Bombalot is a chess variant designed by Bruce Harper and Duncan Suttles in 1972, conceived during some down time at a war convention.

The game plays very differently than chess as the pieces are all wildly over-powered, giving the game a chaotic, zany feel, where &emdash; unlike chess &emdash; dramatic comebacks are possible even when a player is down to their last few pieces.


The below rulebooks are just my effort to provide a consolidated set of rules to the obscure game of Bombalot. I lay no claim to the game's design.