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It was last modified on: 2005-06-13
 By Roberto  Lavieri. Toccata. A hexagonal variant inspired of Maxima. (Cells: 76) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
George Duke wrote on 2009-09-18 UTCGood ★★★★
76-square Toccata is mix of Xiangqi and Maxima, according to the earlier comments in year 2005. Roberto Lavieri, Gary Gifford, and Charles Gilman all weigh in that Toccata is intentionally Chinese-chess-like. It is better expressed than I could summarize in the three last of their comments. I played 2 of the 5 Game Courier logs of Toccata recorded. It's pretty good, because of concentrating on the orthogonals, and just hit ''all comments'' above for more depth of analysis. No one yet mentions Toccata is also like Rococo, a comparison more important than Maxima and Ultima.

Gary Gifford wrote on 2005-06-14 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I had a chance to play several games of this already and they were interesting and fun. The game reminds me a little of Chinese Chess mixed with Maxima. At first I expected the hexagonal aspect to be overwhelming and intimidating, but that wasn't the case at all. Nice job Roberto!

Charles Gilman wrote on 2005-06-14 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
With its concentration on the orthogonals this variant puts me in mind of Wellisch Hex, Xiang Qi, and even Tetrahedral Chess. Wellisch can be seen as a hex pre-Cannon XQ with a touch of Mongolian Chess thrown in, and this can be seen a hex post-Cannon XQ but replacing the short-range pieces with pieces from the -ima family of variants.

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