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It was last modified on: 2017-10-20
 Author: Hans L. Bodlaender and Fergus  Duniho. Inventor: Andrew  Bartmess. Tridimensional Chess (Star Trek). Three-dimensional chess from Star Trek. (x7, Cells: 64) (Recognized!)[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Hawk wrote on 2006-01-10 UTCGood ★★★★
I just built a 3D chess board for my son and me. I used this page to help me set up the peices. Plus the rules you have will help me play the game thanks alot.

Chris P wrote on 2006-01-02 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I note that this page offers a variation of the Tournament rules of in that this page's
variation starts the King & Queen in a different position than does the
Tournament version of the rules.  Also here is allowed the movement of an
attack board under White's [home] Board.  Not complaining, just

rosal234 wrote on 2005-11-30 UTC
I like science fiction movies, and I love Star Wars. I watch the reruns too! My husband is more of a trekie than me, as he knows everything about them. He loves to play chess too, and I have tried getting a tridimensional set from that place in Las Vegas where they have the show, but was not able to. Hope I can get this one for him now. Merry Christmas sweetheart!

mats wrote on 2005-07-14 UTCExcellent ★★★★★

Nikjagr wrote on 2004-12-25 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I cannot complain about the quality of this site, as I had no idea what to
do with the board before I got it.  I like the Star Trek movies, but I've
never been a real fan of any of the shows, so the only place I'd ever seen
one of these tables was in the window of the Franklin Mint store.  

All of a sudden, for Christmas 04 I get one of these from the Franklin
Mint; certificate and everything from my neighbor.  I cannot believe that
she spent that much money on me for Christmas.  If she did, then I am
absolutely flattered.  $200 plus dollars?   Insane!  

I have to admit that it is really cool lookin'.   I just wish it didn't
have the Star Trek logo as I am a huge Star Wars fan, and never the twain
shall meet.  

My only complaint about the site is that if the moveable boards are
supposed to be able to connect to the bottom or the top of any of the
stationary boards, then why do they slip out so easily from underneathe? 
I can't get those pieces to stick in like that.  Especially if there was
the weight from any of the pieces on them.  And one can't say it's
because the pieces aren't well made, because Franklin Mint prides
themselves on precision, and wouldn't put a piece on their shelf if it
didn't serve its function properly.     Go Star Wars.

Trekie boy wrote on 2004-08-05 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
This site is great. The way to set up the board is almost like getting a
rule book for free!


    The current price for a set NOW as of 2004 is about $250-350 in a good
condition - very good condition.

     You can get some good high gloss gold paint and buy a cheep set/set
peices, then use a toner like used on a car let set for a day or 2 the
paint gold(smooth side to side strokes work well for the king to look
Also check ebay because i see peices all the time. If you shop smart, you
can get a good set rather cheap. 


                          (The other site on how to build a chess set is
also very good if you do not have a lot of money to waste on a set you can
build one for about $20-30)(I built one following the instructions a the


                           LIVE LONG AND PROSPER

Chris wrote on 2004-04-25 UTC
Does anyone know where I could get a Gold Pawn, and a Gold King, for this item? I lost them( darn cat) and so need replacement pieces

Carolyn wrote on 2003-12-19 UTCExcellent ★★★★★

           THANK YOU FRANKLIN MINT  *********



Dick Johnson wrote on 2003-12-13 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Thank you!! This is just what I had been looking for. These seem to go for around $200 in excellent conidition on eBay so I've been thinking of building my own...

David wrote on 2003-09-29 UTCExcellent ★★★★★

just found your site, i was looking a round the web to find out the value
of my star trek chess set, i payed way to much for it when the franklin
mint put it out. i have it still sitting in the box it was shipped to me
in. anyone interested in buying it send me an offer at
[email protected]


Jay wrote on 2003-08-22 UTC
Hi I just found this site its great!
I own the chess set aswell from franklin mint.
If anyone knows its curent value id apreciate it..not that Id ever sell
it..its to prized a just curious what its worth now
also for any of u that have the set or are interested in it and want the
book..ebay curently has an auction selling the orig book that comes with

sorry i did not find ur site earlier to let the members know the book was
for sale hopefully anyone who really needs to replace their copy will see
this before auction ends.

Live long and prosper

Uri Bruck wrote on 2003-07-14 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
For rules written by Anderw Bartmess, same person who wrote them for the
Poster Book, look here:

Lauren wrote on 2003-07-13 UTC
I have the tri-D chess set from franklin mint.  There is TOS version and a
TNG version.  The TOS version has 4 2X2 movable boards where as the TNG
board has  6.  I own the TOS one but I do not think franklin mint is
selling them anymore.  I managed to find a set of rules made in the 70's
in one of the Star Trek Giant Poster Books.  I belive it is volume
14 that has the rules in it.  There is also a version of tri-d chess that
you can play against a computer at this site.

matrixman wrote on 2003-05-20 UTCGood ★★★★
make one !!!!!!!!!

Doug Chatham wrote on 2003-05-18 UTC
There are some Star Trek 3-D Chess sets being sold on Ebay. The prices are, of course, astronomical :-)

joe wrote on 2003-05-18 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I have always wanted this chess board and would like too buy it.Where could a player find this game? On the net or some store.I am in ST.Louis Mo & your web page is very helpfull in undrestanding the rules & the lay out of the game.Any help would be [email protected]

Anonymous wrote on 2003-05-13 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
thanx i've been looking 4 the board an rules 4 ages. ta very much!!!!

briancady413 wrote on 2003-04-15 UTC
There's an intrigueing tri-D Star Trek chess variant at:

Brian Cady

Seamus wrote on 2003-04-10 UTCGood ★★★★
In your diagram illustrating the possible rook moves, two of the 
moveable boards are not above or below corners. It's implied from
your written description that the moveable boards can only occupy
spaces above or below corner squares of the 4x4 boards. Is this a
mistake or have I misunderstood something?

Anonymous wrote on 2002-12-28 UTC
Full tournament rules:

Parmen (TriD playing program):

Jianying Ji wrote on 2002-12-28 UTC
quick note: web page for  Andrew Bartmess and tridim chess has changed 

Francis Maxino wrote on 2002-12-28 UTCGood ★★★★
It would be wonderful if the full rules of tri-dimensional chess could be
explained in more detail, from experimentation it appears highly plausible
that it is possible to play it as a serious game.

John M. Debevec wrote on 2002-12-13 UTC
I own a copy of this chess set from the Franklin Mint. It was pricey, but it is a gem. It looks damn good sitting in the corner of my office. The playability is questionable, since the multiple levels make one's ears bleed. The chess set came with playing instructions, but I bought it more for display and as a conversation piece. What can I say... I'm a rabid Trekkie!

DADSPERU wrote on 2002-11-29 UTCGood ★★★★
Great site but can you actually play online?

Michael, Ottawa CA wrote on 2002-11-08 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Considering how there is limited amounts concerning the subject-This is a great site, well designed. Informative, and has that traditional 'chess' feel, though it concerns 3D chess. For the full basic rounded picture. Lets not forget the links also-great job!

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