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Shuuro is a game for two players, which merges the precision and rigor of chess with the creativity and variety of war-gaming.
It does so by attaching a points value to each traditional chess piece and allowing the players to spend a predetermined amount of these points (say, a total of 800 points) to select the chess army that they think makes the best use of the points. This creates a feeling of ownership towards the particular combination the player thinks is the most effective.
The battle then takes place on a large chess board of twelve by twelve squares. This board, however, also introduces a new and unique element to the game. Each of the four six-by-six quadrants of the board contains two plinths that block the movement of the pieces. These plinths are placed randomly at the beginning of every game with the help of dice, ensuring that every game will be different and present unique challenges. The plinths also help in balancing the game, restricting the movement of Queens, Bishops and Rooks, while at the same time allowing Knights to land on them and using them as defensive positions (as only an enemy Knight can take them while they're there).
It is worth noting that game box also includes a normal chessboard and full rules for traditional chess, making it good to learn chess and allowing players to engage in this great classic as well as the innovative Shuuro.
- 1 rules leaflet
- 1 game board
- 2 sets of pieces, each containing:
- 1 King
- 3 Queens
- 6 Rooks
- 9 Bishops
- 9 Knights
- 18 Pawns
- 8 plinths
- 2 dice