Team Fortress 2 Chess Set Is America's Top Chess-Themed Hat Simulator

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Team Fortress 2 Chess Set Is America's Top Chess-Themed Hat Simulator

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Of course, all of the pieces have interchangeable hats, and of course, it comes with a free in-game hat for TF2.

If you're looking for the perfect Christmas gift for a ravenous Team Fortress 2 fan, you may want to consider the official Team Fortress 2 chess set that has recently popped up on ThinkGeek. In true hat-simulation style, each of Team Fortress 2's iconic mercenaries can wear the "hat" of any of the chess pieces, and the game, of course, comes with a DLC code for a free hat in the TF2 video game.

"When the troops from Reliable Excavation & Demolition and Builders League United aren't on the battlefield, they often unwind in the green room together. They sip sodas, eat cheese-flavored snacks, and play board games. But not just any board game. They play chess. Ah, chess - that classic game that simulates two sides on a battlefield. TWO SIDES AT WAR!!! The tables flip and the guns come out. It's RED vs. BLU all over again in this Exclusive Team Fortress 2 Chess Set."

The set costs $99.99 and contains everything you need to play chess. The game Board is 15" squared and each of the playing pieces are 2.5" - 5" tall. The set comes with two sets of each of the nine mercenaries to use as the special chess pieces, as well as red (a bomb) and blu (a wrench) Pawn pieces.

The DLC hat included with the set, the Grandmaster Hat, actually changes during gameplay. It starts as a Pawn and levels up or down (through the chess pieces) correlating to your kill streak.

$100 seems a bit steep for a simple chess set, even if it is this cool and comes with a free hat. What do you guys think? Is this going under anyone's Christmas tree?

Source: ThinkGeek

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wayyyy too expensive by about 80 dollars, i'll wait for a steam sale.

They may as well come out and rename it Hat Fortress 2 already.

There are 8 non-pawn pieces on each side. There are 9 classes in TF2.

Which class would YOU leave out of the game?

that's a steep price for my digital hat, but they do throw in a free chess set

Chessrook44:
There are 8 non-pawn pieces on each side. There are 9 classes in TF2.

Which class would YOU leave out of the game?

Why the spy of course. You can't have a chess game where the pieces run around changing colors all the time.

I really want an evolving hat, now. :(

They could easily make a video game version of TF2 chess and people would buy it. I know because I would.

Nice idea, although I don't think the price is nearly worthwhile, unless it was made of Australium. Also, the gimmick behind the promotional hat is cool, but the thing itself looks pretty dumb.

I love TF2 and I loved chess, but good god does that cost too much. Rather spend that money on like 30 more steam games I'll never have time to play. :p

Adam Jensen:
They could easily make a video game version of TF2 chess and people would buy it. I know because I would.

Just make sure it comes with a cool free hats/miac and sales are guaranteed. :D

cool but abit much. And this Hatfortess thing is getting VERY old now. You can buy and craft ALOT more then just hats and lets me fucking honest. Does it really effect the game play ? no ? then wots the fucking issue ? if some asshole wants to piss away money on cosmetic shit not like TF2 is the first to do this, and will not be the last. Only diff is it has workshop and alot of the crap is what ppl want to buy. Unlike CoD where you can change you dog into a wolf.....o0o0o0o0o0o0o0o0o0o0o. If your going to carry on with hatfortress shit then you may as well carry on a arrow to the knee, or no no friends WE WERE ON A BREAK

AstaresPanda:
cool but abit much. And this Hatfortess thing is getting VERY old now. You can buy and craft ALOT more then just hats and lets me fucking honest. Does it really effect the game play ? no ? then wots the fucking issue ? if some asshole wants to piss away money on cosmetic shit not like TF2 is the first to do this, and will not be the last. Only diff is it has workshop and alot of the crap is what ppl want to buy. Unlike CoD where you can change you dog into a wolf.....o0o0o0o0o0o0o0o0o0o0o. If your going to carry on with hatfortress shit then you may as well carry on a arrow to the knee, or no no friends WE WERE ON A BREAK

Save that anger for the MutantPandas, XenosPandas, and HereticPandas. They aren't going to purge themselves!

By the way all the guys in BLU told me they were on a break because they all took an arrow to the knee. They spent most of their free time expanding their hat collections.

AstaresPanda:
cool but abit much. And this Hatfortess thing is getting VERY old now. You can buy and craft ALOT more then just hats and lets me fucking honest. Does it really effect the game play ? no ? then wots the fucking issue ? if some asshole wants to piss away money on cosmetic shit not like TF2 is the first to do this, and will not be the last. Only diff is it has workshop and alot of the crap is what ppl want to buy. Unlike CoD where you can change you dog into a wolf.....o0o0o0o0o0o0o0o0o0o0o. If your going to carry on with hatfortress shit then you may as well carry on a arrow to the knee, or no no friends WE WERE ON A BREAK

A lot of the hat jokes are quotes from the developers of the board game themselves. In fact, the "america's number 1 chess-themed hat simulator" quote is written right there on the box. It's self-parody

99$? Way way way too expensive for my blood. Maybe when it becomes 20$, I'll pick it up. But at 99$ It's way way way too expensive...

So as someone who used to be a card-carrying USCF (intermediate, if you care) I got their brochure every quarter. You know what $100 dollars gets you from sane chess set makers? Freaking CUT STONE AND QUARTZ sets. Or glass sets with mirrored boards. Or carved and burnt wood pieces.

These are plastic with hats. Effing WHY

Hell an unweighted tournament set with a board was $25

Chessrook44:
There are 8 non-pawn pieces on each side. There are 9 classes in TF2.

Which class would YOU leave out of the game?

The medic. Healing chess peices is cheating!

I'm more interested to know which classes are made to do the exact same thing.

What an outrageous price. I ought to slap the butler who brought me this news, damn his eyes!

"The set costs $99.99 and contains everything you need to play chess. "

Yeah. Based on this alone nobody will buy this. Chess is already the ultimate board game, TF2 is great but who in their right mind would buy this? Might as well build a 3d printer and make the pieces yourself.

Also, it just doesn't look that good.

Too expensive, and the pieces are way too low quality to justify it, even with the hat.

$100? Plus the cost to ship it out of Gunmerica to Raintannia it's really not worth that much. If they were hand crafted from only the finest of materials on the thighs of a beautiful maiden and came with beta access to Half-Life 3 then maybe. I'm actually a little suprised there wasn't already a TF2 chess set though.

$100? Holy shit, no.

I'd probably go as high as $20, since I bought a Creeper plushie for, like, $30ish, but $100 is way too much, even for you, Valve.

It's a cheeky product, but damn, they do know their audience.

Athinira:

Chessrook44:
There are 8 non-pawn pieces on each side. There are 9 classes in TF2.

Which class would YOU leave out of the game?

Why the spy of course. You can't have a chess game where the pieces run around changing colors all the time.

trick question. they're ALL spies.

in any case, i don't think snipers are sporting in chess

$100!? Gah!

That's crazy, for about £30 maybe but that's way too steep an asking price.

Look ThinkGeek, I get it. You make really cool stuff involving really cool stuff I like, but $100 is way too expensive! Stop being so expensive! I know that geeks are supposed to have a lot of money, because we're geeks and stereotypes are now fact (or is that nerds), but I'm fucking poor. Come on, work with me here!

Chessrook44:
There are 8 non-pawn pieces on each side. There are 9 classes in TF2.

Which class would YOU leave out of the game?

The pawns would all be spies.

I'm of the too-expensive school of thought myself.

$100? That's U.S. dollars, right? Yeah, thanks but no thanks for your overpriced crap.

If it was made of red and blue steel maybe. But 100% for plastic pieces? Heck handcrafted wooden chess sets don't cost 100$!

30$ is the absolute MOST I would ever pay for plastic chess pieces shaped as video game characters. However they ARE modular so you can actually shift the pieces around any way you like it... so maybe 35$ because you basically get 2 pieces more than in a regular set.

In regards to the price: Tf2 is free. It's expensive because most of that money is basically a donation to keep tf2 running.

ASwearyPuppet:
In regards to the price: Tf2 is free. It's expensive because most of that money is basically a donation to keep tf2 running.

Yes because TF2 is so unsuccessful in its F2P model.

Rainbow_Dashtruction:

ASwearyPuppet:
In regards to the price: Tf2 is free. It's expensive because most of that money is basically a donation to keep tf2 running.

Yes because TF2 is so unsuccessful in its F2P model.

Well of course it doesn't need to be, but the way I see it is that I'd rather Valve charges 80$ extra for a chess set and charge less for in-game items than to charge more for in-game items to make the chess set cheaper.

EDIT: Plus for collector's items, especially stuff for popular brands like this, scarcity helps maintain the value of owning it. This is why I'm okay with video game memerabilia being, in general, stupidly overpriced. The people who own it tend to be people who actually care about it, so it really means something.

ASwearyPuppet:
Plus for collector's items, especially stuff for popular brands like this, scarcity helps maintain the value of owning it. This is why I'm okay with video game memerabilia being, in general, stupidly overpriced. The people who own it tend to be people who actually care about it, so it really means something.

Yes, and by moaning about how we can't afford it, we emphasise the value of the item OH GOD I AM NEWELL'S SALES DRONE.

King Whurdler:
Look ThinkGeek, I get it. You make really cool stuff involving really cool stuff I like, but $100 is way too expensive! Stop being so expensive! I know that geeks are supposed to have a lot of money, because we're geeks and stereotypes are now fact (or is that nerds), but I'm fucking poor. Come on, work with me here!

Most fair and accurate response ever.

Of all time.

A hundred bucks isn't much

I mean, it's ludicrously expensive for a chess set, but if you actually wanted to play chess you would already own a set, and no one wants to play chess with fucking novelty pieces.

No, you buy this for the "free" hat, a hat that will almost certainly be worth 3-4 times the asking price (if not more) in a year.

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