Here is an idea for anyone with the time, the means and the inclination to construct a quality chess set. Choose your works carefully, as certain incantations are difficult to recant. Below are the instructions for a variation on the game of chess, dedicated to all my chess-playing friends.
Here is the board:
Here is Revelation 6:1-8:
“Then I watched as the Lamb broke the first of the seven seals; and I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, ‘Come!’ And there before my eyes was a white horse, and its rider held a bow. He was given a crown, and he rode forth, conquering and to conquer.
“When the Lamb broke the second seal, I heard the second creature say, ‘Come!’ And out came another horse, all red. To its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and make men slaughter one another; and he was given a great sword.
“When he broke the third seal, I heard a third creature say, ‘Come!’ And there, as I looked, was a black horse; and its rider held in his hand a pair of scales. And I heard what sounded like a voice from the midst of the living creatures, which said, ‘A whole day’s wages for a quart of flour, a whole day’s wages for three quarts of barley-meal! But spare the olive and the vine.’
“When he broke the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth creature say, ‘Come!’ And there, as I looked, was another horse, sickly pale; and its rider’s name was Death, and Hades came close behind. To him was given power over a quarter of the earth, with the right to kill by sword and by famine, by pestilence and wild beast.”
In this four-player game of chess, the preceding passage determines the order: white, red, black, pale, and also dictates that each player move the knight first. After this, order of play repeats: white, red, black, pale.
The game follows all the rules of chess, with the additional restriction that each player only control pieces of their own color, until check has occurred. Also, teammates may not communicate, until check has occurred.
Once check has occurred, teammates [of the checked king] can thereafter communicate by paper or by sign, and can move any piece that would be in play for their side during a standard game of chess.