Fantasy Chess


I recently bought the pdf of Fantasy Chess, a game which adds simple RPG-like elements, such as hit points, rolling to hit and healing, to chess.

This is an idea that’s appealed to me for a long time, possibly fueled by the book The Chessmen of Mars and the old computer game Battle Chess (although Battle Chess is actually just normal chess with cool animations).

Anyway Fantasy Chess does a good job in my opinion, although I changed some of the rules to make it easier (specifically the rules about carrying other pieces). The actual pdf looks quite amateurish, but the game is better than that suggests.

If you’re interested in playing this game, you need a bigger board for your pieces than for normal chess. This is because up to 6 pieces can be on the board at the same time. I was lucky in finding a single eBay auction which had a chess set and a larger-scale checkers set for sale.

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4 thoughts on “Fantasy Chess

  1. Say you’re bad at chess. Like, stupendously. Is Fantasy Chess easier for the hypothetical amateur that is not, I assure you, myself? Or harder? Or the same?

    I’m curious.

    For a friend.

      • It gives me an idea for a sort of Tactical Chess:
        Upon moving into an occupied square, a smaller game of chess would ensue on a smaller board. Each side’s pieces in the sub-game would relate to the type of pieces, typically the engaging piece and an optional escort cadre of up to 3 pawns, or, in the case of castles and queens, an optional knight or bishop respectively.

        Unlike you, my industrious colleague, I doubt I’ll ever get around to even playing with the idea beyond this post. Thank goodness for game designers with follow-thru! 😉

        • I had a similar idea for the board game Hex: each cell of the main board would be associated with its own hex game. The winner of that game would put their token on the cell of the larger board. The idea was that you’d have a big tournament, with separate people playing in the game associated with each cell.

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