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And You Thought Before Watchmen Was Bad... Meet Chess 2: The Sequel

Written by Jude Terror on Monday, July 22 2013 and posted in News with Benefits

And You Thought Before Watchmen Was Bad... Meet Chess 2: The Sequel

David Sirlin and Ludeme games are making a sequel to Chess. Yes, Chess.

Source: Polygon

Last year, DC Comics raised eyebrows and offended people with human decency by publishing money-grabbing prequels to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' seminal comic series, Watchmen. To rub salt in the wound, they also produced Watchmen branded toasters. Toasters. And after that happened, I thought, as an internet comics reporter, I've climbed to the top of the mountain, and I will never reach such journalistic highs again. It was a story so absurd, it could never be topped.

Well, I was wrong.

I just learned someone is making a sequel to Chess.

From gamemaker Ludeme's website:

The gameplay unifies all that is great about chess with aspects from modern game design while fixing problems in the original that have long frustrated grandmasters and amateurs alike.

Compared to chess, Chess 2 relies much less on memorized openings and more on positional play. There are fewer draws, and the asymmetric gameplay with multiple matchups keeps the game fresh and interesting from the very first move.


What?! Who was asking for this?! How do you improve Chess?

There are now six armies to choose from., rather than just one. This means that there are twenty-one possible matchups. Long-time chess players and beginners alike will rejoice that this makes memorizing an opening book impractical - leaving more time to focus on positional and tactical play.

There is a new win condition (in addition to checkmates) for crossing the midline with your king. This makes the game very aggressive and practically eliminates draws from the game.

In Chess 2 there is a double-blind bidding mechanic called dueling that emphasizes adaptation and reading the opponent's tendencies.


Oh, for fuck's sake!

You can read the full rules for Chess 2 at Sirllin Games, the website for game designer David Sirlin, which describes it thusly:

Chess 1 was a hit, no doubt about it. Chess 2 seeks to build on the greatness of the original while addressing a few problems and also going in a new direction.


No doubt.

Chess 2: The Sequel will be a timed exclusive, debuting at the end of 2013 on the OUYA.


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Jude Terror is the Webmaster Supreme of The Outhouse and a sarcastic ace reporter dedicated to delivering irreverent comics and entertainment news to The Outhouse's dozens of loyal readers. Driven by a quest for vengeance, Jude Terror taught himself to program and joined The Outhouse. He instantly began working toward his goal of forcing the internet comics community to take itself less seriously and failing miserably. A certified trash eater ruining the pristine field of comics journalism with his sarcasm and goofiness, Jude Terror is secretly friendly and congenial, so if you've got a complaint, why not just bring it up to him instead of subtweeting like a jackass, jackass? You can find him on Twitter or try your luck with an email, but keep in mind that he is notoriously unreliable and may not get back to you right away. Unless you want to send him free stuff, in which case he'll get back to you immediately.

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