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It was last modified on: 2006-07-31
 By Gary K. Gifford. Shatranjian Shogi. Shatranj with extra pieces from days gone by and with Shogi drops. (9x9, Cells: 81) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Christine Bagley-Jones wrote on 2006-08-03 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Well i think this looks great, it has my fav pieces. With promotion zone
last 3 ranks and game played with drops, play should be fast paced. It has
a nice shatranj feel to it.
Even though i most likely prefer promoted pieces reverting back to pawns,
i think it is interesting and fun the way it plays in this game. For sure,
when promoting, you would have to consider things differently.
Gary, i was going to say, defence will be important, because pro zone is 3
ranks, pawn drops will be deadly, and wazir and fers could often be hard
pressed to defend, and just before i looked at your game going at the
moment on game courier :)

Charles Gilman wrote on 2006-08-02 UTCGood ★★★★

As the main advocate of returning unpromoted with Occidental sets I suppose I ought to mention how I have approached this for this range of pieces. In my latest update to Bishogi , update submitted but yet to be posted) I added Filgi, which is 'to Bishogi what Shatranji is to Chessgi.' This follows the rule of promoting Pawns to Ferzes, and promoting other pieces by ADDING the Ferz move. This preserves Shogi Rook promotion, and promotes 2-step leapers to be only as bound as the Ferz itself. As everything has only one promotion option it can be played with Shogi pieces. Applying this to the array here could still be done but would require one piece type represented by stacks of two spare pieces - three sets for two games, perhaps.

As for adding a Bishop - well that's getting into the realms of Shoxiang.

Daniel Roth wrote on 2006-08-01 UTCGood ★★★★
Nice game which offset the weakness of the old pieces quite well.
But I see the lack of a long range diagonal moving piece like a bishop.
What's about adding pawn promotion to bishop also?

Andy wrote on 2006-07-31 UTCGood ★★★★
A very logical set of pieces, aesthetically satisfying. Many weak pieces, 8 pieces weaker than shogi generals, which leaves small question in my mind. So the game will develop slowly, but drops probably make up for that. Promoted pawns stay promoted when captured or turn back into pawns?

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