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It was last modified on: 2002-09-23
 By Glenn  Overby II. Beastmaster Chess. Large chess variant with a fantasy theme, emphasizing leaping pieces. (8x11, Cells: 84) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
arrangeCVs wrote on 2011-02-03 UTC
Correction: Overby's ximeracak. (with the required period) has all pawns
array-guarded. Beastmaster board here is 9x6, right? Just add 4 complete
Morley corridors invented 1947; or call it instead the obvious 11x8 with
the 4 corners removed. Glenn followed ximeracak. immediately with
Beastmaster, his best two cvs. This 84-square one easily accomodates not
only (1,4) but even (1,5), who is either Ibis or Zemel. Claudio and Charles
call (2,4) Charolais in earnest, but I prefer deriving from Betza Funny
notation just plain 'NN2' for the same '(2,4)', and there is nothing to
remember.  Wyvern footprint drawn is three-legged in (Ibis + Charolais +
Tripper).  Both these cvs of Overby the same month 2002 have only leapers
except Pawns. If drawing a diagram like in ximeracak., shown would be that
all of Wyvern, Pegasus, Roc, and Knight go to mutually exclusive squares,
for the integrating cv concept of Beastmaster. Unlike other concept games,
this one transposes readily to implementation, a good sign.  Only Pegasus
and Horse are the same in both Beastmaster and 64-square ximeracak, and
they remain quite different variants.  Of those 4 Beastmaster types above,
Wyvern, Peg., Roc, N, only Roc triangulates. None of the 4 has any pair of
components that are strict Gilman compound of duals, even that Roc. Rather,
the Roc does triagulate because of happening to have a right second radial
leg; that is, Roc's being Camel plus Dabbabah allows something like
'f4-h6-e7-f4'-- a triangulator but not a compound of duals. Neither do
these 4 of Wyvern-Peg.-Roc-N correspond to the types in ''Passed pawns,
scorpions and dragons,'' which differently also fill in the entire
surrounding space from departure square without any overlap of reach.  The
three cases, Overby, Gilman, and Duke are three different methods of
arranging squares mutually exclusive from a starting square, though
Gilman's have not been fully developed that way in any cv.  Use of
superimposed Omega compounds in ximeracak. makes still a fourth way
mathematically to get agreeable aesthetic mutual motive exclusivity. In
Overby's Beastmaster methodology, Roc and Wyvern remain colourbound.
Another fifth piece-type here, Lion, overlaps Roc a tad, Overby is finding
necessary; and Lion does seem to work fine to bridge the leapers four with
the regular Pawns one-type. When fewer cvs were made, Overby does not even
have to mention ximeracak. in the present article, everybody understanding
at once what Beastmaster was about with ximeracak. still fresh in mind.
The end of the text concludes 'The beasts come and go; the tribes
endure'.