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Dragonchess (1985)

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TSR
Year Published
1985
# of Players
2
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Mfg Suggested Ages
8 and up
Playing Time
75 minutes
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Dragon Chess first appeared in Dragon Magazine #100, and was also featured in the short story "At Moonset Blackcat Comes" in the same issue. It is a 3-D chess game that is played on 3 8x12 boards stacked above each other. The top board represents the air and features pieces like the Griffon and the Dragon. The middle board represents the land and has pieces like the Oliphant, the Thief, and (of course) the King. The bottom board represents the underworld and contains pieces like the Dwarf and the Elemental.

Like regular chess, the object is to checkmate your opponent's King. Many pieces move like their chess counterparts, but many others have unconventional moves taken from other chess variants that are further complicated by the game's three dimensional nature.

For example, on the upper board, a Sylph piece moves like a Berolina pawn. It may make a non-capturing move one space diagonally forward, or it may capture by moving directly forward one space. It may also capture by moving straight down to the middle board. While on the middle board, the Sylph cannot move at all except to make a non-capturing move back to the top board. It may move to the square directly above it OR any empty one of the six home squares that any friendly Sylph occupied at the start of the game.

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Microbadges

for other chess:

Black / White / Colors:
mb Black Rook Player
mb White Rook Player
mb Dark Horse Fan
mb Chess Knight / Gotta love those horses

no background:
mb Chess Fan - The Pawn
mb Chess Fan - The Bishop
mb Chess Fan - The Queen
mb I am a King at Chess
mb Chess Fan - The Rook
mb Chess Fan - the Knight

with white background:
mb Chess Player
mb Chess Player
mb Chess Player
mb Chess Player
mb Chess Player
mb Chess Player

other chess badges:
mb Knightmare Chess Fan
mb Chess Variant Fan
mb Chessex Fan
mb Chess collector

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