If you're serious about chess, you might as well play with a serious set. And this World Chess Championship Set (£300; roughly $450) is certainly that. Designed by Daniel Weil of Pentagram, this board is currently in service at the 2013 World Chess Championships in London, and as such is approved by the World Chess Federation (FIDE). It features a 3.75" King, and comes boxed for presentation, with each piece individually hand packed, and a 50cm Rosewood and Maple board featuring the World Chess Hexagon. [via]
Clean up your entertainment center by retiring your current collection of classic gaming machines for the Retron 5 Console ($100). This crazy box will offer support for the NES, SNES, Sega Genesis, Famicom, and Game Boy Advance — and thus likely the original Game Boy and Game Boy color as well. It will offer two controller ports for each system, although we're not 100% sure you'll need them given that it ships with a universal Bluetooth controller, and also outputs upscaled video and improved audio at 720p over HDMI. With any luck, it'll be hitting virtual shelves in July.
These will take a little getting used to. Created in collaboration with design agency Stranger & Stranger, the Ultimate Deck ($25-$65) is a one-of-a-kind deck of playing cards that is the "most expensive deck ever produced," according to its makers. In total, the deck features 54 unique designs — one for each card — as well as a unique back design and a tuck-case boasting embossed elements and foil accents. Available as a standard deck or as an uncut sheet for display; the latter includes a matching deck, as well.