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From the folks who brought you Knightmare Chess comes Proteus--a dice game that plays a little like chess and a lot like nothing you've ever seen before! Played on a standard chess board, each side gets 8 dice, with a different piece on each face. You start with 8 pawns, but each turn you get to change one of your dice to a more powerful piece. But as your pieces get more powerful, they become worth more points to your opponent! The game is easy to learn, but mastering the intricate strategies will prove much harder...
Average Rating: 4.6 in 5 reviews
I recently found this game for a low price at a gaming store and decided to pick it up because it wasn't available on the internet anywhere. Boy, was I glad I did! This is by far the best chess variant I have ever played. The rules are balanced out very well but I noticed that the knight is worth more than the bishop. I have heard from my dad (who is a chess expert) that according to the chess federation bishops are actually a little more valuable than knights. Nevertheless, the game has multiple strategies and decisions that you can make with equal advantages and disadvantages to what kind of chess army you wish to "build" (which is another fascinating feature of the game). If you like chess (and chess variants) this is definitely more bang for your buck than any other game I know.
I wont bother to summarize the game, if you havent figured it out your not going to. I usually dont go for chess variants, its like trying to improve the thermos. But this game kicks monkey ba**z, because its small and fast. You could sit down and play it while waiting for your food at a restaurant. And in spite of this fact it doesnt kill strategy. My fiance just played with me and I was very pleased with the $4.99 purchase.
Sat down and played a game with my brother in about 15 minutes. Initial reaction: 'Let's play again.' And again. The simple mechanics coupled with familiar strategies made this game an instant favorite for us: we have yet to try all the variants but each brings unique challenges that we both found distinct strategies for.
Hard to find a better value for the cost. For those who need a gift exchange idea, this is a must for any gaming enthusiast.
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Ancient Indian chess was played with dice, but not the likes of those featured in this game. In Proteus, the chess dice produce fascinating subtleties with simple rules. Your eight dice begin pawn-side-up on your first two ranks. Pieces range from Pawn (2) to Queen (6). Turns consist of moving one die and rotating another to the piece of next higher or lower value. Replacing the King is a Pyramid, ranking below a pawn, which can neither move nor be captured. You win if your opponent cannot move, or if you have captured the more valuable set of pieces when either player has been reduced to one die. Five variants are included, offering more bizarre fun.