This jam is now over. It ran from 2021-06-10 05:00:00 to 2021-06-21 04:59:59. View 13 entries

♖ Summary ♖

Ole’ boring chess, who even likes it? Time to reinvent this beloved classic by making it way better…

well…. on the other hand, this whole Chess thing really has a “being good” problem and it’s high time that a bunch of people made way worse versions of chess or the idea of chess. 

From now until June 20th at Midnight CT we are seeking time-based media that considers “what is chess but better (or worse)”.

  • Games
  • Film
  • Board Games
  • Fluxus Scores
  • Performance Art
  • Sound
  • Interactive Media
  • And/or any other media that participants can experience across time

All submissions will be showcased at a Drive-In Movie Showcase at The Museum of Human Achievement and via Twitch on June 24th @ 9 PM CT.

♟️ Chess (from Wikipedia)♟️

Chess is an abstract strategy game and involves no hidden information. It is played on a square chessboard with 64 squares arranged in an eight-by-eight grid. At the start, each player (one controlling the white pieces, the other controlling the black pieces) controls sixteen pieces: one king, one queen, two rooks, two knights, two bishops, and eight pawns. The object of the game is to checkmate the opponent's king, whereby the king is under immediate attack (in "check") and there is no way to remove it from attack on the next move. There are also several ways a game can end in a draw.

✨👍 But Better 👍✨

"Boring ol' Chess, who ISN'T familiar with it these days? It's time to reinvent this beloved classic by making it WAY better! What does that mean? Who knows, that's up to you!"

🔥👎 (Or Worse) 👎🔥

On the other hand, Chess is known for being "really good" already - maybe it's high time a bunch of folks made WAY worse versions of Chess (or things that vaguely resemble the idea of Chess) !

♚ Chess (disambiguation inspiration) ♚

🔍 Rules/Details 🔍

-Submissions are due by June 20th at 11:59 pm CT

-Any media that the participant can experience across time is eligible (games, rules, performance art, film, sound, etc…)

-Modified rules for physical chess are welcome! Submissions can assume players will have a chessboard and traditional pieces as well as access to stand-ins for faerie pieces.

-All digital submissions must be playable in browser or mac/pc compatible, non-digital submissions or instructions are eligible as well

-Submissions can be any length, however, be aware that during our event each host will play, watch or consume any given submission for approximately 2-5 minutes

-Hosts may have varying previous experience with video games or interactive media, please include clear instructions.

👋 Collaboration/Matchmaking 👋

All participants are welcome regardless of their background in media art or games. For artists who wish to collaborate but don’t use Discord please reach out via email ( or fill out this form and we will do our best to pair you with other artists or developers.  

🧰 Tools/Resources 🧰

💬 Discord 💬

For participants who wish to find other artists to work with on Discord, come hang out in the following Discord and look for the #media-jam-2 channel.

Fantastic Arcade Discord Server

💻 Social Media 💻

Twitch Twitter Instagram Facebook Website

🤔 Questions? 🤔

Email with any questions or reach to committee members on the Fantastic Arcade Discord.

🔎 About Us🔍

Fantastic Arcade is an Austin-based community with a goal to celebrate, amplify, and support the unique and underrepresented within indie games and beyond.

📝 Credits 📝

 @notsoseriouss - Art and Graphic Design

@elloradatura - Community Outreach

@chicano_boyfriend__ - Community Outreach

@rabbitrundev - Community Coordinator

@caseydonnellan - Jam Manager  

@Coby1447 - Jam Manager

@albert_mancias - Jam Director, Design


All submissions
Browser playable (3)
Windows (4)
macOS (2)
Linux (2)

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Chess battle your friends!
You against the pieces
this time... it's personal
Real time chess with lots of action!
Play in browser
"The only winning move is not to play."
A Card-Based Chess Variant
What's better than haunted chess?!
Play in browser
chess with looping ghosts and a Winchester rifle
Play in browser
Traditional chess board game with the addition of environmental hazards
Chess with a legacy twist