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Three Realms Chess. (Updated!) A three layer variant with familiar and fantastical pieces. (8x8x3, Cells: 192) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Andrew L Smith wrote on 2022-08-01 UTC

I've fixed the file names, alongside a few formatting bugs and making sure pawns don't share a letter with any other piece.


Shatranj With Different Armies. (Updated!) Like Chess with Different Armies, but for Shatranj.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Andrew L Smith wrote on 2022-07-03 UTC

Edited regarding letters: Berolina pawns changed from P to Q.


Andrew L Smith wrote on 2022-07-03 UTC

The Japanese Jostlers pawn is a regular Shatranj pawn (though with a different promotion). The image editor doesn't allow me to mix piece sets, unfortunately.


Reservists' doublechess. Each side has 16 non-pawn pieces, split among 10 types.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Andrew L Smith wrote on 2021-12-31 UTC

I've changed the full file rule to be simpler and make more sense, clarified how commonners interact with check and renamed the major pieces to heavy pieces as suggested.

I've also done some editing cleanup as suggested by Ben Reiniger.

I believe that makes this ready to publish.


Shatranj With Different Armies. (Updated!) Like Chess with Different Armies, but for Shatranj.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Andrew L Smith wrote on 2021-10-06 UTC

I believe this is now ready to be published.


12 Augmenters Chess. Each piece's movement capabilities is increased by ~4 squares.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Andrew L Smith wrote on 2021-10-04 UTC

This should be ready to publish.


The Starbound Sliders. A Chess With Different Armies team featuring rook-inspired sliders.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Andrew L Smith wrote on 2021-09-29 UTC

Thank you! The updated description is good


Andrew L Smith wrote on 2021-09-28 UTC

Alright, I've fixed the images. This should be ready for publication now!


Andrew L Smith wrote on 2021-09-21 UTC

It's an artifact of ChessCraft's UI. The numbers represent promotion squares.

I'll change the image to remove them, as they don't add any useful information.


Beautiful Beasts. A new team for Chess with Different Armies based on the Roc.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Andrew L Smith wrote on 2021-08-28 UTCGood ★★★★

This is a great concept for an army! I like how the Vouivre encourages tactical play with its forking capabilities and ability to do nasty smothered mates, while the Geese are more focused on strategic pawn play in the endgame; similar to how the tactical Knights and the strategic Rooks provide a variety of viable playstyles in the Fabulous FIDEs.

In your opening line, 2.Vg5 doesn't work because of Qxg5.

PS: If you're willing to upload this army to ChessCraft, I'd be happy to playtest them alongside my own Starbound Sliders.

Edit: Upon closer inspection, this army is actually very weak.

  • Ouroboros: 2x5pts Although the Ouroboros is about Rook strength, it's the only one that's as strong as its claimed to be.
  • Roc: 2x3pts+0.5pts colorbound pair bonus The Roc is colorbound and has limited range, making it weak and finnicky even by minor piece standards. Complicated maneuvres are less viable when the board is full of pawns, which further highlights the Roc's difficulty in movement. It is definitely not as strong as a Rook, though its ability to reach 12 squares means it may be slightly stronger than a Knight.
  • Flying Goose: 2x1.5pts The Flying Goose has very little value, and also gives the Beautiful Beasts the very annoying trait that they can't castle without moving one of the three Pawns that will be in front of the King (unless they castle queenside and mave the a pawn). Granted, the Flying Goose is little more than a slightly stronger pawn anyway, but still.
  • Vouvire: 9pts The Vouvire is reasonably strong for a Queen equivalent and it's great for tactical play, the problem is that there's nothing to play tactically against. Knights are fun to use because they're the weakest piece in the army (so when they fork something, you're in business!) while the Vouvire is the strongest piece so it can't fork anything that's protected. Also, it can't go to any of the 8 adjacent squares, which makes maneuvering on a crowded board surprisingly difficult.
  • Total: 28.5pts CwDA armies typically range from 31.5 (Fabulous FIDEs) to 33.5 (Nutty Knights) with more complicated armies needing more value.

ChessXp. 10x10 Chess, strictly derived from the 8x8 architecture.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Andrew L Smith wrote on 2021-08-23 UTCGood ★★★★

This seems like a nice variant. I especially like the 32221111Q movement of the pawns. The falcons/bison are also fun to play with, their long leaps make for nice tactics.

Pretty much the only thing I'd change is that castling leaves the King too close to the middle. Instead, I would make it so that castling results in the King and the Rook swapping places (White king can go to b1 or i1, black king can go to b10 or i10; rook always goes to the f file) as this gets the King 1 space away from the corner. This would also fix one of the gripes I have with regular chess: queenside castling is usually terrible. Opposite side castling often leads to fun games, so making it happen more often seems like it would be desirable. Also, it would allow players to castle by moving the Rook first, as the ambiguity between O-O and Rg1 is removed.


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