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Dragonchess is a game information page. It is categorized as: Three dimensional.

Dragonchess. A three-dimensional fantasy variant. (3x(12x8), Cells: 288) (Recognized!)

Author: Edward Jackman. Inventor: Gary Gygax.


DragonChess was invented in 1985 by Gary Gygax, who originally invented (Advanced) Dungeons & Dragons. This is reflected in the game, by the fact that a lot of pieces come from the AD&D Monster Manual. It is a more involved and longer game than orthodox chess, because it is played on three 12 by 8 boards, symbolically the sky, the earth and the underworld, and there are 15 different pieces, as opposed to the more normal 6. As such, it takes longer to play and to master than more orthodox variants; a typical game can last 70 moves or more. Many pieces are involved from the flying Dragons in the sky, to the Dwarfs moving through the underworld, as well as many other fantasy pieces, such as elementals and basilisks. A program is available from the pages which allows you to play a game (against a human opponent). Many people have played the game and found it to be good, including me, so I think it deserves to be a "recognised variant."


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The board used for this game has 8 row(s), 12 column(s), 3 levels/boards, 288 cells/squares.
This game is a 2 player game.

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