One of the more memorable lines from Star Wars was C-3PO's cowardly advice to R2-D2 aboard the Millennium Falcon: "Let the Wookiee win." But win at what, exactly? That freaky claymation holo-chess game is Dejarik, and now all you wannabe Jedi uber-geeks out there can own a real (but hologram-free) version of this inexplicable game.
What's more interesting to me, however, is that Star Wars fans have made up rules for Dejarik. (Hat tip, Engadget.) Like many of the fictional games made real I've mentioned before, any similarity between these guidelines of gameplay and actual events shown in Star Wars are strictly coincidental.
If you aren't up for conjuring together your own Dejarik board and pieces, you can download an open-source Dejarik computer game. It's Windows- and Linux-compatible, but there's no single-player mode, and the game is easily locked up. Maybe you freeware coders out there can improve the product and post a better version. Do so and you'll get some free pub on this Web site.
After all, now that you've heard of Dejarik, how can you possibly live without it?
Jay Garmon has a vast and terrifying knowledge of all things obscure, obtuse, and irrelevant. One day, he hopes to write science fiction, but for now he'll settle for something stranger — amusing and abusing IT pros. Read his full profile. You can also follow him on his personal blog.