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This article was published on May 19, 2011


    Fancy some three-man chess? This board has you covered.

    Fancy some three-man chess? This board has you covered.
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    Joel Falconer is the Features Editor at TNW. He lives on the Gold Coast, Australia with his wife and three kids and can sometimes be found g Joel Falconer is the Features Editor at TNW. He lives on the Gold Coast, Australia with his wife and three kids and can sometimes be found gaming or consulting. Follow Joel on Twitter.

    In a recent episode of The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon Cooper devised a game of three-man chess, complete with a set of rules only an asexual physicist could understand and strange new pieces and gameplay mechanics such as the serpent, old woman and transporter.

    It turns out the three-man chess has been around for a lot longer — this board sold at 3 Man Chess has been around since at least 1999 according to the dated review on the site, though I can’t find a reference to the product’s actual launch date. It’s still in production, and you can order one for yourself.

    Like Cooper’s version, 3 Man Chess contains a few new gameplay mechanics to solve some major issues — such as a “moat” that prevents the rook from quickly knocking out the neighbouring opponent’s king — though we think they’ll be a lot easier to learn.