300 chess set pieces have become higher in demand mainly because the Hollywood magnum opus 300 was an instant worldwide hit, the saga of how a handful of Spartans fought the huge Persian army appealed to most. As a matter of fact, the movie was so well received that it was quickly turned into a video game and even a parody. Most people have not given a lot of thought to how the tale of the epic battle of Thermopylae can be turned into a very interesting chess set with a twist.
While there is nothing wrong with chess the way it is, there is no reason why game makers should not consider adding more spice to it by injecting a new theme. If the romance between Leonidas and Gorgo are kept aside along with the emotional frenzy of the Spartans and the mystical Oracle, the movie is nothing more than an intense battle with a lot of strategy thrown in for good measure. So, the plot has all the makings of an interesting game of chess.
The new chess board based on 300 would either have to be larger to accommodate the significant number of pawns on the Persian side or some provision will have to be made by which a pawn can be returned back to the game after it has been captured.
Alternatively, the infantry could be reduced on the Spartan side to just 5 while the Persians have no less than 16 pawns which could be accommodated on a standard chess board.
The Spartans including the bravest of the lot Leonidas will need more powers; this means he should be able to move just like the Queen, in any direction and should also be able to jump over pawns like the knight. Since Xerxes had a more limited role in the battle, he should move the same way the king does in a traditional chess set.
To balance the power on both sides, the Persian side should not have a queen while Artemis should get the same moves as the queen. To give Xerxes more power, he should get at least two more knights.
It will certainly take a lot of quick wit and strategy to play such a game. So, do you think Leonidas and his army will be able to survive this line up?