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In Faerûn, chess was played on a checkered board with six types of pieces: pawns, rooks, knights-errant, priests, queens, and kings.
Chess sets often used well-known figures, such as rulers or deities, for the king pieces. For example, in addition to traditional sets, a selection of specialty sets were available from Aurora's Emporium:
- The "Avatar Set"
- This hardwood set included figures from the Time of Troubles.
- The "Horde Set"
- This stone and iron set included figures from the war against the Tuigan.
White Black King Horde leader Azoun IV Queen Horde leader Alusair Other Pieces horsemen Vangerdahast
Chess Piece GalleryEdit
The following are sample chess pieces from a variety of sets:
Chess was the most challenging of four "universal" games. Nobles often played chess as a diversion in the winter months when not at war.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Jeff Grubb, Julia Martin, Steven E. Schend et al (1992). Aurora's Whole Realms Catalogue. (TSR, Inc), p. 112. ISBN 0-5607-6327-2.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 96. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 James Lowder (January 1991). Crusade. (TSR, Inc), p. 3. ISBN 0-8803-8908-7.
- ↑ Ed Greenwood and Jeff Grubb (April 1998). Cormyr: A Novel (Paperback). (Wizards of the Coast), p. 286. ISBN ISBN 0-7869-0710-X.
- ↑ Eric L. Boyd, Erik Mona (May 2002). Faiths and Pantheons. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 103. ISBN 0-7869-2759-3.