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13 Sep 2018 6:36 p.m. PST
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Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP07 Mar 2018 6:04 p.m. PST

This being my latest project, I thought I'd ask the TMP membership if they've tackled my latest obsession too.

A. Yes, I play the original 19th century 8 deck German game. (I enjoy mental torture, too.)
B. Yes, I play the second 20th century 8 deck German one with unicorns. (Yes, seriously, unicorns.)
(For A and B consult this link )
C. Yes, I play the modern 3 deck Strato Chess link
D. Yes, I play a version based on the classic Star Trek prop from the original series.
E. Yes, I play a version based on the 6 "attack boards" prop from Star Trek: The Next Generation. (Yep, this version added two more boards.)
F. Yes, I play Gary Gygax's Dragon Chess link
G. Yes, but I play another version not mentioned here (explain).
H. No, I only play classic two dimensional chess, or 2D variations of the same.
I. No, I don't play chess in any form.

Winston Smith07 Mar 2018 6:33 p.m. PST

H. I know how to move the pieces. I'm not very good, but once stunned a friend who thought he was hot stuff with a very good and subtle move. Too bad I didn't have a clue what I had done. I think it had something to do with those guys with the pointy hats.

I've been looking at some YouTube videos by that Croatian guy with his dog lying on the couch in the background.
Didn't Magnus Carlsen play Dexter?

roving bandit07 Mar 2018 7:02 p.m. PST

H. Much like W.S. there, I know the pieces and how they move. But am not very good at the game. Though I do enjoy playing.

TNE230007 Mar 2018 7:20 p.m. PST


but not since jr high

Buck21507 Mar 2018 9:09 p.m. PST

J. Want to learn how to play 3D chess…

Rich Bliss07 Mar 2018 9:37 p.m. PST

I played "D" twice. It gave me a headache.

goragrad07 Mar 2018 10:33 p.m. PST

Parents got me a set when I was in high school – not the Strato – played a couple of times.

Not playing much these days with miniatures and computer games as competition.

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP08 Mar 2018 3:38 a.m. PST

H, haven't played in quite a while however.

Old Wolfman08 Mar 2018 8:11 a.m. PST

First time I saw it;on Star Trek. Haven't played that version,though.

21eRegt08 Mar 2018 8:12 a.m. PST

H. Used to be a very serious tournament player but lost interest. Never had any interest in trying 3D chess, even Star Trek couldn't lure me in.

skinkmasterreturns08 Mar 2018 9:20 a.m. PST

It would be even cooler if you could pull a Charlie X and mentally melt the pieces when you lost.

Oberlindes Sol LIC08 Mar 2018 11:50 a.m. PST

J: I would be willing to play if I could pull a Charlie X and melt the pieces.

Legbiter08 Mar 2018 2:57 p.m. PST

C, but not for yonks.

14Bore08 Mar 2018 3:53 p.m. PST

No, but there are hundreds of variations of chess and long ago a bunch of us came up with another. We made a cross shape board with a full board in center and a half board added to each side. 4 players 2 against 2 each person had their full complaint of pieces.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP08 Mar 2018 5:51 p.m. PST

D, F, and

G – Hnefatafl in a 3D cube space and 4D and 5D hypercubes

G – Shogi with a three-level "Heaven and Hell" board

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP09 Mar 2018 8:30 a.m. PST

Okay, point of order. Hnefatafl, while a great game, really isn't chess. Shock isn't chess either. (3D Hnefatafl? 5D!?!)

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP09 Mar 2018 3:59 p.m. PST

"Shogi" not "Shock." Grrr… AutoINcorrect.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP09 Mar 2018 4:03 p.m. PST

Oh, and if this is released as an official TMP poll, it might need the option of multiple answers.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP10 Mar 2018 1:07 p.m. PST

Hnefatafl, while a great game, really isn't chess.

I'll give you hnefatafl as not chess … there are only three types of pieces. No rich enough. I'll stick to Shogi, however. It's rich enough to be one of the handful of "chess" games (chaturanga, sittuyin, makruk, xiangqi and janggi, but not senet (since we don't have rules)).

3D hnefatafl is pretty simple, you just play it in a cube, filling out the corners and middle in the same pattern. Once you've done that, the pattern you use allows you to extend it to various degrees of hypercube. Since it's such a simple rule game, it adapts easily to different types of board in terms of size, shape, topology, and added terrain effects.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP10 Mar 2018 3:58 p.m. PST

Shogi certainly has strong chess-elements in it, but the varying piece moves and overall rules differ widely enough that I consider it a different game, compared to variants that essentially keep the same pieces and moves, but alter the playing area, as 3D chess, four player chess, spherical chess, etc.

Still not quite picturing cubic Hnefatafl, or how you would physically construct it. Is it an intellectual/pencil&paper construct, a computer generated game, or do you actually build a multilevel board?

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP10 Mar 2018 6:38 p.m. PST

Wrote a computer program for the higher dimension hnefatafl games.

Personal logo x42brown Supporting Member of TMP10 Mar 2018 11:28 p.m. PST

I have played on a 5x5x5 board. I understood it to be German. We were introduced to it by my scout master and have not played it as an audult.


Edit:- Looking at the link given for A & B I think I may have been playing what Parzival intended by B but it's a 5x5x5 board.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP11 Mar 2018 3:02 p.m. PST

Oops! Yep, B should be a 5x5 board. My mistake. (I've never played this version, only read about it, and the details didn't stick.)

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