to participate in a game, you must have a working cellphone with reliable service. SMS and other wireless messaging devices may also be eligible. you must be free for about 3 hours on a weekend afternoon. costuming appropriate to your piece is strongly encouraged, as is camping it up as much as humanly possible.
different pieces, different moves
- no previous knowledge of chess is necessary.
- gamepieces please plan to be excruciatingly on time.
- center pawns (d and e pawns) can expect to be captured early.
- captured pieces can return to the base for a beer.
- captured pieces can return to the gameboard as documentarians.
- bishops and knights can expect an energetic game, covering a lot of territory.
- rooks can expect to have a pretty mellow first half of the game, and a very energetic second half.
- kings will likely have a low-key opening game, and a very energetic endgame. kings will be on the board the longest of any piece.
- flank pawns will have a pretty low-key game, moving only a block at a time.
- flank pawns may be promoted (usually changing into a queen) upon reaching the opposite end of the board.
- queens will have the most athletic role.
- volunteers who sign up early can select their roles.
- pieces may spend their time on the board as they please, as long as they are available to answer the cellphone calls from central command.
what should you bring?
- you must bring a working cellphone or pager.
- wear comfortable shoes.
- consider a hat or sunblock.
- bring a camera, recorder, or other device if you want to assist in documentation. (check out our fotolog for ideas).
- check the weather (or, in the case of san francisco, guess) and dress appropriately. we will play rain or shine.
- you may bring rollerblades or a bicycle. you can travel from one square to another in any manner you choose.
- you may bring reading material or video games or anything else that helps you pass the time.
- costuming is strongly encouraged!!