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Adding a twist to any classic game gets interesting, but how would a revised version of chess look? People were wondering what chess would be like with an additional piece and what would the rules be for it. This could get very interesting.
An official Chess 2 is being made with a 16x16 board. What piece do you add, and how does it work?
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The Bureaucrat. It can move to any unoccupied position on the board, but cannot capture pieces.
It's just there to get in the way and slow things down.
a copy cat piece[rebelmouse-image 18347003 is_animated_gif=
Moves in the same way as the last piece your opponent moved.
A sneaky piece[rebelmouse-image 18347005 is_animated_gif=
A reflector piece.
Basically, other pieces can bounce of it. So your bishops can now move in Vs and your rooks can move in Ls, with the reflector piece as the point. This would work well on the larger board.
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Worth noting that a lot of thought has gone into this. There are a whole bunch of chess variants with extra pieces. Generally non-standard pieces are called fairy chess pieces. Prominent examples often come from combining two standard pieces. For example the Archbishop, Princess, Cardinal are names that have been given to the knight+bishop combination; my favorite name for this piece is the "Paladin" since it combines the knight with a religious piece. In general, the entire linked article on fairy chess pieces is very worth reading.
A prisoner of war piece[rebelmouse-image 18347007 is_animated_gif=
Can move 2 spaces in any direction. Upon capturing this piece, it becomes your piece and placed anywhere on your home 2 rows.
A limited queen[rebelmouse-image 18347008 is_animated_gif=
Princess - moves in all directions like a queen, but is limited to a maximum distance of 4 squares per move.
Double damage via projectiles[rebelmouse-image 18347009 is_animated_gif=
The Archer : he can move by one case like a king, and take out a piece in a 2 cases radius
Extra guards[rebelmouse-image 18347011 is_animated_gif=
Ghetto option: each side gets a row of checkers in front of their pawns
Wow, that's a lot to think about[rebelmouse-image 18347012 is_animated_gif=
Whore. Chess pieces that neither player may move. They are made of chocolate that the player may eat if the player captures it, but serves no actual purpose in-game. Lots of mindgames would occur... Would you sacrifice eating chocolate for a win?
A Chameleon piece[rebelmouse-image 18347013 is_animated_gif=
Spy. Starts out with the same moves as a pawn, but as you capture pieces you take on their abillities. They reset when you take another piece out, gaining their abilities and so on.
The brick[rebelmouse-image 18347014 is_animated_gif=
Can't think of a good name for it; a piece that can only move one space at a time, but can't take pieces and can't be taken.
Money dosen't buy happiness, just clutter[rebelmouse-image 18347016 is_animated_gif=
It has microtransactions. For $0.99, you can add an extra pawn to the board.
Here's an idea![rebelmouse-image 18347017 is_animated_gif=
Lots of jokes but I would like to take a shot at this:
-16 pawns. They can open by moving 1, 2 or 4 spots. En passant works the same with the capturing piece moving diagonally one square. Pawns then move forward one square per turn and capture diagonally.
-4 Bishops (2 dark and 2 light) same movement as before.
-2 Knights same movement as before.
-2 Elephants. They work very similar to a knight but without the "L." Meaning they move two squares left/right, two square forward/back, two squares diagonally and can hop over pieces. Basically an elephant can jump to every square that a knight cannot. If an elephant and a kight were combined they would be able to hit every square two squares away.
-4 Rooks. Same movement as before.
-King and two queens. Same movement as before.
-Promotion same as before.
Order of major and minor pieces (for white):
A1 (Dark): Rook
B1 (Light): Knight
C1 (Dark): Bishop
D1 (Light): Elephant
E1 (Dark): Rook
F1 (Light): Bishop
G1 (Dark): Queen
H1 (Light): King
I1 (Dark): Queen
J1 (Light): Bishop
K1 (Dark): Rook
L1 (Light): Elephant
M1 (Dark): Bishop
N1 (Light): Knight
O1 (Dark): Rook
As with 8x8 chess black would mirror (not reflect) whites pieces meaning that its king would be on a dark square.
Castling is pretty interesting in this situation:
-Both** rooks (on the castling side) and the king have not moved, king cannot move through or out of check, and B1 (O1), C1(N1), D1(M1), F1(L1), and G1(I1) are all empty.
-Kingside the king would move to C1 and the rook on A1 would move to F1. So the 1st rank would look like:
D1: Rook (from A1)
-Queenside the king would move to M1 and the rook on O1 would move to L1. So the 1st rank would look like:
L1: Rook (from O1)
**EDIT: ?It might make sense to allow the K1 and E1 rooks to move and still castle that side?
Other than that all rules remain the same. One interesting note is that the board is now symmetrical so a king side castle will be no different from a queen side castle.
I actually think chess strategy would not change much. Control over the middle would be important. Elephants could "flank" instead of fork pieces. Checkmates, fundamentally, would not change. The only difference is a huge increase in the number of possible lines for any given position. I would love to see Alpha Zero play herself in this mode! What do you guys think? I might actually build this in java and play a friend.
Intimidating name[rebelmouse-image 18347018 is_animated_gif=
The Executioner. It can move like the Queen but only 2 spaces max, and it can't move unless it is to take another piece. It's stationed between the bishop and the knight.
A new small piece[rebelmouse-image 18347020 is_animated_gif=
Advisor: similar to a pawn, though can only attack forwards, and move 1 space diagonally either way.
Interactive![rebelmouse-image 18347022 is_animated_gif=
If you opt to move them, you press button on their hat. A random arrow appears. They stumble in that direction. If another piece is there, from either side, that piece is killed.
Here's a whole new hilarious set[rebelmouse-image 18347002 is_animated_gif=
Twice as many pieces? Then we should have a second set!
- Crook -- Moves like a Rook. You can steal your opponent's snacks when they're not looking
- Drag Queen -- Moves like a Queen. captures like a King
- Modern Bishop -- Moves like a Bishop. Doesn't capture Pawns, but instead rubs their shoulders sensually during mass
- White Knight -- Moves like a knight. When the Queen is attacked, the White Knight must move to a space that would intercept the attack.
- Stephen King -- Moves like a King. That's it.
- Backwards pawn -- Moves like a Pawn. Don't exist at the start of the game, but is created through positional errors.
Another interesting twist on a rook[rebelmouse-image 18347025 is_animated_gif=
The Cannon: Movement type of a King. Can capture like a rook. Attacking with the cannon doesn't end your turn, but after attacking with the cannon remove cannon from game.
A strategy piece[rebelmouse-image 18347026 is_animated_gif=
The Sacrifant. Its only purpose is to switch places with another piece on the board.
This would be a game changer[rebelmouse-image 18346804 is_animated_gif=
The Necromancer. Can bring any piece back to life, but you must sacrifice 2 other pieces.
It's become increasingly hard to get through a day without encountering a scam artist.
Be it an email where you've been told you won a non-existent prize, a fraudulent call from the IRS claiming there's a warrant issued for your arrest, or a neighborhood psychic, luring you in to tell you a terrible fate awaits you, but you have to pay hundreds of dollars more to find out what it is.
From snake oil salesmen to Ponzi schemes, scam artists have been around for ages, and will not be going anywhere any time soon.
And while our hearts break for anyone who falls victim to these horrendous acts of deception, there is also little that is more compelling than reading about some of the more outrageous scams which ever took place (Fyre Festival anyone).
"What is the biggest scam in the history of mankind?"
Un-Holy Matrimony Is More Like it...
"The wedding industry is one big scam."- Resafalo
Tax Fraud Has Several Forms...
"Telling me to figure out my own taxes."
"Then, they tell me I did it wrong. If you know how much I owe, just tell me and I’ll pay it!!'- dinahsaur523
Just Don't Tell Tom Cruise...
"L Ron Hubbard is quite a fascinating man to learn about, terrible, terrible man, he began lying at a young age and then never stopped afterwards."
"Becoming a billionaire out of that creepy cult like 'religion' is the biggest scam of all time."- Joe_PM2804happy tom cruise GIF by South Park Giphy
You Do Just Keep Needing More...
"Printer ink."- Mr_BananaPants
Spending More Money With The Slip Of A Finger
"The ads that claims to be inter actable but when your finger barely touches the screen it takes you to AppStore."- AnimePeter_
"Textbook access codes that you get after buying a new textbook and can use only once."- SuvenPanBg3 GIF by Larian StudiosGiphy
The Money Goes Somewhere...
"Payday loan companies."- Im_Negan
It Runs In The Family!
"My mom telling me she won't be mad if I tell her the truth."- Low_Quarter_583
Maybe Not A Girls Best Friend...
"Diamonds."- TheCyrcusdiamonds GIFGiphy
Scams Fine If It's the Nazis Your Scamming...
"Eye doctor here."
"I'd like to dispel the myth regarding carrots and good vision or night vision because of a scam set forth by Britain at the time to screw with the enemy."
"They had just started performing night air raids and the Germans couldn’t figure out how they were accurately flying and bombing in the dead of night so the Brits printed in their newspapers that they were feeding their pilots carrots to improve their night vision and how good carrots were for your vision due to the beta carotene."
"Turns out that the Brits had just effectively mounted radar units to their planes for the first time and beat Germans to the punch with it."
"The truth is that beta carotene, while important for vision, is rarely in short supply in most diets and you can probably get enough out of a few packets of ketchup for weeks of good vision."
"Meanwhile, here we are now approaching 100 years after the development of radar still eating the lies of carrots."- OscarDivine
It's amazing the lengths people will go to deceive people for money.
And that sometimes they actually get away with it.
But as a general rule of thumb, if something seems like it's too good to be true, then it probably is.
Some Americans have been known to wish they lived elsewhere in the world, owing to certain things appearing to be much better handled elsewhere.
Up to and including healthcare, free education, cost of living, or simply the way they make pizza or coffee.
However, sometimes we must stop and remind ourselves that the grass is always greener in someone else's yard.
As there are plenty of people all over the world who wish they were living in the USA, believing that some things are simply done better in America.
"What does America do better than most other countries?"
The Versatility Of Corn!
"Turning corn into things that are not corn."- rlemon
"I was going to say cornbread but everyone said rest stops. Have y’all ever had cornbread?"- Admirable-Ad-2554
The Pause That Refreshes
"I love the Interstate Rest Areas on road trips."
"I'm a Canadian from the west coast, and was always VERY impressed with the 24/7 rest areas."
"Clean washrooms, nice grassy areas for dogs, picnic tables, and a lot of times people selling crafts, or offering free coffee!"
"I've only driven through the western states, (WA,OR,CA,NV,UT,AZ) but yeah, those rest areas were always reliable."
"Always well-marked signs when the next one was coming up."
"Just made everything about traveling easier!"
"Thanks neighbors!"- Ubba-GaGiphy
"Jazz, the Blues."- BretonVikander
...But Maybe Not The Airports...
"Aircraft carriers."- TheBladeRodenFlying Take Off GIF by U.S. NavyGiphy
A Breath Of Fresh Air
"National Parks."- Big-Win6220
"We have nearly every biome on Earth available in the lower 48 alone."
"Adding Alaska and Hawaii just completes the set."
"Is there any biome that doesn't exist in The US?"- Ursa_Mid
A Nice Cold Drink
"Make sure there's ice in your beverage."- HegemonHarbingerWater Day GIF by ZinZenGiphy
Very Logical Indeed
"Serious answer? "
"We're quite a large country and we've gotten very good at moving things around."- weirdoldhobo1978
America is what it is today all owing to the fact that people came here for a better life.
No question, America has its issues, hence why no one mentioned our political system or our electoral process.
But it's the things that are uniquely and unequivocally American which makes people feeling lucky to be living here.
There are very few people in the United States who don't indulge in fast food every once in a while.
Sometimes it's out of pleasure, taking an occasional indulgence in the delicious, salty, if less than healthy, treats the food chains provide.
Other times, it might be out of necessity, as it might be the only option while on the road or waiting in the airport after your flight was canceled for the second time.
But there are some fast food chains to which people have such an aversion to that they simply will not eat from them, even if it is literally the only option.
Making one almost wish that these places would go out of business, so that they will never even be an option.
Redditor rcinvestments was eager to hear which fast food chains people wish would go out of business, and thus no longer be found in rest stops and airport food courts, leading them to ask:
"What fast food chain should go out of business?"
Long John Silver's
"i swear Long John Silvers is just a money laundering front."- FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF1234Seafood Hushpuppies GIF by Long John Silver'sGiphy
"I’m starting to question getting subway multiple times a month."- Moose_dude16439
"They brand as fresh and healthy but are neither."
"The food is awful."- Emergency_Sundae6842
"I’d be down to get rid of subways but only if all locations were replaced with better sub/deli sandwich shops."
"Cause that’s about the one thing Subway has on anyone else, proximity."
"I do love the cookies too."- Forsuremaybe_
"You can’t get a footlong for less than $10 now and it’s not even a good sandwich compared to just about anywhere else."
"Firehouse and Jersey Mike’s are better, but nothing great, don’t @ me. Go local on this one fools."- AllGarbageSub GIF by Subway SverigeGiphy
"KFCs quality has DROPPED in the last 10 years."
"It’s not the same delicious, well cooked chicken I remember."- Graceland1979
"Is Burger King even trying anymore? "
"When I was a kid I remember them being a legit competitor to McDonalds and Wendy's was barely an afterthought."
"Now its McDonald's vs. Wendy's for me."
"McDonald's vs. Burger King for me now feels like WalMart vs. K-Mart and then Wendy's is Target."- basedlandchad20
"Going to a Burger King is like playing Russian Roulette but with food poisoning."
"The quality of the locations varies so much it's crazy."- SquilliamFancySon95
"As sad as it makes me, Burger King."
"At least in the part of the US I live in."
"It’s been years since I was satisfied by the taste, thanks to undercooked Pattie’s, cold hard buns, stale fries, employees that seem like they’d rather not be there, drive through as that smell like rotted soft drinks, and overall the locations are looking run down."
"Even their advertising has been sloppy and sometimes outright inappropriate."- RustliefLameManeScared The Shining GIFGiphy
"Golden Corral needs to go."
"People touching food, coughing and sneezing by the food, kids grabbing plates and then putting back."
"Food is absolutely bland."
"The best tasting food there is the iceberg lettuce if that's any indication how bad the food is."- kimsuh
Of course, the quality of the food might not alway be the reason people wish some places would go out of business.
Sometimes, the food might simply be so good that you find yourself unable to resist your temptations.
Ask anyone with an office in close proximity to a Shake Shack.
And these days, who's office ISN'T in close proximity to a Shake Shack...
What one person finds sexy is anther person's ick factor.
It's an eternal debate.
The mind, the heart, pheromones... it's a messy combo.
To each their own.
Redditor PetrichorPrints wanted to hear about what makes many of you tingle in ways the rest of us don't get.
"What’s something other people find sexy that you just can’t understand?"
I'm not telling you my secrets. But I'll listen to yours.
"People doing fillers to make their cheek bones look more 'refined.' it just looks like you got stung by a bee."
"There was a dude years ago that I was seeing, we're on a webcam and he said he liked my crease. Had no idea what he was talking about and he kept saying 'right there.' Turns out he likes armpit creases."
"That is oddly specific. Congrats, you taught me that literally anything can be a turn-on for the right people."
"That voice some women put on to seem cutesy/sexy, I can only describe it as 'baby voice', but it just annoys me. Talk like an adult."
"That's the voice I use to talk to my cat. She doesn't care if I talk in my normal voice, but slap the baby tone on it and she's all ears."
"My wife had a friend who did that baby voice. Not all the time, just when she thought she was being cute. It used to drive me crazy, especially in the car. One day when I was driving them back from a crafting event we had agreed to drop her off at her place. As we got closer, she baby talked , You don’t have to stop. Just slow down and I will jump out. Hehehehe.”
"After we dropped her off, I mimicked her 'I’ll just jump out. Hehe.'"
"My wife said, 'I felt like shoving her out the door and shouting, Tuck and roll, *itch!'"
"Interrupting while I'm asleep."
"Yes! I always wondered if I was in some very tiny minority because it seems to be labeled as a 'hot' thing to do. Waking me up in the middle of the night, you’re going to get someone angry, disheveled, and confused. I’m surely not going to be rearing to go. I don’t even like being touched in my sleep. We have the whole waking day to bang."
"Omg this is a double edged sword for me, because I love the fantasy of my husband taking me when he wants but the actual execution of this? Nope nope nope! Let me sleep!"
"The serious/intense 'model' face (ie. Blue Steel). Completely unsexy."
"I’m assuming you mean faces 'like' Blue Steel but not actually Blue Steel itself which is incredible."
Werk. Stand. Give. Face.
"I don't understand the big breast implants some women get. Breast implants are fine but the huge a** ones are just a massive turn off."
"Totally get this. I've always felt the same way. Until I met my wife. The first time I saw her breasts I was flabbergasted! 'Cos they're not over the top while she's dressed. But once they're free and breezy I immediately questioned their authenticity! She never hid the fact they aren't real, but my word they've changed my mind on augmentation! Teardrop implants can be (trust me) magnificent!"
"Being mean to someone. I understand it's 'I'm so sexy I can treat you like crap' attitude, but what about 'I'm so confident, I don't have to put people down' confidence?"
"If you mean someone getting turned on by another person being mean to them then it's almost always a domination thing."
"I question more the people who are with these a**holes. I don't get how someone likes that at all unless they're masochistic. And even if they are, I would imagine they would want someone who's only that way in the bedroom and not all the time."
Well, that is quite the list!
What would you add to this? Let us know in the comments below.