Taxidermy Mouse Chess Set: These Meeces Are Pieces

Do you like chess? Do you like dead things? Today’s your lucky day. Etsy seller and TheCurious13 has combined lifelike deceased rodents with a classic game of strategy with their taxidermy mouse chess set.

Every single chess piece is a dead mouse that has been lovingly dressed up and decorated to match the pieces from the game. These mice are hand stuffed. You get 16 light colored mice and 16 dark mice. The set also comes with a wooden handmade chess board and storage boxes.

You can even customize this set and request different costumes and colors. I’m thinking Star Trek set with mice as the Enterprise crew and Klingons with those tiny ridges on their mouse heads. Maybe Game of Thrones. That would be cool.

This mess of dead mice doesn’t come cheap though. The complete set will cost you a cool $750. Of course, you could always make your own for much less if you have a rodent infestation, but I doubt it will look this cool and creepy. Just do yourself a favor and don’t play a game of mouse chess if you have cats, unless you want to see your hard-earned money go down the drain.

Monopoly IT Edition: Rich Uncle Pennywise

My first brush with Stephen King’s IT came at a young age when I was home one-day in the summer, and found it in my dad’s bookshelf. It scared the crap out of me within a couple of chapters, and I never finished reading it. The miniseries from back in the day was just as scary. I took my daughter to see the new IT when it was in theaters, and spent most of the time waiting for jump scares so I could frighten her. I got my money’s worth; the people around me not so much.

If you enjoy having the IT scared out of you too, check out this new Monopoly game, based on the creepy franchise.

 

We have yet to see any pictures of the board, tokens, or game cards, but the game will have players traveling around locations from the evil town of Derry. It will include special Losers’ Club currency, and tokens that look like items from IT as well. Hopefully Pennywise will take over duties for Rich Uncle Pennybags, and one of the tokens will be a red balloon.

Monopoly: IT Edition is expected to ship this May for $39.99, and you can pre-order it now over at Entertainment Earth.

 

Big Trouble in Little China the Game: Never Roll the Dice Faster Than You Can See

When I think of 1980s movies, one that always comes to mind – and one of my all-time favorites – is the Kurt Russell flick, Big Trouble in Little China. I nearly wore out the lone VHS copy my local video store had. If you like the movie as much as I do, you’ll want this new board game.

The Big Trouble in Little China board game sends players on adventures as they must survive against the baddies in the alleys of Chinatown. Each game takes 120 minutes and has lots of dice rolling, role playing, and storytelling in the mix. Players can customize their tokens, and the main quests have companions and minion difficulty based on the number of players.

The coolest part is that you can play this board game solo, that is a rarity in board games. Adjustable difficulty means even solo players might beat Lo Pan. Considering today is April Fool’s Day, and this is ThinkGeek listing, you’ll be happy to know this thing is real. Though you might want to check Amazon for a better price, or you will be a fool.

 

Star Trek Catan Looks More Fun than Tri-Dimensional Chess

Fans of both Settlers of Catan and Star Trek can set their phasers to fun as they roll the dice in search of resources thanks to a mashup of both franchises in the Star Trek Catan board game.

If you are sick of trading sheep for wood, this edition of the popular board game will be a breath of fresh air. This officially-licensed Star Trek merch lets you play the game with your favorite characters from TOS and there’s also an expansion set sold separately that will add more players. Explore space and build outposts and starbases as you mine important resources. Just make sure that you follow Starfleet regulations when making first contact.

The biggest army and longest road cards are replaced with “Longest Supply Run” and “Largest Starfleet.” Some of the other features include:

  • 60 Starships (15 each in 4 colors)
  • 28 Outposts (7 each in 4 colors)
  • 16 Starbase Expansions (4 Habitat Rings each in 4 colors)
  • 89 Stands for the Ships & Outposts
  • 1 Klingon ship
  • 95 Resource Cards (19 each of Dilithium, Tritanium, Oxygen, Food & Water)
  • 25 Development Cards (14 “Starfleet Intervenes”, 6 Progress Cards & 5 “Victory Point” Cards)
  • 10 Support Cards (Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Sulu, Chekov, Uhura, Scotty, Chapel, Rand & Sarek)

You can find the game at ThinkGeek for $64.99. Grab a glass of Romulan ale and get playing today!

Rick and Morty Operation Game Lets You Remove a Sphincter

Rick and Morty is one of the most popular cartoons out there, and those guys get up to all sorts of weird stuff. One of the most memorable episodes is where Morty decides to save a homeless man, requiring him to go inside the man’s body – and it turns out that Rick has turned the guys innards into a miniature amusement park.

Now, a new version of the annoying childhood game Operation is out to celebrate that episode.

In Operation: Rick and Morty Anatomy Park you get to remove parts from the bum known as Reuben. His removable bits include the Cerebral Cortex Carousel, Esophageal Passage, Hepatitis C, Tuberculosis, Haunted Liver, Bubonic Plague, Pirates of the Pancreas, Colon Log, Gonorrhea, Bladder Falls, Sphincter Dam, Hepatitis A, and the Bone Train.

Two to four people can play at once and share their frustration with the buzzing, vibrating game. You can buy the special version of Operation on Amazon right now for $29.88, including free shipping for Prime members.

‘Overwatch’ action figures and Monopoly are coming this spring

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A ‘Stranger Things’ version of ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ arrives May 1st

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This Robot Will Beat You at Jenga

When not building robots that we kill us and take over the world, researchers at MIT are working on robots that will just demoralize us and make us feel like losers. For example, this specialized robot combines vision and touch to teach itself to play Jenga. In case you’ve been living under a rock all your life, Jenga is a game of stacked wooden blocks where you have to pull out blocks without making the tower collapse.

The robot has a soft-pronged gripper, a force-sensing wrist cuff, and an external camera that allows it to “see” and “feel” the tower and the individual blocks. It can push gently against a block as the visual and tactile feedback is assessed from the camera and cuff. These forces are compared to other measurements. It can learn in real-time if the block can be removed without making the tower collapse. There’s no way we can compete with that.

Researchers think this technology would be great for things like separating recyclable objects from a landfill, and assembling consumer products. Then they just laugh at how much this robot will kick your butt at Jenga. Really they are just using their big brains to mess with us and to point and laugh.

[via SlashGear]

“Who’s She?” Guessing Game Teaches Facts About Famous Women

I’ve played the old Guess Who? board game with my son and daughter, where you have to ask for hints about who the other player has by asking for clues about the character’s appearance. You ask things like “Do you have hair” and so on. There is a new game in the works that is very similar, but this game is all about extraordinary women in history, and none of the clues have to do with their appearance.

The game is called “Who’s She?” and it features wooden pieces illustrated with famous women on them, like Amelia Earhart, Hatshepsut, and Frida Kahlo. The game includes 28 biography cards that have facts about the lives of the women.

This game sounds like great a way to delve into women’s history while playing. It’s on Kickstarter now, and a pledge of at least $74 will get you a copy of this unique game when it starts shipping in early 2019.