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Ralf Gering
Germany
Germany
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Oct 2006*
Another wonderful game from Japan with beautiful pieces.
2006-10-17*
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Crazy Bob
Philippines
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8
Nov 2009*
I like these small Shogi Variants because they are always "in your face". This is one of the few that has drops in it.
2009-05-08
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United States
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May 2008*
I've only played one game of tori shogi ... so these remarks are very preliminary. I would just say that the game redefines the word "incremental". In a sense, all shogi variants that include the drop rule are very incremental to begin with. (By "incremental" I mean the accrual of slight positional advantages as described by chessmasters like Steinitz). The incremental aspect of even standard shogi, I think, often leaves players of international chess (or even Xiangqi or Changgi) a little cold. But tori shogi takes incremental to a new level. In general, the pieces are weaker than in standard shogi and promotion is rather limited. The beginning of the game features a lot of pawn play ... on an order that would leave chess players somewhat dazed. The major pieces only find a role later as one player or another finds weaknesses to exploit. In standard shogi, early castle formation is important, but I can't tell if the same is true of tori shogi. Although centered, the king (phoenix) seems rather well protected.
2009-09-22
Thrift Thopter
United States
Massachusetts
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Jul 2012
I don't actually own a professionally published version of this, but printed out a paper set and rules from the internet. Some day I'll get a manufactured one or carve a wooden one.
2012-06-07
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Jevon Heath
United States
Berkeley
California
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Go on 'head get down with it.
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May 2010
Incredibly attritive. Probably awesome for people with patience. Someday I'll try it again, when I've learned patience.
2010-03-12
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Douglas S
United States
Torrance
California
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Home-made.
Abstract.
2009-03-05
Calvin Daniels
Canada
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made a nice simple set, pics later this week
2008-05-05*
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