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Kuyan Judith wrote on Fri, Jun 4, 2010 06:36 AM UTC:
(posting with name only as I've lost my password. I haven't been involved
in chess variants for a while, though I would still like to do more with
them eventually)

Thanks, Daniil. I had had one other idea along these lines, which was to
combine all the modifications made to Shantranj to get each game. But I
found that in that system, it was possible for Black to force a win within
a few moves, so it wouldn't be a very good game at all.

And playing your game will join my long lists of things to do eventually.

one other thing I'd like to say since I don't know where to put it here
otherwise; the idea that large board variants are intrinsically unplayable
or unfun is plain wrong. I've played and enjoyed one many times, with
small pieces on a large board painted by my father, and I have played and
enjoyed other boardgames just on ruled-on paper so if necessary I think
poster paper or butcher's paper could be used for a board.