How to play. How to play Anarchess. To show you, I will use the Deluxe Edition of the game which is in a very nice handmade box. Each box is uniquely numbered. It contains a bilingual manual, which explains how the game is played. It has 32 tiles made of wallnut wood, 32 tiles made of beech wood, 8 pawns made of wallnut wood, 8 pawns made of beech wood, and a wooden die with 3 black sides and 3 white ones. Initial Setup The initial setup of the game is very simple, one player gets the white pawns the other player takes the black and we take 4 tiles, 2 white ones and 2 black, and we create a mini chessboard at the center of the table. We roll the dice to see who plays first. The player of the opposite color plays first. This means that the white player goes first. Player Actions On a turn, a player can perform 2 actions: a compulsory and an optional one. Α. Tile Placement The compulsory action is to take a tile take a tile of the same color, and place it. Tiles are placed as follows. They have to touch at least one side of another tile For example, I cannot place it like this. Also, if they touch only one side of another tile, then, that tile must be of the opposite color. For example, this one can be placed here, here, here, or here. But not here, or here. Now, if the tile placed touches the sides of more than one tiles then these can be of any color. For example, a new black tile can be placed here. Or, if the board was like this it could be placed here. Areas Let’s assume that the board has become like this. Tiles that touch each other and have the same color belong to the same area. There 3 belong to the same area. Those 4 black, to the same area. Those 2 black, to the same area. Those 3 white, to the same area. This black is an area by itself. The white one another area, this one too, etc. B. Pawn Action The second player action, which is optional, regards the pawns. Let’s assume that it is the white player’s turn, who has to place a black tile. He can, if he wants, on the tile he has just placed add one of his pawns. Still, there is one restriction. To add a new pawn, in the area where the tile belongs, there must not exist another pawn of any color. For example, if he placed the tile here, he would not be able to add a pawn. There is already an opponent pawn and one of his own. Similarly, if he placed it here he would not be able to add a pawn, there is an opponent pawn. Here, he could place one since in this area there are no pawns. Alternatively, the player may decide not to add a pawn and move a pawn which already exists on the board. Pawns can move forward, backward, left, right. This one for example, can go here, here, or here. This one can move here here here or here. The third alternative option, is to attack an opponent pawn. Pawns can attack the four diagonal positions. For example, this one can attack here, here, or here. Obviously, there must be an opponent pawn to attack. The difference with chess is that when I attack a pawn, then I do not capture it, but it returns back to the opponent who can use it again throughout the game. Who wins? Who wins. The goal of the game is area control. At the end of the game, for each area that contains at least 2 tiles, Thus, these two areas do not count. We check which player has the most pawns, In this area, the black player has the majority. For each tile, he gets 2 victory points. In this area, there is a tie, so nobody wins – it is dismissed. If a player achieves to control an area with just a single pawn, then each tile counts for 3 points, isntead of 2. Finally, each pawn which has not been used costs -6 points. This was Anarchess.