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The Disguised King. Unknown pawn becomes royal piece. (8x8, Cells: 64)
David Howe wrote on Sun, Nov 27, 2005 05:12 PM UTC:Excellent ★★★★★
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Fugue. Based on Ultima and Rococo this game has pieces that capture in unusual ways. (8x8, Cells: 64)
David Howe wrote on Thu, Mar 18, 2004 03:35 AM UTC:Excellent ★★★★★
It's interesting to note that the Swapper is critical in this game -- without it, a player could form a perfect defensive position (using only 3 pawns, 1 immobilizer, 1 shield, 1 queen, and of course a king). <p>Anyone care to take a stab at what one of the perfect defensive positions would look like? My solution is posted in this comment, but you'll have to 'view source' to see it. <!-- <pre> | . . . . | p k i . | . s p . | . q p . +-------- </pre> -->

3D Chess, a Different Way of Looking at It. A scheme for a geometric translation of 2d piece moves into 3d.
David Howe wrote on Wed, May 1, 2002 09:02 PM UTC:Good ★★★★
This is an interesting idea. Here's a logical extension of it: <p>In 2d chess (thinking in the abstract), pieces are 0 dimensional (ie. points) that move in a line (1 dimensional movement). <p>Perhaps in 3d chess, pieces could be 1 dimensional (ie. line segments) that move (as suggested) in a 2 dimensional plane. Their direction of movement would be constant, it would simply be their area of movement that would cover a two dimensions. <p>In the diagram below, the 3d Rook piece at [a1,d1] could move to [a2,d2] or [a3,d3]. It would be blocked by the 3d Bishop piece at [c4,d4]. It could, however move to [a1,d1] on the next level up, assuming no friendly pieces are blocking it. However for the 3d Rook to move to the other half of the board (ie. files e-h) it might have to rotate. Or then again, perhaps in that direction it only covers a single rank instead of a plane. <pre> +---+---+---+---+ | | | | | 6 +---+---+---+---+ | | | | | 5 +---+---+---+---+ | | |---B---| 4 +---+---+---+---+ | | | | | 3 +---+---+---+---+ | | | | | 2 +---+---+---+---+ |-------R-------| 1 +---+---+---+---+ a b c d </pre>

Feeble Chess to Weakest Chess. Some Chess variants with weaker pieces. (8x8, Cells: 64)
David Howe wrote on Thu, Apr 11, 2002 01:02 PM UTC:Excellent ★★★★★
I wish I had thought of this! The idea of finding the weakest possible pieces that still provide a chess-like game is inspired. For some reason, it reminded me of my attempt to create a <a href='../newideas.dir/construction.html'>chess variant construction set</a>. The concept of a flipping move to switch between capture-only and move-only is something I never thought of. On the whole, a well-thought-out, and aesthetically pleasing game. I must try it out sometime!

The Game of Nemoroth. For the sake of your sanity, do not read this variant! (8x8, Cells: 64)
David Howe wrote on Tue, Apr 9, 2002 03:45 PM UTC:Excellent ★★★★★
```I've heard vague rumours that this game, or a game very much like it, is
still played at Miskatonic University...

The excellent rating applies to presentation and originality. I have not
playtested this game (yet). Truth be told, I'm not sure I *want* to! :)```

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