Knightmare Chess, 2nd Ed.
Brief comments by Steffan O'Sullivan
This page last updated January 28, 1998
I finally picked up Knightmare Chess, 2nd Edition,
and wanted to share my thoughts on it with those who only have the
first edition. The 2nd Edition box is clearly labelled such, above
the title, so you can't miss it.
There are really only two things different about the second edition,
but both are an improvement:
- Most importantly from my point of view (literally), is the
appearance of the cards: the font has been significantly enlarged,
and printed black lettering on a light background, for vastly
improved readability. My middle-aged eyes had trouble with the
first edition's small font, and I'm most grateful for this change.
The pictures have been shrunk only slightly to allow this, and the
cards are much more usable, without damaging the aesthetic quality.
- Lots of little changes in text, making things clearer, and some
big changes in terminology, making things much clearer.
You can read about these in this article,
compiled by Hunter Johnson.
Both of these are good changes, very good, and I applaud all the
work that went into them. Since I was consulted about many of the
changes, I know that a lot of work went into them, and I
want people to know that! Oh - I didn't do much of the work, just
gave my opinion, which was easy, so I get to compliment Steve Jackson
and the SJG staff who did the hard part.
Although I do appreciate the clarifications, I must admit the
improved readability is more important to me. This is because my
philosophy concerning Knightmare Chess has always
been to discuss differences of opinion briefly, then flip a coin
and get on with the game if we couldn't agree on a ruling. It
works for me, and I recommend the technique to all, for every game.
The important thing is to enjoy the game.
At any rate, highly recommended, both to those who don't have first
edition and to those who already do. Knightmare Chess
was one of the best five games of 1996, in my opinion, and the
second edition was one of the five best games of 1997.
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