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