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Man and Beast 19: The Vice Squad. Systematic naming of more complex pieces mixing radial and oblique moves.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Peter Boddy wrote on 2008-10-06 UTC
The piececlopedia is written in plain english, and is set up to be searched. I wouldn't set out to read the whole thing, but instead would look for specific pieces. It also (usually) contains a movement diagram that gets the point across.

Step back and try reading one of your articles. Many of the descriptions are incredibly convoluted, and dare I say, confusing. Maybe if one was a chess aficionado for many years one might make heads or tails of it. But for someone who is looking to design their own game just for fun, explain why I (or anyone else) should use your names for their pieces, especially if it is so convoluted?

Ganeshan Chess. Introducing a new Elephant piece known as (the) Ganapati. (10x10, Cells: 100) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Peter Boddy wrote on 2008-10-02 UTCGood ★★★★
The Fool is a perfect name for someone wise and of great intellect. For the fool was anything but in ancient and medieval times. You had to jest in such a way as to not lose your head when insulting someone in court. Fools also had more freedom of speech than most anyone else, able to speak on controversial issues in such a way that lesser folk would be punished for... the fool, AKA joker or jester, had to walk a fine line indeed.

The fool could certainly be a facet of Ganesh.

So I don't understand the push from some people to change the name from Fool to Joker.

Man and Beast 19: The Vice Squad. Systematic naming of more complex pieces mixing radial and oblique moves.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Peter Boddy wrote on 2008-10-02 UTC
Good lord man. 19 chapters of names? What purpose do you have in doing this? Wouldn't it make sense, and be easier on the eyes and brain, to just draw out the moves, instead of trying to describe compounds of coprime this and RootEleventyBillion that? I've tried reading your series and my eyes start to go cross-eyed after the first couple. You're seriously going to mess with new reader's heads, that's for certain. You need a friendlier approach.

Optimum design of a Chess variant. Missing description[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Peter Boddy wrote on 2006-06-08 UTC
How does one figure out the first number in the equation, the pieces influence?

Poll number Game Courier Tournament #2 Approval Poll. Vote for which games you would like to play in the second Game Courier Tournament.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Peter Boddy wrote on 2004-12-29 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I've voted and I'll play. Where do we sign up to play? And does it cost anything to play?

Ryu Shogi. Large modern shogi variant. (7x12, Cells: 84) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Peter Boddy wrote on 2004-11-10 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
This might seem like a silly question, but where do I find the moves for the dragons?

Ed Friedlander's Chess Variant Applets. Hundreds of Java Applets for Playing Chess Variants.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Peter Boddy wrote on 2004-10-20 UTCGood ★★★★
I like this list of applets!

Is it possible to have Shogi and some of it's variants as Java progs? 
Like Chu and Dai shogi?

Thanks in advance!

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