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I had planned the game as either some sort of world map, like risk, or perhaps to have given it a space theme (just had placeholder graphics and a grid for the time being). Anyway, I had the idea that the board could be various sizes and shapes, depending on how many players were in the game. You could ally with other players, send reinforcements etc. On a 1v1 game, a standard chess board would be used, on 1v2 or 2v2 the board would be wider, to allow your ally's pieces to be setup next to you. All would be played on a standard layout board, however the number of squares would increase depending on how many players, and also the other idea is that certain planets or territories would be worth different amounts of points, and therefore vary in board size. Conquering a larger board would generate more points/turn, which could in turn buy more reinforcements.
I also had the idea of missions, including checkmate the king, get the king to the other side (for the bong cloud player ;) ), capture and control a space for x turns etc. The game would feature computer controlled and player controlled areas - where a player isn't involved I would have the computer take over.
Sounds good! :D This variation truly has infinite variations possible:
- prices of the pieces- (groups of)squares being worth more/less- squares having different characters, like catan: wheat, ore, brick, sheep and wood- bonuses- size of the board- number of players- etc.Personally I think the core is solid: an economy that allows one to buy pieces. But the finetuning needs to be done very carefully to keep the game as fun as normal chess.
The guy Im allmost closing the deal with is also enthousiastic he too started brainstormin and also came up with a multiple player on bigboard idea. His idea: allow armies to stand on the same square (say 3 pawns and a queen on d5). Also fun, but we havent figured out yet how they attack, may one do multiple attacks from and to various locations in one turn, can a rook move through an army of your own? etc.
For the battle chess and rubicon chess I came up with a sandbox idea so people could finetune their game themselves. I'm kind of leaving that idea, because sometimes less is more. I'll leave the options that allow the player to finetune the game, but take away the options that completly change the character of the game or those that add very little.
The programmer on scriptlance is Ancosys. I dont know if he plans on building the engine himself, but i think not. You could ask him how he's going to do it. When the game is finished (probably in 1 or 2 months) the game will be downloadable from sourceforge. I dont know if that allows you to download it and alter it to your own taste, but if that is possible... do your worst! :P
Just read an interesting thread, apparently chess.com might be looking to open up their API to other developers. Haven't much more information than that, but could be useful
Just stumbled upon this thread by complete accident!
Earlier this year I began working on a very similar idea. A multiplayer online game, where you have your own army, and the idea is to conquer as much space as possible.
Haven't touched it for several months, but knowing others may be interested in a similar sort of game might make me return to complete it over winter. If anyone has experience writing chess engines, drop me a message
Please finish it! I would gladly playtest it for you!
Could you post here when it's ready? I'm tracking the thread, so I'll get notified.
Yeah I'd post it on here too. I've dug the code out from my old computer to see what state it was in, which is always worse than you remember! I've got the hardware in place now, I can use my companys data center, and have access to a couple of virtualised servers for hosting when the time comes (I'm the head IT bloke, handy for this sort of thing ;) ) and possibility to use others too.
I'm asking the graphics guy at our company to come up with some ideas on graphics too.
First thing I'm about to work on is getting the back end sorted, and look at the front end early next year I reckon
Thanks, keep us posted!
Will do! Though I think Ill make a new topic for it.
@Jaydeeuk1: chessvariants.com had alot of playable chessvariants. They also tell a bit about the engine the use. Its somewhere on this page (cant recall where exactly..): http://play.chessvariants.org/
Hope its usefull to you!
In the Chess 960 and Variants forums?
Just like to point out that the aim of normal chess is not to capture the king.
@Willio: good point :) But I think ultimatly it is the goal. You check-mate someone so he cannot go anywhere without getting captured. You stop because it would be useless to actually maje a move with the king and then capture it.
To Rubicon chess I think it'll be a fun addition. Since chance is into play you might actually survive an assoult on the king! Moving the king to a spot where it gets less attacked than on another spot would be usefull too. But may be having an option that makes check-mate enough to win would be good too. Thanks for noticing.
I'm happy to announce that game is finally reaching completion!
I will recieve the final drop the 5th of april. Some more testing will be done and a gamemanual will be added. That might take a couple days more and then it'll be put on the internet.
The game is renamed to Economy Chess, because the most important change is the economy :)
(this does not show the actual gameplay, just the starting image :))
Btw, I'm rereading this thread a bit, and on this page we are talking about multiplayer-customized board-massive army-chessvariants. That is not what its going to be :DIt is the original Battle Chess variant. 1vs1, regular board. It comes down to capturing squares of the board, generate income and buy new pieces. Check mate the king.
update: slight delay once more. It probably will be the end of this week. Its very tempting to not fix small errors and to get it out asap, but I want to get the game right so I'll have to resist.
Economy Chess is online!
Just joined the group! Looks great, but I haven't had a chance to play yet.
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