Lions and Dragons Chess
by Tony Quintanilla
- Playing Tips
- Computer Play
Lions and Dragons Chess is a kind of "game within a game" played on an 84-hex board. It represents a "ball game" where two Wizards are trying to get a Ball into a goal in their opponent's end of the field. Instead of carrying the Ball themselves, however, the conjure Dragons to do so.
The Lions actually represent randomly selected non-spaces in the hex board. I chose the lions simply for visual appeal.
Lions and Dragons Chess is submitted to the 84-Spaces Contest!
See the piece images and descriptions below to explain the above setup. The highlighted hexes are the goals. The 7 red lion images are randomly selected "non-hexes" to reduce the board to 84 hexes, to comply with contest requirements. The arrangement of the 7 non-hexes in the illustration above is only one possible arrangement. Any randomly selected arrangement can be used, or, if preferred, some agreeable regular arrangement is also acceptable. A non-hex is not part of the board and may not be entered by either player.
- This game is played on an 84-hex board.
- The initial array is as shown in Setup, above.
- Randomly select 7 hexes that will be removed from play, as non-hexes.
- The pieces move as described above in alternating turns: White, Fireballs, Black, Fireballs, etc..
- To win, move a Dragon-with-Ball into the opponent's goal hex or capture his Wizard.
To start drop Proto-Dragons near your Wizard and shoot them with Fireballs to convert the to Dragons. Once you have enough, try to capture a Ball and move it towards the opposing goal. Be careful to avoid the Rocs! If the Wizard starts crowded in by non-hexes, move it to a better spot. Remember that the Wizard can only be captured by a Dragon-with-Ball!
If you have Zillions of Games you may play Lions and Dragons Chess Chess against your computer or by e-mail using saved Zillions files. You may download a zip file that includes the rules file and all the needed image files.
A paper set can be made by printing and cutting out the below board and pieces.
Thanks to David Howe and to Glenn Overby for the piece images, and to Peter Aronson and Glenn Overby for play testing.
Written by Tony Quintanilla
WWW Page Created: November 30, 2002.