Chessaria: The fantasy game that combines Chess combats, puzzles and story-based missions. Make your move and join the battle for Chessaria!
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June 19

What you need to know about the new Mac version of Chessaria

We announced last week the release of Chessaria on Mac and we wanted to share details on this update and answer the questions you might have!



What computers are supported?
If you want to play Chessaria in the best possible conditions, you’ll need a recent machine.

To check your Mac model and when it was released, select About This Mac from the Apple Menu on your menu bar. The game supports the following Macs:

- All 13” Retina MacBook Pros released since 2016
- All 15” Retina MacBook Pros released since Mid 2012
- All 15" Macbook Pros released since Mid 2012 with a 1GB graphics card or better
- All 21.5” iMacs released since Late 2013 with a 1.8GHz i3 processor or better
- All 27” iMacs released since Late 2013
- All 27" iMac Pros
- All Mac Pros released since Late 2013

Some older Macs are capable of running the game but they don’t consistently meet the standards required for the best experience. Don’t try to play Chessaria on a 2008 Macbook Pro. We tried that already ;)

What graphic card do I need?
We recommend at least one of the following graphic cards or something more recent:
- VIDEO (ATI): AMD FirePro D300
- VIDEO (NVIDIA): NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
- VIDEO (INTEL): Intel Iris Graphics 540

Once again, we played the game with older cards and it worked ok but you won’t be enjoying the game in the best conditions.

What OS are supported?
We launched the game on OS X Mountain Lion so chances are you are good to go with your present OS! Most of our tests are made on macOS High Sierra so we recommend playing the game on it if you can.

I want to play the game on an older Mac anyway. Any tips/tricks?
If you don’t mind lower FPS, here are a few tips that will make the game run faster.
- Set the “resolution” to something lower, this will greatly increase the FPS.
- Lower the Graphics quality to “Low” and activate the “Post-process”: this is the best graphics/performance compromise.
- Close “Google Chrome” to win precious FPS!
- Deactivate Steam Overlay. Open the Steam client and navigate to the Steam > Settings/Preferences > In-game tab. Un-check the box next to Disable the Steam Overlay while in-game.



What is the difference between the Mac/PC versions of the game?
You won’t see a big difference between the Mac and Pc versions of Chessaria. The options are identical and you’ll be able to play the same Adventure, Quick Games and Online Multiplayer. The changes you might notice are related to Shaders, Visual Effects and Post Process

Does the game support Cross-platform Online Multiplayer?
Yes, Chessaria supports cross platform online multiplayer.
This was a really important point for us and we are happy to confirm you can play against a friend online on Steam whatever OS they have: PC vs PC // PC vs MAC // MAC vs MAC

Can you tell us more about the Technical details behind this update?
PC and MAC render graphics through different technologie: DirectX on PC, Metal on recent Macs, OpenGL on older Macs. This difference of technology makes rendering 3D graphics on multiple platforms a real challenge.

As the version of the engine we developed Chessaria on doesn't support Metal, we had to upgrade the project to make it compatible with a new version of the engine. We also had to bake new lights for the levels and make changes to the Post-Process. Finally, many Visual Effects were updated or replaced to avoid glitches that only appeared on Mac.

Anything else?
We made a few corrections this weekend following extra tests so if you couldn’t install the game, this issue was identified & corrected this morning.


We hope you'll enjoy playing the game on your Mac!
Feel free to ask us your questions about this update either here or on Discord and thanks for your support!

The Chessaria Team
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June 14

Details on the new Hardcore game mode

We annouced yesterday the release of a new game mode that give access to the Master rank. Here are details on this new challenge!

What is the Hardcore game mode?
This game mode consists of 25 new levels in addition to the 100 levels of the campaign. The levels are tougher, the A.I. is stronger and some of the pieces have been replaced (ex: Bishops for Queens) for a greater challenge!



How do you unlock the Hardcore game mode?
This new game mode is now available to all Pc/Mac players since update v1.08.
Anyone that completes the campaign with at least the rank "Fair" can unlock it. Once that's the case, you will see an Orc symbol on the Main Menu and all the new challenges will be unlocked and playable. These new levels appear as pulsating red levels in the different maps of the Adventure Mode and can be played either in normal or in hardcore.



New Rank: Master
You unlock the rank fair when you complete a mission. You unlock the ranks Good and Perfect when you manage to complete a level with a good game that depends on the number of Moves & Units lost in a level.

The Hardcore game mode consists of only on rank: Master, which you unlock by completing an hardcore level with success. There arn't any specific number of Moves or Units to keep alive to unlock the rank as the challenge is to complete a these levels.

The Artificial Intelligence
The A.I. is set much higher in the Hardcore game mode. It has more time to compute but we left in place the one core cpu dedicated to computing as removing this would result in unbalancing the game too much between High performance computers and older machines



Why did we create this new game mode
Chessaria is a game playable by experienced chess players as well as gamers new to the game of Chess. You will not become a GM by playing Chessaria but we believe its a fun and interresting way to introduce the game of Chess to people that might be intimidated by it or pushed away by the graphics and static animations of the board game. The Adventure is a good way to introduce the rules and its pieces while making the challenges stronger as you progress in the game. Still we had to balance it in a way that makes the whole game fun to play and fair.

This new game mode allows us to set the level of challenge much higher without making the game unbeatable for players with an Elo score under 2800. We also wanted to make some of the levels we love harder as you might not have been prepared for a high level of challenge the first time you played them.


We hope you'll enjoy this new challenge!
Good luck and let us know how you're doing either here or on Discord!

Thanks for your support!
The Chessaria Team
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Reviews

“Good chess game with nice additions.”
8/10 – We Love Strategies

“a game that can be recommended to beginners and chess experts”
17/20 – Gamingway

“I am really impressed how well all is done!”
90% – IndieGems

About This Game


Enter the world of Chessaria, the fantasy game that combines Chess battles, Puzzles and a story-based missions!

Story

After a thousand years of peace and prosperity, the elven city of Silveran is burnt to ashes by a dragon from the north. The bravest warriors will embark on an epic journey through the world of Chessaria to seek justice and unveil the truth behind the attack…

Features

MISSION-BASED CHESS BATTLES
 - Adventure Mode: Fight & solve puzzles in the 100 levels of the solo campaign.
 - Quick Game: Enjoy Classic Chess and variants with your friends or against the A.I.
 - Online Multiplayer: Fight against your Steam Friends in online battles.
NEXT GENERATION A.I.
 - Challenge a new gen A.I. (2800+ ELO) that enables infiltration & assassination quests.
A FANTASY WORLD
 - Battle with 3 playable armies (High Elves, Dark Elves and Orcs).
 - Lead six heroes against challenging Bosses that will test your tactical skills.
 - Discover a story that will put the destiny of Chessaria in your hands.
 - Enjoy an emotional soundtrack created by British composer Ben Rawles.


Chessaria introduces an innovative game genre: Chess-Adventure. Browse tactical levels & Chess puzzles that will confront strategy fans looking for a new challenge and delight heroic-fantasy enthusiasts!

Share your suggestions

Share your ideas to improve the game with us. We are great listeners!

 - Community Hub
 - Discord

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Dual-Core Processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 960-M 2GB
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 11 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Broadband internet connection is required for online multiplayer
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: 2.7 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7 or equivalent
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 1060
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 11 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Broadband internet connection is required for online multiplayer
    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: OS X Mountain Lion
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Dual-Core Processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GT 650M // AMD FirePro D300 // Intel Iris Graphics 540
    • Storage: 11 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Broadband internet connection is required for online multiplayer
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: macOS High Sierra
    • Processor: 2.7 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7 or equivalent
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GT 755M
    • Storage: 11 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Broadband internet connection is required for online multiplayer
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