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3d Chess Set by IMVU-Whystler 3d Chess Set by IMVU-Whystler
Here is a 3D chess set I designed for manfucture on a laser cutter. The game board is assembled from clear acrylic, while the pieces are cut from dark grey and light grey translucent acrylic.

Just another little note: 3D chess is not new. It was created towards the end of the 1800's. So it's a very victorian-edwardian game.
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Is your model available anywhere for those of us with laser cutters?
Saraneth-the-Binder Sep 25, 2010  Student General Artist
Wow!!! This looks very good and verrrrrrrryyyy hard to play. I think Spock would be impressed. He likes 3D chess and hes been lookin for a new board!!! WIN!! :trophy:
Lyra33Vega Jul 8, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Aw, come ON. I can't even beat 3D tic-tac-toe, let alone 2d chess... :faint:
IMVU-Whystler Sep 4, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you ! :) It's actually not so hard to learn, but like chess takes thought to master. The objective is the same - capture the king.

Here is what Wikipedia has to say about "Raumschach", or 3d chess:

"The 3D board is actually a cube sliced into 5 equal spaces across each of its three major coordinal planes. This sectioning yields a 125-cell playing volume.

Each floor is marked with a capital letter, A, B, C, D or E. Ranks and files are as in chess. So, the kings start on Ac1 and Ec5. White starts on the A level (the ground floor) and black starts on the roof.

Rooks, bishops, and knights move as they do in Chess in any given plane. Rooks, for example, move through the walls of the cubes in any rank, file, or column. Bishops move through the edges of the cubes, and knights make a (0,1,2) leaping move. Unicorns move through the vertices of the cube, each of the two can only reach 30 cubes. The queen combines the moves of rooks, bishops, and unicorns. The king moves just like a queen but one step at a time. Pawns move in two directions, forward like a Chess pawn, and may move one step upward (if white) or downward (if black) and capture diagonally upward (or downward). Promotion occurs where pawns can't move any more, that is the rank E5 for white pawns and A1 for black pawns. There is no double move, en passant nor castling."
spermbank-tycoon Sep 4, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
wow, looks great. ive never understood how to play 3d chess...
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