McGlinWellThis variant is inspired by the divergence between the Pawn substitutes in three long-standing forms of hex Chess. Siegmund Wellisch extended the POINT of Shogi and Xiang Qi to the two forward orthogonals of his hex orientation, an approach also used in Fergus Duniho's family of hex Shogis. Wladyslaw Glinski used a piece diverging between the single straight-forward orthogonal of his orientation when not capturing and the two part-forward orthogonals when capturing; this I term a MIGRANT after Glinski himself. Dave McCooey used a piece diverging between the same non-capturing direction and the two forward hex diagonals, which (along with its cubic-board counterpart) I term a BROKER as a pun on the word Pawnbroker.
These coinages were to distinguish these pieces from the square-board Pawn on a hex-level hex-prism board such as my 3 player Honeycomb Chess uses, but they serve as well in distinguishing them from each other in comparing them. Points work far better on a Wellisch orientation than a Glinski/McCooey one, where they are as weak as in Shogi and Xiang Qi (prior to promotion in all cases). Migrants and Brokers are more Pawn-like but capturing has a tendency to slow Migrants and speed Brokers toward their promotion rank, whereas it has neither effect of Pawns. I eventually resolved this in Chevron Ranks, but that was some while after this variant was first posted. As Glinski and McCooey both use the hex radial for analogues of the Bishop, Queen, and King it is Brokers, whose use of both kinds of hex radial better mirror Pawns' use of both kinds of square-cell radial, that are considered more consistent.
This made me search for some context where the maligned Migrant might be the consistent piece. Having worked so much with the Wellisch interpretation I speculated on how to apply it to FIDE Chess - or perhaps I should say to the Bishopless Los Alamos Chess - in combination with the Glinski/McCooey orientation. It struck me that for this, with only orthogonals being used as square-radial analogues, the Migrant would be ideal.
This gave a variant with Wellisch symmetric pieces and Glinski forward-only ones. With the former so few an attempt to lay a camp out Glinski-style would be ludicrously sparse, so I include the McCooey element of a compact camp. It is these elements from all three variants that inspire the name McGlinWell.
SetupI show the 2-player array, but the 3-player one is easily extrapolated from it:
|The GENERAL moves one step along any orthogonal, like a Wazir, but unlike the latter piece and like the FIDE and Shogi King - of which it is the Wellisch analogue - must be kept out of check.
|The VICEREINE is the compound of the Rook and Viceroy (see both below), and a member of the family of Crowned Rooks. Though often called a Queen in its Wellisch context it is more accurately a Wellisch analogue to the Marshal. In the Glinski/McCooey interpretation it would be the analogue to a Chatelaine, the square-board Crowned Rook of Duke of Rutland's Chess.
|The ROOK moves any distance through empty intermediate cells along any orthogonal.
|The VICEROY moves one step along any of the 6 hex (or on a cubic board, 8 3d) diagonals. It is the Wellisch Knight analogue, although in the Glinski/McCooey interpretation it would be a Ferz analogue.
|The MIGRANT moves one step at a time. It moves along the straight forward orthogonal expect when capturing, which it does along the two half-forward orthogonals. It is a good analogue for a Pawn in a variant where the orthogonal is the only square-radial analogue.