The Wikipedia entry for Xiangqi
has lots of good information about the game. It's sort of like Western Chess, but different.
I spent some time in Vietnam earlier this year, saw a lot of this
, and decided I had to learn how to play.
Since returning I've been wanting to teach some friends the game, so when I became a member at TechShop in Pittsburgh I decided a Xiangqi set would be my first project.
This is my second Instructable - my first, a 3D printed 2-color game piece
, was my first crack at making a Xiangqi set.
One last note - I decided to use the Chinese characters for my pieces, because I think learning to recognize them is a fun part of learning the game. However, if that's not your style, you could always use icons that show what each piece is, like the ones on the Wikipedia page.
The board and piece PDF files for this project are attached below.