Knightmare Chess is a fantasy chess variant published by Steve Jackson Games (SJG) in Knightmare Chess is played with cards that change the default rules of chess. The cards might change how a piece moves, move opponent’s. Multiple variants are included in the rules. Integrates with: Knightmare Chess 2 Number of Cards French First Edition: 72 Cards German First Edition: 51 Cards. Multiple variants are included in the rules. The edition of Knightmare Chess includes the cards from both Knightmare Chess and Knightmare Chess 2.

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It is still considered played; the player must discard it and draw a new card.

Knightmare Chess

The graphics in the English version of the Knightmare Chess knigthmare are dark fantasy style, nightmarish hence the pun Knightmare color paintings by Brazilian artist Rogerio Vilela. What cards can affect Crabs or Princes? Knightmare Chess creates devious playing habits, no doubt about knigutmare. The game is out of official development as ofand while there is a FAQ and errata at the official site http: It’s not, of course — you can tell the designers love chess as much as I do.

I’ve played Knightmare Chess with chess novices who can’t get enough of the game. November 2, 7: The rules also give an option for simply playing from one big stack of cards — no deckbuilding stage at all in that variant, just deal ’em out and refill from a common draw pile.


Knightmare chess rules, anyone? How do Pawns on the first rank move? This is because your opponent probably has enough escape-hatch cards to get out of your traps.

The name, “Knightmare Chess” is also pretty stupid. He merely wanted me to playtest a new game that Steve Jackson Games is producing: Black looks the cards over, and chooses one.

Knightmare Chess – FAQ

If a played card breaks this rule, it has no effect. One rulse the things I like about it is it’s a variant I can talk non-chess geeks into playing, because it’s fun and the cards are kind of an equalizer.

He may play his card or hold onto it. It’s hard to describe the action of the game. Discarding an end-game card nearly always causes regrets later — don’t do it if you can possibly avoid it. Description Discussions Comments Change Notes.

Peter Sarrett of The Game Report called the game “outstanding”, remarking that it “result[s] [in] an unpredictable knifhtmare which removes the tedium of standard chess while preserving plenty of scope for strategic play,” and praising the “gorgeous” chesx by Rogerio Vilela. You need to sign in or create an account to do that. Comparing the US and French versions of this game, one directly notes the large difference in drawing style: Daniel Blum wrote on the electronic news, August 20, Knightmare Chess introduces some randomness into chess, but in a very good, semi-controlled sense.

At the beginning of Black’s move, he discards his card if he still has it. Don’t think of them as lost soldiers, but as paratroopers waiting to be dropped on the board on a later turn. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. There are two sets of cards sold separately, each consisting of 80 cards.


Below you find the text of a press release of Steve Jackson Games, from March 18, You may take a card that you cannot legally play, such as a card rlues affects your Queen when your Queen has riles captured. Well, I figured my first post would end up being a blockhead khightmare.

If I’m violating any law please tell me and don’t do that yourself, but otherwise, I just want to know what those rules say: I enjoy games which actually have a story to them.

Views Read Edit View history. He may have Crabwhich will allow his pawn to move forward diagonally, avoiding your blocking piece, or, much worse, Breakoutwhich allows him to capture by moving his pawn straight ahead!

Knightmare Chess – Wikipedia

cheess One card might make your knight move like a bishop for one turn, and another builds a permanent wall to stop enemy pieces! Official site of Steve Jackson Games. I could suggest lots of little things that might have improved this or that as with all gamesbut generally I find it better thoughout and more well ballanced that most games that you’ll find on store shelves.