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L. Lynn Smith wrote on 2003-10-08 UTC
The classic name of a 3D piece which slides only orthogonal and diagonal

The classic name of a 3D piece which slides orthogonal, diagonal and
triagonal is 'Queen'.

The classic name of a 3D piece which steps orthogonal, diagonal and
triagonal is 'King'.

I am un-aware of any unique name for a 3D piece which steps only
orthogonal and diagonal.  But this too has often been called a 'King'. 
I propose the name 'Regent'.

In the Maka-Dai-Dai Shogi variant, an 'Emperor' can leap to any cell on
the playing field which is not under attack.  A very powerful piece, but
vulnerable since its capture is the goal of the game.

The name 'Empress' has been applied to the 2D piece which combines the
Rook and Knight movement.  It has also been applied to the 2D piece
'Amazon' which combines the Queen and Knight movement.

I write this not to criticize but merely to inform.  A developer has
right to call their pieces what they wish.

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