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It's been me alone here for several hours. Have I taken advantage of the situation? (Wild party, loud music, excessive playing of video games...) Nope. I've been staring at my screen in silence, looking busy. Old habits die hard, I guess.

We're about to shatter the routine, though. Meeting some friends down at Starbucks with the 4-Way Chess set and Knightmare Chess cards. Never combined them before. This game could go on for days...


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Jan. 21st, 2002 04:07 pm (UTC)
Id has been talking about doing that for a couple of weeks now...Haven't had time (and four players at once) to do so...Let me know how it works...

Jan. 21st, 2002 10:38 pm (UTC)
Ye gods, that was fun!
They closed and kicked us out just as the game was getting really interesting, and convincing three other people to continue playing outside in the cold is nearly impossible, especially when they're losing.

Still, the social dynamic is like nothing else. Particularly if you adopt this house rule:
If the card applies to you and your opponent, pick one opponent - the other two are unaffected.

Suddenly, every card intended to keep things even gives you and your current ally a huge advantage. Return a captured piece of the same type to the board. Hey, look - two more queens!

Every card intended to throw off your opponent's strategy can be used to give great power to someone in a position to crush your common enemy. There are so many ways to move someone else's pawn to the last rank and create more queens. Of course, this creates an unstoppable foe you'll have to overcome yourself eventually, so some restraint is called for.

Which brings up another point - diagonals are so important in 4 Way Chess. Your bishops lash out unpredictably at either side, and God help your opponents if you can capture your way across to their last rank with a pawn. The path to queendom is shorter than ever with cards that move your pawns to the side, let them move as another piece for one turn, or reverse the rules so that pawns move diagonally and attack in a straight line.

Rotating the board 90 degrees didn't come up, unfortunately.

Knightmare Chess is like a funhouse maze atop a rocking boat. 4 Way Knightmare sends it over Niagra.

...of course, if you really want to make things interesting, shuffle in Curses.
Jan. 21st, 2002 10:50 pm (UTC)
Mixing games...
Shuffling in Curses may sound like it would add a new and interesting mix to the game, that's not always the case. For instance, take Fluxx. Then shuffle in The Totally Insane Card Game. Originally, this sounded like a great idea. The reality was very different. It made things incredibly complicated, and no longer fun. New rules had to be decided on for all sorts of cases...

But, I'm still willing to give Knightmare Curses a try...

What the hell? I'm stupid...
Jan. 23rd, 2002 10:24 pm (UTC)
Out of curiosity.....
I've been searching for my copy of Chess^4 (I think that's what it was called)..... Did I accidentally leave it in Ventura, or did you buy yourself a copy and I should keep searching? (Or buy myself another one)

It's not like I have a LOT of people to play with, but all it would really take is three....
Jan. 24th, 2002 10:50 am (UTC)
no third possibility?
I believe you deliberately sent it back to Ventura, as sort of a "more games than space allocated for them" / "my girlfriend won't play chess and I must include her in every activity" thing.

For the record, you don't really need additional players. The extra pieces of different color are just as useful in a two player game once the Knightmare cards come out. "Replace that rook over there with a gold one. It's neutral now."
Jan. 24th, 2002 11:01 am (UTC)
Re: no third possibility?

I must suck.

OK, so now we're stuck with an akward situation. I'd like to ask for it back so I can play, but I don't want to deprive you of the newly discovered toy.


Jan. 24th, 2002 12:43 pm (UTC)
What I -meant- to say is "Keep looking! It must be around somewhere."
Actually, there's always new toys.

Observe the glory of a 29 1/2" x 29 1/2" rollout board with satisfyingly large pieces of ill-chosen color! Also note the funky central diagonals, by the way. Those are squares in which a pawn can turn 90 degrees and launch towards a different enemy.

And let's not forget, Tile Chess evenly accomodates anywhere up to six players without using a chessboard at all.

Granted, I can't afford to purchase these things. But that's never stopped me before.

(in fact, you can start trembling in anticipation of my next journal entry now - I've found a product which will shatter the very foundation of your world)
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