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Year Published
1970
# of Players
2
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 2 players
Recommended with 2 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
8 and up
Playing Time
30 minutes
User Suggested Ages
8 and up
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Language Dependence
No necessary in-game text
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Primary Name
Smess: The Ninny's Chess
Alternate Names
Aiséchec: les échecs des niaiseux
All The King's Men
Les fous du Roi
Schach dem Schlaukopf
Schlaukopf
Take the Brain
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This is a strategy game similar to chess. The board is layed out like a chess board and each player sets up their men just like in chess. Unlike chess, the board for Smess has various types of arrows printed on each square of the "chess" board. Movement is determined by the direction of the arrow or arrows in the square. The pieces are similar to chess in that the Brain is like a king in chess, Ninnies are like pawns, and Numskulls are like rooks or bishops. This is a fun game that is much simpler than chess at first glance. However, the game will vary in difficulty depending on the skill of the opponent. The goal is to capture your opponent's Brain. The fact that both players can "see" all possible moves to and from a square can make the game harder than you'd think! A fun game!

The game was later released with medieval themed pieces under the title All the King's Men.

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Les fous du Roi
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All The King's Men
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Product Code: No. 72
Size: 18.25 x 9.25 x 1.44 inches
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Schlaukopf
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Year: 1972
Product Code: 604 1021
Size: 20.08 x 10.24 x 1.57 inches
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1 Polish Rules to All The Kings Men; Polska Instrukcja
Polish translation, with missing rule from Smess added.
Polish
2014-06-30
5 Print and play game board on (2) 8 1/2 x 11 sheets
Build 2 sets of 7 Ninnies, 4 Numskulls, and 1 Brain and play Smess with your children today.
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2014-01-29
10 Rules to All the King's Men
Easy to read rules for setup and play of All the King's Men
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2009-05-20
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Board Game Rank: 9281
Abstract Game Rank: 688
Num Ratings: 291
Average Rating: 5.51
Standard Deviation: 1.36
Num Views: 49780
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Users Owning: 664
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