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Traditional Chinese Pieces for Chinese Chess and Variants. Icons of pieces for Xiangqi and variants using a Chinese font.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
(zzo38) A. Black wrote on 2005-06-21 UTC
OK, use the 'ta' (or 'lou' if you prefer) and please make a icon out of it and use X/x to represent it in Game Courier (so it will show up in my 'Para Xiang-qi' preset, which, by the way, should probably be indexed).

Fergus Duniho wrote on 2005-06-19 UTC
<P>By itself, cheng seems to mean city, which is very different in meaning from castle. In looking for near synonyms to castle, I found that tower can be represented by a single Chinese character. Either <A HREF='http://zhongwen.com/d/182/d240.htm'>ta</A> or <A HREF='http://zhongwen.com/d/188/d211.htm'>lou</A>. In Chess, the Rook (which is equivalent to the Chariot in Chinese Chess) is sometimes called a Castle and usually looks like a Tower. In some languages, the Rook is even known by the word for tower, such as torre in Spanish, tour in French, Toren in Dutch, and Turm in German.</P>

(zzo38) A. Black wrote on 2005-06-17 UTC
I have looked it up, I think 'cheng' would probably be a better choice (see <a href='http://zhongwen.com/d/171/d176.htm'>http://zhongwen.com/d/171/d176.htm</a> and the corresponging Unicode page, by clicking on the '+' sign next to the question mark), also <a href='http://zhongwen.com/cgi-bin/search.cgi?yinghan=castle&framed=yes'>http://zhongwen.com/cgi-bin/search.cgi?yinghan=castle&framed=yes</a>. You could make only 'cheng', or one of each, or just make a completely different character if you think it would improve it.<br><br>But I don't really care what you make, but I should have at least one icon for the castle in Para-Xiang-qi which can be used to play this game. Whichever icon is used, I would like it to be added to the Game Courier so I could make a Game Courier preset to play Para-Xiang-qi. Then whoever plays first together can see how this game actually works! (Of course I could use ASCII letters in the mean time, but if this is Xiang-qi, I would like to be able to use Chinese characters to play this game).

Fergus Duniho wrote on 2005-06-14 UTC
It looks like the Chinese word for castle uses two characters, cheng + bao,
which wouldn't work as well as single character names do for pieces. Look
it up at http://zhongwen.com/ for confirmation.

Fergus Duniho wrote on 2005-06-14 UTC
I have already made GB and iconographic images. They are featured on their
own pages, and two are listed in the 'See also:' section of this page.

http://www.chessvariants.org/graphics.dir/ichina/index.html

http://www.chessvariants.org/graphics.dir/gb/index.html

There are also these graphics:

http://www.chessvariants.org/graphics.dir/eurasian/

http://www.chessvariants.org/graphics.dir/westchinese/

(zzo38) A. Black wrote on 2005-06-13 UTCGood ★★★★
It's good, but it needs a CASTLE icon for <a href='/xiangqivariants.dir/para-xiangqi.html'>Para-Xiang-qi</a>, which I invented. I prefer traditional Chinese images, but you should probably make both traditional and GB, and maybe also iconographic as well.

AndrewBofA wrote on 2002-07-12 UTCGood ★★★★
Clear images of the Korean pieces - useful for identification, and with explanation of why each symbol was chosen. Tightly written. The downloadable file is also useful. Thank you for your time and effort.

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