It’s a weird merch item, I know.
Outside of work and music, I really enjoy designing board games. I prototype and test a lot of them, but this one has bubbled to the top. I’ve played hundreds of rounds with my wife, dad, friends and coworkers, and I have heard it over and over again: This game is FUN.
So I present the first ever game created by Bug Hunter: Rock, Paper, Scissors Chess.
It’s a 1v1 competitive game in the same family as Chess and Stratego. Player’s take turns moving and capturing pieces to find the opponent’s hidden flag, using the rock-paper-scissors hierarchy to capture opponents. It takes about 8-12 minutes to learn all the rules (I’ve timed it!), and the basic tactics are super easy to grasp. But by the end of their first game, all of my play testers have seen the subtle, complex strategies that exist below the surface and they have all invariably ended their first match with: “can we play again??” There is JUST enough chance involved to keep every game competitive until the last move — I’ve seen games that looked like a one-sided massacre get flipped around by one risky shot that paid off. Kids like it, dads like it, even Boogie Pete likes it.
This set includes just the PIECES of the game — at this stage in development we are implementing a BYOB (Bring Your Own Board) policy — I’ve done some research and MOST people have a standard checkerboard. If you don’t, you can get one for about 8 bucks on Amazon. I only have 80 copies of this game, and I am selling them completely at cost — I don’t make a dime to sell them at this price. I even package all of them by hand, to reduce the manufacturing costs to get the price down. If this first run goes well, and I get good feedback, I will hopefully be able to make more and eventually get these in game shops.
Similarly, the pieces don’t include the rulebook, but the complete rules are here: Rock, Paper, Scissors Rules
If you’d like to get a feel for the game, I have made a web-based prototype that will allow you to play against a human partner over the internet. There’s no A.I. or match-making, but if you create a game and send the unique game code to a friend, they can join and play against you. This is meant to be a free-to-play and ad-free demo to give you a sense of what you’re getting — If you really enjoy it, I’d hope that you might consider purchasing a physical copy of the game!
Thanks for checking it out, and supporting another crazy dream of mine.
To Reiterate, this item DOES NOT include a checkerboard: If you need to purchase one to play, I’d recommend this one. It is a 15”x15” board that fits the pieces perfectly.