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 By Kevin  Pacey. Compound Chess. Chess on a 10x8 board with Sergeant pawns & armies of compound pieces.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Greg Strong wrote on 2018-12-19 UTC

I think the current situation with these pages is not good.  You need to open the preset itself to see the rules, and people won't know to do that.  Aurelian didn't know to do that and he is an experienced user of this site.  Here are what I think are the options to improve these, ranging from least-good but easiest, to the best but most difficult.

1.  Just put the rules on the GC Preset page as well as the on the preset itself.  Kevin noted that Fergus didn't want these pages clogged with rules, but a couple of points: First, the rules are very, very simple.  You only need to know a couple thigns to play and it is only a paragraph so I don't think it is problematic to put them here.  I agree that it would be undesirable for complicated games that require more than a paragraph or two to explain.  Secondly, there are no separate game pages to reference.

2.  Game description pages for each game could be made.

3.  What I think would be best is a site-wide redesign to eliminate the duplication of having separately indexed preset pages.  But this would require a lot of planning and a lot of work.  Fergus and I have (briefly) discussed the desirability of redesigning the site to be more game-centric.