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A base-board system that allows you to create massive gaming areas and dioramas and then fold it all away into a small box.
A base-board system that allows you to create massive gaming areas and dioramas and then fold it all away into a small box.
56 backers pledged £4,268 to help bring this project to life.

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Because it's great to make things

The GAMEIN5D board system started because my children wanted great, big game boards to battle on. But we only have a small house so the aim became to be able to build really cool gaming areas without permanently taking up all the space in our home.

Now the idea has grown a bit and I hope the system is something that will help tabletop gamers, model makers and board game designers to build bigger and better models and gaming surfaces than ever before because it addresses the one limiting factor that stops us all - space.

GAMEIN5D in action

My North African themed board uses 4 small (18cm) boxes to build a wargame board that is 72x108cm but you can fold it up and carry it around in a shopping bag.

Here's a board in a bag
Here's a board in a bag

Here's the same board all folded out and ready to go...

Here's the board, ready to go.
Here's the board, ready to go.

Key features

GAMEIN5D allows you to design games in 3D with considerable vertical relief that fold up perfectly into small, stackable, storable boxes. The inside of the box is safe from damage and dust and is easy to transport. When you're not using them they are easy to store and fit easily on a shelf, or under a bed, or where ever you want.

The boards are modular, they all snap together with magnetic latches. Boards can be combined in a variety of ways to produce a wide variety of game boards.

GAMEIN5D is infinitely expandable, combine as many as you like to make a whole world to build on, or play on, or both.

Different styles are compatible and boards can be arranged in many ways.
Different styles are compatible and boards can be arranged in many ways.

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A lot of people have been asking about how different boards can be combined. It's impossible to compile a complete list because of the infinite number of combinations available but the diagram below is an attempt to show how some common arrangements can be made. I should also add that it seems likely I will offer boards based on 1 foot boxes so all the dimensions in the diagram below (6x4, etc.) can be viewed directly as 6'x4', etc. Thanks to Pascal Groux who suggested the 7x5 arrangement.

Arrangement diagrams
Arrangement diagrams

What am I trying to do?

So ... the aim of the project is simple, get GAMEIN5D out there and get others creating with it. Any funds raised will go towards further developing the GAMEIN5D project and supporting future production.

The pledges are simple and to start with I'm sticking to boards based on a 26cm cube.

  • You can go for the A-style as one-box board.
  • Or choose 2 A-style boxes for twice the area.
  • Or you can choose the W-style a two-box board.

The A- and W-styles have slightly different ways of joining together and I really don't know which people might prefer. I've put some pictures of the actual rewards below. The boxes are 26cm on a side.

Here's the boards folded out flat. A-style makes a rectangle on its own.
Here's the boards folded out flat. A-style makes a rectangle on its own.

 

Here's the boards all boxed up.
Here's the boards all boxed up.

If you've got to the end of this ... thanks for your time. I really hope you like the project and want to support us, we've had a lot of fun with it so far.

Risks and challenges

This is my first kickstarter project and I feel a real responsibility to get it right. The GAMEIN5D boards have been in development for over a year and the design works really well. I've used the boards several times already to create some dioramas and war gaming surfaces. I've posted the results on my website. As war gaming surfaces they've been pretty extensively play-tested by my children - they haven't been able to break them. The product itself is simple to manufacture and the components are readily available.

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    One A-style box

    You get one "A-style" base-board. In box form it is a cube 26 cm on a side. This folds out into a rectangular board 78 cm by 52 cm.

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    3 foot x 2 foot board

    One A-style box/board. The box is a 1 foot cube. The board makes a 3'x2' rectangle.

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    Two A-style boxes

    You get two A-style base-boards. In box form it is 2 cubes, each 26 cm on a side. These fold out into a pair of rectangular boards 78 cm by 52 cm which combine in many ways.

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    Two W-style boxes

    You get one "W-style" base-board. In box form it is 2 cubes, each 26 cm on a side. These fold out into a single rectangular board 104 cm by 78 cm.

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    4 foot x 3 foot board

    Two boxes which will join together to create a 4'x3' rectangle. If the project's successful you can request what style of board (W or A) you want.

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    6 foot by 4 foot board

    4 boxes which will join together to make a 6'x4' rectangle. If the projects successful you can request what style of board (W or A) you want.

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    6 boxes

    6 boxes which will join together to make a 6'x6' square, 9'x4' rectangle and many other layouts. If the project's successful you can request what style of board (W or A) you want in any combination.

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