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[[Andrew Looney|Andy]] believes Martian Chess is the second oldest game for the pyramids, and the first created after the eponymous [[Icehouse]].  The earliest dated version of the rules are from 29 January 1995.
 
[[Andrew Looney|Andy]] believes Martian Chess is the second oldest game for the pyramids, and the first created after the eponymous [[Icehouse]].  The earliest dated version of the rules are from 29 January 1995.
  
martian Chess plays similarly to Earthling Chess, using similar mechanics such as:
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Martian Chess plays similarly to Earthling Chess, using similar mechanics such as:
*moving and capturing individual pieces
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* moving and capturing individual pieces
*turn-based
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* turn-based
*played on an [[chessboard]]
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* played on an [[chessboard]]
*distinct pieces have distinct movement rules
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* distinct pieces have distinct movement rules
  
 
However, Martian Chess uses some different features than Chess:
 
However, Martian Chess uses some different features than Chess:
*control of pieces is determined by location rather than color
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* control of pieces is determined by location rather than color,
*the victory conditions are based on captured points instead of capturing a certain piece
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* the victory conditions are based on captured points instead of capturing a certain piece,
*a player can force the end of the game, and still win based on points
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* a player can force the end of the game, and still win based on points,
*is playable with more than two players
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* is playable with more than two players.
  
 
For seasoned chess players, Martian Chess has subtle paradigm shifts that offer convention-challenging lessons (though not to the same extent as Icehouse itself).
 
For seasoned chess players, Martian Chess has subtle paradigm shifts that offer convention-challenging lessons (though not to the same extent as Icehouse itself).
  
The game requires three [[nest|nests]] per player, not necessarily of the same color.
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The game requires three [[trio]]s per player, in any colors.  
  
 
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Latest revision as of 22:36, 18 December 2020

Martian Chess
Andrew Looney
Colorless simplified chess nevertheless has subtle strategy
:Players Players: 2 - 4
:Time Length: Medium?
:Complexity Complexity: Low
Trios per color: 3
Number of colors: 1 per player
Pyramid trios:
Monochr. stashes: 1 per player
Five-color sets: 3
- - - - - - Other equipment - - - - - -
Chessboard or Chessboard wedges
Setup time: one minute
Playing time: 5 minutes
0.0833 Hr
- 30 minutes
0.5 Hr
Strategy depth: High
Random chance: None
Game mechanics: colorless
Theme: chess
BGG Link: Martian Chess
Status: Complete (v1.0), Year released: 1995
Can be played with 2-6 players with user designed print-and-play chessboard wedges.

Andy believes Martian Chess is the second oldest game for the pyramids, and the first created after the eponymous Icehouse. The earliest dated version of the rules are from 29 January 1995.

Martian Chess plays similarly to Earthling Chess, using similar mechanics such as:

  • moving and capturing individual pieces
  • turn-based
  • played on an chessboard
  • distinct pieces have distinct movement rules

However, Martian Chess uses some different features than Chess:

  • control of pieces is determined by location rather than color,
  • the victory conditions are based on captured points instead of capturing a certain piece,
  • a player can force the end of the game, and still win based on points,
  • is playable with more than two players.

For seasoned chess players, Martian Chess has subtle paradigm shifts that offer convention-challenging lessons (though not to the same extent as Icehouse itself).

The game requires three trios per player, in any colors.

Links

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