# MinimIce

## Minimal Icehouse Pieces

February 1998

### Explanation

So, the theory is that even though most
Icehouse
pieces are solid pyramids,
really most games only use either the square base
or one of the triangular sides of the pyramid
at any given time. At least, that was the theory back in 1998
when I made these pieces. Things have changed quite a bit with
the newer hollow pieces and their stackability. Anyway, with
that theory as a starting point, I decided to cut Icehouse
pieces down to the bare minimum, just a triangle and a square,
joined at the correct angle for form's sake. Remember, at the
time you couldn't buy Icehouse pieces of any kind, except for
paper pieces, and those take some patience to construct. I
figured maybe pieces like MinimIce could maybe be stamped out
very easily. The point is moot with today's factory perfect
plastic pieces, but they were fun to make.

Anyway, even though these pieces weren't very useful for
playing Icehouse, they're perfectly serviceable for Zarcana
and other games that use the pieces symbolicaly instead of
physically.

### Materials

There's probably a more economical way to buy sheet brass,
but I bought 4"x6" rectangles of it at the craft store. It's
only about 1/32" of an inch thick, and I don't remember how
much it cost.

### The Process

I drew triangles and squares in a drawing package, according
to the specification. Then, I arranged them so that the tips of
the pieces would interlock. I printed the design onto a 3"x5"
sticker, and applied the pattern to my sheet brass. Using a pair
of super scissors (the kind that EMTs use), I cut along my printed
lines. Cutting with the scissors makes the brass curl, so I had to
flatten out everything before I could continue. then, I just bent
the brass where the square and triangle met, and *voila*.

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