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Schizophrenic Chess. Game on 12x7 board with Left and Right Schizzys, Bobbers, Teleporters and other exotic pieces. (12x7, Cells: 84) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Mike Nelson wrote on 2002-12-06 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
This game is quite excellent in the exotic pieces category. A more playable version of Existentialist Chess (itself a deliciously wierd game). <p>I'll hazard a guess about the comparative non-use of 7x12 boards: the non-square board weakens the Bishop (or the diagonal move component of other pieces). Of course the larger than 64 squares board weakens the Knight, but 7x12 may unbalance the values so that the Knight is stronger than the Bishop. Perhaps some designers tried this board and the resulting games didn't feel quite right. <p>By the way, I don't feel that unequal Knights and Bishops are a design flaw (I used them by intention in my own entry), just that it won't 'feel right' to some. <p>For my own part, it just feels natural to start with a square board as a basis and add or subtract squares to get the desired square count.