[ Help | Earliest Comments | Latest Comments ][ List All Subjects of Discussion | Create New Subject of Discussion ][ List Latest Comments Only For Pages | Games | Rated Pages | Rated Games | Subjects of Discussion ]Comments by Jeff RientsLater ⇩Reverse Order⇧ Earlier⇩ Earliest⇧ Citadel. Simple chess variant from early 20th century on 45 degrees turned board. (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]Jeff Rients wrote on 2010-12-11 UTCBoardgamegeek.com has a page with photographs: http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/10252/citadel Enochian Chess. Four-player team variant of the Golden Dawn. (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]Jeff Rients wrote on 2006-05-18 UTCWhile Mr. Nichols is certainly entitled to his opinion, I thought I made my intentions quite clear in this article. The divinatory aspect of Enochian Chess bears little interest to me, nor did I consider it within the scope of this site. If, as Mr. Winther suggest, chess games throughout the ages have been used for occult purposes then I would love to see more on the subject, as it may shed some light on the development of the game. However I am hardly qualified to comment on this area. Contest to design a chess variant on 44 squares. Our annual N-squares chess variant design competition.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]Jeff Rients wrote on 2004-12-09 UTCExcellent ★★★★★Congratulations to Mr. Aronson! Jeff Rients wrote on 2004-11-03 UTCWhat's the status of the contest? Is voting closed? Have prizes been announced? Jeff Rients wrote on 2004-10-16 UTCI've had the same problem as Erez in mailing my votes. General Comments Page. Page for making general comments.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]Jeff Rients wrote on 2004-09-08 UTCExternal links will continue to die at an alarming rate as long as people continue to believe that publishing chess variants as board games is a commercially viable endeavor. Supremo Superchess. Decimal variant with extra powerful pieces. (10x10, Cells: 100) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]Jeff Rients wrote on 2004-08-26 UTCI think perhaps that Frederick overreacted a bit. After all 'Supremo' and 'Supremo Superchess' are not the exact same name. However, a simple Google search of www.chessvariants.com would reveal the prior existence of a variant called Supremo. When working on new CV projects I have found the Google search tool provided on the CV pages main index to be invaluable for avoiding these sorts of issues. PiRaTeKnIcS. Pirates on ships fight each other in 44-squares chess variant. (6x8, Cells: 44) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]Jeff Rients wrote on 2004-08-23 UTCExcellent ★★★★★Every time I come back to this game I like it more and more. I like pirates as much as the next guy, but I think the theme actually detracts from the game. 'Triadic Chess' is a super variant that brings a great idea to the table. 'PiRaTeKnIcS' seems too gimmicky. Comments on Grand Chess. Notes on Grand Chess and a variant. (10x10, Cells: 100) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]Jeff Rients wrote on 2004-08-20 UTC'Michael Howe chided me for wanting to change the rules of an existing chess varianr without the inventor's approval. Excuse me, but isn't that like leaving the science of aviation entirely in the hands of the Wright Brothers?' The folks following the Wright brothers generally built their own planes, rather than taking the model the brothers made and modifying it. They apllied the principles of the Wright brothers to new constructions. Rather than offer to change an existing variant, why not propose a similar variant under a new name? Changing an existing game without altering the name leads to confusion because the older form of the game becomes obscured. These days if I want to find some players for a Dungeons & Dragons game I have to specify which of more than a dozen versions I mean. When a game author does not have to worry about Brand Identity, why not just use a new name for your variant? Taking your method to its logical conclusion, your version of Grand Chess might as well be called simply Chess. Rook Mania. Game where all pieces have different sorts of Rook-like moves. (7x7, Cells: 43) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]Jeff Rients wrote on 2004-07-09 UTCIf two foes are equidistant and orthogonally aligned to a Basilisk are both frozen? World War Chess . Commercial variant with pieces more suited to a war game.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]Jeff Rients wrote on 2004-07-09 UTCNew link: <a href='http://www.worldwarchess.com/'>http://www.worldwarchess.com/</a> Partner Chess . Commercial two and four-player variant on smaller cross-shaped board.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]Jeff Rients wrote on 2004-07-09 UTCNew link: <a href='http://partnerchess.twoffice.com/'>http://partnerchess.twoffice.com/</a>. Kaos: The Game . Multiplayer game on a 7x7 board.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]Jeff Rients wrote on 2004-07-09 UTCLink broken. A review of the game can be found at <a href='http://www.gotdice.com/kaos.htm'>here</a> with more information in its <a href='http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/3375'>BoardGameGeek entry</a>. Kaissa . Decimal variant developed from descriptions in John Norman's Gor books.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]Jeff Rients wrote on 2004-07-09 UTCLink broken, but the pop-up ads seem to be working fine! Information on this variant may be found at http://www.kaissa-thegame.com/ Fidechel . Unique styled chess pieces and 3D chess game in development.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]Jeff Rients wrote on 2004-07-09 UTCLink appears to be broken. No further info on 'Fidechel' in Google. Djambi. Four-player all-against-all game with unusual pieces; also known as Djambi.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]Jeff Rients wrote on 2004-07-09 UTCAn English explanantion of the game can be found in the second half of <a href='http://www.gamecabinet.com/sumo/Issue22/node11.html'>this page</a>. A picture of the board can be found <a href='http://www.abstractstrategy.com/djambi.html'>here</a>. Delta PI. Commercial chess variant with science fiction theme.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]Jeff Rients wrote on 2004-07-09 UTCThe link no longer contain information about the variant. This variant is now sold only through an eBay store: <a href='http://stores.ebay.com/Guys-Board-Games-new-collectibles'>http://stores.ebay.com/Guys-Board-Games-new-collectibles</a> [Subject Thread] [Add Response]Jeff Rients wrote on 2004-07-07 UTCThere's probably no need to be concerned yet. I submitted Knight Chase on April 21st and that just got posted last week, after Enochian Chess went up, which was a later submission. Navia Dratp. An upcoming commercial chess variant with collectible, tradable pieces. (7x7, Cells: 49) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]Jeff Rients wrote on 2004-07-02 UTC'The other problem I see with this game catching on is that collectible pieces are going to cost much more than collectible cards.'<br> I think a better analog to Navia Dratp would be the 'Clix' collectible miniatures put out by <a href='http://www.wizkidsgames.com/wk_home.asp'>WizKids</a>. Booster pack containing only a handful of pieces run something like $10 in the US. Still, I'm not sure that a chess variant will be able to compete commercially with clicky games. I agree that the name is horrible, but what I think about it is a lot less important than what Bandai's target demographic thinks about it. Circular Chess. Chess on a round board. (Cells: 64) (Recognized!)[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]Jeff Rients wrote on 2004-06-23 UTC'Isn't it accepted that in a good variant it is desirable to keep as close as possible to ortho rules?!' Accepted by who? I'm not aware of any chess variant governing authority. A brief perusal of this site will reveal dozens or even hundreds of variants more unorthodox than Circular Chess. 'Yet the Circular Society rules disallow en passant and castling. (Why are these differences necessary?' I think the answer provided by the Society seems perfectly adequate. I would not expect a neophyte chess player to write a master level game. Nor do I see any reason to scorn simple variants. 'Sorry to jump on this, but is that really a good basis for forming a variant's rules, basing them on the predjudices of a beginner player?!' I think the successes of this variant (its own Society and championships) go far in establishing that Circular Chess was soundly constructed. Keep in mind that the audience for Circular Chess seems to consist largely of pub patrons, not chess fanatics. If anything, chess variantists who want to see there games actually played by a mainstream audience might do well in emulating Mr. Reynolds' design approach. Enochian Chess. Four-player team variant of the Golden Dawn. (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]Jeff Rients wrote on 2004-06-20 UTCAt the beginning of the game the corner squares are at double capacity, a king and another piece. The original Golden Dawn method squeezes two pieces onto a normal sized square. The point of my odd-shaped board is that actual play is helped by using enlarged corner cells. This allows players to avoid crowding on the corner squares. The oddly shaped board shown in the diagrams is one of my own making. I know of no one else that has used or proposed such a board for Enochian chess. One can play Enochian chess on an orthodox 8x8 board. The only difficulty is the rather cramped conditions that the king and his guest on the throne square must endure at the start of the game. My board merely gives the king the elbow room that a personage of his rank is due. Jeff Rients wrote on 2004-06-10 UTCI believe the spelling of 'priviledge' can be attributed only to Mr. Zalewski and not to any earlier Golden Dawn practitioner. As far as I can tell, there is no evidence to indicate any special significance of this word within the occult framework of the Golden Dawn. Personally I had chalked the whole thing up to differences between American and British spelling. Contest to design a chess variant on 44 squares. Our annual N-squares chess variant design competition.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]Jeff Rients wrote on 2004-05-31 UTCIf at all possible, could some kindly editor please move Monkey King Chess and Canyon Chess to the Competing Entry list in time for the opening of voting tomorrow? Voting is opening tomorrow, right? Geodesic Chess. Variation of hexagonal chess on a geodesic sphere with a few new pieces added. (Cells: 279) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]Jeff Rients wrote on 2004-05-30 UTCGood ★★★★Although I'm not very interested in playing on a geodesic board, I like the way the pentagons break up the playing field into sections. Also, the Templar and Obelisk are interesting pieces. Are they original to this variant? Mitregi. Larger Shogi variant with more powerful diagonal pieces. (10x9, Cells: 90) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]Jeff Rients wrote on 2004-05-29 UTCGood ★★★★The more I think about it, the more I am liking these variants, particularly the Mitre. It seems like a nifty little piece. The Hump is a little less obvious direction to go in, and I worry about its usefullness on an average-sized or small board. The mixed pawn line seems inelegant to me. As a matter of personal preference I would like the pawn line to be all one type of piece. 25 comments displayedLater ⇩Reverse Order⇧ Earlier⇩ Earliest⇧Permalink to the exact comments currently displayed.