I enjoy a good game of Chess. It’s been a while since I played, but I used to get in a game just about every day during lunch. I like the game just fine, but occasionally I wish there was a bit… more to it. Well, that’s what you get in Random Coping Chess. It turns the classic game and adds a bit of randomness with a deck of cards to help turn the abstract strategy game into more of a story. It’s up on Kickstarter now.
From the campaign:
We, the creators of Random Coping Chess, have a love-hate relationship with chess. Often, our egos get too wrapped up in the game, and a defeat in chess results in numbing belittlement of our person, our cunning, and our intelligence. However, we admire the genius of a game that has endured so many hundreds of lifetimes and has been adopted by so many cultures.
In creating Random Coping Chess, we have added an element of storytelling and chaos, allowing the game to come to life. Often the game plays out like a dramatic novel, with sudden twists and turns. Sometimes it seems as though the Random Coping deck has sentience, creating scenarios you never could have imagined for yourself.
We believe this makes chess more accessible. When a skill disparity would normally make a chess match blandly one-sided, a newbie can play a seasoned veteran in Random Coping Chess, and the game could go to either player. Instead of “Rook to B5”, you’ll hear people saying “My Petty Wizard boards the Cat Bus” or “I will use my Neck Romancer to sacrifice my pawn and revive your undead queen”. This game is not designed for chess masters, but rather for anybody who loves games, stories, and adventure.
The campaign is already over its funding goal, but there’s only 6 days left if you want to get in on the action.