The beautifully crafted sets can be obtained (while supplies are lasting) from Modest Solans. Write to:
Dr. Oliva, 9
18500 Guadix - Granada
E-Mail: m_(email removed contact us for address) adoo.es.
The set can be used to play several different games, each introducing an element of randomisation to the game of chess. For instance, one can use the dice and move pieces whose symbols come up when throwing the dice. Instead, one can use a set of cards; each player receives an agreed number of cards (between six and sixteen is recommended). The player then selects a card, moves with the piece displayed on the card, discards the card, and takes a new card.
An important difference of these games with older card or dice chess games is that here all pieces are distinct. For instance, one of white's rooks is partly coloured orange, while the other rook is partly coloured purple. To move the `orange rook', white must have the card with the orange rook, or throw an orange rook: usual random chess games just have a card or die roll representing both rooks.
I was impressed by the fine quality of the materials. Unfortunately,
this game is not (yet?) available commercially; write to Modest Solans
The following thumbnail picture is a hyperlink, to a full size (46K) photo of Annefleur Bodlaender at the age of three, playing with Heraldic Chess.