Cube-Based Chess Set Adds Modern Confusion To Timeless Difficulty

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My chess strategy doesn't extend too far beyond pulling my knights out first, because that's what the computer games always do against me. But with this cube-based set, I'd probably need a strategy just to remember which piece is which.

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Chess has been reimagined more times than anyone cares to count. But Scott Cruz's chess set, designed around a cubic pawn, makes the game even more difficult to master, rendering all the pieces as rectangular towers of different heights.

Thankfully, Cruz has included a built-in cheat sheet for the easily confused; each piece is indented with tiny squares showing its possible moves.

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Still, my go-to set-up mnemonic—"the Queen always starts on her own color"—won't work too well on the gray scale board. [The Design Blog]

DISCUSSION

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Robotronic

Kind of bothersome how rooks are worth more than bishops and knights, yet are smaller than both here.

Also annoying: bishops can move in any diagonal direction, queens can move up and down as well as left and right; if they were following the possible moves rule properly, the rook would look like a plus sign, the king and queen would look the same, and the bishop would have the symbol that the queen has now.

In short, I hate this passionately!