9/23/2016

Fat Dragon Games has a Cool Kickstarter Funding Now for 3D Printed Terrain

Fat Dragon Games has a Cool Kickstarter Funding Now for 3D Printed Terrain
First off, I know some people are going to balk a bit because this post isn't about something cheap by any stretch of the imagination, but frugal has two definitions and I go by the economical meaning, not the cheap one.

A quick search of this blog's Table of Contents shows I've posted about Fat Dragon Games eight times now (including this post). That is a lot, but I've always considered FDG products to be darn-right economical and I've purchased a lot of product over the years.....something to the tune of 3.5 GB of PDFs.

I've also had the pleasure to run into Tom Tullis, FDG's main man, several times over the years at cons. You'll just have to take my word that he's always been a nice guy, that was great to work with (briefly) on some special projects that never came to fruition (when I was working with another game company). A bit of a shame really, but it did make me a bit more eager to pick up more FDG product, especially during a Kickstarter Campaign.

This time around, Tom has another Kickstarter for another one of FDG's Dragonlock sets. This campaign is called Dragonlock 2. Basically Dragonlock 2 is a set of 3D printer files, focused on streets & buildings, where the Dragonlock 1 set was focused on caverns and dungeons. If I had the extra $70 I'd toss in for that as well, an I already own a couple pieces from that set (i.e. $70 is still a better deal that buying it set-by-set off of sites like DTRPG).

Luckily for me I had some extra spending money from unexpected overtime earlier this month.



I'm going to have to assume that the majority of readers here don't have a 3D printer......yet. It's on my wish-list and I hope to have one within the year. I don't think the prices have come down much, but the quality and availability of relatively affordable printers has increased. While I already have what feels like a bazillion paper models, some as PDF and some already printed out, I'm more excited by the prospect of 3D printing my terrain instead of the paper models or casting it.

For me the 3D printed stuff gives the sturdiness of what I'd make with my Hirst Arts molds, with the light weight and cost of my paper models. There is the initial hump of getting a 3D printer, but my gut tells me that if I added up the cost of all the molds and equipment I needed (or at least felt I needed) for casting and compared them to the start-up costs for 3D printing, at worst it'd be a wash. I'm confident that the 3D printer would come out ahead in the long run and also.....hey, I'd have a 3D printer that I could use for other stuff. I can't use my casting molds for anything else.

At any rate, I think there is some great value here and I wanted to make sure those that might be interested in something like this got the word.