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Cyvasse - 3D printing a fan favourite board game

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Once upon a time, in a time long past but still remembered by those born in the eighties, lacking the funds for expensive original board games, many fulfilled their need for play with a bit of handiwork and imagination. Special version of Monopoly and other feature-rich board games were often made.

Today, the board game world has much more to offer, from the easily reproducible map-based quests and mysteries to the premium titles such as Petersen’s Cthulu Wars priced at $200 for just the core game.

3D printing creates many more options, with unique easily reproducible one-offs, and that is how we get to the Cyvasse set.

Cyvasse, the game was called. It had come to the Planky Town on a trading galley from Volantis, and the orphans had spread it up and down the Greenblood. The Dornish court was mad for it. Ser Arys just found it maddening.“ — thoughts of Arys Oakheart1

Cyvasse is played on a board that changes from game to game. The players arrange the tiles on the board, with a screen in the middle, so neither can see how the other arranges their board. Among the squares that the players can place themselves, are mountains. In turn, the players move their pieces across the board. According to George R. R. Martin, Cyvasse is partially inspired by chess, Blitzkrieg, and Stratego.2

Drawing by Marc Fishman
Drawing by Marc Fishman

It took us several days to 3D print the game at the Rijeka City Library lab, mainly due to a large number of figurines and the main board warping due to uneven cooling, which was solved by printing with the door open. Then, it was finally time for the trial run!

You have other pieces beside the dragon, princess. Try moving them sometime.Daemon Sand4

On Thursday, July 9, at Carta Magica, at its new address, the first rehearsal Cyvasse tournament was held. The games were exciting and the tension was nurtured with hand-picked music that matched the excitement and raised the effect of each move on the players.

Several introductory matches were played, and everyone present was very immersed in the game, even the host. From copying the tactics of other players in hopes of victory to the grace extended at the castle gates, the game itself was largely a role-playing experience.

Additional matches are planned for Liburnicon, and Rikon, and of course everyone is invited to the games. Those who want to prepare hard can study the rules or the old fashioned way, with handmade meeples and placeholders on a hand-drawn map.


  1. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 13, The Soiled Knight. ↩︎

  2. So Spake Martin: Cyvasse, Accents, Historical Mysteries, and Dornish Nationalism, April 18, 2008 ↩︎

  3. artist Marc Fishman’s page ↩︎

  4. The Winds of Winter, Chapter “Arianne” ↩︎

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