This wedding is going to be the culmination of a dream I have had for almost 2 decades: Finally, I will have a professional-grade set for playing Rythmomachy, the Philosopher’s Game!
I have been having so much fun laser-cutting for the wedding, and putting together activities like a massively distributed crossword puzzle. Last week’s inspiration was to laser cut a board and pieces for Rythmomachy, and I want to share them with all of you.
What is Rythmomachy, you ask? I call it “Chess on steroids”, and one medieval scholar said,
Pythagoras did first invent,
this play as it is thought:
And thereby after studies great,
his recreation sought.
Here I just want to share my design for a board and pieces. You too can have this for your very own:
It took about 1 hour on the Berkeley laser cutter I was using. The design is in two files:
|Download the board||Download the pieces|
I thought to put etchings on the board to tell you how to set it up, since this has always been one of the greatest barriers to starting a new game.
Also note that every piece has a version colored dark and light. These need to be glued back-to-back. Each piece starts out as one color, according to the etchings on the board. If it is captured, it’s flipped over and becomes the other player’s piece.
I put some foot pads on the back and set it up to be flipped closed: