Epoxy resin lets you cast just about any shape into a durable and rigid form. In this DIY clip from Dread CraftStation, he shows us how clear resin can be tinted, molded, and sanded to form a complete set of see-through chess pieces. The resulting set looks super slick when placed on a board with lighting underneath.
In2Chess is an electronic chess set for newbies and experts alike. Its board is backed with LEDs that can guide one or both players regarding permitted moves, as well as the best move for a given situation. It also offers online multiplayer with other In2Chess owners or via a web app.
When you play the game of chess, you win… or you die. At least that’s what happens if you play with this intricate set of hand-carved wood chess pieces Ukraine’s Chesslania, inspired by Game of Thrones. It’s cool, but we don’t think that Tyrion should be relegated to pawn.
This unique chess set features glass pieces with LEDs inside of them, providing a soft glow of light from each one. The lights use inductive power so they only glow when placed close to the board, and don’t require individual batteries. In blue/white or blue/red combos.
A wonderful chess set that pays tribute to New York City. Designed by UK architects Ian Flood and Chris Prosser, each chess piece represents an iconic Big Apple building, and is injection molded with a weighted base. Available with a folding board, wooden, or a marble board.
We’re loving the rustic, industrial look of the hefty metal pieces in this chess set from Echo Hill Forge. Each piece is hand-forged from steel, and the set comes in a custom wooden storage box. The game board isn’t included, though there are plenty to choose from here.
An adaptation of Tim Crothers’ eponymous book about chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi, one of the first Ugandan Woman Candidate Masters. Born and raised in a poor neighborhood, Phiona learned chess from a sports outreach program and quickly rose up the competitive ladder.
Inspired by his own holochess board from Star Wars, Academy Award winning effects wiz Phil Tippett is working with HappyGiant to create Hologrid Monster Battle, an augmented and virtual reality board game with collectible cards and battles between Tippett’s creatures.