Tonight I wanted to play chess and found that I was missing a piece from my set, so instead of buying a new set why not build one. I have seen many chess sets built in minecraft, but not any real world chess sets modeled after minecraft, and from that thought the idea began to grow.
I wish I had the patience to do this right and carve the pieces from something, but I think I may have to settle for making them from foam or paper.
So far I haven't completely decided how I want to separate out the two sides (dark and light), and I have yet to determine all the pieces.
I am thinking....
King - default minecraft skin aka steve
Queen - Creeper possibly (sorry ladies it seemed fitting)
Bishop - Skeleton?
Knight - Skeleton mounted on a spider (seems really hard to make but cool) other ideas?
Rook - not sure what I want here maybe a little minecraft fort
Pawn - either slime or sheep for sure
So far all I have is a PSD template of the board layout.
The layout basically just has the 4 sides and top, 18x18x1.75
Let me know what you think, and if you have any ideas. Also if anyone wants to use this feel free.
The King should be Notch...
The Queen should be Herobrine (I know he's not real, but he has a large place in Minecraft)
The Rooks should be Spiders
The Knights/Horsemen should be Spider-jockeys
The Bishops should be Steves/player
The Pawns could be Slimes
I need to be careful with choosing pieces simply because I have no idea how I am going to make them yet and making multiple spider jockeys and such would be insanely difficult. I really like the idea of the mine cart being the rook that makes sense and will be super easy to make.
As for using mobs from the nether, I don't know what it is about the nether but I have never really thought of it as a piece of my classic vision of minecraft, so I am very hesitant to use it.
For the pieces I am thinking of using 3d printing to make them, although I haven't been able to find a good 3d printing service, ideally I just need someone with access to a maker bot or cnc machine on the cheap. I found a place that does it, and they seem to be cheaper than anywhere else, but it would still be very very expensive. Here is the creeper model I made for testing purposes that anyone could order. http://www.shapeways.com/model/270879/creeper.html?gid=ug
King - Steve (Obviously).
Queen - A Wolf (As it's the only companion you can have in the game).
Bishop - Snow Golem (Has that typical tall, bishopy look).
Knight - Pig (Since typically the knight's mount is only portrayed, and pigs are the only mountable creature currently in Minecraft).
Rook - A two block high cobble structure. (Literally just two blocks of cobble with a torch on top).
Pawn - Chicken (Small like the typical pawn).
King - Creeper (The king of mobs, bane of Minecraftia).
Queen - Enderman (Enderwoman in this case).
Bishop - Skeleton.
Knight - Spider (As previously stated, rarely do chess-sets come with knights portraying the rider).
Rook - A two block high mossy-cobblestone strucutre.
Pawn - Zombie.