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Archon: the Board Game

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Archon: the Board Game by spelpappan Nov 21, 2013
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This is the physical version of computer game cult classic Archon: the Light and the Dark to Atari 8-bit computers. The original game was made by Free Fall Games (former Free Fall Associates) in 1983 and they still own the IP.

These files have been published here with the explicit consent of Free Fall Games. The original game of Archon, its characters, and its graphics are copyright © Free Fall Games and may not be used publicly without their approval.

In fact, mr. Jon Freeman himself said "We think they are marvelous" :)

This set does not include a game board; an Archon game board is 9x9 squares (chess is 8x8) and if you would like to print one, I recommend wulfdesign's module-based board set at http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4258

Rules for Archon: the Board Game are in the making. Feel free to play with your own set of rules, or wait until mine are tested and ready.

More info and images/video here: http://spelpappan.se/2013/11/creating-archon-the-board-game-in-a-3d-printer/


All pieces in Archon: the Board Game are made by me, but the original IP and the brand "Archon" itself is owned by Free Fall Games and may not be used publicly without their approval.

The software I've used to create this pieces is called Qubicle Constructor and the goal was to create a physical board game out of Archon that looked like it's predecessor. This means that every 3d-icon (the pieces in Archon are called 'icons') should look like it's 3d-counterpart from original Archon when viewed from the side.

I've printed my pieces using blue and yellow filament in a Replicator 2X, the original colors of the two teams. Due to their complex looks, you will have to use both raft and full support when you print - which you remove afterwards.

Every icon needs a supporting 'plate' in order to stand straight. Some of the icons click right into it and fits perfectly, and some have to be glued stuck. When you print the support plate, you do not have to use either a raft or support since the structure is very simple and straighforward.

This set of icons does not include a game board, but that can be printed with a multitude of alternatives here at Thingiverse. I chose wulfdesign's module-based board set at http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4258 and added black, white and green tiles for the board itself. You can of course also use a regular chess board, but then you will have to remove four icons, preferrably Fenix, Shapeshifter and one Goblin and one Knight.

Rules for Archon: the Board Game are in the making. Feel free to use your own, or just print it as a nice fan project and great retro art.

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Whatever became of making a rule set for these pieces?

Just checking in, since it has been a couple of years. Do you have an alpha set of rules for this version of the game yet? I am thinking about building this for a buddy of mine that used to play this with me when we were kids. Thanks for all your work!

I think the combat needs to be some sort of skill game. But how to give advantage in a skill game like that? Hmm. First the skill game, then the variations.

We've been working with the rules for some time. On the one hand, the board game opens up for anyone to create their own combat rules which is great. On the other, I want some interesting combat rules that are built on both strategy and randomnes (dice). It's quite fun to make up rules, so we try around with many different aspect before we decide anything and show the original creators.

Another thing that shows up is that even after you have working combat rules, they have to be even between the light and dark side - which means more tweaking. All icons - even the pawns - need to be balanced. But this is fun!

So awesome!! Nice work.

Check out the "HC Laplacian Smooth" filter from Meshlab. It keeps the 8bit-style edges and gives an organic look.
Great work!

Nice, thank you. I will definitely try this.

I'm starting printing 5 pieces in one time with supports and standard quality in makerbot. 7 hrs.... I think it will be very difficult to trasport the rules

Yep, depending on the printer used they do take some time to print. I only did one piece at a time; if something goes wrong it's easier to throw away one piece instead of all 5.

Well, I've already started to chisel out some plausible rules that I think can work - I just need to test them first a few times. Obviously Archon as a board game is more strategical than action-oriented, as in the original. But sure, if someone can find a set of action rules that work - it would be great :) I'm going for simple rules with dice, right now though.

One of my all time favorites. Can't wait for my printer to get here!

Great idea, awesome models. Very good prints too. Well done all around.

Thanks! I played it a lot on the C64 myself :) I think it will turn into an excellent board game with a bit less action than the computer game, of course - but a lot of strategy.

Holy shit, this is amazing.

Love it .. I played this on the C64!