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!
Arian Croft (“dutchmogul“) has been one of the leading designers bringing tabletop gaming into the 3D printing era.
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)
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
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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!
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Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.