11 Made-Up Games From The Big Bang Theory And How To (Sorta) Play Them
2. Three Person Chess
Although three-person chess exists, Sheldon upped the ante by adding new place pieces as we saw in "The Wildebeest Implementation" (Season 4, Episode 22).
How To Play:
The complex game uses a three-sided board that includes a central combat area with similar checkmate rules for capture, move order, and game objective. The game has been played a few times on the show, each instance revealing new pawns and rules that Sheldon has added like:
The Serpent: It slithers to—and poisons—an opposing player's piece, meaning it will die after two moves. But, if it can make it to the old woman, who can suck out the poison in those moves, then the piece becomes the Grand Empress, which combines the power of the knight, queen, and serpent.
Prince Joey: As the king’s simple-minded cousin, there's a 1-in-5 chance he'll kill himself—though, it's unknown if this piece was implemented or if he killed himself.
Flinging pieces: Sheldon introduced the flying bishop by using a catapult.
Queen’s Gorilla Two: it’s not exactly clear how to use this piece, but Sheldon plays it during one turn.
Spinning Wheel: The new location of the piece is decided by spinning a wheel with place locations on it.
Golf Cart: Even Leonard is confused by the game and asked when he could use this piece, to which Sheldon responds, "When it’s done charging." But, when a piece lands on the time machine, the golf cart can be used without waiting for it to charge.
Pope: When this piece is captured, you can release a swarm, which can cause checkmate. The Pope is also able to have a jet pack.
Beekeeper: This pawn was moved by Leonard to King 12, allowing him to capture the Pope, release the swamp, and checkmate Sheldon.