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Checkers or Draughts

Nothing seems as simple as a game of checkers, right? Not to the professionals!

Regardless of that, this game has been enjoyed in various forms all over the world. In America and the UK, this game is played on an 8x8 board. In other countries, the board is 10x10 and even 12x12. Some games allow the checkers to move in any direction.

The most interesting variation is Lasca. Played on a 7x7 board, the jumped pieces become a part of your column. Read the link for a better explanation, but it is a fun game with several twists.
Sycarion Does Checkers As Well

We have two variations today. The downloads page will have resources to make your own odd sized boards in the next couple of days. The games have the same premise, but it is executed differently depending on the size of the game board used.

The details below will be cleaned up later tonight as time permits. It makes more sense visually, especially Hedge Checkers.

Strategic Checkers

Using a 10x10 board, each player places 5 of his 12 checkers on the dark squares of the back row. As the players take their turn, they slide the checkers onto the 8x8 board. When a checker in placed in the normal sized board, they take one of their remaing checkers and place it on the back row.

Hedge Checkers

Using a 12X12 board, players place checkers in the back row, but must jump the buffer to make it onto the 8X8 board. Players may also jump over the hedge into safety, but they must jump forward with that checker on their next turn or forfeit it to their opponent.

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2 replies on “Checkers or Draughts”

I like the direction you’re taking here, but I’m not sure how this fits into the goal of the blog you posted in your first article: material for an RPG. But don’t get me wrong: I love reading games and game variations.

Yehuda

Thanks for the comment, I truly appreciate it. The only thing I can say is that RPG material takes me longer to develop. The board games and card games are spontaneous.

That said, though, I don’t post my drafts of RPG stuff like I do everything else. I’ll change that in the future.

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