Chess table

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Chess table

Chess table

The ancient game of kings. Fun for a few hours here and there, even playing alone. It trains intellectual skills.

Base Stats

5 kg
Path Cost


1 ˣ 1
pass through only
Cover Effectiveness
Terrain Affordance
100% cerebral play


Required Research
Complex furniture
Work To Make
8,000 ticks (2.22 mins)
Stuff tags
Metallic, Woody, Stony
Resources to make
Stuff 70
Deconstruct yield
Stuff 35
Destroy yield
Stuff 17 - 18

The chess table is a piece of recreation furniture that provides cerebral recreation when used by colonists, as well as small trickle of Intellectual skill experience.

It is the equivalent to the Neolithic Game-of-Ur board, and only available to factions of Medieval tech level or above.


Chess tables can only be constructed by New Arrivals. They require Stuff 70 Stuff (Metallic/Woody/Stony) and 8,000 ticks (2.22 mins) of work. New Tribes can never construct chess tables, and must instead have the exclusive ability to construct game-of-Ur boards.

They are also available from Outlander traders and faction bases, and as quest rewards.


Chess tables must have chairs directly adjacent to it to be used by up to two colonists. Sometimes a colonist will play chess alone, which gives the same recreation. Chess improves the player's Intellectual skill at a meager rate of 0.002 XP per tick, or 0.12 XP per real-time second.

  • Quality Awful Poor Normal Good Excellent Masterwork Legendary
    Rec Power 76% 88% 100% 112% 124% 140% 180%
  • Analysis

    Compared to other recreation items, the chess table uses twice the materials of it's tribal equivalent, the game-of-Ur board, but has a significantly higher base recreation power (100% vs. 80%). It is advisable to replace any game-of-Ur boards with a chess table as soon as possible, so long as the boards are not of a sufficently higher quality to make up for the deficit.

    The chess table is a very cheap option for intellectual play and gives a significant amount of recreational power at higher crafting levels, but does not produce as much cerebral play value as a poker table. It does not require cloth, however, and is an acceptable substitute until cloth can be grown or traded for a poker table.

    It also provides 33% more Intellectual skill XP than the Game-of-Ur board.

    Material table

  • Material Stuff cost Beauty Work to Build HP Flammability Market Value
    Wooden Chess table 70 Wood 4 005,600 ticks (1.56 mins) 65 100% 104 Silver
    Granite Chess table 70 Granite blocks 4 048,140 ticks (13.37 mins) 170 0% 235 Silver
    Limestone Chess table 70 Limestone blocks 4 048,140 ticks (13.37 mins) 155 0% 235 Silver
    Marble Chess table 70 Marble blocks 6 044,140 ticks (12.26 mins) 120 0% 220 Silver
    Sandstone Chess table 70 Sandstone blocks 4 040,140 ticks (11.15 mins) 140 0% 205 Silver
    Slate Chess table 70 Slate blocks 4 048,140 ticks (13.37 mins) 130 0% 235 Silver
    Jade Chess table 70 Jade 20 040,000 ticks (11.11 mins) 50 0% 495 Silver
    Golden Chess table 700 Gold 36 007,200 ticks (2 mins) 60 40% 7025 Silver
    Plasteel Chess table 70 Plasteel 4 017,600 ticks (4.89 mins) 280 0% 695 Silver
    Silver Chess table 700 Silver 14 008,000 ticks (2.22 mins) 70 40% 730 Silver
    Steel Chess table 70 Steel 4 008,000 ticks (2.22 mins) 100 40% 162 Silver
    Uranium Chess table 70 Uranium 2 015,200 ticks (4.22 mins) 250 0% 475 Silver
    Assuming Normal quality, for the effect of other qualities, see Quality.
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