|Google's version of "But I did watch some movies." I approve.|
|Vin Diesel in an action movie? Shocker.|
|Emma Stone doesn't hurt the movie.|
|I wish I had seen this before the movie.|
|Mmmm, Ellen Page.|
|Classic chess with a side of crazy.|
- Bobby Fischer is dead.
- Bobby Fischer was a lunatic, and not just in a crazy chess guy way.
- Bobby Fischer never defended his World Championship, so the following champion "won" by default.
- Bobby Fischer was an outspoken critic of the US, to the point that he was effectively exiled after 9/11.
- Bobby Fischer was an international nomad and was nearly extradited back to the US before Iceland came to his rescue and made him a citizen.
- Bobby Fischer crapped all over everyone in Iceland after they pulled his butt out of the fire.
- Bobby Fischer was a brilliant chess player, but threw himself into the deep end and found new levels of crazy.
- There is little to be admired in Bobby Fischer outside of his chess accomplishments.
So how does that movie tie into gaming? Other than chess being the foundation, and arguably perfection, of wargaming, this movie made me think about how I'd make a mini-based chess set. Space Marines are so plentiful and iconic that they're my starting point, though I think fantasy armies would work just as well and be more accessible to non-gamers. I settled on (pre-Heresy) Death Guard for the white side, but I'm on the fence for black. Raven Guard feel like the best fit, since they're all black, but I'm not satisfied with them. Ideally the white side would be more aggressive than Death Guard, perhaps White Scars, and the black side would be defensive, like Imperial Fists or Iron Warriors, but those color schemes don't work out so well. Making the pieces themselves easily identifiable is also a bit of a challenge. Pawns would be bolter marines, that much is easy. For rooks I like THSS Terminators, jump troops for Knights, perhaps a Librarian for the Queen and some sort of commander for the King. Bishops should be Chaplains from a fluff stand point, but they have so much character as models I think they'd draw attention away from the King and Queen, so perhaps Devastators for Bishops. This would almost require a swap from THSS to Cyclone or Asscan Terminators to keep long-range weapons aligned with the ability to move many squares. The King and Queen are the biggest hurdles. The Librarian is powerful enough as a 40k piece to work as the Queen, while something like a Blood Angels Captain is irrelevant enough as a 40k piece to work as the King, though Terminator armor is probably a good idea for thematic purposes. The problem is making them stand out. Without the iconic chess shapes, making all those power armored marines look different will take some doing. Putting those chess shapes on the squad shoulder pad is one solution, and a fairly elegant one, but it doesn't really help with silhouettes. This is an appealing project for me, but one that will take some noodling to figure out. Fortunately I have plenty of time to ponder.