Check out Symmetric Chess, our featured variant for March, 2024.


This is a rules file for Zillions of Games, a Windows program that will let you play any puzzle or strategy board game you can feed it the rules to. With Zillions-of-Games installed, this rules file will let you play this game against your computer.

Pillage is a 10x10 board Chess variant in which each player starts off with 
2 Cannons, 2 Vaos, 2 Super Pawns, 10 fast pawns, 2 knights, 2 bishops, 2 rooks, 1 queen and 1 king. 

Cannon - When the Cannon does not take, it moves like a Rook, i.e., on an orthogonal line an arbitrary number of empty squares. When it takes, it must jump: when taking, the Cannon also moves over an orthogonal line, jumps over the first piece it meets (which may either be friendly or from the opponent) and then continues over the line until the next piece it sees: if that is from the opponent, the Cannon can take it by moving to that position. 

Vao - When it isn't capturing, it moves like a Bishop; when it does capture, it moves diagonally like a Bishop, except that it must jump over a single intervening piece, which may belong to any player. It moves like a Bishop until it reaches this piece, leaps over it, and continues moving like a Bishop until it captures its target. When it isn't capturing, it may not leap; and it may not capture without leaping. 

Super Pawn - The Super Pawn can move 1 space or jump 2 spaces: sideways or diagonally forward or straight ahead. (E,W,NE,NW,N)  Note that like a regular pawn it cannot go backwards.
Unlike, normal pawns, it captures by replacement while making any of its moves. Jumped over enemy pieces are unaffected.
En-passant rules do not apply, and it promotes to any piece just like a regular pawn.

Fast Pawn - The pawn's move is modified slightly to make it stronger and faster. The pawn can move 1 or 2 spaces forward anytime. It cannot jump and like a normal pawn it captures diagonally NE NW only.
A pawn can capture en-passant an enemy pawn that made a double space move to bypass it.

Flexible Castling:
The game utilizes flexible castling, which enables the king and rook to choose from 7 castling positions. The king and rook must be adjacent to each other after castling and the king cannot be in check or pass over attacked squares during castling.

Castling can be done by moving the king 1-3 (or 4 on Q-side) spaces towards the rook and moving the rook over and next to it.
The most extreme wing castling occurs with the king moving 3 spaces (or 4 spaces on q-side) to the rook's square while the rook moves 1 space towards the king.
Conversely the most centralized rook castling involves the king moving just 1 space words the rook and the rook filling the king's square.
The choice of castling positions depends on whether a centralized rook or a king tucked away at the wing is more desired.

Note that while there are more castling options in this game, there are also more opportunities to not castle at all! Depending on you or your opponent's plans you might simply choose to move your king to the back rank! 

The Subvariation: Pillage with Flying Ferz

This subvariant features the Flying Ferz which moves like a ferz OR JUMPS to square  2 squares orthogonally followed by one diagonally outwards.  Thus it jumps like a camel or moves like a Ferz. 

The Subvariation: Snipers

It features the Sniper that jumps 2 orthogonally or snipes enemy pieces that are 3 or more spaces away orthogonally without moving.

The Subvariation: Flying Dragons and Chariots

This game features the Flying Dragon that moves like a Bishop or jumps like a camel. 

The Flying Chariot moves like a rook or jumps forward 2 spaces. 

The Subvariation: Flying Warmachines

This game features the Flying Ferz that moves like a Ferz or jumps like a camel. 

The Flying Warmachine jumps 1, 2 or 3 spaces orthogonally.

Download Instructions

Instructions on downloading this Zillions file:

This 'user submitted' page is a collaboration between the posting user and the Chess Variant Pages. Registered contributors to the Chess Variant Pages have the ability to post their own works, subject to review and editing by the Chess Variant Pages Editorial Staff.

By Charles Daniel.
Web page created: 2010-03-31. Web page last updated: 2010-03-31