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Maorider Chess. Maorider and king with unusual recruiting abilities. (8x9, Cells: 72) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
TH6 wrote on Thu, Mar 30, 2017 03:33 PM UTC:Excellent ★★★★★

Wow, this game is quite a gem.  The piece combinations are perfect - some long range, some short range, but nothing too over powered.  It tends to be a slower paced game (our game was 70+ moves), but it adds a lot of depth.  

Two different types of pawns and 3 promotion potentials, with a possibility of getting a second king.  The kings, are also valuable pieces in the fight.  Possibly the strongest piece in the game if you can keep them out of check.  Recruiting is a very unique style of play, providing strategy that I haven't seen before.  In my opinion, by far better than the pocketing method of Shogi.

Another aspect that I found great was due to the smaller number of pawns, your "line" was maintained by your minor pieces.  Every move and every capture was meaningful in this way.  It felt like an actual battle instead of a game.  Very much so one of the best games I've ever played.

I definitely favorited this one.