Posts Tagged ‘chess’

Chess With Boobytraps: Chesser

From Chess 2 with its new armies to Bennett Foddy’s Speed Chess [official site] with 16 players and simultaneous turns, a lot of ideas are floating around to make chess new and weird and exciting and silly. Add to the list Chesser [official site], a free arcadey take on the turn-based tactical classic.

What’s different here? Well, Chesser goes down a smaller grid: 6×6. Units can move in more directions and each side has a smaller lineup: four pawns, a king, and a queen. Oh, also squares can drop off the board and trigger traps to explode enemies.

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Pro Chess Simulator 300 Makes The Tough Guys Tumble

I sank your battleship.

Goat Simulator. Accountant Simulator. Door Simulator 2015. Corgi Simulator 2071. Turtle Simulator. Going Right Simulator. Room Cleaning Simulator 2014. Grass Simulator 2014. Cat Simulator. Tree Simulator 2013: Treeloaded. Teabag Simulator 2014. Alien Probe Simulator 2014. Tea Party Simulator 2014. Barbershop Quartet Simulator. Dish-washing Simulator 2014. Butt Touching Simulator (obviously I showed that one to Cara).

You might have noticed that joke Simulators are all the rage nowadays. They’re often not very funny. Usually their mere name is meant to be the punchline. Pro Chess Simulator 300 is a single-joke Simulator too but it’s a good joke. Not one to retell at your Britain’s Got Talent audition, but worth a few smiles.

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Wot I Checked: Chess 2 – The Sequel

Ah, Chess 2. A joke made real? Seems like it, only they’re not joking. This is a straight up remix and rebalance intended to shuffle the game away from its standard opening/closing moves and to fix the “problems” of the venerable chequered board format. But how can that work? And more importantly: does it work?

Read on for my handful of chess anecdotes and some writing about Chess 2, too. Toooo.
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500 Years In The Making: Chess 2 Coming To PC

Horses, Tigers, Elephants, and the Jungle Queen in the 'Animals' army.

Chess is a pretty good game, I hear, but I’m not really into retro gaming. After literally centuries (not to mention countless mods and patches) someone has finally made a proper sequel, so I might give it a crack. While the original Chess only had one faction, Chess 2: The Sequel adds another five armies with different rules, along with duels and a new victory condition.

It’s still kind of retro though, not upgrading the graphics at all. The story’s pretty much that same old war tale, though now it does now include ghosts, tigers, and elephants. A bit Far Cry 3-ish, then.

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Impressions: Battle Vs Chess

Is Battle Vs Chess finally the revision of the dusty old board game that has been so desperately needed for so many years? Can we at last see the embellishments the franchise has been longing for, for over 3,000 years? Perhaps today is that day, with the game now out on Steam. I’ve taken a look to see how the game has finally pulled itself out of the dark ages.

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Chess Receives v1.01 Patch

They were clean-shaven when they started playing

The inventor of Chess, Mr. Wilbert Chess, today announced to a room full of chess enthusiasts that the classic game has received its very first patch. The changelog is as follows:

* Pawns may now move diagonally backwards in order to capture pieces

Rumours abound that Mr. Chess implemented the patch mid-game, and in doing so was able to unexpectedly capture the queen of Russian chess master Sergey Urusov. Despite taking his opponent by surprise (spectators report that the move caused Urusov to stare silently at Mr. Chess for a full forty-two minutes), it is said that Mr. Chess yet went on to lose the game anyway. More on this controversial turn of events as we hear it.

It’s been a slow week for video games.

New! Chess 2.0! (Not really.)

This large and splendid article by chess hyperbrain Garry Kasparov (pictured), in which he talks about the evolution of computer chess, seems deeply relevant to all of computerised gaming.

Like so much else in our technology-rich and innovation-poor modern world, chess computing has fallen prey to incrementalism and the demands of the market. Brute-force programs play the best chess, so why bother with anything else? Why waste time and money experimenting with new and innovative ideas when we already know what works? Such thinking should horrify anyone worthy of the name of scientist, but it seems, tragically, to be the norm. Our best minds have gone into financial engineering instead of real engineering, with catastrophic results for both sectors.

It’s worth reading, anyway.
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7-in-1 Magnetic Family Game: Chess

I'm totally winning.
Chess was invented in 1959 by Mr Chess. It’s quite the game.
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