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Terachess II. (Updated!) An unrealistic summit on a very large board of 16x16 squares and 128 pieces.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Eric Silverman wrote on 2021-11-27 UTCExcellent ★★★★★

I've been playing a lot of this game recently (via Ai Ai), partly for my own enjoyment and partly as inspiration for my own 16x16 experiments. There are relatively few modern Chess variants played on 16x16, and for me, this game is the best example thus far.

The variety of pieces presented here is at first intimidating, but one soon realises there is a logic to everything presented here, and shortly thereafter you'll find the piece movements become natural. The balance of the initial position is excellent, with every piece finding its way into the fight without too much awkward development. Games are long -- against AI at 2 minutes/move my games take at least 400 plies, with my longest so far at 695 -- but as a large Shogi variant fanatic this doesn't bother me at all. Throughout those long games one will find drama, excitement, and plentiful opportunities for subtlety and subterfuge.

If I were very picky, I might say that I'd like to see the Rook + Camel/Bishop + Camel compounds in here, which I find really fun on a large board. Also the basic leapers -- Camel, Giraffe, Knight -- feel less impactful in a game this size. Having said that, everything works well together, and I enjoy this game tremendously.

Aurelian Florea wrote on 2021-06-04 UTC


Jean-Louis Cazaux wrote on 2021-06-04 UTC

@Aurelian Would you like to try, maybe on Gigachess II?

Jean-Louis Cazaux wrote on 2021-06-03 UTC

@Greg: thanks I had done this for Gigachess II, now it's reverted for the old version, and fixed for the new one. I will do this to Terachess II soon.

Greg Strong wrote on 2021-06-03 UTC

Yes, as long as you put it back the existing game logs should open fine.

Jean-Louis Cazaux wrote on 2021-06-03 UTC

@Greg: thank you, I hadn't understood that.

In the case where I have already changed the preset but kept the same setting name, does it work if I go back and re-put the old preset? I mean, will that restore the previous game logs?

(Then I will save the new preset under a different setting name)

Aurelian Florea wrote on 2021-06-03 UTC

I see your point!

Jean-Louis Cazaux wrote on 2021-06-03 UTC

Aurelian, the Troll had an awkward move. I had the feeling it is not well in accordance with the other pieces. In actual play it is used very early with its long jump in order to expect an exchange with a more valuable piece, but then it remains a bit useless in the middle. On the opposite, the Squirrel is a compound piece that has a "consistent" pattern, not an artificial one. I mean it is more perceived as a piece jumping all around at the 2nd square, than a sum of Dabbaba+Alfil+kNight. This is well in-line for what I'm looking for in those variants. Tests will say. Maybe I'm wrong.

Aurelian Florea wrote on 2021-06-03 UTC

@Jean-Louis, Why do you think the troll does not work?

Greg Strong wrote on 2021-06-02 UTC

If you change the existing presets, even after the games are finished, those game logs would be broken.

So, you should give your new presets a different "settings" name. You can do that at any time. Then update the launch page to point to the new preset with the new settings name.

Jean-Louis Cazaux wrote on 2021-06-02 UTC

Not satisfied when play testing with the Troll, this piece is removed from Terachess II, as well as from Gigachess II, and replaced by the Squirrel, a well known compound piece.

The Game Courier preset modified to play Terachess II is ready but not uploaded yet. Maybe I should wait for the on-going games to finish before uploading it.

Jean-Louis Cazaux wrote on 2021-02-14 UTC

Slight change in the lineup as the pawns of the bishop were not protected. Thanks to Numerist for optimising the design with me.

Fergus Duniho wrote on 2020-12-22 UTC

Terachess II is ready

Published. I made a variety of small changes, which you can see if you compare my revision with your last one. Most notably, I changed the Latin word summum to the English word summit after looking up its meaning.

Jean-Louis Cazaux wrote on 2020-12-22 UTC

Terachess II is ready

Jean-Louis Cazaux wrote on 2020-12-20 UTC

At last, presenting Terachess II on the CVPs.

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