23 September 2016
Cyvasse is mentioned throughout George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels
Are you a fan of Cyvasse? If you are, there’s a pretty good chance you’re an avid reader of George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series of books – best known by the wider public as the basis for the TV show, Game of Thrones.
The board game is mentioned a few times throughout the thousands of pages of the novels, with Martin himself describing his concept for the fictional game as “a bit of chess, a bit of Blitzkrieg [and] a bit of Stratego”.
Laser-cutting studio Bristol Design Forge designed to go one further and make the game a reality, creating an ornate 350x350mm square wooden board (including a 230mm-tall Battleship-like head-to-head screen), 46 player pieces and 66 land tiles. The symbols on the components have been hand-drawn then laser-engraved, with the board and tokens alike hand-finished and waxed for increased durability. (After all, you wouldn't want all that blood flying around to stain your game.)
Although Martin has reportedly responded to fan requests for rules for the game by admitting that he made up the concept and therefore no full ruleset exists, BSF has included two sets of rules based on fan-made instructions to support two different gameplay styles.
The project was commissioned by a private client, but you can pick up a copy yourself through the studio’s Etsy shop for £99.99 plus shipping.
And, naturally, the board game includes dragons. Because of course it does.