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Charles Gilman wrote on 2010-04-12 UTC
The Beaver as described in my previous comment is now listed in my piece article Man and Beast 08: Diverse Directions, and as one of the forms taken by one of the mutating pieces in my year-of-the-Rat-themed variant Random Rodent Chess. The Man and Beast series has no Butcher yet, but it does have a Baker (Man and Beast 14: Oddly Oblique), Barrister and Bellman (Man and Beast 10: The Hybrid Diagonal), and Broker (Man and Beast 02: Shield Bearers). The Baker, Barrister, and Bellman are however specific to hex-prism boards and the Broker to boards other than the square-cell 2d one. In addition Man and Beast 21: Lords High Everything-Else has Bandersnatch, Jabberwock, and Jubjub versions of various pieces.

By now you may have noticed that my Barrister is different from the one here. This is perhaps a lesson is making names memorable. When I devised names for MAB 10 pieces I had certainly seen Snark Hunt Chess, but use of this name in it had slipped my mind. My own name for the Rook+Elephant compound, the Infanta, was deliberately chosen to have the mnemonic of the reputed origins of the pub name 'Elephant and Castle'.


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