I have a suggestion regarding popularity of Shogi. I am able to read and write both Japanese and Chinese, but I think it might many foreigners abandon Shogi bc they cant read the Japanese characters. So I suggest to have the option to toggle between the current set of pieces and another set with latin characters. K could be king, like used in the notation.
What do you think about that?
Default piece set for this site should be determined based on player location. Show Kanji set if user comes from Japan, otherwise show either a Latin set or a Kanji set with movement arrows inscribed on the pieces. That would make shogi seem much less intimidating to foreigners.
I’m from the U.S. I remember showing this site to a coworker who knows how to play chess, and upon opening the site he was immediately intimidated. He said he didn’t know what was going on and was overwhelmed by the amount of strange characters.
To a foreigner who doesn’t know anything about shogi - opening up this website really does look a bit like you landed on a site written in a foreign language. I don’t think this is ideal for player retention.
Perhaps one could determine what set to show by default based on user location. (If Japan show Kanji, else show Kanji with arrows as default set, or Latin as default set). Of course players can go into settings and override this feature; I’m just primarily talking about piece set defaults.
From my point of you western piece set are simply not shogi. People who got chocked by some kanji will proably not start playing anyway. I more belive in show the connection to Japanese culture rather then try to hide it.
Shogi take some effort to learn and the player I know are either chess player or just in love Japan.
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