As part of Orthogonal/Diagonal, we hosted a four-hour tournament at Enjoy Gallery. Unlike a traditional Chess tournament, the goal here is for the participants to play as many different regional chess variants as possible against different opponents. The participants consisted of members of the Wellington Chess Club as well as local artists. Three of the participants are former New Zealand chess champions, two of have the title of International Master.
It was a great opportunity to observe whether the design of the individual game pieces really do inform the players of the rules. It turns out that we still needed rulebooks in the beginning, but the game pieces did act as learning aids for many players. I gathered a lot of good design feedback which will help improve the next iteration.
Photos: Amanda Rogers