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Knightmare Chess. The American version of Tempete sur l'Echiquier.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Aurelian Florea wrote on Tue, Oct 31, 2017 08:28 AM UTC:

I understand that by now there are 3 oficial decks, is there anyway besides actually buying the game to find out what the decks contain. 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 :)!

Kevin Pacey wrote on Wed, Oct 11, 2017 04:15 AM UTC:Excellent ★★★★★

Excellent concept, as somewhat borrowed from the original French variant. I'd suggest an alternative deck of cards, the same except for more child-friendly illustrations, might be used be used for when a child(ren) is playing the game.

Anonymous wrote on Thu, Jul 16, 2009 11:18 PM UTC:
@ below: The reason I play chess is because it gives the feeling of a medieval battle. I enjoy games which actually have a story to them.

kuyan judith wrote on Wed, Apr 23, 2008 10:47 AM UTC:
I have not played the game, but From what Jeff said I don't like the sound of it: From what I have heard, the feeling of being in a medieval battle is not one I would enjoy, and Is not the point of playing games to enjoy them (unless there is a prize).

Matt wrote on Tue, Oct 18, 2005 01:56 AM UTC:Excellent ★★★★★
I personally like the artwork, but really I couldn't care less. I'm really shocked that's even a topic of discussion here. It's an excellent game. I've played it hundreds of times, though sadly almost always with the same 2 or 3 people. Really very few players out there. I could suggest lots of little things that might have improved this or that (as with all games), but generally I find it better thoughout and more well ballanced that most games that you'll find on store shelves. I've also found that being good a chess is almost a *disadvantage* as it tempts you spend time trying to play for position, which is rarely worth the effort in this game. Anyway, I encourage everyone to try it. If you have questions, even pretty specific ones, feel free to email me at MChirchill (at) comcast (dot) net.

🕸Fergus Duniho wrote on Sun, Nov 7, 2004 04:16 PM UTC:
Contrary to what Hans says about this game, I really like the graphics in Knightmare Chess, and I highly recommend this game. David Howe and I have spent many enjoyable hours playing this game. It is a lot of fun, and I consider it tops among Chess variants.

Jeff wrote on Sun, Oct 12, 2003 08:45 AM UTC:Excellent ★★★★★
Strange, I think the art is wonderful and that's one of my favorite things about the game! It's images are dark and evocative, making you feel like you're in a medieval battle. I'm not a kid, so I don't care if it's PG or PG-13; it's certainly tame compared to the video games kids play.

Anonymous wrote on Mon, Nov 11, 2002 09:54 AM UTC:
It is also available in a german edition, called Tschach,
by Heidelberger Spieleverlag. The german edition is in the
funny cartoon style.


Joseph DiMuro wrote on Wed, Aug 21, 2002 02:52 AM UTC:
You're not alone. If they had kept the silly cartoons that were in the French version, this game would be on my shelf right now. I keep hoping they'll eventually release a less 'knightmarish' version...

Patrick Carroll wrote on Wed, Aug 21, 2002 01:42 AM UTC:
As much as I'm intrigued by this game, one look at the card art at the SJG Web site was enough to turn me away permanently. I can't speak from personal experience, but I suspect this is a terrific game in a horrific package. What was Steve Jackson thinking? I'm sorry to have to skip this one.

John Lawson wrote on Tue, Jul 2, 2002 05:12 PM UTC:
Exactly. The theme is completely arbitrary, totally unrelated to the mechanics of play, really just decoration. And yet, it has an effect on who likes and dislikes the game. This is a strong example for those who believe an appealing and well-expressed theme is important in a chess variant.

Peter Aronson wrote on Tue, Jul 2, 2002 04:31 PM UTC:
But in this case, the theme is not instrinsic to the variant, but to the particular edition of the variant. The original version of the game -- Tempete sur l'Echiquier -- used the same rules but different artwork on the cards. This is a case of effect of production choices on the resulting game.

John Lawson wrote on Tue, Jul 2, 2002 03:20 AM UTC:
Apropos to other discussions about the importance of theme in a chess variant, this is an example of how theme really does count, even if it ideally shouldn't. The choice of the gothic horror theme clearly can strongly attract or repel a player, regardless of the objective merits of the game.

Peter Aronson wrote on Mon, Jul 1, 2002 11:45 PM UTC:
Tastes do vary. At 44 I no longer qualify as a 'younger player', but I have to admit that after winning the game in a contest, I looked it over two or three times, and then put it on a shelf where it remains today, due to the (to me) unpleasent artwork. Life is too short to expose myself to that sort of thing. But then, as I said, tastes vary -- the world contains many people who enjoy horror novels and long dreary Russian novels.

DarkKnight wrote on Sat, Jun 29, 2002 12:51 AM UTC:Poor ★
Although I´m glad to see this chess variant mentioned on this side, I´m somewhat surprised to see that so much negative is being commented on the dark design of the cards. It´s true, they could´ve chosen some other theme entirely, like the french 'cartoon' style or fairy-tale or whatever. Not only did SJG choose the gothic fantasy genre style, they´ve done some marvelous work on it. As for myself, the illustrations on the cards give me inspiration, a sort of storytelling on what really happens in the game. The dark tone may be somewhat frightenig for the younger audience, but so are the Grimm brothers stories as well.

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