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 By Dan  Troyka. Pompeii Chess. Variant on board with 25 squares. (7x7, Cells: 25) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Dan Troyka wrote on 2006-06-22 UTC
That's correct. Pompeii Chess was simply an attempt to make a chess variant fit on the 'step' board design, which I had previously used in Pompeii. I can't say the variant was successful or not but I still like the idea of trying some form of chess on that board.

Jeremy Good wrote on 2006-06-21 UTC
Troyka also has a game called simply Pompeii with the same square arrayed as playing background.

Larry Smith wrote on 2006-06-08 UTCGood ★★★★
I've always enjoyed Dan Troyka's creations.

And this game is no exception.

Though I play with one less Pawn on each side, freeing up the central 3x3
area for more manuevering room during the opening and allowing some of the
powerful pieces quick access. This also allows for more room throughout the
play. And three Pawns for each player are quite sufficient for this size
field. Making them very valuable in order to obtain promotions. And with
Shogi drops, each player has ample opportunity for more.

Not saying that this actually improves the game, just makes it a little
more vicious. ;-)

Jeremy Good wrote on 2006-06-08 UTC
Thanks for trying it out with me, Gary. There's a zillions version of this available too. Check it out if you have time.

Gary Gifford wrote on 2006-06-08 UTC
Jeremy Good and I will be giving this game a run through. My feelings are that the previous commentor may be correct... but, maybe Pompeii Chess will turn out to be thought provoking and challenging? After all, Pente can be fun and there's really not much to that game.

f.s.m. wrote on 2006-06-07 UTCBelowAverage ★★
the shape of the board combined with drops (possibly also the pawn movement) makes play much too cramped.

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