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September 18, 2014 AT 8:30 am

3DxGames – Pocket-Tactics: dutchmogul’s unique approach to 3D printed tabletop gaming #3DxGames #3DThursday #3DPrinting

Today on our weekly live 3D Hangouts we are celebrating the many ways that 3D printing intersects with the worlds of games, gaming, gamers, and gamer fandom. (And we tackled a challenging Halo cosplay project!) Here’s a quick roundup of a few other 3DxGames projects that caught our interest to whet your appetite!


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Arian Croft (“dutchmogul“) has been one of the leading designers bringing tabletop gaming into the 3D printing era.

This past March we invited Jim/Zheng3 as a guest curator to suggest interesting designers to watch, and he had this to say about dutchmogul/pocket tactics:

One cannot write about 3d printing and games without mentioning Arian Croft’s Pocket Tactics. You just can’t, Nemo.

Pocket Tactics has been around a while and has cemented its position as King Under the Mountain in 3d-printed tile-based strategy games. Ever prolific, Croft and partner-in-crime Jeremy Larsen crank out a new model for Pocket Tactics every 37 seconds or so. They’ve made all their rules and models available for free download on Thingiverse. Be warned: you’ll need some actual talent to paint your prints as well as Arian and Jeremy have. (read more)

Here are more details from the Pocket Tactics project site:

Pocket-Tactics is a tile-based strategy game in which fantasy forces battle for control of the world. The game is fast-paced (most games lasting between 20-45 minutes) and is so small that it all fits in a little felt bag and the play area rarely takes up more than a foot of table space. The system is dynamic though resolution is quick and there aren’t a ton of rules to track or memorize, making it ideal for advanced and casual gamers alike.

We’re working on a Kickstarter campaign so that we can produce Pocket-Tactics on a larger scale, but in the meantime it is already available to the 3D printing community!  You can download the most current rules from the Thingiverse

  Don’t have your own 3D printer?  Order your limited-edition printed and hand-painted copy today on Etsy!

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