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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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Portable Adventure Kit – Grassy Hills

Originally Published June 28, 2004

Portable Adventure Kit - Grassy HillsThis is the last of the Portable Adventure Kit products to be released. While I liked The Fields of War set, the terrain pieces were difficult to transport. So I needed something that I could fold up that would support pewter minis. The result worked better than I expected; I could set a full can of soda on top of one of these pieces. Your results may vary depending on the weight and type of paper you use.

From the product description:

Take your terrain with you with Portable Adventure Kit – Grassy Hills! This set of cardstock structures is designed to store flat to be carried with the rest of your gaming materials. When unfolded, the pieces become terrain tiers for your miniatures.

The product contains geomorphic, edges, corners, and basic filler pieces (9 pieces total) that you can configure to create a wide assortment of hills. Pieces are marked with 1-inch squares, making them compatible with most games. When in use, the platforms are stable and capable of supporting metal miniatures so you can use them with the rest of your gaming materials. Pages are designed to be printed on Letter sized paper or A4 paper without scaling.

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Portable Adventure Kit – Campgrounds

Originally Published April 27, 2004

Portable Adventure Kit - CampgroundsThe campgrounds set was inspired by all the times that adventuring parties got attacked during night watch. If they are going to argue about watch schedule every night, the least I could do is make it worth while :). The design is the result of studying books about designing pop-up cards. Like the village set, the hardest piece was a detail piece, the campfire.

From the product description:

Take your game camping with Portable Adventure Kit – Campgrounds! This set of cardstock structures is designed to store flat to be carried with the rest of your gaming materials. When unfolded, the set reveals a wide variety of tents and a campfire.

The set consists of three types of tents (wedge, wall, and pavilion) with different styles for each of them to maximize your campground options. Also included are a campfire, a lean-to and a terrain tile to help you create your own campground. Structures are designed to 30mm scale, making them compatible with most fantasy games and can be printed on Letter sized paper or A4 paper without scaling.

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Portable Adventure Kit – Village Set

Originally Published April 8, 2004

Portable Adventure Kit - Village Set 1 Cover

I was receiving good feedback on the Starter Set, so I decided to spend some time working on PAK products. At this point, I was researching pop-up cards for inspiration. The buildings weren’t that difficult to design, but the well was tricky.

From the product description:

Take your village on the road with Portable Adventure Kit – Village Set 1 from Penguin Labs! This set of cardstock buildings is designed to store flat to be carried with the rest of your gaming materials. The set unfolds to reveal three different buildings and a village well.

The village set consists of three buildings, three roof options for each building, optional chimneys for each building, a beautiful well, and an additional terrain tile to help you create your own village. Buildings are designed to 30mm scale making them compatible with most fantasy games and miniatures and can be printed on Letter sized paper or A4 paper without scaling.

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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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Portable Adventure Kit – Doors & Windows

Originally Published February 12, 2004

Portable Adventure Kit - Doors and WindowsThis was a pretty basic creation. I was experimenting with a lot of designs at this time, many of which would not make it into a final product. I wanted to make sure that I was putting out product on a semi-regular basis. I also wanted to expand the utility of the Starter Set so I took some time out and created thee doors and windows to be added onto the walls, I used a temporary adhesive in my games to great effect.

From the product page:

Expand your dungeon with realistic doors and windows!

The first expansion for the Portable Adventure Kit is the Doors and Windows set. The set consists of over 40 realistic doors, windows, and accessories for you to print out and attach to your P.A.K. structures. A wide variety of styles are represented here, giving you the ability to customize the look and feel of your dungeons.

Each feature is presented against a section of the same wall texture used in the Starter Set. This prevents the need of cutting out complex outlines – cut out a simple rectangle, attach it to a plain wall with glue or a removable adhesive and you are ready to go. Of course, experienced modelers can cut the features away from the texture and use them in other modeling projects.

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Portable Adventure Kit – Starter Set

Originally Published December 2, 2003

Portable Adventure Kit - Starter KitWhen I was creating products for Penguin Labs, I was living in an apartment. I was also doing most of my gaming at a friend’s house. I really needed something that I could fold up for storage and easy transport. I also wanted it to be quick to set up, so I developed the Portable Adventure Kit to be unfoldable. This kit represents the first of the line, some basic floors, walls, and stairs for basic dungeon creation.

From the product page:

Pack up your dungeon and take it wherever you game! Specifically designed for portability and ease of storage, the Portable Adventure Kit is the newest product line from Penguin Labs. Portable Adventure Kits can be stored flat to be carried with the rest of your gaming material. When you need it, just unfold the tiles to reveal beautiful, three dimensional scenics for your game.

The first product, the Starter Set, consists of floor tiles, walls, and stairs to get you started and to introduce you to the possibilities of portable adventuring. Later sets will let you expand and customize the starter set.

The Portable Adventure Kit forms a middle-ground between tiles and three-dimensional scenics. Like tiles, the kit can be easily stored and taken to your game but you also get the beauty of three dimensional structures. The kit is designed to be easily assembled, you do not need to be an experienced paper modeler to gain the benefits of the portable dungeon kit. With the included support system, the kit can be built to support pewter miniatures and still fold flat when done.

Tiles are marked with one inch squares, appropriate for many fantasy games. Each page is designed so it can be printed on Letter sized paper or A4 paper without scaling.

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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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