Housecarl: Board Blocks

by Andrew Lonon

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    1. Andrew Lonon 2-time creator 6 days ago

      Bryan Pope: - Thanks for the feedback! - A painted option is not totally off the table. Its also a good point that the painting level is not clearly addressed in the campaign, so I'll fix that. (Thanks for pointing that out - good call.) I'll add a section that addresses the painting treatment, with the current images being a 'deluxe' level, and maybe even an option for a MAX level (as suggested). Painting would not affect the casting, shipping or the actual configurations, so it may just be that you pledge more, or maybe it will need to be actual separate pledge levels. Dunno.... -Andrew

    2. Bryan Pope
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      7 days ago

      I love this project! The core concept is exactly what I've been waiting for. I don't want to spend an hour building a single room with my Dwarven Forge pieces. I want ready-made, custom, detailed "sections" which allow me to quickly build a setting for our RPG. And it has more character and flavor!
      The only downside is that these are not painted, and its not made immediately clear that they are not painted. I do not have the time to paint them, and I don't want to have unpainted rooms. I wish they had a deluxe level that came painted. This is one thing they can learn from Dwarven Forge. People will pay extra to have them pre-painted. If you change your mind please let us know so that we can buy in at the MAX level! :-)

    3. Bryan Pope
      Superbacker
      7 days ago

      I love this project! The core concept is exactly what I've been waiting for. I don't want to spend an hour building a single room with my Dwarven Forge pieces. I want ready-made, custom, detailed "sections" which allow me to quickly build a setting for our RPG. And it has more character and flavor!
      The only downside is that these are not painted, and its not made immediately clear that they are not painted. I do not have the time to paint them, and I don't want to have unpainted rooms. I wish they had a deluxe level that came painted. This is one thing they can learn from Dwarven Forge. People will pay extra to have them pre-painted. If you change your mind please let us know so that we can buy in at the MAX level! :-)

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You want a feature rich fully 3D dungeon experience... 

....but you don't have hours to setup all the pieces, or you are not the host, or maybe you just don't have the space for an extravagant layout.  Board Blocks gives you an instant dungeon that is visually stunning, compact, feature rich, and portable. With just 6 or 12 Board Blocks you can be playing as fast as you can unpack.

Goblin Ambush
Goblin Ambush

A Quick Word About 'Housecarl'

* House rules gaming system - not fully ready for prime time
* BoardBlocks Companion Cards
* Future Kickstarter
* OH - also Musterbox

Here are just a few ways to use Board Blocks

  • Play your favorite RPG or Dungeon Crawl with Board Blocks instead of the cardboard tiles that came with it. 
  • Play the same [above] game in in OUROBOROS mode by looping the Board Blocks with constant variation. 
  • Mix Board Blocks into your already Extravagant Layout.
  • Integrate a Board Blocks  dungeon into your regular RPG campaign.
  • Quick Pickup game at the Game MeetUp.
The Duel
The Duel

KEY  Features:

Engaging 3D Dungeon Immersion: Each Board Block is a hand sculpted cross section of dungeon: walls, floor, nooks, doorways, ect. The floor ‘spaces’ are clearly defined, and the blocks fit together to make engaging rooms, halls and chambers.

The Boss Awaits You
The Boss Awaits You

Permutations Out-the-Wazoo: Blocks go together in ‘permutations’ not combinations; so just 3 blocks gives you 48 unique playable arrangements. Yea, my head hurts too - but check my math. No seriously, check my math - im not good with this stuff, but here goes:

The logic:

  • Each block has 2 orientations
  • Each orientations of each block is also unique depending on the effects of its neighbors. 
  • Each Block can exist in any position in the set, so A-B-C is not the same as as A-C-B, for a total of 9 lineups
  • Therefore, for 3 blocks, 2 x 2 x 2  = 8 without changing block order at all.
  • My head hurts

Possible Permutations for just 3 blocks include:

  • A x B x C = 8 combinations
  • A x C x B = 8 combinations
  • B x A x C = 8 combinations
  • B x C x A = 8 combinations
  • C x A x B = 8 combinations
  • C x B x A = 8 combinations
  • TOTAL = 48     Permutations     

Clearly Defined Floor Units: Each block is divided into up to 27 spaces, each approximately 1 inch.   The blocks is based on a 3 x 9 grid, with some smaller spaces to accommodate walls, and some spaces eliminated by walls or other features.

Integrated Layout Rules: Each block is designed to allow access to every space, and easy flow between blocks. There are no locked out spaces, and the combination of gate or 'delimiter' blocks and open blocks provides an engaging and customizable system.

Halls, Chambers and Gates: The rules-guided design provides for a wide range of relationships between blocks,  resulting in such various layout features as Halls, Passages, Reaches, Chambers and Gates. 

Restrained Special Features: Specific notable sections - some on possibly hidden outer facings, include: Sconces, pluming, alters, fountains, wells platforms, fireplaces, art and more.

Expediency and Portability: Because the whole dungeon is just 6 or 12 blocks, setup is almost instantaneous. You can save it for another time, or even take it down to the game shop or pub for a community game night. 

Solo, Group and GM Play Options:  You can grab random blocks and get cracking with the game system you like best. 

Companion Cards Battle your way through a dungeon solo or with friends using the Companion Cards to deal out encounters, events and loot. 

Mission Books: Follow one of the Mission Books for a more detailed and structured story, either as a DM guided adventure, or as solo/Group choose your own adventure. 

Easy Integration with Popular RPGs and Dungeon Crawl Systems: Plays Well With Others: Not only can you use Board Blocks with any gaming system, you can use them with your existing dungeon tiles, and the rest of your kit.

Twelve Foundation Blocks In 2 Sets

Set A: Mines and Caves
Set A: Mines and Caves

Set A: Mines and Caves

Board Block 1:  Stalactite-Stalagmite Column
Board Block 1: Stalactite-Stalagmite Column

Cavern section with several elevations, and a stalactite-stalagmite column in the center.  This creates an optional passage delimiter, or just an excellent ambush  site for those pesky Kobolds.

Board Block 2: The Old mine
Board Block 2: The Old mine

The mine and the old cave in.  This is not the finest delving work your Dwarven comrades have seen.  Explore the mine, or proceed through the wrecked doorway at your own risk.

Board Block 3: Cave Boundary
Board Block 3: Cave Boundary

A stalagmite pillar dominates this passage, with the stone wall and wooden buttresses evidencing subterranean delving of some sort.  The way is open, but clearly not safe.

Board Block 4: Hidden Entrance
Board Block 4: Hidden Entrance

This could be the entrance from the outside world, or it may just be another stage in your subterranean journey.  Either way, this single space passage denotes a significant change in your fortunes.

Board Block 5: Cave Wall
Board Block 5: Cave Wall

 This is what the dungeon looks like before the work crews can build out useful chambers and smoothed walls.  The passage is rough, irregular, and splits to the left and right.  Pick a direction, and advance with Clare.  No, she's not here, so maybe advance with care.

Board Block 6: Rough Hewn
Board Block 6: Rough Hewn

The rustic and rough hewn nature of this section denotes that it is the boundary between the refined sections of the dungeon and the wild caves. An elevated door blocks progress, and features include a wall sconce, drapery, a rune stone/menhir and an alter on the outer-facing. 

Set B:  Chambers and Halls
Set B: Chambers and Halls

Set B: Chambers and Halls

Board Block 7: Fountain and Drain
Board Block 7: Fountain and Drain

With a rustic aside, this wall section shows some of fine craftsmanship that you would expect in a work-a-day subterranean abode. Its good to have some water, but what else comes here for a drink?

Board Block 8: The Villa
Board Block 8: The Villa

This is where the real estate agent would start your tour, but beware, this wall segment with a single blocking doorway has some nasty secrets. There is a fresco on one side, but the backside has two sinister alters, either of which may be occluded in various block configurations.

 Board Block 9: Pillars and Plumbing 
 Board Block 9: Pillars and Plumbing 

Sometimes you have to deal with that drip, even if its in your nice pillared hall. This block provides a split access to what is beyond, multi levels, and some bonus bits and bobs.

Board Block 10: Great Hall 
Board Block 10: Great Hall 

In ages past the Witch King held court here, sitting on his raised platform and within the shelter of great columns. Some say he never left.  Hay, lets go take a look at that bundle of rags over in the corner....

Board Block 11: Dias and Stove
Board Block 11: Dias and Stove

This could go either way, domestic bliss or torture chamber.  There are raised platforms on one end, and stove or fire place on the other end of this otherwise empty changer. So, tea or branding - your call.

Board Block 12: Well and Gonge
Board Block 12: Well and Gonge

The great well dominates this mostly clear chamber, counterbalanced by a wall hanging gong. Purchase a sentry stood here in ages past, ever vigilant to warn of aquatic invasions,

Companion Cards & Missions

Block Cards and Mission Books will be developed and available as a downloadable PDF to all, with a limited print run, if that is feasable.

Stretch Goals 

$7000 Accessory Kit  (doors, stairs & end wall) 

$8000  9 x 9 Intersection Block

$10000  9 x 6 Chasm Bridge Block

$12000  9 x 6 Dragon/Boss Chamber

Snack Time
Snack Time

Risks and challenges

This Kickstarter is intended to cover the cost of making molds to reproduce the Board Blocks mentioned above in Polyurethane foam. The prototype molds are not well suited for for this purpose, and have other limitations as well. In order to fulfill the kickstarter, I will need to cast several of each of the blocks, and use them to make a special mold designed for expanding foam.

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