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Help with .ZRF programming: OR, Find the Game[Subject Thread] [Add Response]
Daniel MacDuff wrote on 2017-09-28 UTC

You have to be kidding me... autocorrect stole my post.


Anyway, let me hit the high points.  I'm to make a .zrf for Ganymede Chess and have no experience.  The Wall, the Mini-Rose, and the castling rules are all a little weird and if anyone can provide advice/examples for these kinds of things in .zrf's then I'd much appreciate it.

Daniel MacDuff wrote on 2017-09-27 UTC

Zillions of Games. It can play an endless variety of abstract board games, and we have a large collection of Chess variants you can play on it.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Daniel MacDuff wrote on 2017-06-03 UTC

Have the links to .zrf's been cut as a part of the move?  All the download links I've looked at today have sent me back to the home page.

Game Courier Tournament 2017. Chess Variant Tournament played on Game Courier in 2017.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Daniel MacDuff wrote on 2017-06-03 UTC

I accept this challenge.


Please and Thank You. Politeness can benefit you.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Daniel MacDuff wrote on 2017-06-03 UTC

It's been a while since I posted.  I appreciate the new word processor, as I don't know HTML.  This is meant to go to the Modest variants page.  Is that possible?

Klondike Chess. With 52 potential pieces, build a foundation on the enemy throne. (5x5, Cells: 25) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Daniel MacDuff wrote on 2016-03-02 UTC
You are correct, and I must admit that the 5-10 do not really have a difference at all.  It really would not matter unless you were playing on a larger board.  However, I will leave the rules as they are exactly for that purpose.

Lifeform Chess. Instead of individual units, pieces are parts of the body of a giant animal. (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Daniel MacDuff wrote on 2016-02-25 UTC
Paolo: Yes, the "joint lock + elbow strike" is possible.  As for your meta question, I suggest you do just that.  If there is an error, it is likely that ohers will see it before you do.

Daniel MacDuff wrote on 2016-02-24 UTC
Paolo: Having not taken the time to playtest yet (most of my variants are posted as untested ideas), I had not considered the awkwardness of the setup.  A fluid setup seems to be the best way to play, however,

Daniel MacDuff wrote on 2016-01-20 UTC
I don't know.  I feel like Microorganism would be too strong, and a virus assault (for instance) could easily overrun the Lifeform.  Are you familiar with David Howe's variant Mega Chess?  It features pieces that are also games.  Perhaps Lifeform Chess with Microorganism board-pieces would be an interesting variant.

Pawns in Hats. Pawns put on hats to gain powers. (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Daniel MacDuff wrote on 2016-01-20 UTC
This is indeed a problem.  Possibly the kingly crown could create non-royal kings and players could begin with one "real" king which is the object of mate.

Mars. Missing description (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Daniel MacDuff wrote on 2016-01-08 UTC
Yay!  My first real graphics!

Chess Wars 2.2- The Raid. Missing description (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Daniel MacDuff wrote on 2015-12-04 UTC
Hello T. Becker,

I have not quite finished the Chess Wars series- I was not aware there was interest.  My life has gotten a little busier over the years, and most of my latest projects would not really fall into the category of chess variants, but I can think of a few ideas that would be aplicable to the chess variant category.  I will try to finish this series and maybe create some new games.  It honestly means a lot that you noticed!


Daniel MacDuff

Unconventional Warfare Chess. Variant based on modern warfare. (10x10, Cells: 84) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Daniel MacDuff wrote on 2015-05-14 UTC
As regards the International Prop. error, I think it helps thematically (if a year after troops were committed nukes were flying the human race would have been wiped out back in the 60's or 70's) as well as changing the feel of the early game.  It gives you time to play chess before the game REALLY begins to go crazy.  But just for the record, in the game I just played, the player who struck the other's Propaganda first won.  With a nuke.

The Lost Variant[Subject Thread] [Add Response]
Daniel MacDuff wrote on 2015-04-20 UTC
Thanks for the assist.  I tried itemid=lycanthrope, =rockyhorror, etc.  It
seems I did indeed forget a few words of the title!

PASGL 312 Chess. Critters steal lunch in the forest, while trying to get close to the campfire and avoid the train. (Cells: 68) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Daniel MacDuff wrote on 2015-04-20 UTCGood ★★★★
Another subvariant would be to add a row on each side and superimpose The Game of the Trees.  Every piece can travel on grass, shrubbery, and trees equally (Perhaps a Shrew in the trees can't be squashed, or a Deer can eat grass and shrubbery...).  Other than movement, trees would block everything.  Just a suggestion.

Update (like six hours later): Perhaps This Game is for the Birds could be worked in too...  The Ultimate Outdoor Trifecta Chess would be very strange indeed...

The Lost Variant[Subject Thread] [Add Response]
Daniel MacDuff wrote on 2015-04-20 UTC
Now Rocky Horror Lycanthropic Chess is missing.  I'm not quite sure what
to try to look up, as it has quite a long and complex title, but even a
google search on the site for lycanthrope onyl returns Halloween Knight

Unconventional Warfare Stratagems[Subject Thread] [Add Response]
Daniel MacDuff wrote on 2015-04-12 UTC
I have recently been so fortunate as to acquire a 3D printer, which uses
plastic filament to create 3-dimensional objects.  I have been creating a
set of pieces for Unconventional Warfare Chess, whci  can be found

Because of this, I have been looking at that page a lot.  I have begun to
guess at a few stratagies and tactics to try, but if anyone has played this
game before, maybe they could teach me a few of their tricks.  Thank you.

The Lost Variant[Subject Thread] [Add Response]
Daniel MacDuff wrote on 2014-10-02 UTC
Dear Everyone,

First of all, this is not fiction... I hope.

There was a large hex variant on the pages called neptune, featuring pieces
such as princesses, crooked bishops (not what they were called), and
"space eaters" that swallowed squares.  Does anyone else remember this? 
What happened to it?  And, perhaps most spookily, why has every trace of it
disappeared like squares in the Space Eater's path?

Thank you for your thoughts, theories, answers, comments, etc.

Daniel MacDuff

Divine Wind. Maharajah and the Sepoys extended to Shogi. (9x9, Cells: 81) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Daniel MacDuff wrote on 2014-09-15 UTC
It is intriguing to note the occassional power difference between the maharajah and the sepoys when applying it to chess variants.  For instance, Jupiter-applied M&S produces a terrible beast while Shogi produces a piece that some may think is not itself powerful enough for its board.

Pancake. A piece that moves and captures like a non-royal King or a Nightrider-style cannon.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Daniel MacDuff wrote on 2014-09-01 UTCGood ★★★★
The Queen could be the Upside Down cake.  It moves as a Rook up and then as a circular King until it turns sideways, when it can move as a Rook, wnd then as a circular king in the same direction u til it turns down, when it again moves as a Rook.  It can't leap, nor can it stop during the Circular King movement. Seems interesting.  It's a killer on an open board, but is completely dependent on one square being open.  Why the name and idea?  It's an Up-Side-Down KK.

Dwarven Chess[Subject Thread] [Add Response]
Daniel MacDuff wrote on 2014-01-11 UTC
It looks interesting.  I have one mysellf called Warlord Chess.  I didn't
know the search had expanded so much.  It seems there are new chess
variants there every month.  They even have hexagonal chess now
(Glinski's, from the look of it).

Index page of The Chess Variant Pages. Our main index page.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Daniel MacDuff wrote on 2014-01-06 UTC
I think there needs to be a chess variant design contest. Maybe a 14-piece, 20-square contest for 2014?  Perhaps something else clever.

About Game Courier. Web-based system for playing many different variants by email or in real-time.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Daniel MacDuff wrote on 2013-10-14 UTC
Some while back, I posted a comment on how perhaps there should be a CVP app.

I realize how difficult that would be, but it seems that an app implementation of Game Courier would be more useful than a Maharajah-for-Hire.

Game Courier FAQ. Answers to various questions about Game Courier.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Daniel MacDuff wrote on 2013-10-14 UTC
How does one go about publishing one's game on Game Courier?  Can I start from scratch, or is it necessary to have a preset and edit it?  Do I just leave to the editors?  It doesn't appear to be as cut-and-dry as putting things on the Pages is.

War Chest A game information page
. Customizable fantasy board game.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Daniel MacDuff wrote on 2013-09-29 UTC
Sadly, the link is broken.

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