Well, to be honest, I just wanted to diversify. Go can be a bit boring unless I take it seriously. And at the moment I just don’t have the drive to take it seriously.
I’ve tried shogi before, but that was ages ago. Got frustrated when I couldn’t even tell the pieces apart by kanji. After watching Sangatsu no Lion (which has very little in the way of plot but beautiful artwork) I gave it another shot and now it’s fun to play. I tried hard to like chess, but since I’m used to Go, I just felt so limited.
Of course, shogi’s 9x9 board isn’t much larger than the chess board, but you can drop captured pieces (akin to modern chess variant bughouse, I’m aware), plus some pieces promote. The added complexity somehow makes up for what it lacks in space.
But yea, compared to the shogi avenues, OGS is heaven. The only thing I managed to get to work is 81dojo and it’s obviously hard to find anyone as bad as I am at the moment. The upshot is that nobody cares about what rank you are, you’ll find a game in seconds (despite the fact that there are only about 300 people online at any given time). I’m listed as 10k or something and I’ve had up to 4d players accepting my game offers (even for unranked matches). It’s somewhat of a downside though that these heavily imbalanced matches usually end in about 20-40 moves. Then again, live and learn.