Thursday, 11 April 2013

Song of Rooks and Pawns

This was a little supplement I produced for Ganesha Games as a variant on their superb Song of Blades and Heroes skirmish game. All you need is the game (very cheap as a pdf!), a chess set, and a copy of Free Hack 4, Ganesha's free in-house mag. You can grab it from their website.

Here's a short write up published on Boardgamegeek:

This is a short and free expansion for the Song of Blades and Heroes skirmish wargame. It uses chess pieces and a chess board (alternative rules are included for using chess pieces on standard Song of Blades and Heroes terrain).

Each player commands the usual named pieces in chess: 1 King, 1 Queen, 2 Bishops, 2 Knights, and 2 Rooks. Before the game begins, the player has the opportunity to swap out named pieces for pawns (at the rate of 2 pawns per piece exchanged). Each playing piece has it's own special rules (all contained in the Song of Blades and Heroes rulebook, no other expansion is necessary).
The aim of the game is to take out your opponent's King by killing him or making him flee the board. Although chess pieces and board are used, this is not a chess variant - it is Song of Blades and Heroes to use with your chess set. The pieces retain the character of their equivalent pieces in chess, within the SBH setting.
The idea of Song of Rooks and Pawns is to offer a gateway introduction to the Song of Blades and Heroes system.