A pair of fans has created a 3D-printable version of the chess-like board game played in George R R Martin's A Game of Thrones.
Cyvasse, the chess-like board game that appears in George R R Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire book series, is now playable in the real world for anyone who has access to a 3D printer. The game, described by Martin as "a bit of chess, a bit of blitzkrieg, a bit of stratego", has been re-created by Arian Croft of IllGottenGames, aka, dutchmogul, and his friend Nate Stephens.
Consisting of a grid-like board and 10 pieces per player, the Volantene game is mentioned several times throughout the book series, with a complex rule set. Croft extrapolated these rules based on the books, saying, "I adapted the game to include everything mentioned in the book into a rules set I found believable for a game made during the emulated time period, while also keeping the games in mind that Martin has mentioned as inspiration during interviews."
In the books, a screen is placed down the middle of the board while players arrange their pieces — King, Dragon, Elephant, Trebuchet, Catapult, Heavy Horse, Light Horse, Crossbowman, Spearman and Rabble, each with different abilities — in secret. Two terrain pieces — Mountain and Fortress — can also be placed, making for a different game board every time the game is played.
Croft himself painted his pieces with acrylic paint, but if you are artistically challenged, you could print up two sets of pieces, one in black and one in white, chess style, to differentiate them on the board.
The 3D files and a PDF containing Croft's rules can be downloaded for free from Thinigiverse.