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General Category => Constructing Homemade Sets => Topic started by: ebinola on January 25, 2018, 05:25:16 pm

Title: Chess Variant DIY projects - post them!
Post by: ebinola on January 25, 2018, 05:25:16 pm
It's one thing to buy bigger boards and extra pieces, but to me, making it yourself brings a greater satisfaction. I'd like to dedicate this thread to any personal projects you'd like to share. High-quality, low-quality, prototypes - anything goes.

I have a 10x8 plywood board that I used to create a set for my variant, fool's chess, plus two fool pieces. I don't have pictures of them right now, but I will update the OP with them ASAP.
Title: Re: Chess Variant DIY projects - post them!
Post by: Asher Hurowitz on January 25, 2018, 07:29:52 pm
Amazing idea! I'll be sure to post my handmade sets ASAP!
Title: Re: Chess Variant DIY projects - post them!
Post by: GothicChessInventor on January 25, 2018, 08:09:02 pm
It's one thing to buy bigger boards and extra pieces, but to me, making it yourself brings a greater satisfaction. I'd like to dedicate this thread to any personal projects you'd like to share. High-quality, low-quality, prototypes - anything goes.

Well here is how I started, back in 1998.

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Known as the "frying pan set" because I melted a Knight to a Rook in a frying pan, this is how I made my first 10x8 set. Didn't even call it Gothic Chess right away (only later, when I printed the board at Kinko's Copies). I was primarily looking for opponents to play Capablanca's Chess with, mostly at the Franklin-Mercantile Chess Club in Philadelphia and the Doylestown Chess Club in Doylestown, PA.

The Archbishop was a Bishop with 2 red checkers glued to the base (for black) and 2 white checkers glued to the base (for white). Shown here are the Chancellors, a black "Archbishop," and a regular black Bishop.

After a while, the Capablanca setup was found to be flawed, so the hunt was on for the better 10x8 setup. And then later came Gothic Chess, much more awesome pieces, boards, a program, a website, and an email from someone in Iceland saying Bobby Fischer would be willing to play Anatoly Karpov in this new variant instead of regular chess.

By the way, I still have about 3000 complete sets of pieces (no boards) that looks exactly as shown below:

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10 white pawns
10 black pawns
1 white archbishop
1 black archbishop
1 white chancellor
1 black chancellor
2 white rooks
2 black rooks
2 white knights
2 black knights
2 white bishops
2 black bishops
1 white queen
1 black queen
1 white king
1 black king

If anyone is interested in obtaining a set, let me know. You can play any 10x8 variant that uses a Chancellor and Archbishop.
Title: Re: Chess Variant DIY projects - post them!
Post by: HGMuller on January 27, 2018, 02:59:32 pm
I once made Staunton Cannons:

(https://chessvariantforum.createaforum.com/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fhome.hccnet.nl%2Fh.g.muller%2Fcanvet4.JPG&hash=e6f4384a95c6a3882bb746062cb610b99338a490)

I also tried to develop pieces to make large Shogi variants more playable. The problem here is that there are so many piece types that using 'statue-type' pieces is hardly useful anymore, even if they are very different ad easily recognized (like all kind of different animals).You would still have a major job remembering how each animal moves. And another problem is that all these pieces promote. So I tried to made the move recognizable from the representation, and used flat pieces, so they canbe flipped to show the promoted image:

(https://chessvariantforum.createaforum.com/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fhgm.nubati.net%2FChuSet.png&hash=bd758f8ecaf57d4a721c8718d2023f7cda856446)
Title: Re: Chess Variant DIY projects - post them!
Post by: ebinola on January 30, 2018, 06:16:26 pm
I return with images.

Spoiler: timestamp (hover to show)

Spoiler: board (hover to show)

I'm fortunate enough to have a friend who has a 3D printer, so we're quite self-sufficient when it comes to variants with any extra pieces.
Last year we printed an entire set to play Chess 2: The Sequel OTB and a specialised shogi set.

This guy carved a set from wax, I would love to try that myself:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMGM81U0zb0
Title: Re: Chess Variant DIY projects - post them!
Post by: Asher Hurowitz on March 22, 2018, 06:03:32 pm
Post your projects people! :)
Title: Re: Chess Variant DIY projects - post them!
Post by: evert823 on May 21, 2018, 06:22:18 am
https://www.chess.com/forum/view/chess960-chess-variants/ideas-on-creating-very-large-boards-physically
Title: Re: Chess Variant DIY projects - post them!
Post by: John_Lewis on May 22, 2018, 11:23:06 am
That Shogi variant looks awesome!