[ Help | Earliest Comments | Latest Comments ][ List All Subjects of Discussion | Create New Subject of Discussion ][ List Latest Comments Only For Pages | Games | Rated Pages | Rated Games | Subjects of Discussion ]Comments/Ratings for a Single Item Later ⇩Reverse Order⇧ Earlier Maniac: Chess and Chess Variants Program . Chess and Chess Variants Program.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]Clone-Of-Derek-Nalls wrote on 2005-02-08 UTCPoor ★Nope. Although this program is supposed to install and run smoothly under MS Win 2000, it gave me all sorts of error messages during its failed installation. Roberto Lavieri wrote on 2004-09-30 UTCGreg, I coincide with you, Maniac has a great potential. Visual Basic was not, surely, the best decision for this program, and additionally, I deduce that there are some problems with the search method used, looking with some care the way the program plays after a few experiments with the adjustable evaluation parameters; nevertheless, all has solutions, and it should be interesting see this program improved. I don´t know if the author has interest in improvements. The fact I know is that it was an academic work. Greg Strong wrote on 2004-09-29 UTCYes, I was excited to see this program, as I had never noticed it before and am happy to see other freeware chess-variant programs. I was disapointed, though, to see that it doesn't appear to have been updated since 2001. Too bad, this program looks to have potential. Also, too bad that it's in Visual Basic :) Roberto Lavieri wrote on 2004-09-29 UTCManiac, as player, is a very weak program, but it is interesting itself by its facilities to create new variants. Ulysses Omycron wrote on 2004-09-25 UTCExcellent ★★★★★I was going to rate this program as Good, but the Personality feature is just great! (You just need to open Players.man to see the Original Personalities' data). I was interested in the program pieces' value (Queen at 14, Bishop/Knight at 5, Rook at 8, Pawn at 1.5); I entered those values at Rebel 12.00.02 Personality editor (As Pawn=142, Knight/Bishop=166, Rook=160, Queen=155, because Rebel multiplies the values by 1/3/3/5/9), and it actually beats Anand Personality! (The one that won the tourney for best playing personality) In a game Anand=6 Pawns, 1 Rook Vs. Maniac=4 Pawns, 2 Bishops. A score 11-10? But Maniac actually won! That's all I can say for now, I'm still experimenting. 5 comments displayedLater ⇩Reverse Order⇧ EarlierPermalink to the exact comments currently displayed.