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Chameleon is a chess-like strategy game where each piece's movement capability changes based on the color of the tile where it lands.
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Recently I am creating strategy games with some balance or luck for NY Toy Fair presentation. But I love to create pure abstract & strategy games and have created over 40 games in the last decades.
So this year I am to back to the creation of a pure abstract & strategy game again. Chameleon was first created in 2004. I was thinking about new way of moving pieces back then, one was a dual system and another was a moving system that changed according to board colors. Chameleon was accomplished to enable both of these systems. 

When I revisited this game I noticed that Chameleon is a really unique Chess variant.  In traditional chess the black and white checkerboard pattern only determines starting positions.  Chameleon's pieces each have a central color or nature.   This nature changes the way each piece can move based on the tile where it sits.  Like a Chameleon, each piece changes based on it surroundings creating a dynamic and fun game experience.

Basic movement and Chameleon movement
Five color pieces Red and Blue each have a different nature color, (the center circle's color), black or white. All pieces can always move one space in any of eight directions like the King in Chess. But they have additional Chameleon movement capability that changes according to their nature color and tile color where they are placed.  The ever-changing character of the Chameleon pieces in a compact game provides millions of variations and endless fun on a small 5x5 board.

Component
Board : 5x5 checker board
Pieces : 5 red and 5 blue pieces with different nature colors, 2 black and 3 white.  The "nature" color is the color of the center circle.
Player : 2
Playing time : 5 to 15 minutes

Starting position
Each player places their own 5 pieces on the own area of nearest five tiles. Black nature pieces are placed on the white tiles and white nature pieces are on the black tiles.

Playing
Decide the first player and take turns alternately. Player must move any one of their own pieces based on the rules of movement below.

Rules of Movement - Basic movement and Chameleon movement
All pieces can move basically one tile to any eight directions like Chess King. But they have additional moving below. 

Chameleon Movements:

When a piece is on the same color tile as it's nature color it can move like a bishop diagonally multiple spaces.

When a piece is on the opposite color tile as it's nature color it can move like a knight jumping pieces in a "L" pattern.  For example:

  •  Black nature piece on the black tile can move diagonally like Chess Bishop and black nature piece on the white tile can move jumping like Chess Knight.
     
  • Contrarily white nature piece on the white tile can move like Bishop and on the black tile can move like Knight.
     
  • When the piece moves like Bishop, it can't move jumping over other piece(s).
     

They are switching their moving according to their nature color and tile color where they are placed on.

additional moving of white nature piece
additional moving of white nature piece

Capturing
When a player moves his/her piece onto the tile where an opponent piece exists, then he/she can capture the opponent piece.

Winning Goal
There are three winning goals below.

  •  Player who captured all opponent's pieces wins the game.
     
  • Player who move any one of own piece to opponent's area (farthest five tiles) and it isn't recaptured at next opponent turn wins the game.(A)
  •  When a player has only one active piece on the board, if he/she move it onto the opponent's area they win the game immediately without waiting for the opponent's next turn.(B)

A and B occur at same time, then A is superior to B condition.

 
 Please download free image below for PnP challenge. I am sure you may enjoy unique Chess variant game.
 

Free Print & Play image
Free Print & Play image

 ●Chameleon standard size board 2800JPYen (approx:$26USD)

Plus 600JPYen(approx:$5.5USD) shipping anywhere in the world.

Component

  • A ceramic tile board size 6 x 6in
     
  • 10 ceramic pieces are 0.8in round shape
     
  • Packaged in the solid card box with  the instructions 

 Standard and mini size boards and the pieces are made by ceramic tiles which are painted and glazed by kiln with high fired. Color reduction doesn't occur for hundred years. Solid card box can keep the component from international shipping damage.


 ●Chameleon mini size board 1800JPYen (approx:$16.5USD)

Plus 500JPYen(approx:$4.5USD) shipping anywhere in the world.

Mini size diagram
Mini size diagram

Component

  • A ceramic tile board size 4 x 4in
     
  • 10 ceramic pieces are 0.6in square shape
     
  • Packaged in the solid card box with the instructions 

Standard and mini size boards and the pieces are made by ceramic tiles which are painted and glazed by kiln with high fired. Color reduction doesn't occur for hundred years. Solid card box can keep the component from international shipping damage.

Additional order of mini size edition is available. Please increase 1800JPYen to your pledge money without additional shipping fee.  You can get another mini size copy.


We add stretch goal.  It is additional one pair of King piece for all copies, if our funded goal reach at over  200000JPYen. Thus you can enjoy another variation of  play to use King piece like really Chess.  


We have three days left on Chameleon campaign. Now we are on the way to stretch goal. 

I set up 150 JPYen additional option of King pieces, if we couldn't reach at stretch goal. Please increase your pledge money simply 150JPYen. Then you can get them. This is a kind of insurance to get King pieces certainly. 

Best Regards, LOGY GAMES creator Mitsuo Yamamoto.

We created an add on option for pieces designing.

Double side print option 500JPYen


 This option is requested by Robert's feedback. Thank you for good idea.  

  •  Both sides of each piece and provide one side with a black nature and one with a white nature it would offer the possibility of different game variations. For example, with current rules you start all 5 of your pieces such that the nature is opposite of the tile color. It might be fun to have both players agree to start with other starting setups. For example, start the game with all natures matching their tile color. Or make 2 natures match their tile (for example the white ones) and the other 3 be different from their tile colors. This way you start with some "bishop" type extra movement options instead of all "knight" extra movement options. Lots of staring options would be available but would not require more pieces.  

This add on is simply to increase your pledge money by the corresponding amount. 

Additional option for pieces designing
Additional option for pieces designing
Gift Box Co., Ltd.
Gift Box Co., Ltd.

Risks and challenges

All games are craft articles made by hand. High demand could possibly delay our reward delivery schedule.
We are sure it is very valuable and unique game despite somewhat expensive international shipping from Japan. You could not get Chameleon from any other place in the world.

Reward is shipped by ordinary SAL air mail. It usually takes for a month or two from Japan to your door. Backers will not receive tracking information for these rewards. If you want safe and fast shipment, please upgrade shipment to increase 800JPYen for International E-packet with tracking information and insurance.

VAT & Tariff
We provide our games by international shipping from Japan, your country may impose VAT and import tariff on the products according to its own policy. Since we are not up to date with the information about VAT/tariff policy of each country, it is recommended that each backer check with their country's policies beforehand. (Usually it is not imposed when the total price is below a certain threshold.) The typical procedure is that the backer pays these fees to the delivery company personnel when receiving the product.

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    Chameleon mini

    Chameleon mini size board one copy 1800JPYen (approx:$16.5USD)

    Plus 500JPYen(approx:$4.5USD) shipping anywhere in the world.

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    Chameleon standard size board one copy 2500JPYen (approx:$23USD)

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    Chameleon standard

    Chameleon standard size board one copy 2800JPYen (approx:$26USD)

    Plus 600JPYen(approx:$5.5USD) shipping anywhere in the world.

    This reward is shipped by ordinary SAL air mail. Backers will not receive tracking information for these rewards. It usually takes a month or two from Japan to your door.

    You can upgrade to safe and faster shipping by simply adding 800JPYen(approx:$7USD) on your pledge money by Japan Post’s “international E-packet” which is registered as air small packet. It usually takes for a week or two from Japan to your door and you may receive tracking information automatically from Japan Post Office.This shipping includes insurance.

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