Esi Jóhannes G.

Coffee Chess for New-Year Game Jam

02 Jan 2013

Coffee Chess During New Years Eve a frightening storm was hitting the west and north coast of Iceland which resulted in the best idea for the evening was to stay inside and take it easy. Thankfully, I still had electricity so I decided to participate in New-Year Game Jam which forces people to create a game in under 48 hours.

After some brainstorming coffee started to infiltrate my game idea and before I knew it I had my core idea fleshed out. “A boardgame about coffee, made from coffee”

I wanted to keep things simple so you don’t need to print out a game board or anything. The only thing you need are a regular 8x8 chess board and 50 coffee beans or other similar items. Coffee beans are recommended as they make your hands smell wonderful after the game.

Download the NYGJ version of the Coffee Chess rules here.
Download mirror from
The source/latest version from github.
Try out all the other New Years Game Jam games over here.

Feel free to contact me at if you have any suggestions, feedback or tips concerning this board game.