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Knightmare Chess

third edition

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Product Description

The cards break the rules in wild and unpredictable ways. Some affect a single move, and some change the entire game. Knightmare Chess plays quickly out of the box, but it also includes variants, and it's easy for players to customize. The possibilities are endless, and so is the fun!

This new edition includes Knightmare Chess 2, for a total of 158 beautiful cards, each painted by Rogério Vilela. Bonus: two blank cards for those who want to create their own fiendish, clever rules.

Note: Knightmare Chess requires a working knowledge of chess and a chess set to play.

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Average Rating: 4.1 in 7 reviews

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Knightmare Chess is an entirely new way of playing chess
October 13, 2003

Most chess variants make some little modification to the rules, but it's still basically a perfect information game. My thoughts on this are that if you want to play a game like this, play standard chess. Standard chess is a great game.

Knightmare Chess destroys this basis of the game and throws it out the window. It replaces it with whole new strategies. In Knightmare Chess, you can't move whimsically and survive. Instead, the planning involves around setting up situations in which your cards can be put to the most use. You can plan and execute combinations around your cards. Like any card game there is luck, but also, knowing what to play and what to discard takes a lot of skill and practice.

I think this is the best game to come along in a long time. It's not just one chess variant, it's a hundred rolled into one.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
Really Makes You Think
March 31, 2003

Are you ready for a whole new game of chess??

Ever wanted those chess pieces to have strange and unusual powers?

Then these are the games for you.

Not only do these cards have beautiful artwork, but also the abilities they give your chess pieces make it a whole new game.

We have found that it helps if you have 2 or 3 different chess sets, that way you can easily identify the special pieces that are created by the cards.

Players in my area interested in playing, please send me an e-mail.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
Utter chaos is entertaining, but little strategy...
February 26, 2003

Let me preface this review by saying that I'm far from a chess purist. I've dabbled with the game for years, and I've never been anything more than an adequate player.

Thus, when my friend Justin asked me to play this variant, I was interested, anything which can add a new wrinkle is worthy of a try right?

Well, not really. I'm a big fan of Steve Jackson games in general, but Knightmare Chess is a big strike out.

Chess, as most people are aware, is one of the great pure strategy games of perfect information, perfect information meaning that you know exactly as much as your opponent does about the game state, and thus, it's entirely up to skill to see who can take advantage.

Knightmare Chess destroys this basis of the game, and it takes the one hallmark of chess, pure strategy and planning, and throws it out the window.

Without knowing how your opponent's pieces can legally move you can't form any viable strategy, and you're best off moving with almost uttery whimsy, as trying to set up a combination, or a winning mate is nigh impossible while there are still cards in their hand.

If you want to play an entirely new game with your old chess board, and you like playing games almost entirely for fun, with no concerns about strategy carrying the day, then pick this up and give it a try. Others are advised to stay away.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.

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