[posted on reddit with a few bonus gifs, too]
So my wife, twins, and I have been playing Dungeons & Dragons for the past few weekends. A friend introduced me and I was skeptical - but he told me it was an amazing way to spend hours together as a family. Well, he was right. And the kids love it. So much so, in fact, that they’ve even been known to dress up. (And yes, those are @jeffbowman’s dice boxes)
They’ve had so much fun with it that they’ve occasionally asked if we can play when we have a few minutes away from the house, like waiting at a restaurant. Then I had an idea: their grandpa taught them poker. They loved it. What if when we were waiting for tables at a restaurant, their characters were “playing poker” around the campfire? So I went to Amazon and searched for “travel poker”, but didn’t find anything that did the trick. Enter Glowforge.
First, I used @kigster’s oustanding makeabox.io to create the box. The lid looked boring, so I found a picture of a rhombicuboctahedron drawn by DaVinci. It looks sort of like a d20 fell in love with a handful of d6s, so it seemed appropriate. I could have packed the pieces in a little tighter, but the sides look best when the grain runs in the same direction for all of them.
Next, I designed the chips/coins. I could fit 5 layers of material next to the deck. The game has some sample art that I used for inspiration.
Finally, it was time to put it all together. Glue? We don’t need no glue.
Ultimately it came together pretty much exactly how I imagined.
Just one thing left: they need to find some way to win, buy, or otherwise obtain it from a creepy old fortune teller who’s been following the wagon caravan they’re guarding…
Note: personal project, not supported by Glowforge.