List of all variants Amazons forum

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  • FatPhil at 2011-09-22

    Does anyone have (or can we build) a list of Amazons variants?

  • Christian K at 2012-07-14

    I’ve never heard of any. But one that comes to mind would be shooting more than one shot every time you move. Or also allowing each peice to move like a knight in chess (in adition to the usual queen like movement).

    You could also do it so that every time you move along a path, you place a stone on very space in that path (instead of shooting).

  • FatPhil at 2012-07-14

    There was a call for suggestions for variants many years back. One variant I invented was ‘suicide bomber’ amazons. instead of your move, you can blow yourself up, and take everything next to you out too.

    There were weird ones where you were obliged to either move as far as possible in your chosen direction, and another where you were obliged to fire as far as possible in your chosen direction. Some even played trials of these variants, as it just requires remembering that you have that obligation (which is what the private message is useful for). They were quirky, and weren’t as organic as the original.

  • halladba at 2012-07-14

    Monkey Trap by Christian Freeling can also be seen as a variant of Amazons. It is described in the hidden blog, IIRC.

  • jugular at 2013-09-30

    TWRS is not dissimilar and playing on a Hex grid is an obvious variant.

  • Tasmanian Devil at 2013-10-01

    Off the top of my head I might like to suggest two variants (which I may have suggested in the older thread as well):

    1. Movement optional, arrow firing compulsory.

    2. Each square has room for two arrows, and you can jump/fire across a square with only one arrow.

  • mouchet patrick at 2014-05-13

    More than ten years ago a variant called Centaurs has been devised by an Irish player. Rules are as with Amazons, but the pieces (the centaurs) may fire an arrow from any square along their moving path. With a 10x10 board the game is much like amazons, but new features appear with larger boards. It’s very interesting with a 14x14 board provided that 8 pieces instead of 4 each side are used.

  • Thomas ★ at 2019-09-03

    Anti-Amazons: the first player unable to move wins.

    I think the basic variant would not work well. It would be a race to lock the own amazons in and the opponent could not do much to disturb it. But it might be better when combined with other rules, e. g. the maximum firing distance: an arrow flies always the maximum possible distance in the chosen direction. That makes it more difficult for an amazon to lock herself in.

  • Thomas ★ at 2019-09-03

    Pushable blocks: The moving amazon is able to push a block in front of her in the moving direction. Must stop before the block reaches a blocked or occupied square.

  • Thomas ★ at 2019-09-03

    Somewhere I read about Killer Amazons, I think it was at the Zillions of Games Site and it was even available as rules file: The moving amazon can capture an opponent’s amazon by replacement, like in chess.

  • Clark94 at 2019-09-03

    I’ve always wondered about keeping the base game but adding more than 4 amazons per side. Like perhaps a total of 6 or8 per side.  (maybe put the new ones in the 4 center squares and/or the 4 squares  diagonally adjacent to the  corners. 

    I love amazons but my only complaint about it is that the endings can be a little anti-climactic. I think that adding some more amazons to the fray would create a new dynamic and last a little bit longer, but I have never tested this.

  • Clark94 at 2019-09-03

    There is also Amazons on a Hex Board.

    Numbers of amazons, size of board and ability to move/shoot diagonally TBD (as i would guess orthogonal movement would be just fine.)

  • Clark94 at 2019-09-03

    VELETAS, although it’s a stand alone game, Veletas is the perfect “opposite game” for Amazons. Check it out on

  • Clark94 at 2019-09-03

    VELETAS, although it’s a stand alone game, Veletas is the perfect “opposite game” for Amazons. Check it out on

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