I was going to add some Youtube resources in Internet resources page. the page itself is already quite lengthy and I think I need start thinking about folding the content quite soon. So I realized Youtube section needed its own page. It is currently available as a sub menu in Internet resources page. Expect this page to grow rapidly.
One of the link that was popular at the time was Ham Shogi where you could play shogi game with computer. No pressure, use as much time you want to make your moves and so on, and it was very friendly to novice shogi player. However, this application was based on Adobe flash player and the browser support for this technology is quickly disappearing. As a matter of fact, browsers will not support it at all after the end of this year. Therefore, even though the game is still available through the digital archive site here and I have updated my link to it, It will be a moot point in few month.
So I was searching for a program with similar functionality and I think I found a better one at syougi.qinoa.com/ja. The site has a nominal amount of English so you could probably select “game menu” and then click any of the “play” link to start playing game with the computer with various strength and play characters. The author of the site has already given me a permission to create a intro page detailing the site navigation so stay tuned for the navigation help page to appear on this site soon.
Its been a long time since I started to receive weekly email newsletters from the site owner of Shogitown.com. This site was established for more than 10 years ago, and is run by a person who also runs real dojo or Shogi Salon in Saitama prefecture, Japan. (when I first started this site, I thought about naming the site as shogi-village but that sounded like a copy cat of shogitown) This guy is really good at tsume shogi problems. I have several link to his tsume problems in my site.
Anyway, in the latest newsletter, the site owner Isoda-san has talked about a puzzle that he came up with after reading an article from January 2013 issue of Shogiworld magazine. I have not read the article but sounds like there was a proposal to create new games/puzzles using Shogi pieces and board to promote Shogi in general to the rest of human population.
I looked at his idea and decided to share this with English speaking world. Please see here. Let me know what you think. You still need to know each Shogi piece’s movement patterns, but I think that is a point of coming up with this sort of puzzles.
What? what is going on? OK, let me explain. I have been using a service called microsoft office live web service. When this service started, the starter package was free. So I was able to quickly set up this site and start posting shogi information. There has been always a limitation to this site. For instance, I could not install active components such as flash or Java applet. I curcumbented this by embedding a page from my provider (comcast.net) provited web site, which was also free but had no scripting capability. So for about two years ago, I signed up for yet another site with all bells and whistle, and was experimenting with a cms called modx and slowly converting all pages to modx pages.
Now it turns out, MS office live have decided to stop supporting free service. So I figure this is the time I say goodbye to Microsoft and start a new site. New site is called Shogishack.net (no hyphen between shogi and shack) I am still debating if I should keep shogi-shack.net domain. If I do, then it will be pointing to the Shogishack.net. After April 2012, any bookmark you created inside shogi-shack.net will not work anymore. please update your booksmarks. Shogishack.net officially goes live with this post.