Variopoly game: Mercenaries

This is a variation of Monopoly that combines it with Chess. Both games get a little bent in the process, and although winning both games isn’t the only way to win, it’s pretty close.

Like Chess, it’s only a two-player game.

You will need

  • 2 Chess sets – ideally one of them with a board that fits into the middle of your Monopoly board
  • A Monopoly set.
  • spare tokens

Variant Rules
All rules are as normal for Monopoly and Chess with the exception of the following:

  1. Players must set up on opposite sides of the combined board. Either pair of opposite sides is suitable, but players cannot be adjacent to each other.
  2. When setting up the boards, the Chess pieces begin arrayed across the Monopoly board as follows:
    • The Kings go in their normal positions on the chess board.
    • The Queens are placed on the Monopoly board square immediately to the left of the Railway station of that player’s side. The Queen’s Bishop, Knight and Rook are placed in the next three squares on the Monopoly board.
    • The King’s Bishop, Knight and Rook are each placed on the Monopoly board in the positions mirroring their Queen’s piece equivalents.
    • The Pawns are placed on the Monopoly board on the two rows to either side of the named pieces, four to a side between the corner squares and the railroad squares.
  3. In each turn, a player moves their Monopoly piece and their Chess piece. The first move of the Chess turn must be to place their other pieces on the board.
  4. On their turn, each player must pay their army (the Chess pieces). The amount should be calculated based on what pieces are on the board already and what pieces (if any) are to be added, and paid to the Bank. Costs are as follows:
    • Kings – no cost
    • Pawns – $1 per turn
    • Knights, Bishops and Rooks – $10 per turn
    • Queens – $25 per turn

    The cost of any piece that is moved to the Chess board is doubled for that turn only, except during the first turn of the game.

  5. All Chess pieces move normally on the chess board. Pieces which are taken are removed from the game and placed in the discard pile.
  6. In any turn where a player cannot afford to pay their entire army, they must remove any combination of pieces equalling or exceeding their army bill. Any excess funds are lost.
  7. Any piece removed from the Board due to lack of pay is returned to its starting square. A player landing on the starting square of their opponent’s pieces may recruit that piece to their own army. When this happens, the piece is removed and placed in the discard pile (i.e. with the taken pieces) Its equivalent piece from the opposite colour chess board is placed in any vacant starting position on the Chess board appropriate to that piece.
  8. Under no circumstances can chess pieces return to the board from the discard pile.

Winning the Game

  • as per the normal rules of Chess

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