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The king of all board games is get­ting a new jewel in its crown.

Four Kings One War is a mod­ern vari­ant of clas­sic chess, in­vented by Stan­more Bay res­i­dent Glyn Leggett.

The two-player strat­egy game is set on an arena-style 3D board, and gives the 1500-year-old game a mod­ern twist.

With four sets of chess pieces, Leggett says game play uses the fun­da­men­tals of chess, but is more like guerilla war­fare.

Those that love the game of chess will love the at­mos­phere and ten­sion Four Kings One War of­fers.

The game ends when a player gets both of their op­po­nent’s kings into check­mate.

Four Kings One War came to Leggett ‘‘in a bit of a flash’’ in 1999.

He says he’s been work­ing to­wards re­leas­ing it since.

With the idea patented and ex­ten­sively tri­alled, Leggett hopes to start mass pro­duc­tion and break into the board game mar­ket.

His Four Kings One War vi­sion ex­tends far be­yond the ta­ble top, with plans to de­velop on­line and aug­mented re­al­ity ver­sions of the game.

Leggett says the game has reignited a love of chess for some ex-play­ers, and gamers a new out­let.

Lo­cal gamers are gath­er­ing once a week in a chess club to bat­tle it out over Four Kings One War.

‘‘We’ve got 20-some­thingyear-olds who would nor­mally be play­ing PlayS­ta­tion or in pubs.

‘‘And here they are play­ing chess,’’ he says.

As the in­ven­tor, Leggett knows Four Kings One War bet­ter than most, but he loves be­ing beaten at his own game by new play­ers.

‘‘I can­not wait to see what chess gu­rus can do with this thing,’’ he says. given

Leggett has started a Kick­starter cam­paign to get game pro­duc­tion off the ground.

If suc­cess­ful, he hopes to give back to the com­mu­nity as much as pos­si­ble.

‘‘It’s not just about the game, it’s about mak­ing a cul­ture,’’ he says.

Leggett hopes to cre­ate rev­enue streams for Four Kings One War play­ers.

This is for those who cre­ate their own board de­signs and strate­gies, as well as get­ting the game to schools and com­mu­ni­ties.

Search Four Kings One War on kick­starter.com for more.

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