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Ben Reiniger wrote on 2011-01-27 UTC
I think your image of the contraction capture is off...also I'm not sure I understand the Drop rule.  Can you get the queen before placing the remaining four pawns?  Are captured pieces droppable?

The Big Crunch idea seems to already be in place in terms of the contraction of the board.  An interesting implementation of the Big Rip idea would be to have the board disappear from the inside out rather than contracting:  say the outer edge of the board is determined by the number of pieces placed throughout the game, and the inner edge is determined by the number of captured pieces.  (This assumes captured pieces are dead for good, not switching sides and dropped.  Also, this probably isn't very close to the actual idea of the Big Rip.)

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