For those who don’t live under a monarchy, memorizing the ranks of queens, kings, bishops, and other pieces makes learning chess that much harder. But swap out royalty and peasants with buildings from famous cities, and all you really need to know is that taller is better.
Designed by Etsy seller AberuizDesign, these 3D-printed chess sets are available for your favorite US city, as long as your favorite US city is either San Diego, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Seattle, or Los Angeles. It’s not clear why New York isn’t included, but presumably that city’s landmarks are a copyright nightmare.
The chess piece city sets run anywhere from $96 to $194 depending on the complexity of the miniaturized architecture, but you’ll also want to factor in the cost of a matching wooden magnetic chessboard that’s an additional $50. So it’s probably best to leave this one for your Christmas wish list and let someone else pay for it.