The third season of Game of Thrones on HBO has just ended (at least for those who watched it in English) and far too many things have happened. Don’t worry, I won’t spoil it for you: here we will be only talking of Cyvasse, the game similar to chess that writer George R.R. Martin describes in A Song of Ice and Fire, the novels that inspired the TV series. If you can’t wait to play it, you can build the board yourselves. You can download the files for the 3D printer directly from Thingiverse.
This is an unofficial version of the game designed by Arian Croft, huge fan of Martin’s novels and maker of fantasy miniatures. While gathering information on the rules and pieces of Cyvasse from the pages of novels, Arian built a complete play set: you can download the PDF especially adapted by Croft and integrate it with a draft of the rules (here one of the many different versions). If you are up to it, you can edit them and suggest new ones as Martin publishes new details.
Arian is keen to point out that his concept aims to be as faithful as possible to the writer’s original idea: ” Working with my good friend Nate Stephens, 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.”
The writer was actually inspired by chess and two other board games: Blitzkrieg and Stratego. What Arian proposed is a 10×10 square board (chess has an 8×8 board) where the two players arrange up to 24 pieces on their own side. Here comes Martin’s strategic side, who plans to place the pieces at the start of the game adding a barricade to protect them from the opponent. Once you remove this, the game begins. The purpose of the game is none other than to get rid of the king.