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(Some Guy)   Fark:100K piece, robotic LEGO Chessboard. Ultrafark: The knights gallop. They. farking. gallop.   ( teamhassenplug.org) divider line
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2010-06-14 11:07:14 AM  
Lego builders are becoming insane. And I enjoy that.
 
2010-06-14 11:27:15 AM  
That's was far lamer than I thought it would be.
 
2010-06-14 11:59:25 AM  
It's a shame they didn't put knights on horseback.

They also neglected to make bishops for the bishop pieces.

Not bad, though. If they recreated BattleChess, I'd really be impressed, though. Rooks turning into shambling rock ogres to move would be brilliant.
 
2010-06-14 01:46:51 PM  
I see they "fixed" the position of the pieces that were off a bit before they did the cleanup.

/voting? sure!
 
2010-06-14 01:48:01 PM  
I wish I had this kind of spare time.
 
2010-06-14 01:49:24 PM  
I think it'd be kind of fun fighting for my life against jerky, easily-crumbled killer robots made from Lego.
 
2010-06-14 01:50:34 PM  
awesome
 
2010-06-14 02:05:04 PM  
That was seriously cool. Also, it's one of the few chess sets that makes black look genuinely bad-ass.
 
2010-06-14 02:06:20 PM  

ToyChop: I think it'd be kind of fun fighting for my life against jerky, easily-crumbled killer robots made from Lego.


in that future, they'll be able to reassemble and do so knowing the weak points that made them as fragile as they were the first iteration.

i for one welcome our new LEGO overlords
 
2010-06-14 02:07:01 PM  
Waiting for the other pieces to get out of the way of Knight moves and for captured pieces to come off the board is perhaps the only thing more boring than Chess itself.
 
2010-06-14 02:10:20 PM  

Tresser: in that future, they'll be able to reassemble and do so knowing the weak points that made them as fragile as they were the first iteration.

i for one welcome our new LEGO overlords



JUDAS!
 
2010-06-14 02:11:05 PM  
The knights don't gallop. They paw at the air. Rampant (I think) is the term.
 
2010-06-14 02:11:28 PM  
The galloping knight was the least interesting part of that. The AI pieces that get out of each other's way and automatically set up the board for you - that's farking cool.

I mean, it must've been hella-hard to make all those movements accurate. They follow the ground very nicely.

Although during auto-cleanup, was I the only one who had a flinching moment of "Bishops don't move that way!"
 
2010-06-14 02:13:00 PM  

This: The AI pieces that get out of each other's way and automatically set up the board for you - that's farking cool.


Yeah, that was the coolest part of the vid for me. Teh robots is working together!!!!1
 
2010-06-14 02:16:03 PM  
very cool.
 
d3
2010-06-14 02:30:58 PM  
I'd be interested to see how they coordinate a castling move.
 
2010-06-14 02:45:39 PM  

d3: I'd be interested to see how they coordinate a castling move.


I was also curious as to how well their "knight hopping" algorithm works for arbitrary, complicated arrangements. Sure, it's easy to make a pawn move out of the way to get a knight out of the back row. The real question is whether or not a chaotic traffic jam is created when the knight tries to hop through some random, tightly packed arrangement.
 
2010-06-14 02:54:13 PM  

hogans: It's a shame they didn't put knights on horseback.

They also neglected to make bishops for the bishop pieces.

Not bad, though. If they recreated BattleChess, I'd really be impressed, though. Rooks turning into shambling rock ogres to move would be brilliant.


www.uxmatters.com

Does any nerd actually know the rules for this one?
 
2010-06-14 02:55:31 PM  
Fano: Does any nerd actually know the rules for this one?

Rule #1: Let the Wookie win
 
2010-06-14 03:01:01 PM  
In chess the pawns go first.
 
2010-06-14 03:06:07 PM  

xkenny13: Fano: Does any nerd actually know the rules for this one?

Rule #1: Let the Wookie win


I thought Rule #1 was: Cut a hole in a box.

/votey?
 
2010-06-14 03:06:18 PM  

Fano: Meh


OMG.
Memories.
10 games on one CD?
 
2010-06-14 03:08:21 PM  

ramen_for_all: xkenny13: Fano: Does any nerd actually know the rules for this one?

Rule #1: Let the Wookie win

I thought Rule #1 was: Cut a hole in a box.

/votey?


*Step #1... which isnt really a rule I guess. I fail. I will accept the disciplinary spankings that are due... *sigh*
 
2010-06-14 03:11:22 PM  
What was that chess-like game from way back, where you moved pieces around the board and when two pieces fought it would switch to another screen and you'd actually fight the other piece?

There were knights, I think some pieces were elementals and I'm pretty sure there was a basilisk and a unicorn. Bunch of other pieces but it's been over a decade since I've played, I'm blanking.

Fun game.
 
2010-06-14 03:14:45 PM  

ToyChop: What was that chess-like game from way back, where you moved pieces around the board and when two pieces fought it would switch to another screen and you'd actually fight the other piece?

There were knights, I think some pieces were elementals and I'm pretty sure there was a basilisk and a unicorn. Bunch of other pieces but it's been over a decade since I've played, I'm blanking.

Fun game.


Battle toads?
 
2010-06-14 03:15:03 PM  

ToyChop: What was that chess-like game from way back, where you moved pieces around the board and when two pieces fought it would switch to another screen and you'd actually fight the other piece?

There were knights, I think some pieces were elementals and I'm pretty sure there was a basilisk and a unicorn. Bunch of other pieces but it's been over a decade since I've played, I'm blanking.

Fun game.


Archon.
 
2010-06-14 03:20:23 PM  

ToyChop: What was that chess-like game from way back, where you moved pieces around the board and when two pieces fought it would switch to another screen and you'd actually fight the other piece?


"Archon (new window)", I believe...

Fun game!
 
2010-06-14 03:21:43 PM  

This: Archon.


That.
 
2010-06-14 03:26:10 PM  
I don't even have room in my apartment for a second kitchen chair.
 
2010-06-14 03:36:25 PM  
Any other Archon fans out there prefer Archon 2? I loved the RTS-ish ability to buy new units... something the developers later put to good use in Star Control.
 
2010-06-14 03:43:24 PM  

Uchiha_Cycliste: Battle toads?


There's no such thing.


This: Archon.


ChromaticKid: "Archon (new window)", I believe...

Fun game!



Haha, YES!

Man, that game was a blast. We used to play "win and stay in," meaning if you won you got to stay on while the loser passed the controller off to a new guy. I ruled in that game for the first week until all my friends got better and I stayed the same. :(

/basilisk sniper shot ftw!
 
2010-06-14 03:43:58 PM  
Don't mean to sound trollish - as I'm not trying to be - but what is the purpose of building a gigantic chessboard made from robotic legos? Is it merely a pastime (similar to building custom cars like ratrods) or is there some sort of practical application that people are going for?

/I don't play with Legos
 
2010-06-14 03:50:26 PM  

acaciaavenue: Don't mean to sound trollish - as I'm not trying to be - but what is the purpose of building a gigantic chessboard made from robotic legos? Is it merely a pastime (similar to building custom cars like ratrods) or is there some sort of practical application that people are going for?

/I don't play with Legos


Because it's cool.

Dave Barry explained it. You see, men like to do stuff. This explains both mailbox vandalism and the space shuttle.
 
2010-06-14 03:56:32 PM  

This: Any other Archon fans out there prefer Archon 2? I loved the RTS-ish ability to buy new units... something the developers later put to good use in Star Control.


Don't think I ever played it.

I wandered over to YouTube and found some classic NES Archon goodness (new window). I had forgotten about the double-elim that would happen a lot between unicorns and basilisks ("Dammit!").

The shape shifter was another blast from the past. The strategy there was to attack the 'Shifter (who always assumed the powers of its opponent) with a pawn, right?

Memories of the game specifics are blurry, but dayam, what a fun game to play while passing the controllers amongst a room full of friends.
 
2010-06-14 04:01:19 PM  

ToyChop: This: Any other Archon fans out there prefer Archon 2? I loved the RTS-ish ability to buy new units... something the developers later put to good use in Star Control.

Don't think I ever played it.

I wandered over to YouTube and found some classic NES Archon goodness (new window). I had forgotten about the double-elim that would happen a lot between unicorns and basilisks ("Dammit!").

The shape shifter was another blast from the past. The strategy there was to attack the 'Shifter (who always assumed the powers of its opponent) with a pawn, right?

Memories of the game specifics are blurry, but dayam, what a fun game to play while passing the controllers amongst a room full of friends.


Yeah. It's too hard to get people into the same room for gaming as an adult, and gaming online sure as hell isn't the same. Fark all those game companies for abandoning the hotseat/party market to Nintendo and the casual shovelware market.

Archon 2 didn't have a console version, that's probably why you never played it. Also, there are Java (not javascript, so you need the JRE) based NES emulators online, so you can play Archon right now if you want a fix.
 
2010-06-14 04:09:27 PM  

acaciaavenue:

/I don't play with Legos


in before the plural of LEGO is LEGO

/the plural of lego is lego.
 
2010-06-14 04:09:29 PM  

This: Yeah. It's too hard to get people into the same room for gaming as an adult, and gaming online sure as hell isn't the same. Fark all those game companies for abandoning the hotseat/party market to Nintendo and the casual shovelware market.


I hears ya'. I don't take issue with online games, but I don't play them. I've tried some MMOs and assorted XBox Live stuff, but it's just not my cup o' tea. Part of the appeal to me was the social setting -- of having your friends around even if it wasn't a player vs. player game. The time spent with friends trying to beat the original Castlevania, Ghouls n' Ghosts or Tomb Raider were just as fun as electrocuting friends with Blanka. Eh, I still watch video game trailers even tho I haven't bought a game in years. Graphics & gameplay today are sick!


This: Archon 2 didn't have a console version, that's probably why you never played it. Also, there are Java (not javascript, so you need the JRE) based NES emulators online, so you can play Archon right now if you want a fix.


Yeah, gonna wander the web and see if I can find one.

/didn't mean to threadjack
 
2010-06-14 04:13:33 PM  

acaciaavenue: Don't mean to sound trollish - as I'm not trying to be - but what is the purpose of building a gigantic chessboard made from robotic legos? Is it merely a pastime (similar to building custom cars like ratrods) or is there some sort of practical application that people are going for?

/I don't play with Legos


Not everything has to be practical, ya know. If it wasn't for the need to have stuff to waste time we would probly still have steam engines, or we would well be on our way to becoming the Borg. Besides, aren't you on fark?
 
2010-06-14 04:39:30 PM  

ToyChop: The shape shifter was another blast from the past. The strategy there was to attack the 'Shifter (who always assumed the powers of its opponent) with a pawn, right?

Memories of the game specifics are blurry, but dayam, what a fun game to play while passing the controllers amongst a room full of friends.


Most of the squares on the board cycled from light to dark and back over the course of several turns. The key was getting into a battle on a square when it favored your side -- light or dark. At the center of the cycles, pawn vs. pawn matches would typically result in both sides eliminating the other, but if you started a battle on a square that was closer to your color, your attack and defense was magnified significantly. Most pieces would play 2-3 steps up on their own color, and it was trivial to wipe out the shapeshifter in such circumstances.

Other pieces I remember -

Banshee -- you could project a circle around her, enemies coming into the circle would take damage so long as they were inside.

Elementals -- big, lumbering doofuses who threw rocks for medium amounts of damage. Total sitting ducks for banshees.

Wizard/Sorceress, unicorn/basilisk -- typical projectile shooters.

Genie - another projectile thrower, but long reload time made it essentially another elemental.

Pawns (goblin/knight) - slow, mostly ineffectual melee range. But if you got them on the right square, they could take down elementals and banshees, and, once you learned how the AI could get stuck on obstacles on the battlefield, killing the wizard/sorceress with a pawn was immensely satisfying.

Play it online. (Requires Java. I couldn't get the controls to work quite right, but you might have better luck).
 
2010-06-14 04:40:00 PM  
With all the recent advances in LEGO builds, its only a matter of time before someone makes a fully motorized mech. I can't wait to see it when they do.
 
2010-06-14 04:53:23 PM  

This: Any other Archon fans out there prefer Archon 2? I loved the RTS-ish ability to buy new units... something the developers later put to good use in Star Control.


Anyone else ever play a game of Mortal Kombat chess? That was some unbalanced, weird stuff right there.

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konquest_mode)
 
2010-06-14 04:57:06 PM  

acaciaavenue: Don't mean to sound trollish - as I'm not trying to be - but what is the purpose of building a gigantic chessboard made from robotic legos? Is it merely a pastime (similar to building custom cars like ratrods) or is there some sort of practical application that people are going for?

/I don't play with Legos


It's a challenge, and it's sponsored by LEGO according to that site. It's like asking why the guy built a Lamborghini in his garage.

Why not?
 
2010-06-14 05:20:34 PM  

Hit-Enter-Too-Soon Man: This: Any other Archon fans out there prefer Archon 2? I loved the RTS-ish ability to buy new units... something the developers later put to good use in Star Control.

Anyone else ever play a game of Mortal Kombat chess? That was some unbalanced, weird stuff right there.

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konquest_mode)


The article reveals that was actually Chess Kombat. never played it, but I'd love to give it a try.

Either way, the Gods of that genre are Fred Ford and Paul Rieche III - AKA Toys for Bob. They made Archon, Archon 2, Star Control, Mail Order Monsters, and Unholy War. I think Unholy War (for the PS1) is the last contribution to the genre.
 
2010-06-14 05:34:04 PM  
Archon thread? Awesome!
 
2010-06-14 05:39:06 PM  
I enjoy a game of chess, but I've always found backgammon far more satisfying for the mind.
 
2010-06-14 06:35:53 PM  

ToyChop: I wandered over to YouTube and found some classic NES Archon goodness (new window). I had forgotten about the double-elim that would happen a lot between unicorns and basilisks ("Dammit!").


"Teleport basilisk onto enemy unicorn" was my favorite Dark Side first move, if memory serves. The basilisks were /very/ deadly... although the djinn was still a beast to take on, and arguably nastier than the dragon in so far as both the dragon and the dragon's attack were slow.

Generally I favored the fast-attack shooters -- much easier to hit with against other ranged attackers. Not much point in a troll's boulder being hard-hitting if your target finds it easy to dodge.
 
2010-06-14 06:37:36 PM  

Tresser: acaciaavenue:

/I don't play with Legos

in before the plural of LEGO is LEGO

/the plural of lego is lego.


Thanks, poindexter. Now let's see you about-face for your well-earned wedgie.
 
2010-06-14 06:42:04 PM  
Isn't there something better to be done with thirty thousand dollars?
 
2010-06-14 06:44:21 PM  
They have Archon on the iPhone. My 4 year old daughter KILLS with it.
 
2010-06-14 07:08:03 PM  

Korovyov: "Teleport basilisk onto enemy unicorn" was my favorite Dark Side first move, if memory serves. The basilisks were /very/ deadly... although the djinn was still a beast to take on, and arguably nastier than the dragon in so far as both the dragon and the dragon's attack were slow. Generally I favored the fast-attack shooters -- much easier to hit with against other ranged attackers. Not much point in a troll's boulder being hard-hitting if your target finds it easy to dodge.



My dark side brutha!

*high fives Korovyov*

Yeah, that brings back memories...basilisk-on-uni sneak attack.

I always preferred playing dark over light in Archon.
 
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