The attendance was too low to play a full tournament but we played a bunch of pickup games. At first glance, Khet appears to be a version of chess with an Ancient Egyptian theme but don't be fooled! It plays much differently than chess. Most pieces on the board have mirrors built into the piece which can reflect the laser fired from the 'Sphinx'. The object is to redirect the laser so that it will zap your opponents 'Pharoah'. The focus is not on capturing the other players pieces as in chess. The goal is to position your pieces in such a way that the laser will reflect off the mirrors and strike the opponents Pharoah. You move the individual pieces much like pawns in chess in an attempt to redirect the laser's path. Of course, the opponent is trying to do the same thing to you. And yes, it is possible to zap your own Pharoah if you aren't careful! This happened more than once that day.
|My new Khet board in action|
The tourny organizer was M. Dimsdale. He has his own blog The Dimsdale Observatorium where he writes serialized stories. Please check it out. Also, he will be running more Khet games at ChimeraCon 2012 this weekend.