Abstract Strategy Games

Anything and everything about abstract strategy games

How about playing chess with pieces taller than you? The king is 6 feet 3 inches tall, 2 feet thick and weighs 250 pounds. Good thing they are on rollers.

At Gen Con Indy 2009, I was lucky enough to get a press pass and I took full advantage. I was able to speak with more gamers this year than in previous years. One of my more interesting interactions was with an abstract strategy game inventor who gave me his newest prototype to review. In the next couple of weeks I’ll be testing it out with some local abstracters. It looks interesting…stay tuned.

I’ve never enjoyed playing chess with unusual pieces because it takes away from gameplay, but this chess set makes me smile. I was a big fan of Super Mario Brothers when I was young, so to see the characters on a chess set seems strange yet familiar.