winning a chess match by seducing the queen, poisoning her, stealing the throne for myself, and then abolishing the monarchy altogether, thus eliminating the enemy king

first person chess game, where you can only see what the king piece can see

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okay, I'm into this now. you give orders by typing into a free text box, kinda like Facade. The game will do its best to interpret this and carry out your orders. if you ask for an illegal move, the piece will do it to the best of its ability.

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you can click on the screen and refer to them with "you there", say things like "the first pawn on the left, move forward", and the like

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you never get any feedback from your army, because they're terrified of you. they simply try to carry out your orders so they don't get beheaded

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@BestGirlGrace is beheading pieces that displease you a mechanic in the game?

@fluxom_alt beheading a piece scares the others into compliance for a few turns, but loses you a piece

@BestGirlGrace @fluxom_alt

the Bishops are the only pieces that give you any indication of what they're doing or how things are going but it's only because they will do their absolute best to disobey you and try to replace you with a pope

@nautilee @fluxom_alt difficulty levels that go from "bumbling incompetence" to "malicious compliance".

@BestGirlGrace @fluxom_alt

you can try to have a particularly malicious bishop excommunicated but now you've got a rogue bishop that hates both sides running around

@nautilee @BestGirlGrace I can't wait for the version where you play as a bishop whose trying to geet the king replacee with a Pope, but then the enemy gets their pope first and declares your Pope an Anti-Pope

@fluxom_alt @nautilee Popes have the intersection of bishop and king moves, and so can only move one diagonal square, but they can excommunicate enemy pieces. this doesn't do anything, but it's very satisfying.

@BestGirlGrace @nautilee The Holy Roman Gambit is a maneuver in which you get a Pope put in as fast as possible to excommunicate the enemy's King. This just makes the enemy bishops kind of uncomfortable.

@BestGirlGrace @nautilee If the king dies in battle but he has a royal heir then the heir assumes the throne. Even if that heir is just like 6 years old and now you gotta make one of those pawns a regent

@fluxom_alt @nautilee The king's son who joined the clergy inherits the throne and declares a theocracy. Now you're down a bishop, but chod (chess god) is on your side

@BestGirlGrace @nautilee chod is a giant chess piece who hangs out just outaide the board. He'll occasionally shout things and spit a lightning bolt that'll burn down a church, but otherwise doesnt do much

@fluxom_alt @nautilee Chod is a giant, inscrutable piece who floats in some weird clouds above the board. Sometimes Chod will vibrate angrily or issue some commandments, but that's about it

@fluxom_alt @nautilee folks, can I just say I really like how the word "Chod" feels to say and read

@BestGirlGrace @nautilee yea it feels it should be upsetting but I just wanna talk about Chod more

@fluxom_alt @nautilee I'm starting to think that Chod here is the breakout character of Chless

@fluxom_alt @nautilee Chod has demanded your bishop leave the church, thus demoting them to a pawn


@BestGirlGrace @nautilee Chod has promotee Black King's Rook to Moses.

Moses demands you let your pawns go free.

@fluxom_alt @nautilee tell Chod to tell Moses that I'll set my pawns free if he lets his pawns go free, too

@BestGirlGrace @nautilee If you make enough hedonistic plays then Chod floods the board with 40 days of rain.

@BestGirlGrace @nautilee bargaining with the other king to get your pawn through and promote it to a chark, but ein the middle of negotiations they get assassinated by their own Rook and replaced with a Pope.

@fluxom_alt @hierarchon @nautilee so, really, this came full circle with the other branch of this thread, which just said "chess mod for crusader kings three"

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