The goal remains the same: to checkmate the enemy king. But the moves may be a bit unusual. Each player has a deck of cards, each modifying the traditional rules of the game in a different way. Every move is a surprise! In Knightmare Chess, victory is never certain until the last move. Decide who will move first.
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Overview[ edit ] Knightmare Chess is played with cards that change the default rules of chess. Play this card on your turn, instead of making a regular move.
There are two sets of cards sold separately, each consisting of 80 cards. The sets are known as Knightmare Chess 1  and Knightmare Chess 2;  a single card deck can be created by shuffling both decks together. SJG also sells blank cards, that can be customized by the player, in packs of The French original version had a cartoonish tone, unlike the English version, and the cards in the French original version are also different from the English version.
Another innovation of the American version is to include rules for "dueling deck" play, where each player has his own customized deck, possibly built from multiple copies of the set if desired. For a balanced game each player uses the same point total, or a stronger player can use a lower point total as a handicap. Cards which are too powerful to appear more than once per side are marked with an asterisk , indicating that a player can only put one copy of that specific card in his deck.
Critical reaction[ edit ] Peter Sarrett of The Game Report called the game "outstanding", remarking that it "result[s] [in] an unpredictable game which removes the tedium of standard chess while preserving plenty of scope for strategic play," and praising the "gorgeous" paintings by Rogerio Vilela. Even so, at the end of the day it is a good game and one well worth checking out.
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Knightmare Chess Game Rules
Four player variants for knightmare chess. Where the French original had funny cartoons, the U. My 11 year old son enjoys chess, but the pictures perturb him especially if we play into the late night hours. The name, "Knightmare Chess" is also pretty stupid. I can do without the cheap pun.
Knightmare Chess Rules