Martian Chess

It’s kind of like chess, but your pieces change ownership as soon as you attack with them.
Downloadable Rules: 
Andrew Looney
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Stuff You Need To Play: 
3 Trios of an assortment of colors for each player
Martian Chessboard (or regular Chessboard for 4 players)


Martian Chess - Sample Game

Publication History

  • Martian Chess was first published in 1996, in a booklet of 5 new pyramid games called More Icehouse Games.
  • Martian Chess is one of the 4 games featured in 1999's Icehouse: The Martian Chess Set.
  • Martian Chess is one of 12 games featured in Playing with Pyramids, published in 2002.
  • Martian Chess was one of the 3 games in the small booklet, 3HOUSE, published in 2007.
  • Martian Chess was included in Pyramid Primer #1. The rules from that version are still availble in this PDF.
  • Martian Chess is one of the 22 games featured in Pyramid Arcade.
  • Martian Chess was published in a standalone edition in Fall 2020, as part of Pyramid Quartet. It features a new color, opaque Martian Red.
  • A limited special edition was also released, featuring shiny silver-coated pyramids, but beware the sticky residue.

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