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TROSS!: Viking Chess
TROSS!: Viking Chess
by Twice Alive Games (2020)
Player Count

Player Ages

Playing Time
15 minutes to 45 minutes
  • Abstract Strategy
  • Designers
  • Aaron Stimpson
  • Mechanisms
  • Area Movement
  • Grid Movement
  • Static Capture
  • Sudden Death Ending
  • Square Grid
  • Pattern Movement
  • Artists
  • Jon Dyer
  • Family
  • Checkers
  • Chess Games
  • Player Count: Two Player Only Games
  • Rating: 10/10 from 1 users


    Capture your opponent's throne space (or) trap them on their throne space without removing the majority of their pieces from the game.
    Gameplay is like checkers except that the objective is not to eliminate your opponent's pieces but instead to capture their throne space or trap them on their throne space.

    This is a tournament ranked game. The more of your opponent's pieces left on the board by the end, the higher your rank. To see the ranks, go to

    (OCCUPY or TRAP)
    -Occupy your opponent’s throne after they have vacated their throne.
    -Trap your opponent on their throne. See pictures.
    Note: Eliminating all of your opponent's pieces or causing a stalemate is considered a loss for the person who caused one or both of these outcomes. A stalemate is achieved when no more moves are possible or if you stall by moving one piece back and forth three times in a row.

    Pawns & Barricades
    Pawns start on the board and move forward or side to side, never backwards retreating. They may also jump much like checkers, jumping your opponent or yourself to sacrifice your piece. (See illustration below)
    Barricades start off the board one per player. It serves to funnel your opponent's pieces. On your turn, as your turn place the barricade anywhere on the board except a throne. If a barricade gets jumped it is permanently removed from the board for the remainder of the game.


    The Níðhöggr (N?dHogg) is known in Viking legend as the dragon who
    dishonors while eating at the roots of worlds, the world eater.
    TROSS is Norwegian meaning “to spite”. You
    must cleverly outwit your opponent without completely eliminating
    their pieces. You might have to spite your own pieces to do so.

    Take heed of Isaiah 5:13-15

    Count the number of your opponent’s pieces left after you have defeated them.
    You are expected to humiliate many opponents.

    9 - Warlord
    8 - Chieftain
    7 - Militant
    6 - Noble
    5 - Oathtaker
    4 - Freeman
    3 - Workhorse
    2 - Bondman
    1 - Thrall
    0 - N?d (Nyde) You Lose!

    Good luck savages!

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