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Tai Shogi pictures. Photos of a commercially available Tai Shogi set.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
John Lawson wrote on 2019-10-13 UTC

I still have an old price list, and George Hodges did not make a Taikyoku Shogi set.


Change your password[Subject Thread] [Add Response]
John Lawson wrote on 2019-08-08 UTC

I've had emails like that, similar to yours.


Makarenko's Chess. Pieces are stacks which can be split and combined to create other pieces.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
John Lawson wrote on 2019-01-11 UTC

Heck, unstack all the pieces, and turn the game into Maharaja and the Sepoys.


Modern Chess. Variant on a 9 by 9 board with piece that combines bishop and knight moves. (9x9, Cells: 81) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
John Lawson wrote on 2018-06-28 UTC

Kevin,

I have a Modern Chess set, so I checked the official rules. They state that the game be played as it is set up. That is, one player has two bishops on white, the other had two bishops on black. The author seems to think this is better. The inventor permits, with prior agreement of both players before the start of the game, the "Adjustment of the Bishop".  Each player may swap one bishop with either neighboring piece, providing neither has moved.  This expressly forbidden in the official rules.


AmazonsA game information page
. Amazons and a computer version.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
John Lawson wrote on 2018-04-23 UTC

David, 

As Ben said, the CVP tends to be inclusive  as far as what is considered a chess variant.  There have been several discussions over the years, and it is always too hard to draw a precise line.  Ultima was questioned because it didn't have replacement capture. There was a discussion around Nemoroth because the victory ondition was stalemate and the piece interactions were unique.  All in all, any game inspired by chess that might interest a variantist would be included.


Test Page. Missing description[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
John Lawson wrote on 2018-04-14 UTC

Thanks! I remember the old system, and it was pretty crude.  Although I haven't been active here for a long time, I've checked in regularly over the years.  But I've retired now, so you may start seeing more of me


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John Lawson wrote on 2018-04-13 UTC

I seem to remember that the comments from the previous commenting system used to be available.  Have they suffered an accident, or are comments from 17 years ago not that interesting?


Mortal Shogi. A Shogi variant in which pieces aren't all immortal. (9x9, Cells: 81) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
John Lawson wrote on 2018-04-11 UTC

After all these years, I see a typo. In the description of the promotion of the Bishop, it is called a "Rook".


Kyoto Shogi. Modern 5x5 Shogi variant where pieces promote and unpromote with every move.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
John Lawson wrote on 2018-04-01 UTC

I found this Kyoto Shogi page on the Wayback Machine.  I also have the Abstract Games Magazine issue referended, but it's been packed and won't be available for a few weeks.

https://web.archive.org/web/20030803201613/http://drjochum.de/


John Lawson wrote on 2018-04-01 UTC

Greg,

Talk about synchonicity, I just came across the Kyoto shogi pieces I got from George Hodges, while packing to move.  I looked around in my stuff, and found the rules are not included in Hodges Ten Shogi Variants, nor is the answer to your checkmate question in the screen print of the moves I have from Steve Evans' SHOGIVAR.  The Classified Encyclopedia of Chess Variants, after describing the moves, says "All othe rules as in Shogi". There is also a Zillions implementation by Steve Evans, but I no longer have a working version of ZoG.


Recognized Chess Variants. Index page listing the variants we feel are most significant. (Recognized!)[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
John Lawson wrote on 2018-03-31 UTC

Greg,

I have The Classified Encyclopedia of Chess Variants, so I looked it up.  There's not a lot of additional information.  It says Janus Chess was invented in 1978 by Rudolf Lauterbach and Werner Schoendorf, and originally marketed as Super-Chess.  The only references mentioned are, "Booklet Janus Schach, also photocopy of manufacturer's publicity material."


Lifeform Chess. Instead of individual units, pieces are parts of the body of a giant animal. (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
John Lawson wrote on 2016-01-23 UTC
Just to clarify, Hands either move four spaces as a Rook, or one Knight move?

Taikyoku Shogi. Taikyoku Shogi. Extremely large shogi variant. (36x36, Cells: 1296) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
John Lawson wrote on 2015-12-23 UTC
I have MS Office both at home and work, so I could likely read the file and translate to another format if you send it to me.  The email account in my member record is still current.

John Lawson wrote on 2015-12-23 UTC
I have been out of touch for years, but I don't think George ever made Taikyoku sets.  Tai Shogi sets for sure, since I have one, but none larger.

John Lawson wrote on 2015-12-22 UTC
George Hodges died about five years ago.

15-50-500YrsAgo[Subject Thread] [Add Response]
John Lawson wrote on 2015-08-18 UTC
Pizza Kings is more like immortality-lite. I should have written up my
Nemoroth variant, based on bodily functions, but it would have grossly
violated the CVP's G rating. And I do mean "grossly"...

John Lawson wrote on 2015-08-16 UTC
I think there a number of old fogies that are no longer active, but check
in occasionally and will comment if something they were involved in comes
up.

John Lawson wrote on 2015-08-11 UTC
I started coming here in late 97 or early 98, when we got our first home
pc. I find it amazing that it has been nearly 20 years.

Chameleon (1). Take a piece in the way that piece is taking.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
John Lawson wrote on 2015-07-20 UTC
Any piece that is immobilzed can self-destruct, including the Immobilizer.

Fugue. Based on Ultima and Rococo this game has pieces that capture in unusual ways. (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
John Lawson wrote on 2014-10-12 UTC
I have no special knowledge of Fugue, but two considerations lead me to believe that the spotter must be on the same side as the Archer. First, the friendly piece is referred to in the paragraph on the Archer, so I infer the spotter is friendly to the Archer.  Second, I interpret "spotting" as being like an artillery spotter, and logically, why would a piece spot another piece from its own side for an enemy Archer.
Your friend sounds like a rules lawyer; he should relax, especially if this argument is five years old.  Of course, you could play the game both ways and report back here which you fond to be better.

Chancellor. Fairy Chess name for Rook+Knight compound.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
John Lawson wrote on 2014-10-09 UTC
For what it's worth, Murray in chapter XVI (p. 346) describes such a game, but it is modern.  The description occurs directly after a description of a 14th C. shatranj-al-kabir, so perhaps a mistake was made.

Ultima. Game where each type of piece has a different capturing ability. (8x8, Cells: 64) (Recognized!)[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
John Lawson wrote on 2014-01-04 UTC
Withdrawing is from Fanorona, played on Madagascar.  According to "Abbot's New Card Games", the Coordinator and the Immobilizer are original pieces, as is the Chameleon.

Ziggurat. Mesopotamian-themed variant on a 43-square board. (13x5, Cells: 43) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
John Lawson wrote on 2013-07-01 UTC
It's been quite a while, but I believe Spearmen do not promote.  Since I believe Glenn wrote the zrf himself, trying it in Zillions would give a solid answer.

Rules of Chess FAQ. Frequently asked chess questions.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
John Lawson wrote on 2013-05-17 UTC
No, castling can only be done with the rook.  The king is moved two spaces toward the rook, and the rook is then placed on the other side of the king.  There are other limitations as well, all detailed in the rules.

Michael Howe's Universal Chess[Subject Thread] [Add Response]
John Lawson wrote on 2012-11-15 UTC
I think I remember that Mike pulled all his content from this site a couple
years ago.  He is no longer on the contributor list.

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