5. Dejarik vs Raumschach
Both Star Wars and Star Trek have their own versions of Chess. Star Wars has a three-dimensional version where creatures actually kill each other, and Star Trek has an elaborate three-tiered version.
Star Wars Dejarik:
- Originated as a Jedi game
- Played on a hologame table on top of a hologram generator within a cylindrical base.
- Black and white checkerboard pattern on the top surface, just like normal Chess.
- Three-dimensional hologram playing pieces were projected onto the board. Each piece resembled creatures both real and mythic, from throughout the Star Wars galaxy.
- The Millennium Falcon had a dejarik table in its lounge.
Star Trek Raumschach:
- Thought of as a cube, sliced into five equal spaces, across each of its three major areas.
- For Trek the design kept the 64 squares of a traditional chessboard, but distributed them onto separate platforms in a rising of levels.
Winner: Dejarik. Hey, it’s 3D and it uses creatures from the Star Wars galaxy. How could you not love it? Just don’t play Chewie, because he might rips your arms out. “He made a fair move. Screaming about it won’t help.”
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