"The Forest of Oakenspire", a brand-new tabletop fantasy RPG project including 3D-printable terrain & accessories, battle maps, and more!
Explore ancient tree strongholds and soar through the branches above on modular airships!
What is this project all about?
Welcome to our first Kickstarter! This project aims to bring a brand-new, uniquely-themed set of 3D models, and other resources, to your gaming tabletop to inspire your players, and drive countless hours of adventure.
There are two main categories for this project: the tree strongholds of Oakenspire (with multiple levels of playable space and secrets to discover), and modular airships you can customize for various encounters among the trees–or anywhere else!
Additionally, there will be supplemental content to help spur your imagination, including a PDF with adventure hooks and encounter ideas, along with unique, 2D-printable battle maps that coordinate with the 3D printed components!
Community created & inspired
Initially I started this project as a solo-mission, creating 3D printable models - but it has since taken on a life of it's own and expanded well beyond my initial goals. I am one of many creators who has turned a hobby into something more, and there are countless others like me who have done the same. As I continued to meet more and more of these creators, I began feeling a burning desire to work with, and feature the work of, as many as possible and build a project that touches all the areas of tabletop RPG gaming that I love!
To that end, this project includes supplemental materials, produced specifically for this Kickstarter, from the amazing work of 6 other individual creators who have chosen to participate and be featured - ranging from 2D battle map artists, to illustrators, writers, software developers, and other 3D modelers. They are mentioned related to their work throughout this Kickstarter description, but there is a complete list (and links to their respective pages) at the end. I also plan on featuring many of them and their work on this Kickstarter through various updates during the campaign. Be sure to take a look!
I have worked to create what I hope are some of the most modular, dynamic, and beautifully designed airships to have graced tabletop gaming to date. You can customize and print your own unique airship for your players to explore your worlds, or assemble a diverse, powerful armada to rule the skies!
The airship body prints in individual sections that require no support, connect together with OpenLOCK clips, and will fit on the build plate of most commercial at-home 3D printers. Two options exist for the style and power of your airship: steam-powered or magical. Various wing, turbine, fin, sail, and decor customization options are also included. The airship is designed to use 5x1mm disc magnets to quickly change out the main and rear wings and fins (or just glue in place if you don't need modularity). A rock base, multiple variations of bottom fins, and 8mm acrylic rods let your airship "fly" above the tabletop. STL exists to print rods instead of using acrylic as well, and the airship easily comes off the stand to sit flat on the table during play.
To check out the full modular & customization guide, CLICK HERE.
In addition to the core modular airship options. there are many stretch goals to further customize the ships and add airship-specific items to your table.
**We have unlocked tons of new options for the airship, including more wing and fin varieties, balloons and jet turbines, accessories, lots of weaponry, and an elemental air ring! Check out the full list of stretch goals and updates below for the details!**
Oakenspire Tree Strongholds
The trees of Oakenspire are a modular OpenLOCK system made of tiles to build your own customizable tree strongholds. The tree system has tiles to build circular trees 8x8" in size, with interior tiles to create individual rooms and levels as desired. There's no limit to how tall the tree can be, and each level is designed to be removed and set on the tabletop for play.
The tree walls consist of design elements such as a balcony, light orbs, knothole windows and mushrooms. A grand exterior door marks the main entrance. There are also tiles you can use to create base level that has wide roots and stairway leading to the main door, with unique "root system" floor tiles the base level interior.
Aside from the core 8" tree elements listed above, there will be stretch goals to unlock additional interior scenery and tiles to add more life to your Oakenspire trees and make them a blast for your players to interact with.
Notes on tile configurations
Initially, I designed the set to use the base OpenLOCK tessellation templates, but found that I was doing unnecessary assembly for what I was hoping to build, and the rigidity was lacking. To that end, and to maximize space on your build plate, I combined the inner and outer curve tiles for the tree floors in all possible configurations. Each floor tile is 1/4 of a completed tree level floor, so a complete floor requires 4 floor sections and 8 wall sections. To increase rigidity (and save on filament and print time) I removed the unneeded connector ports in the tile sets, making for dead-simple assembly and tile set strength.
Preview and plan your tree stronghold build
The core tree tile set is available to preview/plan/review in DungeonPrint Studio, an awesome software project for planning 3D dungeon print builds from a few awesome community creators. You can check it out HERE (Note, you have to create a free account to see the tiles). I will be making a video for an future update showing how to utilize this software to it's full advantage!
**We have unlocked LOTS of cool new options for the tree, including smaller modular trees with walkways and bridges, walkway systems, airship dock, decor, and more! Check out the full list of updates below**
Collaboration from Well-Known 3D Community Modelers
If you have been printing terrain of scenery for fantasy tabletop gaming for a while, then you very likely have heard of these two gentlemen, who are graciously providing their talents to make this Kickstarter as awesome as possible:
Devon Jones (3D modeler, aka DevonJones on Thingiverse)
Founder of OpenForge and prolific community member/designer Devon Jones has agreed to produce some unique themed models for the Kickstarter! He has an awesome Patreon following for his group Masterwork Tools, and will be releasing a few themed models during the Kickstarter on his Thingiverse, and a few more that will be available to backers only. His unique models will help add some firepower to the airships and Oakenspire trees!
In addition, as part of my desire to support open-source terrain and to repay some of Devon's awesome work in the community, the core Oakenspire tree tile sets will be released to the OpenForge project on Thingiverse 45 days after they are released to Kickstarter backers, to help foster tabletop printing and the wider community.
Ryan Beasecker (3d modeler, aka Curufin on Thingiverse)
Long-time designer and community member, with awesome premium sets available on Hero's Hoard, Ryan has agreed to produce multipleunique models to add to the Oakenspire project. A selection of models will be released on his Thingiverse during the campaign, and many will be available only to backers as stretch goals. He's also offered to include his fantasy scatter terrain sets at a discount for Add-ons! (more on that below).
Extras & Supplements (even MORE cool stuff!)
I addition to the 3D printable files that are the core of this Kickstarter campaign, many of the pledge levels will include some awesome supplemental content, including:
Printable 2D battle maps to go with the 3D-printed terrain
Sometimes 3D printing entire maps/scenes is awesome but can take a LONG time to print/paint/prepare. To help add rich atmosphere and fill out the Oakenspire setting, we have partnered with some amazing community map makers to include 2d printable maps that you work perfectly with the tree strongholds, airships, and scatter terrain in the stretch goals! These can be printed cheaply at home on an inkjet printer, are designed to print in tile-able 8x10" sections and glued to ultra cheap foamboard backing, and are custom-made for Oakenspire! All of the map artists below do truly AMAZING work, so be sure to check out their individual Patreon pages! The maps are included with the Oakenspire Scout (and above) reward levels, and include:
- Old-growth forest floor, from Blue Sword Games. Rich in lush vegetation and ripe with flora and fauna, perfect for the journey to and area surrounding the tree stronghold. These maps are designed to be tileable and create anything from small 8x10" forest glades to large swaths of forest big enough for the tree strongholds to sit within.
- Treetop canopy, from 2 Minute Tabletop. An interwoven mesh of branches, platforms, and trees representing the canopy of the tree stronghold and forest - a truly unique area for battle and exploration - designed for your players and NPCs to move about the branches, and even for the airships to fly above/within. This will be e a huge 30x24" map - sure to amaze your players!
- Aerial clouds, from Dungeon Mapster. Soar through the skies on your new airship, high above the trees and mountain ranges - perfect for airship battles, attack by flying creatures, or any number of things your DM brain can cook up! Includes 3 20x30" maps.
Forest of Oakenspire Supplemental PDF
A high-quality supplemental PDF that provides potential plot hooks, encounters, NPCs and more to enhance your Forest of Oakenspire adventures. Includes colorful journal excerpts from Zarla Bashfort, an explorer who documented her discovery of the forest, but whose whereabouts are now unknown. Uncover the mysteries of her missing expedition or forge your own heroic adventures!
EC3D has released multiple sets of unique items previously, and this is your chance to pick up multiple at a discount! Add-ons can be added to your pledge at any time, and will be delivered immediately following the Kickstarter along with the core files from your pledge. Additionally, Ryan from Hero's Hoard has offered to include some of his own fantasy sets as well. Even at the lowest-level Add-on, you are receiving more than a 25% discount off retail price of the premium sets, which only gets better if you get more!
Add-on set options:
- $20 - Pick any 3 EC3D or Hero's Hoard premium sets
- $30 - Pick any 5 EC3D or Hero's Hoard premium sets
- $45 - Pick any 8 EC3D or Hero's Hoard premium sets
- $60 - Pick any 11 EC3D or Hero's Hoard premium sets
To learn more about the available Add-ons, check out this ADD-ON DOCUMENT to see all the options.
How to include Add-ons in your pledge:
Once you select your pledge level, simply add the additional required amount for the Add-on set option you want to get to your pledge. When Kickstarter sends out the backer surveys, there will be a field to indicate which sets you wish to receive. They will be sent out to you immediately after the Kickstarter campaign closes and your survey is received, along with the core files!
We have TONS of awesome, very attainable stretch goals planned to add to both the tree and airship themes of Oakenspire! After initial funding, we'll start releasing more info on these and where the community guest participation will also come in! We are ready to start releasing these out as fast as the project can scale, and as soon as we will open the flood gates and get as many models onto your print bed as humanly possible!
- Sky Boulders - Catapults for the airship (or anywhere!) -update
- Rain of Death - Mortars to bombard your enemies - update
- The King's Banquet - Sylvan throne, table, and chairs - update
- The Chain Gang - Slaver accessories for your airship (or anywhere) - update
- Get Over Here! - Weaponry to assist in boarding towers and other airships - grappling gun and harpoon guns - update
- The Forest For the Trees - Tree scatter sculpts - update
- Fins for Days - new back rudder fin and rear fin for airship - update
- The One (Elemental) Ring - Ebberon-style elemental power ring for the airship - update
- A Lonely Hut in a Lonely Forest - Druid/Hag hut grown into old twisted oak tree - update
- What's the Buzz All About - Three new monster minis w/ stat blocks and background - update
- Design Eye for the Sylvan Guy - Scatter decor for the trees, or any sylvan scenario - update
- Damage Control - Ballista, cannons, and bombs for the airship - update
- More Than Tree Options (+ Bridges) - Smaller modular trees with walkways, root system, bridges, and more - update
- Hot Sack 'o Air & Jet Fuel - Side-mounted balloons and steam powered jet turbines for the airship - update
- Lightning Pirates - Stardust-inspired crystal power source, midship lightning container, and lightning capturing arrays - update
- The Run (Walk) Around - Walkway system for large tree, more small tree tile options (interior stairway, root platform options), & airship dock for large tree - update
- Top it Off - Tops to finish off the small and large trees, with branching splits and cross-sections leading to the canopy - update
- The Forest Awakens - Treant (sleeping and alive) and forest barrow entrance - update
- Lofty Stretch Goal - A customizable overhead loft balloon for the airship, with a central steam column and base - update coming later today
Updates and Ongoing Communication
I will be posting multiple updates throughout the Kickstarter, ranging in topics from painting guides, community creator spotlights, supplemental material previews/guides, stretch goal releases and screenshots/pics, and community polls. In an effort to keep the KS digestible to new folks coming in, after the first day I will keep the cadence to a maximum of one update per day. This will be an exciting 30 day ride that I hope will be as much fun for the backers/community to participate in as it will be for me to manage!
About the Creator
My name is Evan Carothers, and I am a 3D designer with over 50 designs and nearly 600 followers on Thingiverse (ecaroth), and over 500 followers for my premium design company (EC3D), with many premium sets available. My skill and love for design has grown out of my passion for tabletop gaming, technology, and 3D printing. Take a look at the quality of my free items on Thingiverse or my premium items to get a feel for my design aesthetic.
I am a tabletop gamer at heart, and every single model I design is test printed and painted by myself before I release it for customer use (making tweaks/changes/fixed during the process as needed). You will never get a model from me that I haven't guaranteed will print on my own 3D FMD printers (Tevo Tornado and Wanhao i3+). Every one of my designs takes printability and paintability into consideration, and I consciously make every effort to minimize assembly and remove support requirements.
Accountability, Delivery Timeline, and More...
Everybody hates waiting, and many people have been burned by poorly designed files and broken delivery timelines in previous kickstarters. In an effort to provide the best Kickstarter possible, I didn't even consider launching this project until the core tiles were COMPLETELY DESIGNED AND TEST PRINTED! Everything offered in the core airship and tree set (and many of the stretch goals) are ready for delivery the second the funds clear after the Kickstarter finishes. I will be finalizing and releasing the stretch goal items as fast as humanly possible, with a goal of 60 days after this Kickstarter ends for delivery. I also have an additional professional designers lined up to assist with stretch goal design if needed to help meet expectations of delivery. All parts will be repaired, tested, and ready for you to drop right into your slicer, error-free.
Design and Development Tracking
To maintain transparency and stay accountable, I have created a Google Spreadsheet to track all the core STL files and stretch goal files as they are unlocked and added to the project. This spreadsheet will be maintained during and after the project, and is viewable by everybody to see the status of the project as it develops. You can already see in the spreadsheet that all core files are ready to go!
Disclaimer & Printing Requirements
To get the most out of the printable parts from this Kickstarter, you will need to have a well-tuned 3D printer, capable of printing at a minimum .2mm layer height (ideally .12mm). In the few cases where supports are needed, you can generate them with your slicer and they should work great. Parts are cut to small pieces to facilitate printing. Other than 3 core airship pieces (wings, triangular sail, and standing base bottom) every piece of the airship will print on a printer with a bed size of 5x5", and every item in the tree set will print on a printer with a 5x5" print bed. You can still produce an amazing complete airship on a bed that small, you just have a few limitations on the modular parts that you use. 8x8" bed is required to print every piece included in the core sets.
Every part is test printed by myself and repaired to be manifold and ready to drop on your slicer - however I am a hobbyist designer who has spent months working on this project in my part time. In the event that any issues with the files get past my own QA testing and process, I will make every effort to fix the file and remedy the situation. My number one goal is to make some awesome, unique, fun terrain designs you can have a ton of fun with on your tabletop!
Painting and Finishing
Painting your models to look like the ones in the picture is very attainable! I used basic craft-store paints and washes made from cheap floor polish. The only "expensive" paints I used were metallics (shining silver and weapon bronze from Army Painter). As part of the Kickstarter, I will film a series of small videos explaining how I painted the airship and tree tiles in detail. It will not be a tutorial in which I actually paint (so many great tutorials for painting techniques already exist), but I will walk through and outline each step I took and materials used to get the finish you see in the pictures above.
- 2 Minute Tabletop - Battle map artist and illustrator (created treetop 2d printable battle map)
- Blue Sword Games - Battle map artist, illustrator, and writer (created forest floor 2d printable battle maps)
- Dungeon Mapster - Battle map artist (created 2d printable cloud/sky maps)
- Olie Boldador (OlieArt) - illustrator (created Oakenspire theme image artwork)
- Devon Jones of MasterWork Tools - 3D modeler (created various models)
- Ryan Beasecker of Hero's Hoard - 3D modeler (created various models)
- Aaron Mulder of DungeonPrint Studio - Software developer (included tree tile sets for preview/planning)
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge for any 3d printable file Kickstarter is delivering solid, error-free files on time. There are no challenges for delivering the core files as they are completely finished at the time of launch. Stretch goals are already under development (with many finished), and I will be sharing progress on all models as they are developed via the accountability spreadsheet.
I am an experienced designer with a track record of delivering premium-quality models and am confident that I can delivery all the files within the time frame expected. In the event of any unforeseen events that may cause this time-frame to be altered (such as illness, emergency, etc) the delivery timeline will be communicated as soon as possible.
And just in case, I have an additional, experienced designer who has been contracted to help with stretch goals as needed to ensure that we deliver all stretch goal files within 60 days of the campaign closing (and hopefully much sooner!).Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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