Foursies - 4 in a row with a twist!

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Foursies - 4 in a row with a twist! by chrisnewman Mar 28, 2013
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This is a printable model of a physical version of our iPhone game, Foursies (http://www.4lwg.com/foursies), which itself is an electronic version of a variant of a physical game. Bear with me... it will make sense, I promise!

Foursies is a four-in-a-row game with a twist: you play four boards at the same time, but you have to play in four different columns on each turn. This video has a better explanation of how it works: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-rKtdY3Zmo

We originally prototyped the game using four Connect 4 boards and some very rough "blocker" markers (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PS1A2bsCZ2w). After finishing the app, we thought it would be cool to try to create a printable model of the game.

To be fair, the gameplay is designed for online play in a mobile app. It's a little cumbersome to play with a physical set, because it requires you to keep track of which columns are played using up to nine blocker counters on a turn. We made this BECAUSE WE CAN! :)

However, it's definitely playable so you still get to experience the unique strategy elements created by our rule variations, while playing on a table top with real people!


There are two ways you can print and play this game.

If you have, or can gather together, four classic Connect 4 games, you can play using those boards using "blocker" counters to mark which columns can no longer be used. We've included a blocker model featuring some of the artwork from the game. Print 9 of these. The 30mm blockers fit an official Connect 4 game as well as the generic copy boards we had to hand. Adjust size if necessary. We found an upright print produced the best results in the decal detail, as shown in the photo.

Or you can print a full set of four boards, counters and blockers!

We tried to reproduce some of the theming of our game by mounting the boards on hills. This allows them to stand at different heights to arrange a fully visible playing grid of four boards on a table.

Each game board (without hill) measures 138x96mm and uses 14mm counters. At this size, it feels like a travel game, but that makes it a reasonable size to arrange four boards together for a game. Board 1 stands the lowest at 100mm tall and board 4 the highest at 130mm. The overall height was limited by our Afinia H-Series / Up! 3D printer - you may like to make the hills higher if your printer can handle it. At this size, no support material was necessary for the holes in the game board.

However, any one board is functional as a standalone four-in-a-row game. If you like, print any one of them and a set of counters and you have a classic Connect 4-type game on a hill! If you can, print at double size for a "full size" game.

For all our prints, we aligned the board diagonally across the platform and used 0.20mm layers with hollow fill and surface set at 4 layers.

Counters tended to be problematic to separate from the raft if printed flat. We preferred to print them standing upright on their edge and file smooth if necessary.

Print blockers with the slot facing upwards.

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