Checkers is a awesome game that is easy to make and a lot of fun to play. Its simple enough that you can make the board quickly, not use a lot of materials, and learn the game rules just as fast. This game does require 2 people to play.
Checkers Game Rules
- Each player starts with 12 pieces placed in the first 3 rows closest to them, on the black blocks.
- Use gold and iron plates for your pieces. This works best for when your player becomes a king you can replace with the full block
- Only the 32 black blocks are actually used to play on, so players can only move forward diagonally
- Players can only move forward and not back until they become a king, which is done by reaching the last row on the opposite end of the board. Kings can move forward or backwards. When a player becomes a king, switch your block from a gold/iron plate to a full iron or gold block.
- If your piece is next to the opponent, you must jump over them, capturing (and removing from the board) their piece in the process. You can only jump forward, unless your a king.
- The goal is to remove all of your opponents pieces from the board, the first to do that wins!
How to Build the Board Yourself
A standard checkers board is 8 x 8 totalling 64 blocks. Start by placing a black block, and then a red wool block and repeat that pattern for 8 blocks.
Go back to the start and repeat the process, but use a red wool block first and then a black block for 8 blocks again. Repeat the process again with the black block, until you have an 8 x 8 board. You should have a total of 4 rows start with black and 4 with red which alternates, like in the photo.