FoxTrot by Bill Amend for February 07, 2010

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    Plods with ...™ Premium Member over 12 years ago

    D&D Chess. Interesting

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    dataweaver  over 12 years ago

    This is real. I own a deck of cards called Knightmare Chess. You use them in conjunction with a normal chess game to introduce various changes to the rules, some temporary, some permanent - for example, there’s a card that lets you cause one of your Knights to explode, capturing everything that it was threatening;l or there’s the card that causes all pawns to move backward for the rest of the game.

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    shadyproject  over 12 years ago

    Sounds like fun, but I’m bad already enough at regular chess.

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    lewisbower  over 12 years ago

    Dice! Hmph! When I was a kid we pladed with rocks and clubs. Wham! You lose!

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    Dkram  over 12 years ago

    dataweaver said, about 4 hours ago

    “This is real. I own a deck of cards called Knightmare Chess.”

    My nephew would love this.

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    vexatron1984  over 12 years ago

    That’s right Jason! Nerdy is a hundred times more sexy than sporty any day! Wait…that’s probably a negative to Jason…

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    LibrarianInTraining  over 12 years ago

    I should tell my hubby. He’d be in nerd heaven. :)

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    phydeaux44  over 12 years ago

    Is Battle Chess still available for the computer? I used to play it during the 80s.

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    DragonPowered  over 12 years ago

    There was another one, Archon - Black vs White. It was chess with medieval fantasy icons and the squares slowly shifted from dark to light, favoring one side or the other. When a square was challenged the square expanded to fill the screen and the two pieces dueled on a field of battle in real time. It was quite fun if you had someone as nerdy as yourself to play with.

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    elio  over 12 years ago

    Setebos, Wow, I haven’t thought about battle chess in years. GO DOS!

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    dataweaver  over 12 years ago

    shadyproject: I’ve found that Knightmare Chess is the great equalizer. The chaos that it brings to the game makes it impossible to plan more than a couple of turns ahead, and even that much is tricky. As such, victory has a strong element of luck to it: a lucky novice has a decent chance of beating an unlucky master.

    dkram: unfortunately, the company that made it is sold out, and likely has been for some time. But you might be able to find a copy on eBay.

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    Nighthawks Premium Member over 12 years ago

    battle chess was sooo cool!—I don’t think I ever played an actual chess game on it…..just made the strategic moves that caused the chess pieces to wreak havoc with each other…. I remember one powerful piece used to DEVOUR a hapless opponent’s piece

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    Durak Premium Member over 12 years ago

    @ Dataweaver, I’ve got that game, it’s pretty good.

    And I still play Archon. I have my old C64 fired up in the basement for just such an emergency. Nothing like Basic programs to bring out the true nerd in a man.

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    LibrarianInTraining  over 12 years ago

    Battle Chess kicked butt! Hubby and I used to play it. I especially loved when king took knight. The shot of the king throwing a bomb into the knight’s armor and waving saying “bye bye” made me laugh again and again.

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    dyankee23  over 12 years ago

    Hmmm. My D&D skills just might be able to make up for my lack of game in chess under these rules. Now where did I put my dice?

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    chromosome Premium Member over 12 years ago

    Check today’s Close to Home.

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    slowflyer  over 12 years ago

    “Normal chess isn’t nerdy enough?”

    “Is anything, really”

    Hilarious.

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    KenTheCoffinDweller  over 12 years ago

    BattleChess was available as part of a Multiple Game package that I got about 3 - 4 years ago, along with Bard’s Tale and several other games. So it might still be available in one package or another.

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    jestrfyl  over 12 years ago

    Ooh, my nerdiness is showing. I HAVE a deck of Knightmare Chess cards- and I know that there was a second deck sold, too. They did indeed add an extra level of amusement to the chess game. I like the D&D version. Some of us like a little spice added to the purer strains of life.

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    johnparadox  over 12 years ago

    Anyone up for a round of rock/scissors/paper/spock/lizard?

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    giggles05  over 12 years ago

    o wow it actually exists ha who would have thought.

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    giggles05  over 12 years ago

    o wow it actually exists ha who would have thought.

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    freeholder1  over 12 years ago

    then there was halo chess. Then there was zombie chess. then there was….OMG I’ve stumbled into an aging nerds convention. If I fire up an avatar, he’ll get downgraded, shifted into the asylum, eaten by a goblin and spit out by a Red Queen. I miss bridge, simple direct lying and cheating with established conventions and a daily column witrh tipos instead of cheats. Sigh again.

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    ericathered  over 12 years ago

    very surprised to see that Mr. Amend didn’t do a strip on Superbowl Sunday as usual…

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    eugaet  over 12 years ago

    The first Knightmare Chess set is out of print, but set 2 is still available. http://j.mp/3VsN6I

    I have both sets. The kids use it to keep me from winning and to generally frustrate me. The art on the cards is fantastic and the rule mods really make you change your tactics…or throw them out the window altogether. Definitely recommended unless you’re a chess purist.

    We also have Tile Chess (same publisher). Makes for a chaotic multiplayer chess variant. No board required, every piece much touch another, no pieces can be orphaned. http://j.mp/cjtAfU

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    TeamSG1  over 12 years ago

    For those that were wondering here is a link where you can still get battle chess (Looks to be about $5 but doesnt say if it will run on current systems)

    http://www.mobygames.com/game/battle-chesshttp://www.mobygames.com/game/battle-chess

    http://www.chesscentral.com/Battle _ Chess _ 4000_a/274.htm {Leave out the spaces wont post correctly if I leave them out} (Free D/L according to website)

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    eugaet  over 12 years ago

    GOG.com has Battle Chess Special Edition for $5.99. It includes the original Battle Chess, Battle Chess II: Chinese Chess, and Battle Chess 4000.

    http://www.gog.com/en/gamecard/battlechessspecial_edition

    I bought Battle Chess when it was released on the C64.

    OK, that’s a little depressing.

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    generic123  over 12 years ago

    Want a little combat with your chess variant?

    Fantasy Chess uses traditional chess movements and checkmate. But it has a layer of wargaming rules on top that use dice and stat sheet to determine the kills.

    A Chess game where your Knights can charge from Castles, Bishops can heal the injured, Six piece battles can be fought in a square, and you can bludgeon a King to death!

    www.shadowhex.com

    This is a board game, not computer based.

    So if you grok the Foxtrot cartoon, you’ll grok this game.

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    Awesomenessunleashed25  about 12 years ago

    Sounds like fun but i guess i gotta learn how to p;ay normal chess first…bumer

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    Cassiekins  almost 11 years ago

    Love this strip. D&D is an awesome game.

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    Pelahnar  about 10 years ago

    Ooh, my dad wouldn’t like this. He calls chess one of the few games out there that has absolutely no luck involved – adding dice/cards/whatever would ruin that.

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