Of Japanese origins, Shogi is played on a 9 by 9 board, and the object is to capture the opponent's king. There are two main differences with Western chess. First, not only pawns but almost every piece can promote if it reaches the opponents three last rows. Second and most distinctive characteristic is that captured pieces become property of the capturing player and during his turn he can "parachute" or "drop" them back to the board instead of performing a normal move. Because of this feature, similar to Bughouse, the game can last longer than a Chess game, the board generally stays fairly crowded and there is no simplification going into the endgame.
A SMALL pocket shogi set, with diagramatic pieces & board.
Includes the optional 21st piece in two variations I've seen:
1) the Elephant/Prince
2) the Prince/CrownPrince
Minimal print is two pages (board and pieces), but a crib sheet page and bits box are included.
Made using Apple's Pages 4.0.3 & Appleworks 6.22
Includes art that I used to make a full wrap 2-sided quad fold board with a 9x9 grid on one side and a 7x7 for tori shogi on the other.
Here's an image of the finished project:
And here's a link to the tutorial I did for making full wrap gutterless multi fold boards: http://archive.bgdf.com/tiki-index.php?page=Making+Game+Boards+Without+Gutters
The file for the movement charts can be found here: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/filepage/27440
I created these universal shogi pieces with Adobe Illustrator.
I like to glue them over magnet stripping. Cut them out. Print out a board and glue it to a steal plate: Instant Shogi set!
I uploaded a sample image under in the image gallery. Enjoy :!)