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This page is written by the game's inventor, Daniil Frolov.

Army making

Chess variants construction sets have one problem: each player makes army, wich will win game, not army, wich is more interesting. This simple game solves this problem more or less.


Game can be played on any board: from standart 8x8 board and Chinese 9x10 board with palace and river to hexagonal or 4-dimensional board.
When board is chosen, players (or spectators or referee) must chose territories for opening positions of pieces for each player.
When each player must make his army. There are no any limitations, but you can optinoally add some limitations (for example, no more than 1 royal piece).


When both players has made thier armies, referee must chose armie, wich will make first move. Referee also may throw coin to chose first army or let player who want make first move (if other player won't) do it. If you have no referee you can just throw coin. When first round begins. Each player controls own army. If pieces cannot move (it's not stalemate, it's blocking), it's draw Player, wich won this game, scores 1 point. If it's draw, first round must be played again.
Second round. Each player controls opponent's army. First army (NOT player) to move is same as in previous round, but referee may optionally change it. Other rules are same, as in first round.
Third round. If both players scored one point (but it can also be played even if one of players is already winner), spectators will chose. Spectators must chose army, wich is more interesting. They can playetest this armie against itself. Inventor of more interesting army scores 1 point.
Player, wich scored 2 points, wins game.

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By Daniil Frolov.
Web page created: 2010-06-15. Web page last updated: 2010-06-15