[ 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 ]Game Reviews (and other rated comments on Game pages)Later ⇩Reverse Order⇧ Earlier⇩ Earliest⇧ Wizard's War. Game with piece-creating Wizards and a board divided into arena and enchanted sections. (10x10, Cells: 84) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]Anthony Viens wrote on 2020-03-26 UTCGood ★★★★Well hey, apparently I never commented on this! I quite like it! The interplay between needing pieces on the arena/safer on the enchanted squares is quite unusual. Creating your own army is fun, and ensures no game start will be quite the same. This is a very cohesive & well thought out variant. Elevator. Three-dimensional chess variant with moving elevators and walking, vaulting and flying pieces. (8x8x4, Cells: 192) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]Anthony Viens wrote on 2020-03-11 UTCGood ★★★★Very good, well-thought out game, with pieces which compliment the board--some require elevator movement, some use the empty shafts, and the ox can use them to capture. Nicely done. I will say the rules allowing the flying pieces to go 'up, through an elevator trapdoor' feel very unintuitive; especially if playing with a physical set. It makes more sense to me to allow flying pieces to go either up or down through the empty shafts only; this would also make it impossible to threaten an identical piece without also being in danger. Still, a very good variant! Xhess. Decimal variant with Nightriders and Cannons. (10x10, Cells: 100) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]Anthony Viens wrote on 2020-03-05 UTCAverage ★★★This looks like a decent 10x10 variant; it has the basic Chess pieces--with more mobile Pawns-- and well-known Knightriders & XiangQi Cannons. The King game-winning 'promotion' rule could liven up the endgames without totally changing the game. However, I am confused as to the logic behind the apparently abitrary initial setup. The Rooks have an open rank (like Grand Chess) which is fine. But the Horsemen (modified Pawns) are more mobile--but start very close to each other. So close, in fact, they can't use their forward most moves initially without being captured. Except the Horsemen on the far ends; they start one rank farther back for no discernable reason. The forward pawn lines leave a bunch of space to the rear; considering the vast area there aren't very many other pieces. Also, the Knights are back a rank from the Horsemen, consequently they cannot move forward as the first move. They are protecting Horsemen, but it seems like there ought to be another way to do this. Xhess is quite playable, but I'm left with the impression the starting setup could use an overhaul. Deception Chess. Each piece has two identities, Cloak and concealed Base.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]Anthony Viens wrote on 2020-03-03 UTCGood ★★★★This is a really good idea, the only problem being it really needs a custom Chess set. I'm guessing it would require similar bluffing strategy like Stratego. I can see myself thinking "hummm, that faux Pawn can't be anything valuable, it's too exposed.... unless that's what he wants me to think....or, he could be counting on me to think that's what he wants me to think...." :-) This actually has a decent chance of commercial success, in my opinion. It's got 'wow' factor, but close enough to normal Chess to feel familiar. Great idea. Rotary. On a 9 by 9 board with rotating pieces. (9x9, Cells: 81) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]KelvinFox wrote on 2020-03-02 UTCGood ★★★★Today played a game of Rotary with a set of pieces I made myself. It is a very nice game. The rotational element adds a nice layer of tactics. Only thing that feels weird is the promotion rule Euchess. Grand chess variant on 10 by 10 board. (10x10, Cells: 100) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]Anthony Viens wrote on 2020-03-01 UTCPoor ★In my opinion, this is not a very good Grand Chess variant. Grand Chess is built upon two main ideas; getting rid of castling by freeing the Rooks in the back rank, and introducing the two 'missing' compounds to be additional high-value pieces--the Cardinal & Marshall. Euchess moves the Rooks back and re-introduces castling, and then doubles the number of Cardinals & Marshalls--but, inconsistently, keeps one Queen. Ignoring the lack of numerical consistency, this is really bad from a playable perspective--the sheer number of power pieces diminished the value of Knights & Bishops significantly. Euchess is much too top-heavy, power wise, and significantly dimishes the point of the open back row. (Marshalls, with their Knight move, don't need the room to be developed.) I think there is room for some interesting variants of Grand Chess, but this isn't one of them. Robber-Baron. Which of the seven robbers is the robber-baron? (7x7, Cells: 39) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]Daniil Frolov wrote on 2020-02-24 UTCExcellent ★★★★★I have to comment it for having simple yet original rules, promising a good entertainment, perhaps even well commercially-sold. Hannibal Chess. Chess with added Modern Elephants (ferz-alfil compound) on 10x8 board.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]Aurelian Florea wrote on 2020-01-15 UTCAverage ★★★Kevin!... About game courier just ask me and I'l' do it. It is fine for me!... I'll also teach you how!... Yes that type of elelphant it is the lieutenenat of spartan chess. Or "the captain" I'm not sure. I like it because it is closer in value to the knight. Also the non square nature of the board helps. An alternative for another game (as you used in wide chess which we have played once) is the waffle. I think a lieutenant game and a waffle game would be more interesting than the 12x8 one! That is my opinion. Eurasian Chess. Synthesis of European and Asian forms of Chess. (10x10, Cells: 100) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]Jean-Louis Cazaux wrote on 2019-12-15 UTCExcellent ★★★★★About Vao: maybe Dawson gave that name because it was phonetically from the same family than Pao, and the V because this letter is made of diagonal strokes. Maybe it is not that, but it can be used as a mnemotecnic mean. Remark, it could have used Xao as well, that would have been looking more Chinese. Tori Shogi. Tori Shogi, or Bird Shogi. A variant of Japanese Chess on a 7 by 7 board. (7x7, Cells: 49) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]Ed wrote on 2019-12-03 UTCExcellent ★★★★★I see that a new study of historical sources on Tori Shogi has been published: https://www.amazon.co.jp/禽将棋についての研究-禽将棋の背景と系統的位置づけ-MyISBN-デザインエッグ社-松本尚也/dp/4815014205/ref=sr_1_1?__mk_ja_JP=カタカナ&keywords=禽将棋&qid=1575339500&sr=8-1 I wonder if any Japanese have read the book and can comment on what new discoveries this book reveals. Veteran Chess. Most pieces can or must irreveribly promote when they capture.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]Greg Strong wrote on 2019-10-18 UTCExcellent ★★★★★A very interesting game. And you have the interactive diagram using our signature Alfaerie pieces and colors! I love it :) Musketeer Chess. adding 2 newly designed extra pieces. (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]Zied Haddad wrote on 2019-08-27 UTCGood ★★★★Hi, it's always good to hear criticism. And i think you've got it right. Personally i give you the pieces i much like when playing Musketeer Chess: Hawk, Unicorn +++ and my favorite is the Archbishop combining Bishop and Knight abilities. I much like sacrificing my Queen for an Archbishop !! Musketeer Chess idea was to get rid of the big amount of draws and also opening learning (long theoretical lines). The idea is also to give black a more important role by deciding the final combination of pieces, adapting his strategy to white's choice which will lower for sure the importance of white's advantage as the side who begins the game; But this needs for sure a precise play. You pointed out the fact that the Board is overcrowded. Of course it becomes a problem if you choose to gate you r pieces whithout a prior clear strategy and this will hamper you from exploiting the huge potential of the new pieces. The newly added pieces are strong and they bring so much excitment and tactics from the first move ! So the slightest lack of attention can be punished (more spectacular wins) but also if you lower your attention even with a huge material advantage on the board, your opponent can surprise you and mate you using the newest pieces whom some can mate alone. Yes, Musketeer Chess is not a perfect game, but Classic Chess became mostly a game of "knowledge" and opening learning and is for sure less attractive for average kids and players that want to improve their level but are frustrated by this learning. Elite tournaments are less spectacular and games most usually finish with draws. Wildebeast9. A Variant of Wildebeast Chess.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]Chris Chradle wrote on 2019-08-22 UTCGood ★★★★I think it's a fusion between Wildbeast and Xhess not XChess. XChess is a variation with an hourglass. Chris Odin's Rune Chess. A game inspired by Carl Jung's concept of synchronicity, runes, and Nordic Mythology. (10x10, Cells: 100) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]erik wrote on 2019-08-10 UTCExcellent ★★★★★I am currently playing a game of Odin's Rune Chess, and I really like it, as much the rules and gameplay, as the runic theme. The Forest Ox is a terrific piece, maybe too powerful... I like the rather strong Pawns. I generally appreciate modern variants that use non-conventional Pawns, it effectively renews the dynamics of a chess game. And their initial colorboundness isn't a default at all, for me. I was wondering if Pawn promotion could be integrated in this game - even if it is not necessary since Pawns can go back and the need for new material is less crucial, since the vulnerabiliy of the Kings without moving possibilities makes situations of insufficent material less likely. Promotion possibilities should be limited, since Pawns can reach the last rank in only four moves; for example, they could only promote to previously captured pieces of his own colour; or there could be limitations to the maximum number of pieces of each type present on the board (4 Valkyries, and 4 Forest Oxen, for example - which is already a lot). One can also think of the opportunity to permit the promotion to King (here too, the maximum number must be limited or promotion be only to previously captured Kings). But the game plays already well, I don't think it needs a promotion rule. I was just wondering how promotion could affect the gameplay, and if it could be interessant as a variant. Edit: my comment about the possibility of promotion wasn't very pertinent. Promotion doesn't make much sense in this game. Hidden Random Chess. This is a two-player game that incorporates the element of chance in chess.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]Prussia General wrote on 2019-07-13 UTCExcellent ★★★★★Just played this very interesting game. A single Knight won the game when White was at a larrge disadvantage being down a bishop and a rook. (note b2=P means b2 is flipped and a Pawn is revealed. Pawns are desginated P and there is no short-form notation) 1. c2=P c7=C 2. Pe2-e3 .... Otherwise Cc7xc1 # 2. ... Cc7xc1 (xB) 3. Ke1-e2 Cc1xa1 (xP) 4. g2=N b7=B 5. Ng2-f4 Bb7xh1 (xR) 6. Nf4-e6 After a careless capture at h1, which yielded a rook advantage (rook is the strongest unit on board at the start), Black resigns at this point, since Nxg7 or Nc7 are both checkmates and no possible move could defend both squares. The King could not move as its only revealed piece, the e7 pawn, is blocked by the white Knight. Other unrevealed p Cylindrical Chess. Sides of the board are supposed to be connected. (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]Greg Strong wrote on 2019-05-26 UTCExcellent ★★★★★The page for this game was very old and the content wasn't really appropriate as a formal description of this historic game, so I have completely rewritten it. The original version can still be found here. Shako_Balbo. Game with Diamond Shape Board.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]Kevin Pacey wrote on 2019-02-11 UTCExcellent ★★★★★This game makes for a fine blend of two already interesting games. At first when playing I felt like I was starting out missing an important pawn, but then I remembered that in chess, the Exchange Variation of the French Defence can produce plenty of interesting and decisive games, even between strong players. Balbo's chess. Board with a strange shape designed to make Bishops stronger in relation to Rooks. (Cells: 68) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]Kevin Pacey wrote on 2019-02-11 UTCGood ★★★★Interesting board shape. I'm currently not absolutely sure that bishops are quite as strong as rooks, on average. Viking Chess Set. Game board and pieces in search of rules. (Cells: 37) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]Michael Ireland wrote on 2019-01-31 UTCExcellent ★★★★★Hello Anthony Thank you for replying after all these years that the post has been up. I saw your post, I do care, and I am replying here. I am the Michael Ireland who wrote the original post. I have been trying to reply through my account but it has gone dormant and I haven't been able to successfully logon, so am replying anonymously. I have not found my answers yet but I am pretty sure this is NOT byzantine chess. I will do my best to answer your questions. It has been a long time since I played the game but this is how I think it worked. The board is made up of "rings" and "crosses" (spaces). There is a centre star (space) in the middle which acts like a cross in all regards but a piece cannot start there. Each player starts with all of their pieces off the board. There is a king, 2 rooks (flat tops), 2 bishops (spikes) and 4 pawns per side. On their first turn (white goes first) each player places their king anywhere on the board on any "cross" but not on the centre star (I believe that no piece could start on the centre star because it gives too much of an advantage to start there - but I am not 100% certain of the rule). Then in the second and subsequent turns, each player can either move an existing piece or bring another piece onto the board as per turn 1. The goal of the game is to checkmate your opponent's king as in regular chess. Different pieces move differently. A pawn or the king can move from one cross to another cross in any direction. A rook moves up to 3 crosses up or down, or one cross to the side. A bishop moves up to 3 crosses around one of the rings, or one cross up or down. Any piece once on the board can enter the star in the middle. A rook can move through it. A player can take an opponent's piece by moving a piece into their opponent's piece's cross. Once a piece is removed from the board it is gone. I don't belive there is a special move in this game that makes a pawn become another piece like a rook or bishop. That is it, essentially, but again, I am putting this together from a hazy recollection having not played for 40 years or so. I hope this answers your questions but I want to say that your query made me go through the process of writing things down here and in a way, helped me work back to an approximation of how the game worked (with a few pieces of the puzzle still needed). I think I could try playing it again and seeing how things worked. I have not given up hoping someone will see this and recognize the game and the rules, but talking about it is always good. So thank you again for replying! Michael Ireland PS: I did come up with one tantalizing lead about the manufacturer Arne Basse and this particular chess variant set. Online I found a photo of a regular chess set that clearly was made by the same manufacturer because the board had the same leather surface (but with a regular chess grid) and the carved wooden pieces were the same except there were queens and knights. No other information was attached to the photo sadly but it was an interesting find. Chaturanga for four players.. Oldest multiplayer chess variant. (8x8, Cells: 64) (Recognized!)[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]Greg Myers wrote on 2019-01-23 UTCExcellent ★★★★★Thanks for the response, that is kind of what I thought but wasn't sure. Greg Crazy 38's. On strange board with 38 squares. (Cells: 38) (Recognized!)[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]SL Reed wrote on 2018-12-27 UTCGood ★★★★I just began play-testing and I like it a lot. My thoughts so far: There is a tiny bit of ambiguity as to whether the “same file rule” from Shogi is meant to apply to pawn drops (presumably it is not). I believe it can be played either way. I haven't tested it yet, but to try, the following condition could apply: A pawn may not be dropped onto the same vertical diagonal of any other non-promoted pawn belonging to the same player. Or an even stricter alternative: A pawn may not be dropped onto the same rank or file of any other non-promoted pawn belonging to the same player. In the illustrations for piece movement, notice how the rook travels through one edge and then through the opposite edge of each square in its path (even if the 'square' curves a right angle), while the bishop travels through one corner and then through the opposite corner of each square in its path, but seems to be prohibited from doing so on the curved squares (from the black bishop's position in the diagram). If this prohibition were lifted, that same black bishop's range of movement would include traveling from one curved edge square to the next and then back across the board horizontally, forming a loop back to it's original position. Also, although it is not explicitly mentioned in the original rules, I think it's probably a good idea to declare that a rook or a queen (or a bishop) may not land on the square from which they originated on that turn, even if a path to it exists unobstructed. Finally, my thoughts about the pawn. The language and illustration of the original rules regarding pawn movement suggests that pawns capturing moves and non-capturing moves are executed in the same way (unlike conventional chess). Optionally, one could alter the rules for pawn movement so that it moves (but does not capture) exactly one square in either of the orthogonal directions that is away from its own side of the playing board or it can capture to the cell diagonally ahead of it (if there is an enemy piece occupying that square). I just made my copy of the board yesterday, and have only had the opportunity to play-test the original rules. But yeah, it was a lot of fun! Thanks! Hannibal Chess. Chess with added Modern Elephants (ferz-alfil compound) on 10x8 board.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]Joe Joyce wrote on 2018-12-12 UTCGood ★★★★This is a very nice-playing modest variant. I've greatly enjoyed my games of it. I can absolutely recommend this game as an excellent variant tournament choice. It gets a lot of mileage out of a pair of fairly simple changes. The initial set-up is excellent; it gives good play. The weak piece is a very nice choice, and provides a nice companion/foil for the bishop and knight. Pocket Mutation Chess. Take one of your pieces off the board, maybe change it, keep it in reserve, and drop it on the board later. (8x8, Cells: 64) (Recognized!)[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]Anthony Viens wrote on 2018-11-29 UTCExcellent ★★★★★One of the very best variant on the site! Truly beautiful concept, and it appears to work. (I have not had an opportunity to try it myself, yet.) Reading through the comments, much of the complaints seem to focus on the power of the knightrider's ability to reach the back row and promote. I wonder if anyone has considered that the knightrider move and the promotion rules may not work together perfectly? Changing them would result in a different game, but possibly a better one. Just a thought. Time Travel Chess. Pieces can travel into the Future. Kings can also return to the Past! (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]Anthony Viens wrote on 2018-11-29 UTCExcellent ★★★★★Excellent time travel twist on chess! Beautiful! Shatranj of Troy. A Shatranj variant with Shogi-like drops, a Trojan Horse (with 6 pieces inside),. (9x9, Cells: 81) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]Anthony Viens wrote on 2018-11-28 UTCGood ★★★★Another clean design by Gary Gifford. Nothing here but the pawns, king, and fully-loaded trojan horse. Set-up-your-pieces opening, essentially. Interesting, but personally I prefer a bigger variety of pieces. I can still admire the clean design! 25 comments displayedLater ⇩Reverse Order⇧ Earlier⇩ Earliest⇧Permalink to the exact comments currently displayed.