[ Help | Earliest Comments | Latest Comments ][ List All Subjects of Discussion | Create New Subject of Discussion ][ List Latest Comments Only For Pages | Games | Rated Pages | Rated Games | Subjects of Discussion ]Rated Comments for a Single ItemLater ⇩Reverse Order⇧ Earlier Optima. Large variant influenced by Robert Abbott's Ultima.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]Robert Price wrote on 2003-05-07 UTCExcellent ★★★★★I've been wondering about a large Ultima-type variant for some time. I hadn't hit upon the idea of incorporating shielding attributes against the various types of capture. I also haven't seen such a bewildering menagerie of fairy pieces in a good while. It must have taken weeks to code all those pieces in Zillions! The graphics are great. Now, if only I could design a system of interlocking components to play Optima in person... well, there's always Lego blocks. :) Roberto Lavieri wrote on 2003-05-06 UTCGood ★★★★I can´t see OPTIMA as a game, intead of this it is a FACTORY for a family of games. The game play vary dramatically with each combination of pieces. Some selections leads to very good OPTIMA sub-games, games were you can see ART in the game play, but with a lot of startups and piece selections, I can´t be so generous. Many pieces are so strong that tactics is extremely difficult, and the ends are straightforward after some path walked on the game. I prefer 9x9 with 5 major pieces per band, and some combinations of initial pieces and start-ups produce usual beautiful games, that doesn´t seem to be the case with some others... (please, excuseme if David and you are not the same person. I have now the right information...) good7972 wrote on 2002-12-21 UTCExcellent ★★★★★i've only played with 9 of the available pieces but i am quite impressed. this game will keep me busy for years to come. Joseph DiMuro wrote on 2002-12-09 UTCExcellent ★★★★★One small mistake on this page: when a fortress captures a non-inert piece, ALL adjacent enemy pieces are captured, not just those orthogonally adjacent. (I assume this is an error in the description, not in the ZRF; the Fortress's counterpart, the Shaman, is correctly listed as capturing all adjacent pieces.) Now that we got that out of the way, I'd like to give a quick warning to those who dare play this WONDERFUL game: it can be a brain buster! The back rank pieces are very strong, and keeping track of them all is not easy. A set of 9 pieces is preselected in the ZRF (18 for the unequal armies version); I recommend you get used to those 9 before you play with a different set of pieces. (By the way, those strong pieces do NOT make the game too tactical, thanks to the pawns and guards standing in the way. I'm sure that any combination of 9 bank rank pieces will lead to a good game.) Have fun folks! Don't go crazy (it's too late for me, by the way :-D) 4 comments displayedLater ⇩Reverse Order⇧ EarlierPermalink to the exact comments currently displayed.