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Onitama vs Chess
« on: May 12, 2016, 05:47:00 PM »
I just wrote my very first review for a game on bgg comparing Onitama to Chess. Spoiler, it has completely replaced chess for me. If anybody is interested in it, here's the link: https://boardgamegeek.com/article/22660639

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Onitama vs Chess
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2016, 07:58:23 PM »
Just kind of curious how does Onitama compare to Chess960? Probably doesn't matter since pretty much nobody plays chess variants as far as I know, but that comment made me kinda curious. Then again, I probably shouldn't be asking this. I'll just end up pining over another game/variant of a game that I will never be able to play, like I did with Fairy Chess and Brik Wars, lol.

Onitama sounds very fun. I did a demo of it a long while back and I think I might like to try it again to see if I like it enough to buy it. Will it be at origins?
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Re: Onitama vs Chess
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2016, 09:04:12 PM »
Just kind of curious how does Onitama compare to Chess960? Probably doesn't matter since pretty much nobody plays chess variants as far as I know, but that comment made me kinda curious. Then again, I probably shouldn't be asking this. I'll just end up pining over another game/variant of a game that I will never be able to play, like I did with Fairy Chess and Brik Wars, lol.

Onitama sounds very fun. I did a demo of it a long while back and I think I might like to try it again to see if I like it enough to buy it. Will it be at origins?

Yes, we'll have copies at Origins.

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Re: Onitama vs Chess
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2016, 11:17:20 PM »
Just kind of curious how does Onitama compare to Chess960? Probably doesn't matter since pretty much nobody plays chess variants as far as I know, but that comment made me kinda curious. Then again, I probably shouldn't be asking this. I'll just end up pining over another game/variant of a game that I will never be able to play, like I did with Fairy Chess and Brik Wars, lol.

Onitama sounds very fun. I did a demo of it a long while back and I think I might like to try it again to see if I like it enough to buy it. Will it be at origins?

Chess 960 fixes the problem of scripted openings and improves repeatability, but all of my other points still apply to it. Onitama is easier to teach and never results in a draw. My opinion may be a minority one. I can definitely see people saying it doesn't have as much depth. To me, it is a shorter more condensed game, but just as thinky so I don't feel it's lost any depth. It cuts out a lot of fat, focusing on the fun bits of out maneuvering and engaging your opponent, rather than spending a lot of time just getting into position or dealing with a dragged out end game.

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Re: Onitama vs Chess
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2016, 12:25:39 PM »
Just kind of curious how does Onitama compare to Chess960? Probably doesn't matter since pretty much nobody plays chess variants as far as I know, but that comment made me kinda curious. Then again, I probably shouldn't be asking this. I'll just end up pining over another game/variant of a game that I will never be able to play, like I did with Fairy Chess and Brik Wars, lol.

Onitama sounds very fun. I did a demo of it a long while back and I think I might like to try it again to see if I like it enough to buy it. Will it be at origins?

Chess 960 fixes the problem of scripted openings and improves repeatability, but all of my other points still apply to it. Onitama is easier to teach and never results in a draw. My opinion may be a minority one. I can definitely see people saying it doesn't have as much depth. To me, it is a shorter more condensed game, but just as thinky so I don't feel it's lost any depth. It cuts out a lot of fat, focusing on the fun bits of out maneuvering and engaging your opponent, rather than spending a lot of time just getting into position or dealing with a dragged out end game.

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