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Game Reviews by Jeff Rients

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It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2004-05-04
 By David  Jagger. 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.

This item is a game information page
It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2004-05-30
 By Jack V. Cheiky. 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?

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It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2005-11-23
 By Charles  Gilman. 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.

This item is a game information page
It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2004-01-03
 By Gary K. Gifford. Hole Chess. Variant on a board of 44 squares with two holes that pieces can be dragged into. (7x10, Cells: 44) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Jeff Rients wrote on 2004-05-07 UTCGood ★★★★
This variant looks fun to play, especially with the suggested box for
tractored pieces to fall into.

I don't think I like the fact that two pawns are trapped behind holes,
the poor little guys!  Have you considered using Berolina Pawns?

This item is a game information page
It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2004-04-26
 By Peter  Gelman. Monkey King Chess. Monkey King fights Goblin King on 44 squares board in game with oriental influences. (5x8, Cells: 44) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Jeff Rients wrote on 2004-04-26 UTCGood ★★★★
I love the disk illustrations! They're so cute!

This item is a game information page
It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2001-02-28
 By Francois  Tremblay. Action Man's Chess. A small (5x6) board and simple pieces ensures lots of easy-to-understand action. (5x6, Cells: 30) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Jeff Rients wrote on 2004-04-23 UTCGood ★★★★
Nifty little variant.

Incidentally, the inspiration for this game is a line from
www.oldmanmurray.com, a rather vulgar website devoted to reviewing video
games in a rude and crude fashion.  The call for 'action man's chess'
comes on page two of the review for the video game Rune.

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