Instant Catan

Yesterday morning, my daughter visits me with some time on her hands. She had been playing Settlers of Catan with her friends regularly, so I threw out the idea of us creating her own custom board. One day-long story short… She drew each tile, I imported them into Illustrator using Adobe Capture (killer!). After some measuring and prototypes in cardboard, I had the pieces dialed in. A few hours of engraving, scoring and cutting… One totally custom Catan board. She is thrilled.


Love it, looks really great! And more so love the speed at which the :glowforge: lets you crank stuff out.

What’s the final piece made out of?

Went with draft board. It’s a great project as I am still getting comfortable with Illustrator. The best way to learn something is to have a purpose and a deadline. A good one-day build is a perfect challenge.


The deadline! Keeps my panic monster around and so the instant gratification monkey stays away!


This is from one of my favorite TED talks. Well done!

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Great job on the board! (Excellent artwork!) :grinning:

thank you!

Very nice.

This post prompted my instant gratification monkey to google it, good talk!
For those who want their gratification even more instant:


Personalized board, chips and salsa… what else could you need? Sounds like you and your daughter had quite a day!

Do you have any plans to share your design? I understand if you don’t, but this is absolutely gorgeous.

The answer is guacamole. You always need guacamole.



I spoke to my daughter and she would be thrilled to share the design. I can imagine how wonderful it will be to see what others in this community will do with it! I’ve got a fair bit to clean up, and then I will post the files in this thread.

What is the best way to do this? Should I just post, svgs, or should I post the original illustrator file?

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Also… My wife has become inspired to make a new design as well. I love her style, so stay tuned for a more folksy version. Here is our marriage contract that she made for us

… This is her style. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with.


Great family project! I really like your daughter’s drawings.

This is beautiful. Your daughter did a lovely job of the drawings