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I just finished entering a variant of my own called Chessembly that is almost identical to this! It hasn't been posted to this site yet, but probably because Jeff Miller apparently beat me to it by many years. I was a bit upset to see it already in existence, but then I should have known this type of variant would be invented by now. In fact, in my version I was thinking of adding certain restrictions that I also see here in Unachess 2 and Parachute.
The main difference between my version and this (which would greatly influence the opening of the game) is that a person cannot drop ANY piece past the first four ranks, not just the pawns. This would make dropping an army on one side of the board the most likely opening for both players (then some movement would start to happen gradually as the overall assembly becomes apparent). It basically means that each player has their own "drop" territory (on their own side of the board).
I played similar variant, but with 2 differences: 1. Kings must be dropped on first moves. 2. Pawns may be dropped anywhere, expect 1st and 8th ranks. Another variant, i can suggest (i did not played it yet): Pawns have same defination of forward. This one may be played with 3 players. Actually, with any number of players, from 2 to 16. For multiplayer variant, rules for capturing/mating king and pieces of lost player must be chosen before playing, many variants are possible.
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BigBoard is another placement CV.