While there are a number of remarkable 3D printed tabletop game sets, from the astounding miniatures created by Adrian Croft “DutchMogul” to Sublime’s well-thought-out “Settlers of Catan” upgraded board game pieces, the launch of designer Zheng3‘s updated SEEJ 2013 basic set reminds us what it means to design a game thoroughly to suit this new medium.
From the SEEJ “Philosophy” section: “Good design, good engineering, and good luck are the three pillars upon which a Seej victory is built. Design your Seej engines well, for your opponents are busy forging superior fortifications in OpenSCAD and SketchUp.” While superficially inspired by such great multiplayer “warfare” games as Crossbows and Catapults and Koob, SEEJ brings a maker spirit to the table (literally) and challenges participants to learn as much about the materials and printing methods for producing their set as about the base model shapes and how they function in the game. Game play is challenging enough to engage players, and yet open enough to accommodate new “fortifications,” “engines,” and other accessories to suit the passions of the participants.
Here is a game that I have been fascinated with for a while — even staging game nights built around the project at NYCResistor and at Maker Faire Detroit — a game thoroughly conceived both from the design/3D printing perspective and the game play perspective. You will see things like industrial-grade elastics being snuck into the game and palmed off as “rubber bands” and slight-but-significant scale operations as they play out as the players begin to geek out on their design projects. (Ah, I remember Jack Poon’s lethal cannon that really could be classified as a weapon off the table as well!)
If you are looking for something to start printing on your desktop 3D printer….and you know someone else with 3D printer…how can you resist?
From the SEEJ 2013 Game Description:
Seej is an Open Source tabletop wargame designed to advance the state of 3D printing through competition and player-directed evolution. Players print their own armaments and fortifications for use in battle. If you can print it, it’s legal to use in the game.
The rules to Seej are open source and infinitely expandable. Seej is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
At a minimum, you’ll need to download and print the Seej 2013 starter set. It contains flags, catapults, and two kinds of bloxen. (You can still download the original starter set for archaeological purposes.)
Print two sets, find an opponent, and have fun storming the castle!
There’s a wide assortment of additional Seej engines, bloxen, and accessories in The Forge.
These models are free to download and print. They are also distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license, so players are free to modify and remix them for their own games.
Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!
Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!
The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!