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Flowerman wrote on Sat, Mar 6, 2010 09:21 AM UTC:
By the way, WHO invented this game?!

Flowerman wrote on Fri, Feb 5, 2010 01:11 PM UTC:Good ★★★★
Missile is very original piece. Each player must always defend strong pieces, so missile cant capture it because of it's high value. Interesting to play classic chess with this piece. But it must be board 10X8 or player must put it to reserve.

💡📝Andy Thomas wrote on Tue, Dec 13, 2005 09:29 PM UTC:
hi tony,
i have to agree about zillions and multi-moves... it doesn't play as
well... when playing multi-move variants, i regularly beat the computer


then when i go back to single-move variants, zillions is noticably

i sure like the idea of a 'marseilles-style' chess in any event...

in multi-move variants, there are a lot of turn orders which can be

Tony Quintanilla wrote on Tue, Dec 13, 2005 06:19 PM UTC:
Multi-move variants are interesting. Unfortunately, Zillions performance is critically degraded when using more than one move per turn per player; even two moves.

Christine Bagley-Jones wrote on Tue, Dec 13, 2005 04:00 PM UTC:
it should be done properely, you should update it to include that
variant at zillions site, then tell the ed's here, i'll email you

💡📝Andy Thomas wrote on Tue, Dec 13, 2005 03:46 AM UTC:
thanks for the review christine... i'm happy you find this variant as
interesting as i do... as you know, i had been fiddling with larry's
superlative zillions implementation of american chess, in order to try and
create, 'american blitz chess'... what with 2 boards side by side (22x9)
and upwards of 50 pieces per side!... there were 2 and 3 moves per side in
each turn... well, 'american blitz chess' is still kind of a dream... but
in the meantime i stumbled across the 'marseilles' chess variant whereby
with a FIDE setup the players would get two moves apiece per turn, the
latest version having a sequence of 'white black black white'
('marseilles balanced, invented in 1992')... so i thought i would try
this with standard american chess as a way of creating a restrained
(one-board) version of 'american blitz chess'

anyway, if anyone is playing american chess, if you add this code to the
end of the .zrf file:

	(title 'American Chess - Marseilles')
	(turn-order Blue Red Red Blue)

then you can play this thrilling ('marseilles') variant 'through'
american chess... trust me... this is what american chess was meant to
be!... even more pressure packed than before!... maybe it's the perfect
chess variant!... lol... :) ... well at least from a certain artistic and
emotional standpoint... ;)

Christine Bagley-Jones wrote on Wed, Nov 16, 2005 10:33 PM UTC:Excellent ★★★★★
american chess, how can i praise this game enough. stunning, highly 
original,beautiful game. love the soldier, colonel, artillery, missile, 3
kings, the rule about having to have a king in the 'zone', and pieces
promoting to kings on final rank. 
also the 50 move rule is soooo cool. the missile ... ooooh baby, lol, what
a piece, awesomely powerful, yet it is totally playable because it can't
hit the final rank. as someone said, you can feel the power of this piece
throughout the game. best game i've seen all year i would say. 
well done andy, and supreme thanks to larry for making this a zillions

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