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Laser-cut Carcassonne

I have been working recently on designs for a laser-cut Carcassonne set. I have completed a prototype of The River and some start tiles. I brought them all to KublaCon a couple weekends ago, and played many a game of … Continue reading

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Catan Treasure Chest

David Sopko has some very lucky friends. He created a wonderful wedding gift – a customized boxed set of Catan: Cities and Knights using Boardcrafting tiles, felt bags for the player pieces, and wooden trays for the cards. In his … Continue reading

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Combination Platter

The greatest thing about attending KublaCon last year was connecting with so many fellow board game enthusiasts, sharing ideas, and getting new inspiration. Jorge showed me a great example of mixing Boardcrafting tiles (he has the “Fancywood” edition with cherry and … Continue reading

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Tile Extractin’ Backing Action

One part of my Catan boards that doesn’t get enough attention is the backing. The backing is almost invisible during play, and it is obviously critical to keeping the frame together, but there’s one feature of the backing I haven’t … Continue reading

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Koji Matsumoto’s Catan / Game of Thrones Combo

Koji Matsumoto has created a beautiful take on a Settlers of Catan board. Entitled “Settlers of the Iron Throne”, it takes thematic guidance from the Song of Ice and Fire book series by George R.R. Martin (aka “Game of Thrones” … Continue reading

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Anodized aluminum Catan pieces

I just saw this Kickstarter campaign pop up, and I really appreciate the elegance of these Settlers accessories. They’d be a fine match to go along with one of my boards. I think I may get some for myself… Campaign … Continue reading

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Puerto Rico: Building on Buildings

One of my ideas for improving Puerto Rico is to change the component for the buildings. Currently the buildings look like this: Improvements I want to implement are as follows: separate the price and quarry effect information from the actual … Continue reading

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Andy Evans’ Shiny Wooden Carcassonne

Andy Evans has created a beautiful rendition of Carcassonne in wood. I really dig the abstraction, letting the natural beauty of the wood come through rather than relying on drawings. Also, I think the dimensionality really clarifies the function of … Continue reading

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Prototyping a Laser-Cut Catan Water Tile

I used up some of the scrap wood I had lying around today. After having a lot of fun playing around with tesselated patterns in Inkscape (Edit->Clone->Create Tiled Clones) I tried some of them out on the laser cutter.

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Dominion Caddy: Lyrical Scabbard

More work on my Dominion card “caddy” design. I call this one “Lyrical Scabbard”. Here you can see both the original pencil sketch and the cleaned-up, tweaked and refined design in the vector file.

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