Battle Royal

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Battle Royal
Carlton Noles
A Chesslike game for a TreeHouse set
:Players Players:
:Time Length: unknown
:Complexity Complexity: Medium
Trios per color: 5
Number of colors: 1 TreeHouse set
Pyramid trios:
Monochr. stashes: 1 TreeHouse set
Five-color sets:
- - - - - - Other equipment - - - - - -
A Chessboard ( a Chessboard Bandana works nicely )
Setup time: Mere minutes
Playing time:
Strategy depth: High
Random chance: None
Game mechanics:
Theme: Royal Stragety
BGG Link: none
Status: complete? (v1.0), Year released: 2987

The Story

The King has recently shuffled off the mortal coil and now his offspring are battling for the throne. The game represents a political battle more than a physical one. A capture represents rendering an opponent's piece useless and players are encouraged to utter false accusations and/or other disparaging remarks about their opponents when making a capture.


Each player chooses a color and sets up their three peices in one corner on the board. The peices are:

  • 3 pips - the Prince
  • 2 pips - the Jester
  • 1 pips - the Valet

The prince shall be placed in the corner and the other two in the two orthoganally adjacent spaces (whch goes where is not important). Example: 4 Player Battle Royal.jpg


The Prince may move up to 3 spaces in a straight line in any direction. The Jester moves as a knight in chess but may not jump over another piece. (This will rarely be an issue in the two player game). The Valet may move up to two spaces in any orthogonal direction. If the move ends on a space containing another piece that piece is captured. You may not capture your own pieces.


The game is won when all other players have been eliminated (all their pieces captured) or they surrender.


Because there are so few pieces the loss of just one piece (especially if it is the Jester) can mean losing the game. To that end positioning becomes extremely important.

The Jester is the only piece that can attack a Prince without being vulnerable to the Prince.

I'm guessing that the game plays best with three or four players (as it would be a bit too open to play with twp players on a chess board. It seems like a 3-player game would play best on the chess wedges [--nihilvor 18:44, 12 March 2012 (UTC)]

To Do

  • Pics
  • Variants
  • Categories (Chess, Treehouse set, etc)
  • Spellcheck