Shot Glass Chess Set
The thinking man's drinking game...
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It was a very good - if slightly messy - evening's work when the idea of the Shot Glass Chess Set popped into Firebox's spinning, thumping head. Perfectly combining two of the world's oldest and greatest pastimes, shot glass chess is also a game that can be played by two people of vastly differing skill levels, thanks to an 'ability leveller' inherent in every match.
Imagine forcing all 11 members of an opposing football team to wolf down a meat and potato pie every time they win a corner, or it being a requisite of promotion for the ladder-climber to immediately send chain emails of a dubious nature around the company with several board members included on the Cc list. A similar 'one step forward, two steps back' principle applies to those who think they're winning a game of shot glass chess.
The natural handicapping at work in every game means that the player who takes the most pieces drinks the most grog, and so - unless you're playing Marion out of Raiders Of The Lost Ark - that person will be under the influence quicker than their opponent. Thus, any kind of ability gap is swiftly bridged with a few games bolstered by a couple of bottles of something strong. That makes it the ideal game for fleecing cocky first-timers out of a few quid.
After extensive research and development, we've discovered some very playable combinations of drink. We're very fond of red wine versus white wine and black Russians against white Russians, or for that authentic 60s feel, two garish alcopops. They turn everything a lovely shade of Technicolor. As for Absinthe versus Cuervo Gold tequila - that's a combo best left to the grandmasters.
|RULES of Shot Glass Chess
1. Select your favourite alcoholic beverage and pour it into your opponent's 16 glasses. The following quantities are our recommendations, discovered after extensive research and development:
Pawn: 0.5 parts
Bishop: 1 part
Knight: 1 part
Rook: 2 parts
Queen: 3 parts
King: 2 parts
2. Begin the game of chess as normal. Whenever a player makes a capture he must drink the contents of that piece.
3. Illegal moves are permissible as long as neither player notices.
4. The losing player must drink his own king as the final ignominy of defeat.
|Please Note: The Shot Glass Chess Set is for responsible adults who know their limits.
Do not drink alcohol if you are below the legal age limit in your area.
Board measures 52cm x 52cm, and is 6mm thick; 32 shot glasses are supplied in six different styles. If you've played any interesting games of Shot Glass Chess send details (and photos!) to email@example.com.
The product is despatched without any added packaging around it, so there is nothing to disguise what it is. Please bear this in mind if you intend to give it as a present!
How come this is 99 pounds on here when it is only 11 pounds on [other websites]? I'm all for competitive pricing wars but isnt that a bit of an extreme difference?
<br><font color="#ff6600">Firebox says: Well, seeing as you asked... This is the <b>original</b> Shot Glass Chess Set, invented here at Firebox after a few drinks back in 1997. Each playing piece is a high quality shot glass (as used in pubs and bars in the UK) with different shapes and sizes used to represent the playing pieces. The glass board is a chunky 6mm thick and made from safety glass. The cheap imported copies from overseas that have sprung up over the last few years don't use official pub shot glasses and are all the same shape, with pictures on the side to represent the pieces. We know which one we'd choose... :)</font></b>
Jon, Bristol - 16th December 2003
I brought this for one of my friends back in Ireland, went back there gave it to him at the pub, started playing striaght away I won & boy did I get rat arsed (never understood that phrase). After that it became a regular thing - every time I went we played, we even started a small competion at the local pub. So much fun, better than real chess, a must buy for anyone..... thnx
Kieran Cregg, Billericay,Essex - 25th November 2003
Hee hee. You know you want to buy this, come on - own up. YOU WANT THIS! I happened to purchase mine during the great firebox Jan 2002 sale. Never has money been more well spent. The board and glasses are worth the money alone. The day the package comes (MASSIVE BOX) is a day you will treasure for the rest of your short alcoholic lives. Now when it comes to actually playing the game.....all I can say is; photos to be uploaded soon.
Son of Gib, Boro - 14th February 2002
STEKARAKTIGT och STUDENTIKÅST. TÖNTIGT. och så lite smör på engelska. This is the greatest game I've ever played. We put different kinds of vodka (snaps) in each glass. And it was a surprise with all the different tastes!!!
Åke, Malmö, Sweden - 8th February 2002
A stroke of genius. I'll use it to train the new lieutenants. Gotta teach the little ruperts somehow...
Steve Finlan, US Army
Steven Finlan, U.S. - 19th December 2001
Played this with my brother and left my camcorder running in the corner of the room. Watched the film the next day and couldn't stop laughing (especially when my brother made 4 moves in a row without either of us noticing that i hadn't had any of my turns).
Truly superb !!!
Think there should also be a plastic version as egg cups are not ideal substitutes for broken glasses hehehe
Richard, Yorkshire - 19th December 2001