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Any games like chess out there? I have looked at Tak and The Duke any other games like that?
 
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Yōkaï no Mori which is based on Shogi
Navia Dratp which is OOP
Chase less like Chess
 
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Dummiz wrote:
Any games like chess out there? I have looked at Tak and The Duke any other games like that?


Well Tak isn't really chess like is it? It is a connection game - and there are tons of those.

For something chess like I would go for Arimaa or even Hive

If you are looking at two player combinatorial abstract games then there is https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgamesubdomain/4666/abstract-g... plus there are many geeklists to explore.
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Chess is historically derived from the Indian game Chaturanga; it went west to Europe and became Chess, and it went to east to China and Japan and became Xiangqi and Shogi, respectively. Both are definitely recognizable as being direct relatives of Chess, but definitely distinct in their rules. I quite like Xiangqi, but haven't yet given Shogi a try.

Another traditional game that is "like chess" in the sense of being a two-player perfect-information abstract strategy game with a long history which takes "minutes to learn, a lifetime to master" is Go. Like Chess, Xiangqi and Shogi, since it is an ancient traditional game, it is readily available in many different version both physically and digitally, and other players can often be found both in person and online.

As for modern designer board games, there is Hive Pocket, which delivers that chess-like feel, but more portable and with a generally shorter playtime. There is also Jarl: The Vikings Tile-Laying Game, which is both a standalone game and also an expansion for The Duke, but with a different sort of playstyle.

As for chess variants, I find that Knightmare Chess (third edition) adds a lot of fun to a regular chess set. And there is Arimaa, which I haven't yet had a chance to give a try. For the Crown (Second edition) adds a "pool building" element to chess, which also sounds intriguing, but which I haven't yet had a chance to try.
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I already Got hive and Yinsh an love Them both i Think that the duke looks Nice
 
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Dummiz wrote:
I already Got hive and Yinsh an love Them both i Think that the duke looks Nice


As long as you don't mind a bit of randomness The Duke is fine.

If you want a game about connections (like Tak) then PÜNCT would be a fine game for you.
 
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+1 for Hive. Great game!
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+1 for onitama
Also +1 for hive with the mosquito tile
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Tash-Kalar: Arena of Legends felt chess like
 
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Dummiz wrote:
I already Got hive and Yinsh an love Them both i Think that the duke looks Nice


Part of the allure of chess is that it is a game to dive into and explore through playing hundreds of games. It is not a game you rotate to the table with dozens of other games. I feel the same away about most of the other abstracts in this thread, except for maybe Onitama. If you already have YINSH and Hive, in my opinion you already have your hands full. How much have you played each of them? I bet there is a ton left to explore in both of those games before you go adding to your collection with even more abstracts.
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Barony has a chess like feel to us.
 
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I love Abalone for how it's a bit more about creating strong formations than planning ahead several moves, so it depends what you like about chess, or what you want to similar– but I still recommend checking it out as a great abstract that's about formations and capturing.
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wamsp wrote:
Chess is historically derived from the Indian game Chaturanga; it went west to Europe and became Chess, and it went to east to China and Japan and became Xiangqi and Shogi, respectively. Both are definitely recognizable as being direct relatives of Chess, but definitely distinct in their rules. I quite like Xiangqi, but haven't yet given Shogi a try.

Another traditional game that is "like chess" in the sense of being a two-player perfect-information abstract strategy game with a long history which takes "minutes to learn, a lifetime to master" is Go. Like Chess, Xiangqi and Shogi, since it is an ancient traditional game, it is readily available in many different version both physically and digitally, and other players can often be found both in person and online.

As for modern designer board games, there is Hive Pocket, which delivers that chess-like feel, but more portable and with a generally shorter playtime. There is also Jarl: The Vikings Tile-Laying Game, which is both a standalone game and also an expansion for The Duke, but with a different sort of playstyle.

As for chess variants, I find that Knightmare Chess (third edition) adds a lot of fun to a regular chess set. And there is Arimaa, which I haven't yet had a chance to give a try. For the Crown (Second edition) adds a "pool building" element to chess, which also sounds intriguing, but which I haven't yet had a chance to try.


Xiangqi is fine but once you try Shogi it's hard to go back. The drop rule addd so much depth and strategy. Chess has this subtractive element where the board has less pieces as the game goes on, but in shogi you always have roughly the same number of pieces, they just change sides.
 
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My favorite "chess like game" is called Ploy.

A great game that me and my friends have played for years. Not quite as deep as chess, but quicker and very fun.

It is OOP, but it is still available used. And the game has fairly high quality construction.
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Feudal is probably 20 years out of print but yet shows up from time to time in either thrift, antique shops, ebay for pretty cheap.
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pfctsqr wrote:
Dummiz wrote:
I already Got hive and Yinsh an love Them both i Think that the duke looks Nice


Part of the allure of chess is that it is a game to dive into and explore through playing hundreds of games. It is not a game you rotate to the table with dozens of other games.


Speak for yourself.

OK for some, maybe a lot of, people Chess is a lifestyle game where it is the majority (or the entirety) of their gaming.

For others it is just one of many abstract games they play - it is a game where one can always find physical opponents. Unlike shogi or arimaa or most other abstract games.

For others it is one of the ubiquitous games which they come across when young and then move into other abstract games. At an early stage they think about abstract games being chess-like to distinguish those sort of games from Monopoly and Scrabble and backgammon etc as they do not have the specific vocabulary.
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There is Stealth Chess or even All the King's Men while them other 3M titles are fine too. cool
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Here ya go: Games That Are Like Chess, but...
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kelsith wrote:
Feudal is probably 20 years out of print but yet shows up from time to time in either thrift, antique shops, ebay for pretty cheap.


Agreed. It's very chess-like, and old copies can be obtained for very reasonable prices. Suitable for 2 to 6 players (2 teams of 3 players).

I also recommend

Stratego

Conquest

Hera and Zeus

Doubles Chess

Breakthru - like Feudal, it's an old 3M bookcase game that can be found at reasonable prices.
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