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.
Did you know that it’s Mickey Mouse’s 90th anniversary this year? He looks pretty good for 90. The world’s most famous mouse and arguably the world’s most successful rodent owned amusement park operator is now featured in a collectible chess set just for the occasion. The Mickey The True Original Chess Set celebrates the magical mouse’s 90th with a special edition set. If you’re looking for the ideal chess set that you can glue the pieces to the board to get the perfect Splash Mountain photobomb, this might be it.
The set features all your favorite classic Disney characters as the chess pieces: Mickey Mouse (King), Minnie Mouse (Queen), Donald Duck & Daisy (Bishops), Pete and Goofy (Knights), Pluto and Figaro (Rooks), Chip and Dale (Pawns). It’s whimsical yet playable. A must have for hardcore Disney collector.
Do you like to play chess, but don’t have anyone around to play against you? Then you need a chess robot! That’s exactly what one DIYer made, and it’s pretty awesome. Not only can the Chess Bot play chess against you, but it’s super cute because of its diminutive size.
Russian builder of things DIYprojects created ChessBot using an Arduino Leonardo controller, four TowerPro SG90 mini servo motors, wood, and other bits and pieces. It connects via Bluetooth with an Android smartphone that observes the positions of pieces on the board then relays them to the manipulator arm to pick up and move chess pieces. Check it out in action:
Personally, I’d love a robot that could play all kinds of different board games against me. Though I wouldn’t want to fight a Monopoly-bot over who gets stuck with the stupid shoe.
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Chess is a fun and challenging game that really makes you use your brain. So too are lots of video games. If you like both of these pastimes as much as I do, then check out this sweet chess set which features pieces that look like 8-bit video game pixel art.
Created by Induku Designs, the set comes with everything you need to play a game on the go, including a folding board, and pieces that hold in place using cut-out notches.
Each board is made from laser-cut and engraved baltic birch plywood, and held together with leather hinges and straps. All the pieces store neatly inside for travel, so you have no excuse for losing any pieces. I really love the laser-engraved pixel patterns on the board and pieces, which give them a nice sense of depth too.
Concrete’s definitely making it big as a designer’s material. I’ve said it before that concrete is so symbolic for its use in construction that it’s literally a creator’s material. It’s the material of development. The Fortify chess set celebrates concrete and its contribution to civilization by using it in the most apt game possible. Chess, a battle between warring kingdoms/factions gets its much needed update, with the movement from wood and ivory, materials of the pre-industrial revolution era, to concrete and iron, the very symbol of masonry and the civilizations it has built.
What I also particularly love is the weight distribution and the aesthetic of the Fortify. Rather than sculpting/molding the chess pieces in concrete exactly like they are meant to look, Fortify makes clever use of concrete and iron wire that’s meant to resemble the iron rods used in construction. The wires are bent in manners that give you a clear indication of each piece’s character, and role in the game, while maintaining an aesthetic that is almost iconic. To give color to each chess team, the iron wires are powder coated, making them impervious to rust too. Hats off to designer Daniel Skoták! The Fortify chess set has ‘conquered’ my heart!
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With this unique globe-shaped chess board, you are playing for total world domination. The domination of a small wood world, but still. This awesome chess set was created by Layton, Utah product design student Ben Meyers and his father.
The design looks like part sextant and part globe. It took them several weeks to create this stunning spherical chess board out of walnut, soft maple and jatoba woods. It has magnets embedded under the squares to hold each chess piece in place. You can turn it and move your pieces and feel like you are conquering the world.
It is a functional work of art that is just great to look at, and would be fun to play on.
Here's something you chess players will get a kick out of. This is a magnetic fully functioning sphere chess set. It was had made by me and my father. Quite an interesting spin on the game. Really does change the strategy.