Outsmart your opponent and destroy their forces in this diceless tactical tank battle game!
Latest Updates from Our Project:
about 1 month ago
– Thu, Oct 19, 2023 at 12:04:27 PM
We will lock all orders on Sunday (22nd October), so any changes should be done before that (this doesn't include shipping addresses, which will stay unlocked).
A new 3D printer that we ordered a couple months ago has finally arrived. Together with our old printers, it will be used for the production of Tank Chess playing pieces (for Fun Set Plus and Airborne expansion, as we already have molding tools for the standard basic game and Fun Set). The new printer (Prusa MK4) is more reliable and will ensure good production quality for pieces that are trickier for print, which might cause some issues on the older printers (certain tank types are more challenging to print than others).
3 months ago
– Wed, Sep 13, 2023 at 11:46:56 AM
Since the pledge manager is still open, we're using this update to present Tankball, one of the games that can be added to your pledge. It has also been one of this campaign's gifts, in its Light version.
The idea for Tankball emerged during the summer of 2018, when the production of Tank Chess and Fun Set was in full swing - see the news.
Since the Tank Chess and Fun Set pieces are injection molded, two separate tools for mass production had to be made before molding. These tools, however, do not contain the exact number of pieces required for the game, as there are some tank models that are represented more times than needed, which creates a surplus during production. Two of the mentioned models are the Super Heavy Tank and the Recon Tank, so the authors designed a simple game that features these two models, with 8 pieces in total.
From the very beginning, the game was conceived to be affordable, so in addition to the 8 pieces, it contains just the board (32 x 48 cm), 3 d6 dice, 1 ball piece, and the color rulebook. What was left was the box design, but due to the commitments regarding the production and distribution of TC and its expansions, Tankball had to be put on hold, and actually never entered production. Since Tankball is in some way a TC derivative, the TC reprint campaign was the right opportunity to present it to the community.
Unlike in TC, the grid is made of hexes, but the pieces move according to the same principle: any movement is a combination of turns in place and forward moves to the hex in front. In this game, the number of steps is determined by dice rolls. A Super Heavy Tank (a "Heavy Tank" for the purpose of this game) can move in each turn for the number of steps shown on the die or less, and a Recon Tank (a "Light Tank") is faster, so it can move maximally for two steps more than the number on the die (or again, less, if it suits the player). In each turn, a player rolls two black-dotted dice and chooses which two pieces to move. In some cases, it will be possible to move 3 or all 4 pieces in one turn.
Each piece can push the ball during its movement. Due to their higher speed, Light tanks have an advantage when pushing compared to Heavy tanks; however, Heavy tanks can hit the ball with their large cannon barrel when turning the turret. The length of the ball movement is determined with a red-dotted die, which is rolled at the beginning of the move, at the same time as the other dice. Sometimes, the player will not be in a position to hit the ball with their piece, but when they are, they can hit it before moving the pieces, or after moving some/all the pieces, depending on how the attack or defensive action are conceived. The ball bounces off the borders of the field according to a very intuitive rule, and if it reaches another tank on its trajectory, it stops on the last empty hex. When the ball is hit or pushed in such a way that it ends up on white hexes on the opposite side of the board, a goal is scored.
Although the length of movement of the pieces and the ball is determined by the dice, luck does not play a huge role. At first glance, Tankball could seem trivial, but it requires a lot of thinking in order to plan and coordinate your team both in attack and defense, so you get into many favorable positions for execution, while allowing your opponent as few opportunities for counterplay as possible.
In the pledge manager, Tankball is featured in Standard and Light versions (the latter was also a Loyalty gift). Both sets have the same core elements, and the only differences are the presence of the box, and the board thickness.
For those who are interested, here’s the rulebook, so you can find out more about the gameplay. The setup before any game takes half a minute, memorizing the rules around 3 minutes, which means you can enjoy your first game of Tankball almost immediately after unboxing! Try it out!
Pledge manager contents list, TC Storage box artwork + a SURPRISE ADDITION!
3 months ago
– Wed, Sep 06, 2023 at 01:35:05 AM
We’ve got some exciting news for you!
First, we want to express our gratitude for all the suggestions we’ve been receiving regarding the realization of this project and the game itself, in order to make it even better. We’ve already implemented a few of them, and we’re eager to see if there will be an opportunity to implement some more in a future project, as there are some really interesting ones.
One frequent suggestion now has been tocompile a list with contents of different options that exist in the pledge manager, as this many options, with differences in size or piece types can be too much, especially for the people who joined late and aren’t familiar with the game from before. That is why we’ve made this PDF, with data for the majority of Tank Chess content available now (we’ve excluded the more straightforward ones), so it should be easier for you to check if you’ve selected the options you wanted and to edit your pledge if not.
Since this information comes pretty late (but better late than never), we’ll keep the pledge manager running for even longer, so you will have enough time to give it a proper look and decide with no rush.
Next, lately, there has been one important change with regard to the TC Storage box, but we have waited until now to make it more public, as now we have everything we need. Unlike it was originally announced, the TC Storage box will feature artwork in full color independent of the quantity ordered! You can see the render with the artwork below, and we hope most of you will like it.
Finally, two more surprise additions! As you can see in the PDF, we’ve decided to add one more vehicle to the Special pieces add-on, which is the Cruiser Tank! There will be one piece in both colors, with the corresponding Info cards.
The second addition is a minor one, and it affects the Airborne expansion, which will now also contain 2 parachute drop stands.
That’s it for now, we hope you like the news. We invite you to check out the PDF and to make changes if you wish to do so. Take your time, there is no rush, and you will be notified about the closing down of the pledge manager in one of the future updates.
Info Cards pledgee manager update
4 months ago
– Sat, Aug 12, 2023 at 03:57:24 AM
As you might have noticed yesterday, there was an important group of add-ons missing, namely the Info cards.
This mistake has been rectified, so all the Info cards add-ons are now available.
The info cards are already included in the following sets:
Tank Chess (basic game)
Tank Chess: Portable
Tank Chess: Extended
Tank Chess: Fun Set
Tank Chess: Fun Set PLUS
Tank Chess: Airborne
TC Deluxe: Fun Set PLUS
TC Deluxe: Airborne
Add-on: Special Pieces
Add-on: Special Pieces (Deluxe)
Each of these sets features one white and one black card per piece type.
The rest of the versions (mainly Pocket and Light) and additional pieces add-ons DO NOT contain Info cards, and these need to be purchased separately. The Info card add-ons can be found in a separate section, and the particular add-ons are:
Info cards - basic vehicles
Info cards - Fun Set vehicles
Info cards - Fun Set PLUS vehicles
Info cards - Airborne vehicles
Info cards - Special pieces.
The Info cards printable files will be added to the full PnP pack, as well as to the PnP difference pack.
Please, let us know if you have any questions or doubts.
The Pledge manager is open!
4 months ago
– Fri, Aug 11, 2023 at 07:57:00 AM
The BackerKit pledge manager is now open and all the surveys have been sent. The PM will be open for around 4 weeks, so feel free to take your time when adding items to your order. We've also added the link to the pre-order store to the main page, for easier navigation.
Since there are many options on offer, don't hesitate to DM us if you have any doubts regarding the add-ons.