Thursday, 4 June 2015

Dominion Storage Solutions

I'm a big fan of the card game Dominion. It's a deck building card game, and was (correct me if I'm wrong) the first of its kind, unique compared with other card games like Magic: The Gathering and the Pokémon Trading Card Game in that players build their decks during, rather than prior to, playing the game.

This offers several advantages over the aforementioned collectible card games, the most notable of which is that, unlike with CCGs, you can't have an advantage over an opponent because you've got better cards, particularly, as is sometimes the case, because you've spent more money on the game than them. All players start on a level playing field and skill (and a small amount of luck) determines the victor.

It's an easy game to learn, but it's very deep and I heartily recommend that you give it a go.

There is a problem, however, and it's not with the game itself. Although the first set only comprises 500 cards, it comes in a large 30 by 30 by 7.4 cm box. And as your love of the game, grows, you'll likely buy expansions (we now have three sets in our house - the original game, and the Intrigue and Hinterlands expansions), which also often come in large boxes. The problem is that when you want to bring your cards round to a friend's house, you're stuck lugging around a tower of mostly empty boxes.

There are many solutions to this problem available online, including some really beautifully made boxes such as Beth Bernhardt's Dominion Storage Case which was successfully funded on Kickstarter.

I think I've found a good, and very cheap solution myself. I'm sure someone else has thought of too, but I thought I'd share it just in case. It involves the storage boxes and dividers available from Magic Madhouse. Now the boxes are only £1.25 (and come with 8 dividers), and the dividers are £0.50 for 8, and just one box and a few dividers happily holds two sets!

Here come the photos. Enjoy!

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Instructables 3D Printing Contest - Daft Punk Helmet

Just a quick note to say I've written a very detailed Instructable documenting how to make my Guy-Manuel Daft Punk Helmet which is available here.

I've also entered it into the Instructables 3D Printing Contest and I'd love it if you'd vote for me here.


Here's the brand new carefully drawn circuit diagrams and stripboard schematics:

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Return to Project Timbo

It's been mighty quiet here on Project Timbo, as for the past year or so I've been enslaved, writing my PhD thesis. Finally, and somewhat suddenly, it's finished, and I have sufficient spare time to return to the wonderful world of projects.

I have a few big projects in the pipeline:
  1. The Prusa i3 has undergone a total redesign with all of its parts designed from scratch, and I'll be printing and upgrading it in the coming months. If the redesign proves effective, I'll be sharing it on Thingiverse.
  2. I've been working on a board game, heavily inspired by Betrayal at House on the Hill and Talisman. It's still very much in early design stages, but might one day make it into the public eye.
Until then, however, I'll keep on keeping on with smaller projects. I have a couple of nice ones to share today.

The first is a 3D printable Origami Heron Stand. I don't know why anyone would want one unless, like me, you have an Origami Heron of emotional significance, but there you go.

The second is a little more general. In fact, I'd go as far as calling it essential, assuming you know and love the game Betrayal at House on the Hill. For those of you who are unfamiliar with it, it's a board game where you and your friends assume classic horror genre roles and explore a creepy abandoned house. The whole game oozes flavour and suspense.

At one point in the game, you might stumble upon a mangy dog, which makes you stronger, more sane, and will even scurry off to collect items for your explorer. Unfortunately, the game only provides you with a "small monster token" to represent the dog. Wouldn't it be better if your canine companion was properly represented with a figure, standing brave and tall against the horrors of the house?

I feel braver already!