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Game On for 3D Printing
9/24/2012

The plastic pieces that comprise the Pocket-Tactics strategy game are designed as 3D models in Tinkercad and SketchUp and can be outputted by any 3D printer.   (Source: Ill Gotten Games)
The plastic pieces that comprise the Pocket-Tactics strategy game are designed as 3D models in Tinkercad and SketchUp and can be outputted by any 3D printer.
(Source: Ill Gotten Games)

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Dave Palmer
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Dave Palmer   9/24/2012 6:02:30 PM
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How is Ill Gotten Games going to make any money distributing their game for free? Is the idea that gaming enthusiasts who have 3D printers will introduce the game to their friends, who will then buy it on Etsy?

A few years ago, I went to the Chicago Toy and Game Show.  It was interesting to meet all of the game inventors and try their games.  But I got the sense that inventing a game and making any money from it -- like inventing anything else and making money from it -- is very difficult.

3D printing has the potential to take a lot of the start-up costs out of launching a new game.  It will be interesting to see whether Ill Gotten Games' open-source strategy is successful.

Beth Stackpole
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Beth Stackpole   9/24/2012 2:15:55 PM
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@Naperlou: The high price of these came is one of the primary reasons its maker turned to 3D printing. He saw it as a way to keep the costs down and make the game more accessible to a wider audience. We shall see.

naperlou
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naperlou   9/24/2012 10:15:54 AM
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this reminds me of the Warhammer game pieces that my son's had.  That must me the $60-$100 type of game mentioned.  One of the things that was interesting with thosse games was the painting of the pieces.  You could get really creative with that.  I assume that the same thing is true of these.  That should keep them busy for a while.

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