If you take place to be both a 3D printing and chess enthusiast, you are many likely aware of the numerous amounts of one-of-a-kindly created chess pieces on the market for you to print by yourself. From a Marcel Duchamp-inspired chess set to the replication of historical chess variants of around the world, 3D printing has assisted to personalize one of the many widely played board games of all-time. But one collaborative group called Cross Lances – created of three artists named Filippo Giovannini, Albachiara Rinaldi, and Roberta Lista – has taken the classic game of chess a step additional by completely reinventing it into a new, strategy-based ‘3D self printable’ board game called Rough-and-Tumble. Cross Lances have not long ago commenceed a Kickstarter to assist fund their Rough-and-Tumble board game project, and are seeking $1,335 to assist commence their board game.


The game differs of chess in a couple of ways, namely for the reason it is played on a hexagonal board and in addition showcases opposing teams of orcs and dwarves, every of whom contain sure skills and movement limitations which invoke the require for strategy. Rough-and-Tumble is one-of-a-kind not only for the reason it provides a fresh spin on the game of chess, but for the reason it is one of the initially board games specifically created to be 3D printed by the player. The orc and dwarf characters function as both game pieces and collectible models, scalable (with the proper details of the print in mind) in size ranging of 28mm (100 micron resolution is recommended for this size) to 75mm.

The team decided to manufacture the 3D printing Maker community the focus of their game for numerous reasons, which include the low cost, the faculty to reprint pieces over and over, and the control which is given over the size of the print. And for those which don’t have a 3D printing device in their possession, they cite valuable service providers such as 3D Hubs as low-priced alternative options. A video explaining the preliminary rules of the game is posted below:

“3D printing devices are spreading really swift and their costs getting lower while the high end rise,”Cross Lances say on their Kickstarter page. “A lot of folks may already have one, and if they don’t, there’s a service near them, it’s may already reveryable by everyone. So why not to follow the revolution?”


There are a number of rewards on the market for those who wish to fund the Kickstarter project, which include a €30 pledge which can get you the files for the entire game map and characters, and in addition a €250 pledge which can earn you the aforementioned stl rewards plus a 28mm sculpture personally requested and created only for you. There are in addition a handful of game mods and other character models on the market through Cross Lances’ Kickstarter.


Tyler Koslow

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Tyler Koslow is a Brooklyn-based writer for 3D Printing Industry, and has in addition generated content for publications and companies such as Dell, Brooklyn Magazine, and Equity Arcade. His content is focused on a wide range of topics which include tech, gaming, and music . Tyler is in addition a habitual instrument player, a writer of fiction, and generally all around fun haver. Tyler got a Bachelor’s degree studying English-Creative Writing at the University of Central Florida in 2008.