Let Hacking Play a Critical Role in Your Next D&D Campaign

If you’re a D&D player, you probably see what I did there. If not, read on, brave adventurer!

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Dungeons & Dragons has been enjoying a years-long increase in popularity. In fact last year, despite lockdowns and people limiting time spent indoors with others, Dungeons & Dragons had its biggest year ever. Long time DMs and players seized on the opportunity to teach their families or roommates the beauty of the game while they were all at home together, and this growth trend shows no signs of slowing. And I think it’s safe to say that Critical Role has played a solid part in that growth. With veteran game master Matthew Mercer at the helm, he and a band of fellow professional voice actors lead viewers through their own D&D campaigns, sharing them over podcasts and YouTube videos.

With this increase in popularity and players comes the inevitable increase in game pieces. This has been enhanced greatly by the fact that so many people now have access to 3D printers, and can print out as many pieces as their filament budget allows. Some amazing designers like Devon Jones, Arian Croft, and William Chaberlin continue to release top quality 3D files for D&D players, but if you feel that their extensive offerings aren’t enough for you create a totally unique world, you can always hack, modify, and adjust those pieces. That’s what I set out to do this week. Take a look at the video below for a couple of examples of what components I used, what adjustments I made to some existing 3D files, and how it worked out.

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  • REDACTED-GDPR / about 3 years ago / 4

    Could you consider posting a few pictures of these here in addition to the video? Some of us don't have access to youtube during lunch breaks at work, or can't play the audio. It would be neat to still be able to get an idea of what we're missing.


  • Member #134773 / about 3 years ago / 2

    Wow! I just realized it's been nearly 40 years since I played D&D!

    One comment: One advantage to the Lilypad battery holder is that it includes a switch, so you can turn it off to assure you don't accidentally kill the battery in storage.

    One further comment: For those who have a Costco membership, last week the local one (in the Phoenix area) had a great deal on Duracell CR2032 batteries -- IIRC, a card of 12 for about $9.

  • Sweeet. I have someone that I know that started 3D printing these and he was trying to add a sensor somewhere in the mix.

    Very cool!

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