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The idea is to add a layer of random variation to the layout of the playing field.
Go to the Project Gutenberg site, select a book at random (or maybe just War and
Peace). Players select a passage at random; copy and past into an online QR code
Print QR code at large enough scale
to use as a chess board. (Or maybe Go. Or
checkers. Or some combination of those: bake it as you wish).
War and Peace HTML
Select passage here [sofacrat, May 24 2015]
QR text generator
Paste text, download and print [sofacrat, May 24 2015]
All the world's a stage... [4and20, May 27 2015]
||Sorry, please clarify piece setup on this new fangled board.
||I tend to think of chesspieces in terms of which colours they
land on, so for instance bishops are confined to white or
black (red?) squares, knights always land on a different
colour and pawns usually alternate unless capturing, and so
on. Would part of the plan be to do the same with pieces
on a QR code based board?
||Oh well, there goes my monopoly on daft things to do with QR codes. Although I'm still the only one with an - ahem - "artistic" drawing in a QR...
||Latest notion is the [insert name of subject] book which has all the self-test questions in plain text, but all the answers are QR codes to prevent self-peeking at the answers...
||// all the answers are QR codes to prevent self-
peeking at the answers... // Any guess as to how
long until it is standard practice to be looking
through the world continuously through some
augmented reality device that automatically
interprets all QR codes? In that case you'll have to
go in and change your settings to not
automatically interpret QR codes in order to use
that book. O wait, probably not. When you look
at the cover it will recognize the book and
automatically switch to manual QR interpretation
while you're looking at that book.
||// change your settings to not automatically
interpret QR codes
||Not necessary as you can code in a QR code, in the
QR code itself. Some say that Russian scientists
were doing this in Tunguska and had to come up
with a meteor strike to cover up the destruction so
||Wow - I so love technology. By following the first
link, I managed to download the complete War and
Peace in just 6 seconds. I bet it would have taken
hours if I'd had to read it instead.
||I thought you just delegated reading to your scrivener, I mean what are you paying him for otherwise?
||Almost worth changing my name to Warren Piece, and writing a long-winded book about Tolstoy.