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Soucie. Moves on queen-lines exactly as many squares as there are pieces on that line.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
💡📝Ben Good wrote on Mon, Aug 2, 2004 04:17 AM UTC:
it appears that the anonymous posting is correct, that e5 should be empty in the problem. unfortunately my SG8 issue is packed away in a box somewhere and is not accessible, but once it's unpacked again, i'll check to see if it's a typo in the original or just a typo i made when i made the page. thanks for pointing that out, i'll update the diagram when i can.

Navia Dratp. An upcoming commercial chess variant with collectible, tradable pieces. (7x7, Cells: 49) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Good wrote on Thu, Jul 1, 2004 03:02 AM UTC:
jared's 'personal statement' is completely inappropriate for this website, and it's a mystery to me why it hasn't been removed by the editors. freedom of speech does not give you the right to say whatever you want on a privately owned website such as this one. jared is free to say whatever he wants on his own website.

Game Courier Tournament #1. A multi-variant tournament played on Game Courier.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Good wrote on Tue, Jun 15, 2004 04:15 PM UTC:
i would rather wait til the first round ends

Sculptures by James Killian Spratt -- Three New Chess Variations A website
. Beautiful chess sets created by a sculptor of three of his own Chess variations plus Jetan.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Good wrote on Sat, Jun 12, 2004 06:26 AM UTC:Good ★★★★
the sets definitely look nice but the pics are not good quality and there's little detail. i'd be very interested in seeing additional pics, esp closeups of some of the pieces. and i agree with mhowe, i have no idea how much he's going to charge for them, but you can be sure it's a lot. whenever prices aren't listed, it's never a good sign.

Withdrawer. Takes by moving away.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
📝Ben Good wrote on Wed, May 26, 2004 05:24 PM UTC:
indeed, breadman is correct. i will have to update the page. <P> checkmate can't be forced tho, in the diagram, if it is white to move, it means black must have just played K a7-a8, in which case he also had the option of capturing the W. (and if the white K is on c7 instead, W b6-b7 is no longer checkmate.) <P> also, i will have to look into my statement that 'stalemate is a win' in ultima, i think i based that claim on the zillions' implementation, which is different from the official rules for technical reasons. <P>

Taikyoku Shogi. Extremely large shogi variant. (36x36, Cells: 1296) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Good wrote on Wed, May 5, 2004 12:18 AM UTC:
i don't know that this game necessarily ignites any controversy for
previous games.  there are a lot of pieces in this that are different from
the pieces of the same name in other shogi variants, so nothing in this
game helps prove anything one way or another. <P>

i began making a set a couple years ago but i lost interest because of
uncertainties in the rules and because it seems to be mostly a collection
of pieces from other variants thrown together with little new.  <P>

Game Courier Tournament #1. A multi-variant tournament played on Game Courier.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Good wrote on Tue, Apr 6, 2004 06:48 PM UTC:
fergus, the info on how to resign should be added to the 'user's guide' page.

Ultima. Game where each type of piece has a different capturing ability. Also called Baroque. (8x8, Cells: 64) (Recognized!)[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Good wrote on Wed, Mar 31, 2004 05:57 PM UTC:
carlos, the answers to your questions are: <P> 1) no <BR> 2) yes <P>

Mortal Shogi ZRFs ZIP file. Play Shogi and a couple variants with diminishing pieces.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Good wrote on Wed, Mar 24, 2004 01:52 AM UTC:
yes, sorry, as soon as i sent the last comment on i discovered that i was having the same problem with every zrf zip i downloaded, so it must've been a problem on my end. i never did figure out what it was, but restarting the computer solved it, so no worries.

Ben Good wrote on Tue, Mar 23, 2004 07:36 AM UTC:
when i try to unzip this file i get an error that it's corrupted and can't be unzipped. anybody else having this problem?

Game Courier User's Guide. How to play games with the CV Play-by-Mail system.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Good wrote on Tue, Mar 23, 2004 04:35 AM UTC:
i see what's happening. if i click on the 'logs' link at the bottom under 'see also', it works. but if you go up to the paragraph 'how to play a game by email' and click logs, it doesn't, because it's looking for an address ending in .html instead of .php. so you need to fix that.

Ben Good wrote on Tue, Mar 23, 2004 02:23 AM UTC:
when i click on the 'logs' link, i get a page can't be found error. this is esp a problem for me right now because that's precisely what i was looking for.

HexChess ZIP file. Various hexagonal chess games, including Glinski's and McCooey's.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Good wrote on Thu, Mar 18, 2004 07:54 PM UTC:
thanks, but unfortunately this did not solve the problem for me. i'm not sure what else to try. i downloaded the 2.0 to 2.01 patch today. <P> incidentally, any zrf should operate out of the 'rules' folder, that's why it's there. it's hard enough keeping my zillions folder organized as it is. any zrf that doesn't operate out of the rules folder i will rate 'poor' and request that it be fixed. <P>

Ben Good wrote on Wed, Mar 17, 2004 06:21 AM UTC:
i'm having a problem with this one and i'm hoping somebody can help me. i've successfully used this zrf with zillions 1. i recently got zillions 2, and i've redownloaded the zip and unzipped it, but i can't get the zrf to open. i get an error message 'the following bitmap couldn't be loaded: 'images\_Custom\Hexchess\hex6x6gs.bmp'. yet everything appears to be where it should be. so why would this be occurring?

How to Make Some Fairy Chess Pieces. How to alter standard plastic Chess pieces into various Fairy pieces.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Good wrote on Wed, Feb 25, 2004 07:45 AM UTC:Excellent ★★★★★
this is great. i have to admit that when i saw 'how to alter standard plastic pieces' i expected to see butchered pieces that were more functional than attractive, but i was pleasantly surprised. they are very nice and i hope mr. hempseed comes up with more combinations for us. <P> he is correct that fairy chess pieces are hard to find; he may be interested in the omegachess and gothicchess pieces, which will give him more combinations at reasonable cost. <P> i hate to sound like one of those people who always have to turn the conversation to promoting their own game, but this page definitely has application to my own game of 'elevator'. concerning what i wrote there on the subject of making a set, this could be the solution i've been looking for. perhaps mr. hempseed will be inspired to come up with combinations for the prince, camel, and ox. <P>

PBMWaitingRoom[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Good wrote on Wed, Feb 25, 2004 05:54 AM UTC:
ok, i figured it out. but it's hardly easy to find. this page could definitely use some additional links and explanation.

Ben Good wrote on Wed, Feb 25, 2004 05:51 AM UTC:
i have a big problem with this page - i can't figure out how to post an open invitation to the waiting room. i have searched all around for the answer and can't find it.

DjambiA game information page
. Four-player all-against-all game with unusual pieces; also known as Machiavellian Chess.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Good wrote on Tue, Feb 24, 2004 08:55 AM UTC:
link is currently broken, anybody know anything about this one?

Shafran's Hexagonal Chess. A classic hexagonal variant from Russia.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Good wrote on Tue, Feb 24, 2004 04:43 AM UTC:
this looks like an interesting game, and i've had several conversations where people mention it, yet surprisingly there is no page for it other than this one. i'd really like to see somebody make a zillions zrf for it.

Roman Chess. Commercial chess variant on a 10x10 board with two non-royal kings added.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Good wrote on Wed, Jul 23, 2003 04:08 AM UTC:
the cost of the molds doesn't answer the question of why the sets cost so much. both omegachess and gothicchess presumably also use plastic molds (and make more interesting pieces, altho i doubt that is a significant factor in cost), yet last time i checked, they cost only about half what this game does.

Doublewide Chess. A discussion of the variant where two complete chess sets (including two Kings per side) are set up on a doublewide board. (16x8, Cells: 128) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Good wrote on Thu, Jun 12, 2003 04:23 PM UTC:
>>>Well I intend to answer the question once and for all of which is a
better game, Doublechess or Doublewide chess, by having zillions of games
play it as a game of chess between different armies.

i don't understand what this proves.

Ben Good wrote on Tue, Jun 10, 2003 05:28 AM UTC:
i will be impressed when somebody invents 'doublewide tai shogi'

$250 GC Tourney[Subject Thread] [Add Response]
Ben Good wrote on Fri, May 30, 2003 01:57 AM UTC:
unfortunately brainking has been down all day. that is the one drawback to brainking, it is not always reliable, it is not unusual for it to go down for a period of 24 hours or more. <P> when this happens tho, all players automatically get more time added to their games so they don't forfeit. so i would not be surprised if they extend the GC tourney signup date as well. i will keep everybody posted. <P> btw, last time i checked, there were 67 people signed up, so it should be a good tourney.

Ben Good wrote on Wed, May 28, 2003 06:46 PM UTC:
ed trice is running a gothic chess tournament on brainking.  first prize is
$250 and there is no entry fee.  I sent a more detailed annoucement on it
to aronson last night but i don't know how long it will be before he gets
it posted.  you can also find further information at

Mao. Moves as knight but cannot jump.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
📝Ben Good wrote on Tue, May 20, 2003 11:31 PM UTC:
whether it's originally correct or not, the term mao is standard among problemists and has been for a long time, possibly decades - my copies of Dickens' and Dawsons' books are packed away, so I can't look up if they refer to it or not, maybe somebody else can for me. anyway, the point is, even if there was some translation error way-back-when, that's the name of the piece in english now, and it's extremely unlikely that it will change. it was certainly not an error by the author.

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