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It was last modified on: 2003-04-18
 By Gavin  King. Motorotor. Variant where two platforms slowly orbit a central board. (11x11, Cells: 43) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Carlos Martín-Fuert wrote on 2003-06-30 UTCGood ★★★★
As a matter of fact, I think I remember some game by Fergus Duniho called
'British Chess' or something like that, using the piece you named
'Luxury Bishop' (or 'Pawnshop'), which he called 'Anglican Bishop'.

The reason for the name was, according to Mr. Duniho, that normal
(Catholic) Bishops had made a vow that they should remain colourbound,
whereas Anglican Bishops had not.

Anyway, I also liked the pun about the BmW being 'Bayerische
MotorWagen'. It may seem irrelevant to some people, but I always liked
those stupid things about names of the pieces having a story behind.

Tony Quintanilla wrote on 2003-04-09 UTCGood ★★★★
I like this game. The rotating platform is certainly innovative and interesting. Some of the pitfalls that are mentioned could be worked out with a little playtesting (outside the contest, to be sure). The game concept, though, is not without merit.

Anonymous wrote on 2003-04-07 UTCPoor ★
AGHHH!!! Scary! Even though all of the rules seem extremely similar to regular chess rules, none of the strategies seem to apply. Since the king keeps moving around there is no actual direction that you are going in, and the number of moves you make seems to make a big difference as to whether or not a particular position is checkmate. A king can only be checked in the orthodox way by a piece that is actually on the platform with him (since he gets to move along with the platform for free each time. However, any of these ordinary checks seems pointless, since the king can move anywhere on his platform, and can easily take the piece on the next move, unless it is defended, but such a defense would have to be done in a weird way by a piece that is off of the platform, and would only last one move. The luxury bishop is unnecesary. For a bishop to change colors it can always hitch a ride on a motorized platform for any odd number of moves. There also seem to be a guaranteed draw strategy: Just leave all pieces but one omnipawn on the platform (not always the same one) and just keep pushing the omnipawn onto and off of the platform (as often as possible) If you run out of omnipawns, any other piece should be able to do it, even if it's a little more complicated. Any opposing pieces which venture onto the platform are taken with the king, and the king moves back to his protected spot in the back. The eventual result is that either play continues forever, or there is a draw by lack of force. You get a 'poor' from me for two reasons: The draw strategy, and the fact that your variant is just too scary for me to really think about very much.

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