WeaponizedChess is now available on Android.
If you have a mobile device that has Android then you can go to Google Play Store and get WeaponizedChess there.
You will find it by searching for "Weaponized Chess". Two versions are available. WeaponizedChess and WeaponizedChessFree are their names. Obviously, one of these versions is free. However, the free version is very restricted. The paid version costs $1.50 US dollars (except in a few discounted markets). Note that neither of these games has an AI. These game programs will not play a game with you. Instead, 2 human beings use the game program on a single mobile device to play a game of WeaponizedChess. You and your friend will share the device to play the game while you are both in the same physical room. A future version will provide the ability to use WiFi so that each player can use their personal device to play but that version is not available yet.
Both of these versions should run on virtually any Android device. The game programs have been hardware tested to run on Google 7, 9, and 10 tablets. The game programs have been emulator tested to run on Google 5, 4, S, One, and Android Wear (Round and Square) devices. The advantage of these versions of WeapnizedChess is that they will run on low-cost, low-end mobile devices that do not have WiFi and only have limited memory. The only permission required is a touch screen but the game provides a way to select game pieces without using the touch screen. You do need Jelly Bean (4.2.x) or above.
These games have been translated into 48 to 50 languages.
If you set your tablet to display in one of these languages then you will be able to read the game commands in that language and use the game via that language. In the game there is language-specific documentation in all of these languages except for Malay, Marathi, Thai, Russian, Simplified Chinese, and Punjabi. All language translation was done using a computer translator and the results have not been checked by a native speaker of that language.
In the paid version, if you set your device under Settings to the language then the game commands can be read and used in that language in the following 48 languages:
Afrikaans, Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Traditional Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, Georgian, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kannada, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Marathi, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Urdu, and Punjbai. These languages were selected because Google Play maintains a market for most of these languages and because of their larger speaking population (larger than other language populations).
In the free version, if you set your device under Settings to the language then the game commands can be read and used in that language in the following 50 languages:
Afrikaans, Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, Georgian, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kannada, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Marathi, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Urdu, and Punjabi. These languages were selected because Google Play supports distribution of free apps for most of these languages and because of their larger speaking population (larger than other language populations).
The free version WeaponizedChessFree is very restricted and there may or may not be advertising displayed during game play. Movement is restricted to Move Only. There are many other restrictions too. The general move type is restricted to Weaponized Chess which means that if you would like see what regular chess would be like if you added weapons, 3-D, and stealth then you don't get that in the free version but you do in the paid version.
The Linux version of WeaponizedChess is alive and well and not for sale! The powers that be in the land of software-protection and sell-your-Linux-software-online have been noticeably disinterested and unhelpful in the seemingly endless quest to make this product for sale on Linux. The Linux version _HAS_ an AI. But you can't have it. Not yet anyway.
A forum website is open for users to log in and do user-ish sort of activities like leave bug reports. You can reach the site at www.chessofmassdestruction.com. If you want bugs stomped at maximum speed then you will act so as to be helpful on this site and not otherwise. Trolls and hackers will receive what they deserve. Very little time is available for moderation.
One thing users might do on this site is find other people locally (near them) who want to meet to play the game. Anyone trying to do this should exercise due caution about meeting someone you meet over the internet (meet in a very public place with good security perhaps, do whatever is appropriate). A local chess club, library, bookstore, or coffee shop perhaps. Or whatever is the local equivalent. Hopefully in the relatively near future versions of WeaponizedChess which allow internet play will alleviiate difficulties of this type.
There is a new video on YouTube showing what the game looks like. The following clickable link will take you there (or you can search for Weaponized Chess on YouTube yourself):
WeaponizedChess is a game created by modifying regular chess.
Arguably the most important modification is to add weapons (along with other types of objects that your pieces can pick up and use).
chess + weapons = WeaponizedChess
WeaponizedChess is also an attempt to modernize chess.
Regular chess is about pawns contending with horsemen (knights) in an effort to destroy castles and capture the enemy king. Modern conflict is not like THAT at all.
WeaponizedChess pawns are more maneuverable and powerful. Horsemen (knights) are replaced by choppers (air cavalry) which truly fly through 3D space. Submarines use the subterranean level to attack and cannot normally be seen.
WeaponizedChess is three-dimensional but use of the 2 new dimensions (air and sub) are limited by the game design and in a standard game. This type of three-dimensionality is often referred to as "2.5D". Some weapons are specifically designed to destroy pieces using the air and sub level. SAM launchers fire SAMs which home in on and destroy air pieces and torpedo launchers fire torpedoes which seek out and destroy pieces in the sub level. It can be hazardous to your health to fly!
Modern conflict is heavily dependent on military technology. In WeaponizedChess there are choppers, jets, tanks, submarines, destroyers, and combat engineers whose movements and characteristics have been translated to a chess-like board. Low-observable assets play a deadly game of cat and mouse with the opponent. Infantrymen use jump-packs to fly over the battlefield. Combat scuba invisibly travels under the surface to attack.
Human beings are usually more able to accomplish their task when they are able to use a physical object or tool to help them. Similarly, a soldier is more effective when armed. Each combatant piece in a WeaponizedChess game has many more potential courses of action than a piece on a regular chess board. Comparatively, the soldiers in a regular chess game are eternally disarmed.
Projectile weapons, area-of-effect weapons, non-lethal stunning weapons, and conversion weapons are used against the enemy. Lese-majeste has been replaced with decapitation strikes. Ambushes can occur and reinforcements can arrive. Fratricide is always a possibility. Logistics is critical. All of these concepts inherent to modern war have been translated into a type of chess.
Sometimes pieces in WeaponizedChess cannot be seen by the opposing side. This limited visibility of pieces (stealth) is tunable. That is, if you hate stealth you can turn it OFF and everything will always be visible. Alternatively, you can turn the stealth-tuning 'dial' and stealth/low-visibility becomes more or less applicable. In modern warfare it is critical to not be seen because anything that can be seen can be destroyed. WeaponizedChess attempts to mimic this nature.
WeaponizedChess uses a 10x10 board, not a 8x8 board. 8x8 is too small, let's make it a little bigger. The WeaponizedChess board rotates the regular chess board by 90 degrees (the color of the square in the lower right is black, not white). Black moves first. White got to move 1st in regular chess all this time, let Black move 1st now.
WeaponizedChess is an attempt to provide a game for people who used to play chess in the past but got bored with it.
Whenever regular chess does things one way, WeaponizedChess tries to do things the other way (if there's a clear, definite alternative choice). Did you ever look at your present position during a regular chess game and wish you could move TWO pieces instead of just one? In WeaponizedChess there is often a way to move more than 1 of your pieces during your turn. Rarely, you are even able to move one of your opponent's pieces!
WeaponizedChess is also an experiment in creating a game where a human player will always have an advantage over any conceivable artificial-intelligence player.
This is achieved by deliberately and radically increasing the exponential burden of a computer player but in a way that any human can naturally handle. Humans will always be better guessers than computers and stealth (and other features of the game) ensheathe this nature into the game. You don't like playing chess by mail or email remotely with someone because you fear they may cheat (get advice from a chess-playing computer program)? Play this game instead. Tired of playing chess against people who have spent a lot of time building up book knowledge about chess? Play this game instead.
Linux, non-Android Version of WeaponizedChess:
There is a Linux version of WeaponizedChess that DOES have an AI, it WILL play a game with you but to date it has not been possible to make it available for sale. The following few paragraphs describe that non-Android Linux version.
WeaponizedChess is fully internationalized. It has been translated into over 40 languages. Both the game controls and in-game user documentation are presented in the selected language. The languages into which WeaponizedChess has been translated are: Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese, German, Spanish, Dutch, French, Danish, Italian, Greek, Turkish, Bulgarian, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Portuguese, Romanian, Hungarian, Slovak, Lithuanian, Estonian, Latvian, Ukrainian, Russian, Hindi, Afrikaans, Swahili, Vietnamese, Korean, Indonesian, Filipino, Belarussian, Slovenian, Macedonian, Georgian, Croatian, Albanian, Tamil, and Serbian.
A recent test run displayed Bengali, Telugu, and Kannada properly although recently those three languages had experienced a period during test of displaying improperly (after 1st displaying properly for a long period). They're back! If not then presumably these languages should display properly if the proper fonts are loaded.
Translations of the game documentation into Herbrew, Aramaic, Urdu, and Farsi are provided within the installed game directory but those languages do not display properly in the game. If you are willing and able to read a word backwards in these languages then you will be able to play the game in these languages. The solution to this problem should occur at the system level, hence I'm not going to try to correct this problem myself (it's their responsibility, not mine). The translations in these languages look correct re right-to-left as viewed within emacs. It is doubtful that loading proper fonts will correct this issue. Restating for clarity: The documentation in these languages is displayed correctly in the game but the commands you click to control the game are in reverse (each command is 1 to 3 words long so it is not impossible to read them backwards. inconvenient but possible.).
Features common to Android and non-Android version:
WeaponizedChess has a fully developed board editor, game notation, and undo ability. Curious about what would have happened if you had done something different? In non-competitive mode, you can selectively take back movements and actions. WeaponizedChess has an extensive ability to modify game play to match user preferences. A user can save those preferences so that whenever the game starts those preferences decide how the game is to be played.
There are numerous videos about the game that you can watch on YouTube.
Just search for "WeaponizedChess" or "Weaponized Chess" and you will see them there.
Below are clickable links that take you to those videos.
The first video shows you what it looks like to play a simple game.
Click on the link below and you will be taken to YouTube where you can watch the video. Note that this video does NOT show the game as it looks in the Android version. Instead it shows the old graphics from the old, original Linux version. The graphics in the present Linux version have been significantly improved and there are now 13 piece sets you can use instead of the original two (this video only shows the simpler, faster-to-draw piece set).
The second video is a short slideshow that describes the game. Again..click on the link below and you can watch it on YouTube.
The third video is a somewhat longer demonstration of what you actually do when you play a game. Note that on YouTube there is a more detailed description of the video that you can read about each video. This video does NOT show what the game looks like on Android. It shows what the game looked like about a year ago under Linux. The present Linux version has better graphics and there are 12 more piece sets you can use in addition to the simple one you see in this video.
The fourth and fifth videos (Part 1 and Part 2) describe the game in more detail. No time is devoted during these videos describing how WeaponizedChess is more like modern warfare than regular chess (two of the later videos DO talk about that).
The sixth and seventh videos talk more about the various ways the user can control the program. Here is where the board editor and all the various options you can use to control the game are shown to you.
The eight and ninth videos describe the game in detail AND spend a significant amount of time making the case that WeaponizedChess is a more faithful analog of modern conflict than regular chess.
The tenth video describes the various scenarios (pre-built starting game boards) that are available when you play the game. The use of the phrase "Deep Blue" is intended to be humorous and falls under fair use.