A Dungeoncraft author asked my permission today to use my #dnd Dragonchess Rules, "the best he's ever seen," that I designed for A Wolf's Whisper adventure.
Since I made someone's day and he made mine, if you need these mechanics for your games, I'm happy to share them. Enjoy! DRAGONCHESS Dragonchess is a three-dimensional strategy board game for two players. I ho game consists of 3 checkered boards and 84 game pieces (42 per player). Like in normal chess, the game is won by delivering checkmate to the enemy king. You can choose to follow the rules below on how to run Dragonchess for your players in this adventure: • Roll initiative to determine the starting player. • As an action, the active player can implement a strategy by moving certain Dragonchess pieces back and forth with the opponent. Select a strategy and do a contested ability check with the opponent using the strategy’s named ability. Both players can add their proficiency bonus to the roll if they are proficient in Dragonchess Set or the strategy’s chosen skill. Aggressive – Intelligence (Investigation). The winner gets 1 point and advantage on the next contested roll for this game. Baiting – Charisma (Deception). The winner gets 1 point and its opponent gains disadvantage on the next contested roll for this game. Defensive – Intelligence (History). The winner gets 1 point and cannot gain disadvantage on the next contested roll for this game. Instant Win – Dexterity (Sleight of Hand). The winner wins the game. The active player is caught cheating and automatically loses that game if the opponent wins the contested ability check.
The more points a player earns, the closer they are to winning. Reaching 3 points is equivalent to performing a checkmate on the opponent. As a DM, if you think a game of Dragonchess will end too fast, you can change the required number of points needed for a player to perform a checkmate. You can also encourage your players to come up with names for the strategies they are using during the game (ex. Dragon Queen’s Gambit, Red Goblin’s Defense, The Ysgardian Sacrifice).
— DMPaulG @ Gen Con: Online (@DMPaulG) June 6, 2021