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8+ 15-45 minutes 2

Designer(s): Francis K Lalumiere

Publisher(s): Steve Jackson Games

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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...

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Robin King
December 31, 2001

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.

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