A Tiny Credit Card Chess Set That Fits In Your Wallet

April 4, 2018

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This is the $12 Credit Card Chess Set designed by Innovo and available via 3D printing service Shapeways. It comes in ten different colors (one set of men has holes in the middle, the other is solid so you can tell them apart because why make them different colors?) and presumably for use in chess emergencies. Although I doubt it'll fit back in your wallet as neatly as it did before removing all the pieces. Also be careful or you might accidentally inhale one of the men (I do that all the time with LEGO bricks). Also the board isn't checkered. Also I don't know how to play chess. I'm joking, I'm like a chess grandmaster. Let's play -- I'll be X's, you'll be O's. "That's tic-tac-toe." Tomato, tomahto. "No, not really." Whatever, you're just afraid to play me.

Keep going for a couple more shots.

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Thanks again to Dunc, who can't wait for the inevitable wallet-sized Chinese checkers set.

  • Closet Nerd

    I think there is an app for that...

  • Redeemer

    For $12, that's a total rip off. My friend has a 3D printer and I'm willing to bet he could sell these for a couple of bucks and still make a profit.

  • GeneralDisorder

    3D printed is probably the worst way to make something like this. It'd be drastically more efficient to make plastic slabs and die-cut them or laser cut or... basically every other means of manufacture.

    3D printing is great for rapid prototyping but it's not really good for mass manufacture. If it was bigger you'd look at injection molding or something.

  • Redeemer

    He build a laser cutter as well. That's not a bad idea.

  • Luis Peregrina

    You missed Redeemer's point: Even with 3D printing and at the price of 2 dollars there is still profit.

  • GeneralDisorder

    I didn't miss the point at all. If you 3D print it yourself it's gonna look like shit and take forever. It might cost $2 in materials but there's time, finish work, advertising, shipping. Since 3d printing doesn't scale well it's a poor choice even for making your own.

    If someone else prints it with a super fast high resolution 3d printer and intends to make a decent finished product out of it the material cost is a fraction of the total manufacturing expenses.

  • Fartbutt

    For all the haters, imagine you were stuck on an island after a plane crash and then an alien comes along and says "hey, what do you do for fun?" You would have regretted not buying the chess card!!!

  • Mark

    I would make a chess set out of driftwood and shells.

  • Fartbutt

    Dammit, you got me there

  • Yes this is a poor implementation of a mediocre idea, but is NO ONE going to address the fact that the rooks look like tiny little sea turtles?!? Come on people, buried the lead here.

  • asdfadfs

    what's it cost, a few cents? that isn't so bad then

  • Mark

    It costs $12.00

  • GeneralDisorder

    That's at least 12 times more than I'd spend on it. Actually, no. You couldn't pay me to take one. If I want to play chess I'll either play digitally or use a board that's big enough to actually pick up the pieces.

  • asdfadfs

    why is it disposable? they really couldn't think of a way to make one of these without having punch out pieces and no way to store them?

    why are both sides the same color(board is unmarked too)? it couldn't cost much more to just stamp on a bit of color for the pieces when they print these

    why is this so terrible in general?

  • The_Wretched

    Well, if you can see who is moving what color, it becomes a playable game.

  • Jack Humphrey

    Barring out issues like reusability, is nobody going to address the fact that BOTH SIDES ARE THE SAME COLOUR?

    This is, hands down, the worst idea I've seen in a long time. It was built around the idea of a few impulse sales with zero longevity.

  • Frédéric Purenne

    One set has holes the other doesn't. That's how you differentiate... but certainly not at a glance.

  • Michael Knight

    how do you NOT lose any piece?? can't put it in your wallet with the damn pieces stuck in it.

  • Redeemer

    Put the pieces in one of the picture slips. Or if you have a slim profile wallet like I use, they usually have a little zipper compartment to put coins in. Who still carries around change? Throw your chess pieces in there.

  • asdfadfs

    you buy another one.
    [insert that 4chan merchant jew meme, only less racist.]

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