[ Help | Earliest Comments | Latest Comments ][ List All Subjects of Discussion | Create New Subject of Discussion ][ List Latest Comments Only For Pages | Games | Rated Pages | Rated Games | Subjects of Discussion ]Comments/Ratings for a Single Item Later ⇩Reverse Order⇧ Earlier Strato Chess. Information (no rules) about a quarter-century old three dimensional chess variant. (8x8x3, Cells: 192) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]j. mcadams wrote on 2011-03-30 UTCBelowAverage ★★Just found this. Looks like fun possibilities, but the rules are unclear. One player starts on top level, other on bottom. Otherwise standard arrays. Each piece MUST change level on it's first move, afterwards it seems to be optional. King & Rook move straight up & down as expected. Bishop moves 'diagonally from plane to plane' - I can't tell if that means pick a diagonal and a plane to run along, if you can change in the middle of a move to avoid pieces, or if the inter-board move is limited to 2 squares along a 3D diagonal. Knight can move one or two planes in addition to it's normal move. Pawn can move up or down one plane during a normal move. It's implied that this is after moving forward. You cannot capture during a move that changes planes. In general, the rules are ambiguous and not very clear. The discussion of minimum force ignores possible movement between boards. In summary - OK equipment, but you're better off making your own rules. johnnyt wrote on 2010-12-24 UTCGood ★★★★I just bought this chess board looks fun but I noticed that the cover of the box is wrong I guess bad marking but I can't wait to learn to play it. John wrote on 2009-07-20 UTCThis game can be found at Walmart.com and Amazon.com. It costs $25. http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=10669096 http://www.amazon.com/John-N-Hansen-529-Strato/dp/B000J00XI0 If someone buys this, please post the full rules. Jo Wall wrote on 2002-08-19 UTCExcellent ★★★★★I owned the game in the 70's but it wasn't 's' shaped...it was the traditional three regular 8x8 boards overlapping by 1 square so they were somewhat offset instead of directly over each board and the way we used to play was regular chess moves uninterrupted and costing one move for each level jump (directly up) so you actually had to think with multi-level possibilities since telegraphing forth coming moves was entirely too obvious. One player began on the top and the second began on the bottom with normal set-up...jumps to the middle made play functional. It was my favorite game growing up because my dad who taught me how to play never mastered it...we didn't play much after I mastered it. I haven't played much chess since I lost that board and I'm looking for another. I've been watching Trek since it began and never noticed the similarity. My board came from May Cohens in Jacksonville, Florida...a now defunct company...don't know who made it. Any hope on finding one interests me...let me know. Rick Allen wrote on 2002-06-13 UTCExcellent ★★★★★I HAVE PURCHASED THE STRATO CHESS GAME AT AN ANTIQUE STORE BUT I HAVE NOW IDEA HOW TO PLAY IT. I DONT KNOW IF YOU GO ACROSS THE BORED BUT ON THREE LEVELS OR YOU GO FRO TOP RIGHT TO BOTTOM LEFT IN A 'Z' PATTERN. I KNOW HOW TO PLAY CHES BUT I DO NOT KNOW 3D CHESS CAN YOU HELP AND EXPLAIN IT TO ME? THANX 5 comments displayedLater ⇩Reverse Order⇧ EarlierPermalink to the exact comments currently displayed.