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Kevin Pacey wrote on Sun, Mar 4, 2018 06:19 AM UTC:

I'm not clear on the promotion rules for this game (no Game Courier games thus far have included promotions, btw). My guess would be that a pawn must promote when it cannot legally move otherwise, if it moves. However, captures make it possible for a pawn to reach some pretty strange dead end files, not necessarily in the opposite end zone to which it began the game(!).

As a long aside, I'm toying with the idea of making a variant(s) on 4-way chess for Game Courier (there exists one for a so-called Double-Capablanca 4-way chess version already, but it's little played so far). In looking at the Alfarie: Many piece set, there is offered a small number of piece types for several coloured armies. These piece types include the Rotating Spearman piece, but, frustratingly, I cannot see the use of it for play on Game Courier at least (it could be used just for a page of a game, however). That's as there is offered only one figurine (each colour) with the spear pointed straight ahead, not at least two more of the various colours where the spear is diagonally turned to the left or to the right (not to mention other possible orientations for e.g. a 4-way chess variant board).


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