[ 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 Mortal Chessgi. A Chessgi game in which captures reduce material. (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]Fergus Duniho wrote on 2004-06-20 UTCFlippable pieces won't be sufficient for playing Mortal Shogi, because they won't be enough to cover all possible combinations of pieces that could exist in the game. Except for some uninvented possibilities, any set for Mortal Shogi would require multiple pieces. At best, using flippable pieces would just reduce the total number of pieces that need to be on hand. Not counting Pawns that promote and then demote, one may have up to 7 Knights. For example, (BQ -> WR -> BB -> WN) + 2 * (WR -> BB -> WN) + 2 * (BB -> WN) + 2 * WN. The other pieces could eventually demote to Black Knights but not White Knights. Four Chess sets would cover this. The number needed of other pieces would be less and so would be covered by the four sets. The number of possible Pawns would be 7+8=15, which would also be covered. Since each side could have a different 7 Knights, flippable pieces would not seem to reduce how many extra pieces are needed on hand. Including the possiblity that all one's Pawns will promote into Knights, a player could have up to 15 Knights, which can be covered by eight sets. So, eight sets, not the mere three I said before, is what it takes to cover all possibilities, and flippable pieces won't really help. Unless you're rich, it is probably best to go buy eight small plastic sets from a dollar store. Okay, now for the uninvented possibilities. I look forward to pieces made out of nanobots that will be able to take on any shape programmed into them. A less technically advanced possibility would be disk or wedge shaped pieces with LCD displays that change at the flick of a button and can be programmed for different games. Something between these two possibilities would be flat disks that project programmably changeable holograms, assuming that it would be safe to touch the LASER light coming out of them. If need be, they could have some kind of elongated glass dome that contains the hologram and also makes the tactile sensation of picking up the pieces more like picking up regular pieces.