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Game Reviews by Sean Humby

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It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2003-06-15
 Author: Isao  Umebayashi and Larry L. Smith. Taikyoku Shogi. Taikyoku Shogi. Extremely large shogi variant. (36x36, Cells: 1296) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Sean Humby wrote on 2006-04-04 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Hey, Bob!!! can you provide a link for your printer tested pieces???? that'd make my day! I'd just like to say... I cant wait to play this game once it's more canonized! Anyone who doesn't like large board shogi variants is afraid of commitment! ;)

This item is a game information page
It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2001-01-04
 Author: Hans L. Bodlaender. Inventor: John William Brown. Hand Shogi. Modern shogi variant with many pieces to drop. (9x9, Cells: 81) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Sean Humby wrote on 2006-01-27 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I must say, this is by far one of the best shogi variants conceived in recent years. The game's flow is beautiful, the pieces balanced, and the concept original. I highly recommend this game to anyone who likes shogi or just fun games in general. I have to comment that the game is not as short as the author would describe. Games seemed to last about 60 moves or so (about the length of a short Shogi game). The chase for mate at the end was more exciting than even normal shogi as the pieces need to be in better harmony as they are generally not as strong. If you haven't tried this, do it! Brilliant game!

This item is a game information page
It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2001-09-29
 Author: Stephen  Leary. Chinese Chess variant for 7 players. Missing description (19x19, Cells: 361) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Sean Humby wrote on 2006-01-13 UTCGood ★★★★
Question: I make the assumption that the cavalry cannot leap intervening pieces as Xiangqi horses cannot either. The archers and crossbows can move exactly 4 or 5 moves in any direction... but is that a jump? It seems like it should be... HELP!

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It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2009-03-23
 Author: David  Howe and   Various. Inventor: Jìndé  Zhèng. The Game of Three Friends. A variant on Chinese Chess for three players. (Cells: 135) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Sean Humby wrote on 2005-08-09 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I have to say after playing this game, I've gotten a great appreciation for it. This is the best balanced 3 player chess variant I've ever played. (And I've tried a few... mostly garbage...) Please note that as in regular 2player Xiangqi the Generals may 'throw their spears'. Now, when they are in the middle position they are actually able to check both other generals at once! The middle ground is prime real estate and generally quite difficult to hold for any prolonged time. The only really difficult task is creating the board itself. It took me a few minutes to figure out how to make a regular hexagon from scratch. ;D I HIGHLY recommend this game.

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