Wow: $30,000 Robotic LEGO Chess Game
This is Monster Chess, a 12' x 12' (that's feet, not inches) robotic LEGO chess game made with over 100,000 blocks for a total build cost of ~$30K (that's thousands, not kelvin). The pieces are all controlled via laptop and I wouldn't hesitate to body-slam a rook if it got out of line. Same goes for the knights. But not the king -- he reminds me of Stephen Hawking.
Hit the jump for a long-ass video of the game being played.
Thanks to FDSY and Shawn, who both know Chinese checkers is the real gentleman's game.