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 By Charles  Gilman. Carnival of the Animals. A nearly-FIDE variant with Eurofighter Pawns (first implementation on an 8x8 board) dice (two aside for preference) which mutate. (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Charles Gilman wrote on 2005-06-21 UTC
Thanks for the comments. I have added some clarifications as regards the probabilities, and also as to when the choice of leaper is made - it is before the opponent moves, in case anyone thought that rolling at least one 6 resulted in a compound piece, which it doesn't. 1 in 18 is correct for EACH combination of 6 and another number, and as there are 5 other numbers the total is indeed 5 in 18. Here is a table of the relative probabillities of a fixed oblique leaper (O), a fixed diagonal one (D), a choice between four oblique and one diagonal (C), and a choice of any (A): DOOOOC ODOOOC OODOOC OOODOC OOOODC CCCCCA I considered treating 6 as 0 to bring in the Wazir, Dabbaba &c, but thought that giving the players an element of choice would be more fun. Having devised names for the 5:x leapers I thought it a waste not to have a variant making use of such pieces.