Wood Wars 3D, by Joe Larson, is a tabletop miniature game with components made using a 3D printer rather than conventional game production techniques.
Estimated Delivery: July 2015 – Jan 2016
Location: Spanish Fork, UT
What’s the deal with 3D printing? 3D printing has been heavily over-hyped. Yes, there is a lot of potential, but people are too eager to say that the potential has already been reached. Unfortunately because of burnout from all of the hype, a lot of people are shying away from using the technology, preventing people from pushing the boundaries of its use, and thus allowing the technology to reach its full potential.
Joe Larson hasn’t been scared off by this. He’s decided to make a full tabletop miniature wargame using 3D printing technology. One interesting mechanic is that you literally snap races and classes together rather than having dedicated combinations. This of course allows for a lot of versatility with little extra work.
A video walkthrough of how to play Wood Wars 3D is available on the campaign’s page so any questions about mechanics should be answered by that video.
Pledge Tiers: 7 tiers ranging from $1 to $300
End Date: Thu, Jun 18 2015 11:37 AM EDT
Funding Type: Fixed
Chances of success
It’s early in the campaign, but Joe has certainly been working to gain initial backers, even personally thanking early backers. It’s definitely a good sign.
Unfortunately one area in which that seems to be lacking is in the use of project/company specific social media accounts. Creating such accounts early in the design phase and building up initial support for the campaign is really important to bring that initial burst of backers. Even if accounts were not set up before hand, creating them as soon as possible allows an increased number of forums in which support for the campaign can grow.
Of course, one area that is always a concern is whether or not a campaign’s promise will be kept. Fulfillment concerns should be reduced by the level of Joe’s experience with 3D modeling. He runs a blog and has even written a book on the topic: 3D Printing Blueprints.