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hairylarry
Oct 28 '19
I had the same problem finding my draft so after I figured it out I wrote this. https://gamerplus.org/blogs/10
hairylarry
Oct 9 '19
Great information. Thanks.
ZDL
Oct 8 '19
If you have any International Chess (IC) skills you'll find that they translate easily to Chinese Chess (CC). CC is a faster-moving game (same number of pieces, larger board). Where with IC you maybe have time, in a typical game to formulate one plan, then desperately switch to one other before the end-game, it's routine to make and discard plan after plan in CC. It's a far more dynamic game.

Big things to watch out for:
1. The cannons are killer. They're REALLY WEIRD and they can do some very nasty pins that are difficult (sometime impossible) to escape if you're unwary. Learning to use cannons effectively is a core skill.
2. The horses move like knights, but they DO NOT JUMP. They move one orthogonal away from point of origin, then one diagonal away. They capture on the second, diagonal part. A piece at that first orthogonal point will block the move. This is radically different from an IC knight which can't be blocked.
3. Generals (the equivalent of kings), although restricted to their palaces, are not allowed to "see" each other, thus giving them ranged influence on each other. It's a common ploy in the end-game to use the general to constrain the other's moves. Watch for it!

It's a fun game. For historical reasons I can't ever like IC, but CC I kind of love, even though I suck at it. :D
If you have any International Chess (IC) skills you'll find that they translate easily to Chinese Chess (CC). CC is a faster-moving game (same number of pieces, larger board). Where with IC you maybe ...See more
hairylarry
Oct 8 '19
I ordered 5 plastic sets el cheapo for Christmas presents. I am looking forward to playing Chinese Chess.
hairylarry
Oct 8 '19
Thanks. I am looking at them.
ZDL
Oct 8 '19
ZDL
Oct 8 '19
The traditional 2-player variants of Chinese Chess should be available in the dustier corners of almost any Chinese grocery store in the world. (It *is* the world's most popular board game by number of players!). https://www.aliexpress.com/...amp;switch_new_app=y is probably a better source of boards and pieces, though. If the prospect of reading the characters frightens, https://www.aliexpress.com/..._,searchweb201603_53 is a decent-looking set.The traditional 2-player variants of Chinese Chess should be available in the dustier corners of almost any Chinese grocery store in the world. (It *is* the world's most popular board game by number o...See more
hairylarry
Oct 8 '19
I just read through your five posts on Chinese board games and found them extremely interesting. Now I want to see them and play them. Maybe some Christmas presents for my board game loving family. (don't tell) I find these here but don't know anything about Chinese Chess so I don't know which would be good to try. https://www.thingiverse.com/...;dwh=675d9cc6a947a5f I appreciate your information.I just read through your five posts on Chinese board games and found them extremely interesting. Now I want to see them and play them. Maybe some Christmas presents for my board game loving family. (d...See more
hairylarry
Oct 5 '19
Thanks. I knew I recognized them but I couldn't place them.
ZDL
Oct 5 '19
Song quote. Closing lines of the album The Wall.

Sue me. I thought it was funny. :P
hairylarry
Oct 5 '19
So is that a song quote or from a poem? "All alone or in twos ..."

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    This is cool. Like a big rock show.
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    This group does recreations of ancient works, new works done in ancient styles, modern-style orchestration with ancient instruments, and off-the-wall stuff like one of their orchestral pieces where a didgeridoo is a prominent instrument.

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    Since 2020 was the year of disappointment, I'm not bothered by missing my goal of 1,000 YouTube subscribers.
    I made it to 969, and today it is 970.
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    Unless whatever 2021 has in store for us depopulates the planet to under 2000 people. But, I mean, that goes without saying.
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    Always the optimist. I blame it on too much dystopian gaming.
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    Dec 30 '20
    I love the crane terrorizing those fish.
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    Dec 31 '20
    That's lovely and evocative.
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    I made a Worldbuilding cheatsheet on Cheatography. I didn't realize that a draft was visible until I started getting emails that it was seen 50, 100, and now 200 times.

    Let me know what you think.

    I've got edits in mind, but the Cheatography interface is counterintuitive

    https://cheatography.com/...eets/world-building/
    I made a Worldbuilding cheatsheet on Cheatography. I didn't realize that a draft was visible until I started getting emails that it was seen 50, 100, and now 200 times.

    Let me know what you think.

    I've got edits in mind, but the Cheatography interface is counterintuitiv...See more
    World Building Cheat Sheet by Larry Hamilton - Download free from Cheatography - Cheatography.com: Cheat Sheets For Every Occasion
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    Building a world for RPGs (Role Playing Games) has several steps to consider and two general approaches for how to implement those steps. The general methods are top down and bottom up.
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    hairylarry
    Dec 28 '20
    Is Spark world building too?
    ZDL
    Dec 28 '20
    Yes. The very first thing you do in a proper (non-prefab setting) Spark game is build the world. It's glossed over in my review.
    FollowMeAndDie
    Dec 29 '20
    How To Build a Dungeon is world building related to dungeons, but is more a mental exercise for the GM than a stand alone game.
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    I like to tell Dad jokes. Sometimes he gets them.
    hairylarry
    Dec 13 '20
    Except she said sometimes he laughs.
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    Dec 13 '20
    We've got a whole thing about how "I don't get it" is a punch line.
    sound
    Dec 15 '20
    No kidding every kid got to experience that one.
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    So yesterday I posed a "wrong answers only" challenge (https://gamerplus.org/newsfeed/3068?ft=site) on a picture. I said that there was a gaming-related point that I'd explore later.

    Later is now.

    That is something that is pitched as an "eternal pen" (or sometimes "eternal pencil"). It writes like a pencil, but is about as difficult to erase as an ink pen, hence the inconsistency in names. And while not "eternal", it will outlast me. If I wrote a lot daily using only that pen, in a decade's time I might start noticing a bit of wear at the tip. If I rotate the tip as I use it—say between pages—I may not ever notice wear over the rest of my lifespan.

    So how is this potentially gaming-related? This "new invention" that got a lot of press a while back (like ... 2015 or so?) is really just the latest rendition of something called "silverpoint" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silverpoint) What's old is new.

    Before pencils existed, metalpoint did. The metal used could be lead (hence "pencil leads" – the first pencils used lead for the core), copper, brass, or, as the name suggests, silver. The technology and tooling fell by the wayside over the years as pens that carried their own ink (instead of requiring inkwells) and erasable pencils showed up. The former were more flexible than metalpoint while the latter had the advantage, from the seller's standpoint, of constantly requiring updates. You didn't buy one and use it for decades. You bought one and used it for a few weeks and bought another. And another. And another. Also metalpoint required tough papers and was rough on the hands. (Writer's cramp is a very real problem with silverpoint...)

    But now, with newer alloys, the writer's cramp angle is going away and with a cultural shift away from environmentally-hostile disposable culture, silverpoint, or a close kissing cousin, is making a comeback.

    Past technologies are a gorgeous ideas mine. A lot of amazing things were made in the past that fell by the wayside for a variety of reasons, not all of them having fallen to superior alternatives. (I'd argue that silverpoint is one of these: I like my metalpoint devices like this one better than pencils. Erasure is a non-starter for me. I don't make mistakes…) As a GM, part of doing good world-building is to look at alternative courses of technological evolution. What would the world look like if metalpoint were kept as the foundational writing/drawing form? What would the world look like if shipping had expanded from junks instead of caravels? There's a huge mine of ideas in history just waiting for someone to go spelunking through it.
    So yesterday I posed a "wrong answers only" challenge (https://gamerplus.org/newsfeed/3068?ft=site) on a picture. I said that there was a gaming-related point that I'd explore later.

    Later is now.

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    What is this? (Wrong answers only, please.)
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    ZDL
    Dec 8 '20
    There is a point to this, gaming-wise, that I'll expound upon after laughing at some of your suggestions.

    This falls into the realm of "lost inventions" and those are a treasure trove of ideas for gaming.
    sound
    Dec 9 '20
    Celery square dancing.
    hairylarry
    Dec 9 '20
    a lamp pull
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    Rule 1 - don't whistle on Discord
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    ZDL
    Nov 30 '20
    :D I was wondering if anybody would. Some call my jokes "too subtle". Those not trying to be polite call them "terrible".
    hairylarry
    Dec 1 '20
    My idea of the perfect joke is one that goes over everybody's head except for one person who is Rolling On The Floor Laughing His Ass Off.
    ZDL
    Dec 2 '20
    I've pulled those off once or twice in my life only. It generally requires a three-language pun or the like.
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