A Chess-Style Skirmish Card Game

Six Forms is a “chess style” skirmish card game crafted for players with a competitive spirit and desire for evocative high-fantasy art.

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25-45 Minutes   •   2 or 4 Players   •   200+ Unique Cards

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The Board

The tight grid-based board encourages exciting combat. Flying cards soar, adding a strategic 3D-chess like experience.

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The Cards

Battlefield cards move on the board like chess pieces, equip cards enhance your avatars, and action cards stimulate player interactions.

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The Game Play

We spent over 17+ years in game design and to craft game mechanics that give nods of respect to the 1,400-year time-tested game of chess.

Board Game Geek Reviews

9.6 average rating on BGG and Six Forms is highly praised.

The Scheming Skeleton

Pinnacle of tactical card games

Reviewed in United States

This game is the pinnacle of tactical card games. I have yet to play a game of Six Forms where I wasn't challenged.

Jay Harris

Big fan of Six Forms

Reviewed in South Carolina · United States

I'm a big fan of Six Forms, and I think it strikes a great balance of creating deep gameplay decisions without adding a boatload of rules or mechanics.

Zachary Cain

Mentally Stimulating

Reviewed in Washington · United States

This is truly an amazing new game! I have had the privilege of game testing Six Forms with over 20 people.


Anticipating the release of this game

Reviewed in Texas · United States

I've been involved in the Discord and am anticipating the release of this game. It's exactly the type of spatial card game I want to play!

Kris Hill

Mentally Stimulating

Reviewed in South Carolina · United States

It might not be for the faint of heart, but if you’re up for the challenge, I promise you won’t regret playing...

Scott Hix

Draws you into the game

Reviewed in South Carolina · United States

In keeping with the chess theme, you are the king, thus your cards are attacking and protecting you from harm. Which really draws you into the game.

Hass Thrift


Reviewed in United States

Exciting concept, art style, and community!

Austin Fortner

Excellent gameplay

Reviewed in United States

Excellent gameplay that felt like a mix of magic the gathering and chess. The game is well balanced and for the two starter decks I tried felt fresh in the the TGC space.



Reviewed in United States

Love the artwork!

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Now an Expandable Card Game

Same game. New business model. We made the hard call to cancel our Kickstarter and switch the an expandable card game model.

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Chess-Style Strategy

Six Forms breaks the traditional card game mold by introducing a “chess style” board, movement, and positioning. Victory in the game is determined by your ability to position cards in your favor — giving you a unique gaming experience.

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How To Play

Go head-to-head with your opponent and bring their life total down from 20 to 0, in this 2 or 4 player game. Make tactical card maneuvers according to their arrows on the 4 x 4 grid.

  • Move cards like a chess bishop or rook.
  • Move through undefended gaps on the chess-style board.
  • Corner cards as you would checkmate a chess king.

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Delve into Six Forms recent developments, uncover new lore, and discover fresh reveals.

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The Six Forms Product


Six Forms features full-art cards. In the first set, Search for Power, there are over 200 unique cards.

Starter Decks

The two theme decks "Corruption" and "Radiance" give players everything they need to jump in and start playing the game without cracking packs or purchasing a playmat.

Each deck includes:

  • 52 game cards.
  • 19 resource cards.
  • 1 tip card.

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Resource Management

Your resources, energy cubes, live outside your deck and you gain one new resource per turn. Players can choose to use cards OR table top components — a joy for both card game and board game players.

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Follow Six Forms, the tactical card game crafted to satisfy your craving for evocative art, high-fantasy lore, and gripping combat.

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Stores & The Competitive Scene

The first phase of competitive play is to focus on local game stores and kitchen tables. We have systems prepared to support game stores, volunteers, judges, and players.

These systems include judge reward programs, EOL tracking, deck techs, promotional product, and much more. If you want to see Six Forms at your local game store please reach out and we can talk with you about on-boarding.

Six Forms Roadmap

Step 1 (Prepare)

Refine Six Forms into the go-to card game played on a board.

Step 2 (Launch)

Gather the Six Forms community and launch the Gamefound (Date TBD).

Step 3 (Deliver)

Put the thematic universe of Six Forms and the cards in your hands to enjoy.

Step 4 (Relationships)

Develop strong relationships with players, distribution, and local game stores.

Step 5 (Compete)

If possible, schedule a USA national tournament in Greenville, SC.

Step 6 (Second Set)

Prepare set two, Edge of Infinity, with new game mechanics and new tile system.

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The 18+ Year Journey

The initial game was drafted from construction paper on a friend's kitchen table in 2006 by Kevin Dees. From that time, we tested well over 30 significant variations and have put hundreds of hours into every detail.

Today, Six Forms is a artisan game, unconcerned with "the next big thing", and focused on the polish of play only longevity of time can bring.

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Behind The Game

Hi, I'm Kevin Dees. Thanks for your interest in Six Forms. I'm the game creator and owner of Play Bishop LLC. My background is in business, software development, and game design.

I started working on Six Forms after having the original vision for the game in the mid-2000s. Currently, the game is in the late stages of development, and I'm excited to share what we've made so far.

Most importantly, I owe a huge thanks to my family and friends for supporting me even when the game took four hours to complete. Thankfully, primarily to them, the game only takes the typical 25 - 45 minutes to play now.

Core Values

#1 Focus on the board

Six Forms seeks to be the the go-to skirmish card game: extremely fun to play and strategically competitive.

#2 Evocative artwork

For its size, Six Forms aims to have evocative high-fantasy artwork in various artistic styles and expressions.

#3 Long-term health

Strong business relationships are the foundation of a healthy game. Six Forms is managed for the long-term.

#4 Community drive

Six Forms will listen to you, the community, and respond with vision and care. We will be a game with your fingerprints.

#5 Accessible product

Six Forms will be an accessible product for players. We redefined the game as an expandable card game to that end.

#6 Play your way

You can play at the kitchen table or your local game store. We will maintain fun dual and 4-player formats.

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