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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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    I got this new game on Sunday last, got a chance to play it today. And, unlike most strategy games I play against SO, I won! 😂
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    I'm less busy at work now (back to five day weeks) so much more busy over weekends finally. :D
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    I liked it too. Looks like we're going up against a Frost Giant. Gonna have to be clever. The direct approach doesn't seem wise.
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    And I'm caught up on Gunnerkrigg. Wow is that an interesting storyline!
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    I"m enjoying it too. Kind of a modern day fantasy with gothic art.
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    With a hint of native American flavouring that is kind of nice too, yes.
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    My last set of literal gem dice. This is my favourite semi-precious stone: bloodstone. This gives me a full set of unakite (selected because it's basically indestructible, being essentially granite), a full set of bloodstone, and a "mongrel" set of a variety of stones (shown earlier). And a full set of dice made from dichromic prisms.
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    Not as shiny but in some ways the coolest. Are they pretty heavy?
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    Yes. They're quite heavy.
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    Here's my icosahedron. It's part of my recording studio, acoustic room, vocal booth, out of control room. I'm going to make a sign that says Roll To Hit. A double double-entendre.
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    Mar 15
    But you mentioned "icosahedron with the hieroglyphs" in my gem dice picture and that's a 12-sider.
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    Mar 15
    My mistake. Glancing at the photo I thought it was a 20 sider. So what are the hieroglyphs for, anyway?
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    Mar 15
    I see you already answered this question.
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    More new dice. These are literal gem dice.
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    Thanks. I like the icosahedron with the hieroglyphs.
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    Mar 14
    That's an astrology d12: those are the sun signs or whatever those are called. The stone for that one is "blue sandstone". In person the stone has odd depths. The gold flecks are such that they give the illusion of being layered. Quite nice.

    The d4 is a stone I can't find the English term for: it's literal translation is "natural black wood grain gemstone". It *might* be a petrified wood, but if it is it's smoother and more amorphous than any of those I've ever seen.

    The d6 is blue turquoise (sintered, obviously: a real chunk that size would cost more than a car!), the d8 is a brown tiger eye, the 0-9 is lapis lazuli, the 00-90 is something that translates as "red sandstone" -- it's gold-flecked like the blue one -- the d12 is opal, and the d20 is green malachite.

    The d6 with the weird glyphs in the foreground is something translated as "colourful jade" and that's one half of a pair of Tibetan divination dice. (The other half is still being etched. It will be made of "egg yolk opal".)
    That's an astrology d12: those are the sun signs or whatever those are called. The stone for that one is "blue sandstone". In person the stone has odd depths. The gold flecks are such that t...See more
    hairylarry
    Mar 15
    Yep, the hieroglyphic dice have pentagons for faces = 12 sider.
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    Followed back. I think. (I'm still not used to it.)
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    Dice, anyone? These are dice cut from dichromic prisms. Very pretty and can be used, but I'd recommend only in dice towers with walled enclosures because they likely won't survive a fall from table height to a hard floor.
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    Getting there. The older I get the longer things take. Hope you are doing fine.
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    Well, 2020 was a year of two months of terror followed by 9 months of 6-day workweeks, so glad to see the back end of that year going away.
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    2020 was a year of staying home for us.
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    My thoughts on Getting Started with Science Fiction RPGs.

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    I used to have real trouble with SF as a gaming genre outside of space opera. The solution turned out to be in the very problem statement.

    As you identified, there's just so much bewildering *variety* in science fiction in terms of genres, tones, scales, et al that it's almost, but not quite, a useless term.

    Once I figured out that the reason I had problems with the genre outside of space opera was precisely because space opera is a very specific subset of science fiction, the rest fell into place: now I don't play science fiction games. I play "space exploration". Or "world settlement". Or "interplanetary trade". The key was always in my hand, without my recognizing it: focus.

    Nice article that brings back so many years of frustration and its eventual resolution for me.
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