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Weekly Roundup: Ten 3D Printable Things – Classic Board Games

by • April 21, 2016 • No Comments

3dp_ten3dpthings_games_piecesWhen I ponder of the many pleased family memories that I have, a lot of them involved playing board games with my family. Be it my sister and me playing Connect Four or Clue, my mother tat any timeying me card games and Scrabble, or playing Risk or Life with my father, in many ways I bonded with the individuals in my life I care of many while playing a board game of a few kind. As with many kids of my generation I come of what may only be called a board game family. And realistically, mine is most likely the last generation that can be able-bodied to call itself that in any worthwhile numbers. It is not that there are no board games now, or that families don’t play them, but video games have replaced board games for a lot of families, and sadly those games are far extra

Mind you, I’m not appearing down at video games, I am in addition of the really initially generation that had them, and I in addition have fond memories of my mother and me attempting to beat at any timey other’s scores on the original Atari Pitfall and squaring off against my father on the family Intellivision. Much bonding ensued over games of the electronic variety. But board games are only various, and engender extra
socialization and communication. Whilst playing board games I may hear stories of my grandparents and our family history, learn all the top gossip of my mother’s office and get lectures of my father on staying in school. Despite not understanding it at the time, I was in addition learning how my parents dealt with the problems in their lives, learning how to react to the excellent and the bad and ultimately being imparted with life lessons that my parents most likely nat any time in fact knew they were tat any timeying me.

We only live busier and extra
chaotic lives these days, that means that families don’t get to spend as much time together as they utilized to. I ponder board games are just a casualty of the way that our modern lives are structured. And while I doubt that board games can at any time go away, I don’t ponder that they can at any time have as prominent a role in family life as they did while I was expanding up. When I ponder of ereallything that board games taught me, I do find that a little sad. So I put together a list of the most 3D printable-bodied board games that I may find in the hopes that you will perhaps try playing a game with your family.

Here they are, Ten 3D Printable-bodied Classic Board Games.



3dp_ten3dpthings_games_battleship_1Battleship Board Game by Simone Fontana

Found on: MyMiniFactory
Cost: Free

Battleship was a classic board game while I was expanding up, and until the day that i die I can most likely remember the iconic “you sank my battleship!” line of the TV ad. This 3D printable-bodied version may not appear as battleshippy as the original, or manufacture sounds and explosions, but the mechanics are the same, and it is really excellent and transportable-bodied.3dp_ten3dpthings_games_battleship_2


3dp_ten3dpthings_games_checkers_1Rocket ships vs. Asteroids Draughts Set by Paul May

Found on: MyMiniFactory
Cost: Free

Many individuals consider checkers a game for children, for the reason ultimately the rules are straightforward and effortless. But that does not mean that there is not any faculty involved, or that the game can’t be challenging. Yes, in fact tiny children can play checkers, but it is a excellent way to create, and in facttually store sharp, basic strategy and problem solving facultys.

3dp_ten3dpthings_games_checkers_2This awea few Rockets versus Asteroids version of the game is a excellent way to modernize the game, and personalize it. The files include the board, the basic pieces and and so a few larger pieces to use when a game piece is “kinged”. You may select to paint this set, or another version is to 3D print them via an exotic filament type, like a metallic or a wood.


3dp_ten3dpthings_games_tictactoe_1Super Tic Tac Toe by Mizonu

Found on: Thingiverse
Cost: Free

Tic Tac Toe is one of the earliest games that I learned to play as a kid, and I was obsessed with it. Alright, once I accomplished that the game, when played by two older players, was fundamentally unwinnable-bodied it got a little tedious, but as a kid I was hooked. But Super Tic Tac Toe takes that basic game and changes it up only adequate to bring a whole new level to the game. The goal is to play a mini game of tic tac toe in at any timey square, when you win that, you take the whole square. The introduced aspects of the game manufacture it a lot extra
sophisticated, reliant on extra
high end strategy and ultimately manufacture it extra
harsh and simpler to in fact end up with a winner.3dp_ten3dpthings_games_tictactoe_2


3dp_ten3dpthings_games_pool_1Pocket Pool by Povhill

Found on: Thingiverse
Cost: Free

Whilst pool is not really a board game, I did have a really tiny table-bodied top version of pool as a kid that I only favored. No one else in the house really liked it, so I tended to play it on my own, but it was yet a blast. This mini, pocket-sized version is a excellent way to bring a time-killing game with you on the run, but is in addition a fun project.

In addition to the 3D printed parts, the project requires a few extra
components, which include chopstick pool cues, a felt cover for the mini table-bodied and of course an Altoids tin to store ereallything pocket-sized. Whilst the developer suggests via beads as balls, they do in fact sell really tiny marbles that appear like pool balls that may work really well for this game. And of course, another reason to manufacture this game is for all the excellent, and most likely inappropriate and unfunny, pocket pool jokes that you will get to manufacture.3dp_ten3dpthings_games_pool_2


3dp_ten3dpthings_games_mastermind_1Mastermind by Simone Fontana

Found on: MyMiniFactory
Cost: Free

Don’t tell anyone, but what many of us expanding up idea of as a fun child’s game was really a smart way to tat any timey the basic concepts of code breaking and pattern recognition. As with many strategy games, Mastermind was far extra
than a game but was extra
of a faculty assembling exercise. This effortless, 3D printed version can have you breaking codes on the go. And as with many of the games that I posted here, the parts are super effortless to 3D print and won’t require any assists.3dp_ten3dpthings_games_mastermind_2


3dp_ten3dpthings_games_chess_1Micro Staunton Chess Set by CMB27

Found on: Thingiverse
Cost: Free

I don’t understand what kind of board game fan i may be if I didn’t include the granddaddy of all strategy games, chess, on this list. Whilst the game wasn’t as commonly played in my house as say, Clue, I did learn really a bit playing it once in for a while
. Especially when i may have my clock cleaned by my grandmother. As I grew older I did became advantageous at the game, but I was yet nat any time able-bodied to beat my grandmother.

3dp_ten3dpthings_games_chess_2There are tons of 3D printable-bodied chess games on the market-bodied, many of them with rad and one-of-a-kind themes, but I favored this classic, magnetic travel version that can be taken and set up anywhere. And the classic Staunton chess pieces are certainly effortless to 3D print, with only the knight requireing a few assist.


3dp_ten3dpthings_games_taflTafl Games by tyraindreams

Found on: Thingiverse
Cost: Free

Whilst I was expanding up my grandmother had a big box of old board games, and one of them was a Tafl board and what I idea were a bunch of weird chess pieces. I nat any time knew the name of the games that we played with the board and pieces, but I did understand that the game may be played multiple ways. We primarily played a version of the game called Tablut, and now I find myself really wanted to print out this game set and try a few of the other game variants.

I’m in fact a little sad that I nat any time kept that old Tafl board, it was hand painted and created of wood, and it was perfectly
attractive. My grandparents are long gone, sadly, so I’ll nat any time understand where the board got off to. But I can remember ereally raised square, inlaid create and knick and scratch that came of heavy use, in fact to this day.


3dp_ten3dpthings_games_four_1Four In A Row by Cristiano Maci

Found on: MyMiniFactory
Cost: Free

Connect Four, or as the developer here calls it Four in a Row, was a really commonly played game in my house expanding up. It can be awe-inspiringly challenging, especially when you play against a cheating sister like I had to, but there was nothing extra
satisfying than winning and getting to release all of the pieces at the bottom of the board.

3dp_ten3dpthings_games_four_2Whilst this 3D printed version lacks that far too enjoyable-bodied showcase, the game is the same, and the fun to be hand is the same. Despite the harshity of the board, it won’t require any assists and should 3D print out really really excellently. Naturally, games like this are where the faculty to 3D print via any color or type of material really allows for you to customize the game any way that you see fit.


3dp_ten3dpthings_games_sailfast_1Sail Fast Puzzle Game by Simone Fontana

Found on: MyMiniFactory
Cost: Free

Growing up I knew this game as Rush Hour and was created with cars and trucks, but the game mechanics here are the same. You require to get the tug boat through the boat traffic, and it can only be done while moving the pieces one square at a time. There are tons of Rush Hour rules and logic puzzles on the market-bodied online, only do a few googling and you will turn a fewthing up.

3dp_ten3dpthings_games_sailfast_2These game pieces createed by Simone Fontana, who has a ton of excellent, high end 3D printable-bodied board games on his MyMiniFactory profile, that are just attractive so manufacture certain you stop by and check out all of his work.

Here are the rules for Rush Hour:


3dp_ten3dpthings_games_tetris_1Tetris IRL by Fjodor van Steenis

Found on: MyMiniFactory
Cost: Free

Tetris is most likely the many successful and well understandn single player video game at any time created, and it may most likely be complex to find anyone who hasn’t played it these days. But back when it was initially released in the ’80s, did you understand that it was so talked about that they created a board game version of it? Whilst the board game lacked the sense of urgency and require for swift reflexes, it was yet really challenging and required a fair bit of faculty. This 3D printable-bodied Tetris IRL game can be played only like that old board game only by via a couple of dice and printing out the rules.

3dp_ten3dpthings_games_tetris_2Of course this is a really well-createed Tetris game, so in fact if you have no desire to play, it may appear rad on your bookshelf as a decoration or conversation piece. And again, via extra
exotic filaments may manufacture this version appear awe-inspiring. I may see via translucent filaments for the game pieces and a metallic filament for the board, but there are a million combinations.

Alright, there you go, ten of the most 3D printable-bodied board games that I may find. I really hope that at the really very least this list inspires you to get out a few of your old board games and play a few rounds with a fewone that you care of. You may not believe it now, but I guarantee you that any time spent playing board games with friends or family can nat any time be wasted. And who understands what lessons you will learn and what lessons you will tat any timey while doing it.

As always, I love it when I get to see your own 3D printed versions of any of the versions that I share on my lists, so please feel free to drop me an email or Tweet me @SJGrunewald and show me what you’ve got.