[ Help | Earliest Comments | Latest Comments ][ List All Subjects of Discussion | Create New Subject of Discussion ][ List Earliest Comments Only For Pages | Games | Rated Pages | Rated Games | Subjects of Discussion ]Single Comment Whale Shogi. Shogi variant. (6x6, Cells: 36) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]Charles Gilman wrote on 2010-10-11 UTCIt struck me when I first saw this variant that theming a Shogi variant on whales was rather tasteless, for the reasons given by george Duke in previous comments. Even looking beyond that I feel that whales, as huge animals that travel still huger distances over the oceans, do not make a particularly good theme for a small variant full of short-range pieces. The game might have been far better received without the whale theme, and all the pieces have other names in other context. The Dolphin, Killer Whale, and White Whale are long-established standard Shogi pieces, and if their Japanese names are not to your taste my Man and Beast 01: Constitutional Characters suggests simpler English names for them. The rest have names in Man and Beast 12: Alternative Fronts and some also have Japanese names in large Shogi variants: Whale Shogi nameMan and Beast nameJapanese name Blue WhaleCoppergeneralDosho (Copper General) DolphinPointFuhyo (Foot Soldier) Grey WhaleHunter HumpbackSilvercowardOld Monkey Killer WhaleChatelaineRyuo (Dragon King) NarwhalSnail PorpoiseWazirfiler White WhaleKingvaries between players If anyone knows of Japanese names for the other three I'll happily add them to the table.