Recently I picked up a new hobby on the weekend that most folks have probably heard of. That hobby would be Dungeons and Dragons. Now I know there are a lot of people who are probably thinking “This guy is just a super nerd so of course he enjoys D&D”. You’re not wrong about the nerd part but for several years I drew the line at D&D because I thought that was “too” nerdy. I was encouraged to give it a try by a friend and I loved it! Since then I have been trying to find fun and cool ways to spice up our gaming table with all sorts of accessories. As most folks know we opened our STREAM Center in January and it was a maker’s paradise. There is so much potential for tabletop gamers to save money and yet still have cool and interesting pieces for their games. My favorite pieces of equipment to use are the Glowforge laser cutter and our two 3D printers. With them I’ve made custom miniatures, dice cases and rollers, coasters for our group and so much more. I’ve even printed a custom terrain board for our group on our poster printer. I have also hosted a program where people could sew their own dice bags using our sewing machines.
These things are all done at cost, so they are extremely cheap. I can print an average sized miniature for a character for about $1.50 or less. I 3D printed my friend a tabaxi miniature for 90¢. I made 2 dice tower rollers with $16.00 worth of acrylic from Amazon. The sheets I bought already had a protective film on them, but even if I had bought them without the film the library has protective film that is 12” long by 6” wide for 10¢. So, it really would have only costed me $16.40 for the whole project. Whereas buying a pre-made piece like mine would have cost me $35.00. So double the product for half the price.
Written By: Brandon Baldoni
Brandon Baldoni is one of our two Emerging Technology Programmers at the Erlanger Branch where he works in the STREAM Center of Learning.