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. In WeaponizedChess pawns are more maneuverable and powerful. Horsemen (knights) are replaced by choppers 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 home in on and destroy air pieces and torpedo launchers 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. 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 also 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 only runs under Linux now. At this very moment, it looks like it will only be available initially for 64 bit processors. The game will be available for sale at this website in June or July of this year
- 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.
- 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. User can save those preferences so that whenever the game starts hose 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.
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.
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 (assuming you buy a version which supports loading files). The use of the phrase "Deep Blue" is intended to be humorous and falls under fair use.
This game has been submitted into the Greenlight program under Steam as run by Valve. The way that works is that everyone who uses Steam gets to vote on games. The most popular games as rated by that system are put into the pipeline to eventually be sold in the Steam game network. If you would like to see this game sooner rather than later then you should vote for it in Steam (if you want to be able to buy it in Steam). I repeat, this game WILL be available in the June/July timeframe unless something unforeseen happens to make that impossible.