marbles than with Chess Pieces?  ''If you shoot a marble, how much entropy...?'' 
  And on losing your marbles, there was the announcement: 
http://www.chessvariants.org/index/displaycomment.php?commentid=18935.)

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