“ChessClix”?? (v3.6)


This attempt posted on 19 FEB 2014, with additions editted in: 21 FEB; 24 FEB; 23 MAY.

Over on the “rumors” forum of HCRealms.com, pictures of the 2014 Toy Fair are popping up, mostly concerned with the NECA/WizKids’ booth and products. Exciting thing was not only another DC “SwitchClix” strategy game themed on the Justice League, but seeing something called “Team Fortress Chess” right next to it.

On the HCR forums, people asking for advice on using Clix pieces for chess games comes up. Not actually playing with the Clix combat dials, just using clix pieces in place of regular pieces on a chess board. Like using a Lex Luthor as a King, for example.

Couple years ago, someone threw out the idea of “ChessClix”, of actually using the combat dial system somehow in the game of chess. I thought it was a cool idea, even tinkered with the concept for about a month. I can’t recall if that ever went anywhere in discussion on the Realms, though.

Anyway, thought about it last night, after seeing this “Team Fortress Chess” thing. Stumbled across this — http://www.chessvariants.org/unequal.dir/cwda.html

I was aware that chess aficionados created variants of the game, including new pieces that move in different ways from “standard” chess pieces. Was blown away by the variety, the imagination.

I need to read-up on this WizKids “TFC” thing. I’m wondering about combining chess with clix’ combat dial system.

consider this post a “work in progress”, something to come back to record ideas. It’ll definitely end up as a “tl;dr” hodge-podge.

Also keep in mind: I like chess, but I have no knowledge of the proper terminology for chess, especially not the really wonky vocabulary of these dedicated chess enthusiasts I see on that site linked above. They and that site blow my mind.

Random Ideas :

  • at least two boards are used during play: the “strategic board” (the standard chess “tactical board”) and the “dueling board”.
  • basically, thinking that on the “strategic board” the clix move as regular (or variant) chess pieces. When a player moves to “capture” an opponent’s piece per normal chess-play, that’s when the ‘contested square” is marked, and both pieces move into the “dueling arena”. Normal play on the strategic map stops until the duel is resolved.
  • combat on the dueling arena map is fought using normal clix combat system rules.
  • the “dueling maps” are much smaller than the main map, to encourage players to mix it up, and hopefully shorten time playing duels.
  • Sculpts: “sword & sorcery”?
  • Sculpts: No paint jobs; colored plastic only.
  • colors to choose from: white, black, red, brown, blue?
  • if you field a team, has to be all one color.
  • Team symbols“, in a twist, instead of using team symbols like we do in “super hero clix”, the “team symbols” identify the type of chess piece it is, and thus how it moves on the “strategic board”.
  • Dual “TA’s” are possible, as that’s how some of the “variant chess” pieces are made – they often combine how two traditional chess pieces move. For example: the “Archbishop” variant chess piece can move like a Knight or a Bishop; a “Chancellor” variant chess piece can move like a Knight or a Rook.
  • [EDIT, 21 FEB 2014] “Dueling map/board”: like the “regular chess map/board”, it would all be one elevation; unlike the “chess board” it will make use of normal Hindering Terrain, Blocking terrain, and Water Terrain.
  • Thinking: the dueling map should be  an “Indoor map”.
  • Also thinking: depending on how they produce it, you could have one “map” that has the “regular chess board” in the center, and TWO “dueling maps”, one on either side of the “chess board” map. When one player attempts to “capture” the other’s piece on the “chess board”, the players roll a die for “dueling map choice”.
  • Basically, two-sides to a mat; each side has  one “chess board” with two “dueling maps” on either side of the “chess board”.
  • Back to the “character pieces”: No special powers. Standard powers on the dial, “standard access” to combat abilities via the usual combat ability symbols, including Improved abilities.
  • Maybe Traits as well. Undecided.
  • Getting back to “chess piece symbols as team symbols”, we could tie “Trait” abilities to those, but those abilities (again) only come into play on the “Dueling Map”.
  • Example: Characters with the {Pawn} “team symbol” can use Side Step when on the Dueling map. (I kinda assumed that Pawns might be able to use other standard powers, but wouldn’t have any Improved abilities, and only “standard” ability symbols).
  • “Teams” or “Forces” would still be assembled by points. I would assume for any initial release, the game would be designed as a 1000-point game, full set of regular chess pieces.
  • They could do “scenario cards” to determine starting positions of pieces; otherwise, players set up their “armies” like a normal chess game.
  • Such “scenario cards” could double as “chess problems” or “chess puzzles”.

I think I should attempt to list the types of pieces. Remember, their “team symbols” designate what type of piece it is, and the team symbols look like the standard, traditional chess piece it is. I’ll suggest some “Tactical Board” powers and abilities. —

  1. King: He may be the “weakest” on the Strategic map, but for the Tactical map, he should be a scary close combatant.
  2. Queen: Range-oriented on the Tactical map.
  3. Bishop: Range-oriented on the Tactical map. Penetrating/Psychic Blast plus Steal Energy special power combo?
  4. Knight: Close combatant on the Tactical map. Could have “full-speed Charge along a direct path”, or maybe a “Drag”-style special power.
  5. Rook: Also a close combatant on Tactical, suggesting “full-speed Charge along direct path”, but a slower speed, coupled with Giant symbol?
  6. Pawn: Close and Ranged combatant. Range of 2, but with Sharpshooter. Three clicks of life? But, three starting lines? Starting line would have to be selected at start of game. One “jack-of-all-trades”, one “better at close”, one “better at range”? They still have to be the easiest to kill on the Tactical map, but still put up a fight.

— Will elaborate more at a later date.

Standard Chess Set