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Paper Playground – Juvenile Chromatic Dragons

Originally Published January 20, 2005

Paper Playground - Juvenile Chromatic DragonsThis was the last product from Penguin Labs LLC. It was an interesting challenge to design a dragon that could be made this small. I really don’t remember too much about this product.

So, what happened? Why did I stop? Well, I guess it was a few factors. The first was the birth of my son. Then, I picked up some freelance work which became a full time job. With the demands of work and family, Penguin Labs kept getting pushed to the background. While I worked on other projects, I never polished them enough to justify selling them. Part of my goals for this new website is to brush off some of those old projects and share some new ones as well. So, I hope you enjoy the products, and thanks for letting me take this trip down memory lane. Let’s see what the future brings.

From the product description:

Paper Playground – Juvenile Chromatic Dragons gives you a set of small cardstock dragons for you to print out, assemble, and use in your next game. This set provides smaller counterparts to the adult dragons provided in Paper Playground – Chromatic Dragons or they can be used by themselves to challenge your heroes.

Paper Playground – Juvenile Chromatic Dragons consists of kits for six colors of dragons, each with their own breath weapon plus a variant of the green dragon that breathes fire. Pages are scaled for printing onto both A4 and Letter sized pages without difficulty.

The basic model size, without scaling:

  • Length, total, including breath weapon: approx. 5 inches

  • Length, nose to tail: approx. 3 1/2 inches

  • Length, body: 1 1/2 inches

  • Height, to shoulder blades: 1 inch

  • Width, body: 3/4 inch

  • Width, wingspan: 2 3/4 inches

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Paper Playground – Metallic Dragons

Originally Published January 5, 2005

Papaer Playground - Metallic Dragons

I don’t have a lot to say about this particular set. It is basically a reskinning of the Chromatic Dragon Set, with some changes to the fins and horns.

From the product description:

The companion set to Paper Playground – Chromatic Dragons, Paper Playground – Metallic Dragons brings the mighty forces of good to your table by providing cardstock dragons for you to print out, assemble, and use in your next game.

Paper Playground – Metallic Dragons consists of kits for six species of metallic dragons (five found in the OGL and one created specifically for this set). Each dragon can be assembled to be on all four legs or reared up on its hind legs. Additional leg and tail positions give you additional flexibility in creating dragons to your taste. Best of all, you can make as many as you want – if you have ever wanted an army of dragons, don’t miss this chance!

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Paper Playground – Tyrannosaurus Rex

Originally Published July 30, 2004

Paper Playground - Tyrannosaurus RexWhile I was working on the Portable Adventure Kit materials, I was stretching my abilities as a paper modeller. When I built my models, I didn’t use unfolding programs like Pepakura. Nowadays, I wouldn’t shy away from it. Back then, I felt that it made it too easy to create a model that would be too hard to build. Designing it by hand forced me to keep it simple. So, the entire design was done with sketches, measurements, and lots of calculations. My son love dinosaurs, so more dinos may be in the future.

From the product description:

The Tyrant Lizard is now yours! Paper Playground – Tyrannosaurus gives you a magnificent Tyrannosaurus Rex to build and use in your game or to display. Two versions of the model are provided, one at 30mm scale (approximately 1/60) for most fantasy RPGs and a larger one at 45mm scale (approximately 1/40 scale) for larger scaled games or for display. All pages are optimized for printing onto either Letter or A4 sized paper.

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Paper Playground – Fire Elemental

Originally Published March 10, 2004

Paper Playground - Fire ElementalThis product was my most experimental product. Commercially, it didn’t do that well, but that is no real surprise. This product, and the T-Rex (coming soon), served two purposes: to gauge customer response to larger products, and to expand my skills as a paper modeller. I had planned on doing a full elemental set, but I moved on to other projects instead.

From the product description:

Bring the power of the elements to your game! Paper Playground – Fire Elemental gives you a beautiful fire elemental to build and use in your game or to guard your desk. Designed for the experienced paper modeller, this model can be constructed to form a towering elemental standing 9 inches tall and standing on a 3″x5″ base or scaled to fit your gaming needs.

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Paper Playground – Chromatic Dragons

Originally Published September 29, 2003

Paper Playground - Chromatic DragonsThis is one of the products that I am the most proud of. These were fun to design, customers responded well to them, and there just wasn’t much like them on the market. There aren’t many monsters that can be created as paper minis at the scale that most gamers use. The dragons are meant to be assembled two configurations: on all four legs or rearing up on the back legs, which made it work better for their D&D stats.

One of the challenges of selling paper models online is balancing file size, printer usage, and detail. I preferred to keep the file size small. However, I believe that I have the original files and could re-release a high-resolution version if there is sufficient interest.

From the product description:

Unleash mighty dragons upon your unsuspecting players! Paper Playground – Chromatic Dragons gives you an affordable way to dragons to your dungeons. Penguin Labs brings you cardstock dragons for you to print out, assemble, and use in your next game.

Paper Playground – Chromatic Dragons consists of kits for six colors of dragons (five found in the OGL and one created specifically for this set). Each dragon can be assembled to be on all four legs or reared up on its hind legs. Additional leg and tail positions give you additional flexibility in creating dragons to your taste. Best of all, you can make as many as you want – if you have ever wanted an army of dragons, don’t miss this chance!

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Paper Playground Terrain Pak 1 – The Fields of War

Originally Published July 06, 2003

TerrainPak1CoverOver the years, I’ve lost track of old files. They either got deleted or are on media that was misplaced.  I was hoping that I could show a close-up of the product, but I don’t have the larger pictures that I took of these products. I hope to find them.

I also hope to find the original Photoshop and Illustrator files that I used to create these products. If I do, I will make the original files available or export the files into higher resolution PDF’s.

This was the second of the Paper Playground products. When I first started releasing products, I wanted to make sure that I had a steady release for a while, so several of the first products were developed almost simultaneously.  For me, the geomorphic hills were the highlight of the product, it gave me the flexibility that I wanted as a gamer. From the product description:

Give your miniatures a field to wage war on with Terrain Pak 1 – The Fields of War!

The newest product of the Paper Playground paper miniatures line is our first Terrain Pak, Terrain Pak 1 – The Fields of War. Your miniatures can now have beautiful, customizable terrain for their battles.

Fields of War includes a set of geomorphic hill sections which are easy to assemble and can lock together to form thousands of hill shapes. The hills are beautifully textured and are marked with 1 inch squares for use in most role-playing games. Several sheets of additional textures are provided so you can create your own fields, rivers, and roads. To go with the hills, there are bridges, hedges, shrubs, fences, walls, and small trees to enhance your miniature battles.

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Paper Playground – Tree Pak 1

Paper Playground - Tree Pak 1As promised, here is the first of Penguin Labs LLC’s old products. This was the first product that I ever made for sale. Before founding Penguin Labs LLC, I shared my creations publicly on my own website . . . sounds familiar. Back then, there were very few paper model companies and not much attention was going to outdoor scenics, so that is where I made my start.

One of the reasons I got into paper modeling was that I could do it within my apartment and the tree design reflects my need for space. I can fold them up flat and store an entire forest in a shoe box. Eventually, I would explore portability more with the Portable Adventure Kit line of products.

From the product description:

Supplement your beautiful miniatures with beautiful trees with Penguin Labs first release, Paper Playground – Tree Pak 1. The Tree Pak contains a variety of common trees for you to use in most settings.

Trees stand about 4 inches tall (actual height varies from tree to tree), making them appropriate for most role-playing games. The trees are designed to be assembled quickly, allowing you to build entire forests quickly and easily. Once you are done with your forest, the trees fold flat for easy transport and storage.

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Penguin Labs LLC to Close Its Doors

Hello everyone,

Soon, Penguin Labs LLC will be shutting down as a business entity. As a business, it has been ignored for far too long as other obligations and opportunities required my time. I’d like to thank all of you for your support and patronage over the years.

After Penguin Labs LLC closes, you will still be able to download any purchases you made through your library. If you have not yet purchased a product, do not rush, all products will become available on the new penguinlabs.com website for free download. If you have any questions, you may reach me through this website.

Penguinlabs.com is getting a much needed update as I convert it to a personal website. From here, I will be sharing assorted projects that I have been working on. The projects will be eclectic, from papercrafts, to leatherworking and costuming, much of it with a RPG/LARP twist. If you share my love of crafting and gaming, I hope you will stop by once in a while or subscribe to the RSS feed and keep up to date.

Once again, I would like to thank all of you. Since founding Penguin Labs LLC, I have watched e-publishing grow from an experimental business model to a thriving part of the the gaming landscape. Over the years, I have met great people and have had wonderful experiences, and it is all thanks to each one of you.

Thank You,
Kent Dirckx
Penguin Labs LLC.