Games should be a part of any fictional world, and George R.R. Martin worked at least one into A Song of Ice and Fire. Cyvasse is a strategy game introduced in book four of the series, A Feast for Crows. It seemingly originated in Dorne so we may see the game show up in the next season of Game of Thrones. According to Westeros.org, Martin says the game was inspired by, “a bit of chess, a bit of Blitzkrieg, and a bit of Stratego.” The rules aren’t explicitly described in the books, but fans have taken it upon themselves to set rules and devise ideas for the board and pieces. Michael Le Page took it a step further and 3D printed a playable version of the game.
Le Page has been discussing potential guidelines with fellow Song of Ice and Fire fans since 2012. He took the scant information about Cyvasse from the books and designed the board; he told CNET, “There’s not a lot in the books to go off — GRRM himself never tried to define the rules.”
Le Page eventually came to a set of rules for moving the Rabble, Mountain, Light Horse, Heavy Horse, Spears, Elephants, Crossbows, Trebuchets, King, Dragon, and Fortress (whoa). When he decided to bring Cyvasse into reality, 3D printing all those pieces and the board was the most affordable option.
This video goes through the basics:
Le Page has made the cyvasse available for purchase on Shapeways; the set will run you $304 plus shipping. It’s a pretty penny and you can’t turn to the Iron Bank of Braavos for a loan, but keep in mind this set is about as custom and specialized as it gets.
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