Comments on PiecepackRPackage

# 2 Comments. # If an announcement of a cool new software feature ("Can now make diagrams!") merits an exclamation mark, it probably also merits not being marked as minor. :) I can't wait to see how that works, by the way; I hope you'll release a demo PDF soon.

-- RonHaleEvans 2018-05-06 03:45 UTC

Sorry, somehow I missed seeing this comment... Here is a pdf example of the shogi starting board using traditional piecepack graphics. Here is the corresponding R code (it also makes the starting board with the mirrored 6-suited chess-ranked piecepacks). There is currently also an make_piecepack_images executable which makes individual images of components which could then also be manually arranged into a diagram (using something like Inkscape or Gimp) for people who don't like to code. I have more info in the FAQ on how to make diagrams using the R package.

Don't know if/when I'd have time to do this but with some work one could use this to write diagram-writing code and ruleset code such that one could build custom-graphic rulesets (and perhaps even generate custom-graphic rule books) i.e. one could design a piecepack and then generate a piecepack book with rulesets with diagrams using that design. Or write a ruleset and generate different versions of that ruleset supporting different piecepacks that people might own (i.e. traditional piecepack design plus another ruleset using something reminiscent to but not infringing on the IBG piecepack design plus one of your favorite DIY design). Would be a somewhat tricky for some rulesets since the best way to play certain games (like Shogi) with some piecepack designs are very different then with other designs plus some piecepack themes (and games written using those themes) are also quite different (i.e. steampunk piecepack theme versus traditional piecepack theme). However for a large subset of piecepack games and piecepack designs this should be a fairly straightforward albeit time consuming endeavor.

-- TrevorLDavis 2018-05-29 21:01 UTC

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