Scythe by Stonemaier Games has won many awards since it came out last year, and deserves them. The game is great, and really immerses you in the world it has created. I want to help make that immersion even better, by making 3D printed unofficial accessories for Scythe.
When I first received my copy of Scythe, our play group found that the Encounter Tokens were hard to see on the board. Since I own a 3D printer and have done some 3D modeling, I decided to make my own 3D versions of the Encounter Tokens, which I released on Thingiverse under a Creative Commons Non-Commercial license.
The tokens were a big hit, both within our gaming group and online. They were much easier to see on the board, and added to the feel of the game. Being 3D, they also made for a better experience when a character moved to a hex with one and got to pick it up. I started making more and selling them online through my store, and followed it up with a replacement for the Action Tokens. These are the wooden pawns used by each faction on the player mat to show what action they took. Our gaming group felt that the pawns are a little too plain compared to the other great pieces. I designed the Action Tokens to resemble wax seal stamps, with the faction logo on the top of the token. We have found them much easier to use and see on the player boards, and harder to accidentally knock over.
Next came something much more ambitious. In order to really add to the experience, as well as make it easier to set up and put away the game, I wanted to make boxes for each faction, that was designed to hold all the wooden pieces, mechs, and character tokens. They are designed to be small chests that could fit into the world of Scythe. A lot of time and effort, and discarded test prints, went into designing these just right, so that all 7 factions would fit into the game box in a single layer, and all the pieces would fit into the boxes. It was important that everything fit so that the Scythe box can close fully. The Faction Boxes will fit fully in a single layer in both the base Scythe box and the "Legendary Box" due out later this year.
I looked at organizers from other companies, and wasn't satisfied with them for several reasons. They are made of wood, so do not have the colors matching each of the factions for ease of finding them in the box. Some are not divided by faction; I want each player to have their own faction box that contains their pieces for ease of setup and use, as well as clean up. They require assembly, which can take lots of time; I want these ready to use. I want each player to feel like thy are getting a keepsake from their faction, to help immerse them in the world.
Each Faction box comes with a separate lid which has the Faction logo printed in dual color, using the official authorized images for accessories from Stonemaier Games. It has recessed holders for the mechs, with a small lip to help hold them in place so they don't move around in transport. The custom Action Token also fits into a special place in the box. There is a separate section for the character, and another section that holds all the wooden pieces (workers, structures, upgrades, stars, etc.). For those who get the Faction Boxes for airships, there is also a section to hold the airship from The Wind Gambit expansion (see update #3).
The two Faction boxes for Invaders From Afar also come with custom 3D printed Flag and Trap tokens, if you back at the Tokens & Coin Box level or one of the Whole Shebang levels. These replace the cardboard tokens for these factions, to add more depth to game play.
The boxes you see in the photos above are the Faction Boxes for the regular Scythe box, and do not fit the combat dials nor the airships from the upcoming Wind Gambit expansion. This was done for several reasons. In order for the boxes to all fit in one layer, they could not include the combat dials because they are too large. In addition, the retail edition of Scythe only includes 2 dials, not one for each faction. There is also an option for Faction Boxes for airships which does fit the combat dials and airships (see update #3 for details). Backers will get their choice of one set of boxes.
I have also modeled a coin holder. It is designed to compactly hold all coins for Scythe, including the additional $2 and $50 coins available separately. The coin box has a lid which fits snugly for easy storage and transport. It is designed to fit in the bottom layer along with the Faction boxes, leaving enough room for the various decks of cards.
I have been happy playing with the accessories I have created - the Faction Boxes, Coin Holder, Encounter Tokens, and Action Tokens. However, I have been getting requests from people to make sets for them as well. My current 3D printer is not designed for the number of prints I would need to make. I need to switch the colors manually, and each box takes several hours to print. To print one set would take almost a week! This campaign is to raise money to primarily get an upgraded printer, the Formbot T-Rex dual color 3D printer. It can print with 2 different colors at once, and has a large build size to allow 6 Faction boxes to be printed at once. This will save a lot of time, and allow these to be printed and delivered much faster.
These will be printed in high quality PLA plastic, with colors matching the factions as closely as possible.
Please note this is not a Stonemaier Games product. However, I have kept in communication with Jamey from Stonemaier Games, and have worked to make an accessory of which they can be proud.
We considered manufacturing these on a larger scale, but do not think the demand is there. In order for these to be cost effective mass produced, we would need 10,000+ units with plastic molding done overseas. Instead, you get a bespoke custom product made in the US.
I hope you like these additions to your Scythe game as much as I do, and will back this project!
Risks and challenges
I have successfully run and delivered on two previous Kickstarter campaigns. This is a fairly simple campaign. The 3D designs are done and tested. The new 3D printer will need to be ordered, assembled, and configured. Once that is done I should be able to print these fairly quickly and ship them out.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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