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Subject: Xian Qi using standard western chess board rss

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Jason Carlough
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Does anybody see any reason why this game can't be played on the intersections of a standard western chess board? The only real problem I see is the lack of a river. If I just pretended there was a river there at the middle of the board would that effect gameplay in any way? I thrifted a set of pieces with no board and I'd like to try the game before purchasing a board.
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Taylor Liss
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Yep, that and the castle. Should be entierly playable.
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It ought to work. Or you could just play online (for example at Boardspace.net)
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Todd Redden
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Or, if you have printing capability, you could just print one of the many available boards available and play on paper.

http://files.boardgamegeek.com/file/download/46pc0huui3/chea...?

or

http://files.boardgamegeek.com/file/download/5dg4at98f3/prin...?

(all available in the files section).
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Jason Carlough
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Errr, actually I think I just realized that this wouldn't work because there would only be 1 line for the river instead of two sides to have pieces on (essentially there would be 1 line two few going across the board.

tmreddin, I was hoping to avoid the hassle of printing and assembling a board. Plus, having a board to play on feels nicer, thanks though.
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Most cheap chinese chess sets come a board printed on a thin sheet. Think of it being more thematic...hell, fold it in half both ways to make sure it feels "right"!
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Also remember that the rectangle of the board is not a square. The number of points along width and depth is different.
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