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The Chess Variant Pages

This page is written by the game's inventor, Daphne Snowmoon.

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Greg Strong wrote on 2020-09-26 UTC

Hi Daphne,

This is something that could be published, but I have some questions:

Promoted Incense. It moves as a Rook or moves 1 square orthogonally.

A Rook already moves orthogonally, so this only describes a Rook.  Did you mean diagonally?  Also, you sometimes describe this move as "Rook" and sometimes as "Incense" although I think they are the same.  Using "Rook" would help most people here to understand, but either way you should be consistent.  You could still call the piece "Incense" while describing its movement as that of a Rook.

Cannon - It moves as a Rook but it must hop over a intervening piece.

Ok.  Just to be clear - it cannot move or capture without hopping?

Van - It moves as a Rook but it must hop over a intervening piece to capture enemy.

Ok.  So like a Cannon in Chinese Chess...  (You already used "Cannon" for something else so our readers will find this confusing.)  And then:

Copper - Promoted Van. It moves as a Cannon or as a Van.

Either I do not understand Cannon and Van or this does not make sense.  A Cannon is just a Van with fewer options.  So Cannon + Van is just a Van.

Cassia - it can leap over piece, but if there is a piece in the path, it cannot move in that direction.

This is a contradiction.  Can it leap or not?

Pieces that reach the enemy camp (7th to 9th rank) are promoted.

Is this automatic or can a player chose not to promote?

Cannon, Van, Incense, and Angle are counted as 5 points and the remaining pieces are counted as 1 point each. When becoming Jishogi, the player with a total score of less than 35 loses.

I do not understand this.  Are you saying that as soon as a player has less than 35 points worth of pieces, they lose immediately?

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