3D printed designs for the boardgame ease of use.

If you ever played the thrilling, semi-cooperative board game Betrayal at the House on the Hill, you might recall the plastic clips that came with the game were useless. The plastic clips don't clip. They just fall off or shift around when you bump the table.

Out of dissatisfaction, I've designed a new character tracker — appropriately titled "Claws — free and open for anyone to download to manufacture.

Download the .STL files for 3D printing here:

  1. The Base
  2. The Dial

If you use Rhinoceros 3D, you can also download the original design and modify to your heart's content. The files are in centimetres, so if your program takes millimetres, upscale by 10x.

All files provided here are under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Thanks to the Board Game Design community for the support and feedback.

Design Highlights

The Base will fit in the box that came with the game:

claws in original box

The Dials are clear and easy to use:

dials

Design of the board is simple, allowing plenty of room for creativity:

wireframes

I'm always keen to hear or talk about ideas. If you do download the file and print them, please let me know. If you decide to modify for this, I would be very happy to hear about your creations.

Game on.

Updates

Reed Arnold has kindly put together 1 file with a base and 5 dials. If you don't mind printing everything in the same colour, this will work. Please note this file is in millimetres.

Juan Garcia created a windowed version, which has its own set of aesthetics, on Thingiverse.

About the author

Xavier Ho

Xavier Ho is the creator of Roguelike Universe, Smoke and Fire, and other interactive data visualisations. He works at Monash Art, Design and Architecture, often pulling from the intersection of data visualisation, design, society, and systems thinking.

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