Disclaimer! Smallworld and all images associated with the game are the property of Days of Wonder. THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL SMALLWORLD INSERT/EXPANSION/ITEM. I have no affiliation with Days of Wonder.
To be clear, this kickstarter is for the DIGITICAL REWARDS ONLY, you'll have to get them 3D printed. ̶ ̶C̶h̶e̶c̶k̶o̶u̶t̶ ̶m̶y̶ ̶'̶N̶o̶ ̶P̶r̶i̶n̶t̶e̶r̶?̶ ̶N̶o̶ ̶P̶r̶o̶b̶l̶e̶m̶'̶ ̶s̶e̶c̶t̶i̶o̶n̶ ̶d̶o̶w̶n̶ ̶b̶e̶l̶o̶w̶.̶ ̶
I play a lot of SmallWorld, logged over 100 games, through which I noticed something: there always seemed to be a dead time. This dead time was where people would begin their lose of attention and start pulling out their phones, and that was when...
Someone just picked their new race.
I or they would have to sift through all the race tokens to find the right ones, and then the additional inserts to find any special tokens.
I quickly got tired of this and made a foam core insert, which I thought would solve the problem. While it did indeed bring all the race tokens closer together, they were still a cluttered mess that still caused dead time.
Eventually, after constantly pinning of the Collectors Deluxe edition of the game, a thought occurred to me, why not make something that can...
keep ALL the tokens associated with a race WITH that race's race banner.
And thus came Version one of the 'Race Cartridge':https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2970919
You can download this version for free on Thingiverse: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2970919
This version had two major issues,
One; this was meant to be a long-term storage solution for the race banner and tokens, and the race banner could easily fall out if turned upside down, and all the tokens would follow.
Two; the race slider was so loose it would constantly slide out of the cartridge with simple movements.
Both of these problems were fixed in version 2, which brings me to...
What Your Getting
Resolution to issue 1: Each race slider now has two pieces to it, which snap together to hold the race banner regardless of direction held. Note these pieces were designed with enough tolerance to be easily opened and retrieve the race banner if you decided to paint the cartridge later.
Resolution to issue 2: Magnets! These suckers have mystified the world for centuries, only natural that their magic could help keep the race sliders in place. I have added slots for magnets in two positions of the cartridge and one in the slider to hold a magnet internally.
Race Specific Designs! Each race has custom slots to match their exact number of tokens for the best fit. They also include custom slots to hold all of their associated special tokens! In addition to this, if the campaign is successful I will have each race cartridge embossed with their name using the font, Vafthrudnir by Scriptorium (the same font used to denote the names on the race banners).
No Printer? ̶N̶o̶ ̶P̶r̶o̶b̶l̶e̶m̶!̶ Maybe a Problem
Upon further research just printing the Cartrdiges and trays for the base game would cost over $100, even on the cheap side of printing. Check out Update #3 "Price Quotes and More Teasers" for some quotes I found just for 14 generic Race Cartridges.
̶E̶v̶e̶n̶ ̶t̶h̶o̶u̶g̶h̶ ̶t̶h̶i̶s̶ ̶K̶i̶c̶k̶s̶t̶a̶r̶t̶e̶r̶ ̶i̶s̶ ̶f̶o̶r̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶d̶i̶g̶i̶t̶a̶l̶ ̶r̶e̶w̶a̶r̶d̶s̶ ̶o̶n̶l̶y̶,̶ ̶y̶o̶u̶ ̶d̶o̶n̶'̶t̶ ̶n̶e̶e̶d̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶w̶o̶r̶r̶y̶ ̶a̶b̶o̶u̶t̶ ̶n̶o̶t̶ ̶h̶a̶v̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶a̶ ̶p̶r̶i̶n̶t̶e̶r̶!̶ ̶T̶h̶e̶r̶e̶ ̶a̶r̶e̶ ̶l̶o̶a̶d̶s̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶s̶e̶r̶v̶i̶c̶e̶s̶ ̶t̶h̶a̶t̶ ̶y̶o̶u̶ ̶c̶a̶n̶ ̶s̶e̶n̶d̶ ̶y̶o̶u̶r̶ ̶n̶e̶w̶l̶y̶ ̶a̶c̶q̶u̶i̶r̶e̶d̶ ̶m̶o̶d̶e̶l̶s̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶g̶e̶t̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶m̶ ̶p̶r̶i̶n̶t̶e̶d̶!̶ ̶ ̶T̶r̶e̶a̶t̶s̶t̶o̶c̶k̶ ̶&̶ ̶M̶a̶k̶e̶x̶y̶z̶ ̶a̶r̶e̶ ̶t̶w̶o̶ ̶l̶o̶w̶e̶r̶-̶c̶o̶s̶t̶ ̶o̶p̶t̶i̶o̶n̶s̶ ̶w̶h̶e̶r̶e̶ ̶y̶o̶u̶ ̶w̶i̶l̶l̶ ̶p̶i̶c̶k̶ ̶f̶r̶o̶m̶ ̶m̶a̶n̶y̶ ̶d̶i̶f̶f̶e̶r̶e̶n̶t̶ ̶v̶e̶n̶d̶o̶r̶s̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶g̶e̶t̶ ̶q̶u̶o̶t̶e̶s̶ ̶f̶r̶o̶m̶.̶ ̶
̶I̶f̶ ̶y̶o̶u̶r̶ ̶l̶o̶o̶k̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶f̶o̶r̶ ̶a̶ ̶m̶o̶r̶e̶ ̶p̶r̶o̶f̶e̶s̶s̶i̶o̶n̶a̶l̶ ̶l̶o̶o̶k̶,̶ ̶S̶h̶a̶p̶e̶w̶a̶y̶s̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶3̶D̶ ̶H̶u̶b̶s̶ ̶a̶l̶s̶o̶ ̶o̶f̶f̶e̶r̶ ̶p̶r̶i̶n̶t̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶s̶e̶r̶v̶i̶c̶e̶s̶,̶ ̶a̶l̶t̶h̶o̶u̶g̶h̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶i̶r̶ ̶m̶o̶r̶e̶ ̶p̶r̶o̶f̶e̶s̶s̶i̶o̶n̶a̶l̶ ̶l̶o̶o̶k̶ ̶d̶o̶e̶s̶ ̶c̶o̶m̶e̶ ̶a̶t̶ ̶a̶ ̶g̶r̶e̶a̶t̶e̶r̶ ̶c̶o̶s̶t̶.̶ ̶ ̶I̶f̶ ̶y̶o̶u̶ ̶a̶r̶e̶ ̶j̶u̶s̶t̶ ̶p̶l̶a̶n̶n̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶o̶n̶ ̶p̶r̶i̶n̶t̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶e̶n̶o̶u̶g̶h̶ ̶c̶a̶r̶t̶r̶i̶d̶g̶e̶s̶ ̶f̶o̶r̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶b̶a̶s̶e̶ ̶g̶a̶m̶e̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶s̶e̶ ̶o̶p̶t̶i̶o̶n̶s̶ ̶s̶h̶o̶u̶l̶d̶ ̶s̶e̶r̶v̶e̶ ̶y̶o̶u̶ ̶w̶e̶l̶l̶,̶ ̶h̶o̶w̶e̶v̶e̶r̶,̶ ̶i̶f̶ ̶y̶o̶u̶ ̶h̶a̶v̶e̶ ̶a̶l̶l̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶e̶x̶p̶a̶n̶s̶i̶o̶n̶s̶,̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶w̶a̶n̶t̶ ̶m̶o̶d̶e̶l̶s̶ ̶f̶o̶r̶ ̶a̶l̶l̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶m̶ ̶i̶t̶ ̶m̶i̶g̶h̶t̶ ̶b̶e̶ ̶w̶o̶r̶t̶h̶ ̶l̶o̶o̶k̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶i̶n̶t̶o̶ ̶a̶ ̶l̶o̶w̶-̶c̶o̶s̶t̶ ̶p̶r̶i̶n̶t̶e̶r̶.̶ ̶
A decent low-cost printer you might want to consider (no affiliation):
For a starting point why not try the Creality Ender 3 (~$230 USD), it has good reviews and is coming from a company with good standing!
Generic Race Cartridge V2 - A generic version which has enough slots to hold the max number of race tokens (20 - thanks skeletons!)
Race Specific Cartridge V2 - All races will get a customized race cartridge, this will include the names embedded into the models, as well as the custom size and spacing to match the race tokens exactly. Oh and those races with pesky special tokens, they all fit in their specific cartridges too!
Special Power Cartridge - Hold all of the special powers from all of the current expansions along with their special tokens. Comes in three versions: Base Game Only, Overworld Expansions Only, or Underground & Overworld version.
Map Pieces Cartridge - Hold all of the tokens you need for setting up the map of a SmallWorld game! This includes mountains, indigenous people, and the turn marker plus any other map pieces from expansions. Comes in three versions: Base Game Only, Overworld Expansions Only, or Underground & Overworld version.
Coin Trays - SmallWorld comes with a lot of coins and this gives you an easy way to store and identify which container holds what coin. Include trays for each type of coin as well as individual player marked ones up to 6 players. The standard coin trays come in two versions, Base Game or Underground & Base Game. Check out the limited Freebies of these trays at (Thingiverse Link to Coin Tray, Thingiverse Link to Player Tray.)
Necromancer's Island Cartridge - Not technically a race, but an expansion that gives some slight alternate win conditions. This cartridge will hold all the race tokens, the island, and the race token spawner tile.
Leaders Expansion Tray - This is an older expansion that is no longer being supported, but if you happen to have this one I have you covered. This will hold all of the leader tokens that come in the expansion and the original packing of Spider's Web. I also through in 6 custom leader tokens to play this expansion in an alternate way, in which you have generic leader tokens but play with the standard leaders' rules.
** Please Note all Reward Items come in the form of DIGITAL copies which aim to be 3D printable without support **
"This is neat" - $1 - WIth this reward tier you will receive a DIGITAL copy of the Generic Race Cartridge V2, which will be 3D Printable, with not supports.
"This is pretty cool" - $5 - With this reward tier, you will receive DIGITAL copies of each customized Race Cartridge V2, which will be 3D Printable with no supports.
"This is cool!" - $10 - with this reward tier you will receive all the DIGITAL files created for this campaign, see the 'Rewards Items' section for more details on them.
"This is Great - You deserve more!" - $25 - Wow, thanks a lot for going above and beyond for donating more the base amount to receive all of the DIGITAL files created for this campaign. I really appreciate your support of my model making and this will help me continue making awesome models for you and everyone else. You will also be listed as a supporting member on the Thingiverse links to the freebies as well as any future Kickstarter campaigns I create.
"This is Awesome - You deserve even more!" - $50 - I am near speechless, thank you so much for supporting my model making. This ultimate support means so much to me and I really hope my models now and in the future don't let you down. You'll get all the DIGITAL files created for this campaign. You will also be listed as a Patron of my model making on the Thingiverse links to the freebies as well as any future Kickstarter campaigns I create.
Risks and challenges
I have most of the models already designed up, and ready to add text too. Fusion 360 can be weird about using fonts to add geometry, it is a bit random and no way to guarantee if the specific font will extrude, if not there is another process to ensure the use of this text in labeling, it is just more time-consuming.
To be clear, I have all of the Race Cartridges modeled for their specific number of race tokens. All but one of the races have their special tokens modeled in the cartridges, Storm Giants ( I don't have this expansion so I can't be sure of their lightning bolt token). I will need to wait until after the campaign and purchasing of this expansion to 100% guarantee the fit.
A similar line of logic follows the Special Power Tray and Map Pieces Tray, I do not have River Worlds or Sky Islands so to ensure that all of the Special Power and Map tokens fit I will have to wait until after the campaign.
There is also one other possible delay to the creation and dispersal of the STL files, I have recently graduated and will be needing to move one or two weeks after the campaign ends, depending on how that goes an extension to the timeline might need to occur.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (21 days)