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+1 Counter Fail: Ditching Etsy for Shapeways

+1/+1 Counter Fail

For some reason– bed leveling, quantum kapton fluctuations, ambient temperature, butterfly effect, I dunno, I was getting something like a 70% failure rate on printing these Magic: The Gathering +1/+1 Counters.

downloadFinally I ABSynthed the build platform and started producing reliable prints again. Still, the trouble these guys caused prompted me to stop selling these on Etsy and move them exclusively on Shapeways instead. Life’s too short to be frustrated by DIY production problems when the big guys seem to have it figured out.

Give it a go yourself by downloading the models from The Forge.

Exiling Chaff: MtG +1/+1 Counters

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UPDATE: These counters are now available on Shapeways!

Everything we’ve tried to use for +1/+1 counters gets scattered during a Magic: The Gathering game. Usually it’s little squares of paper ripped off our scorekeeping sheet, but then they fly hither and yon when someone taps a creature.

So I made these counter clips. Plus one clips slide onto the left side of the card, minus one clips on the right. The clips interlock so an X/X boost makes a neat line of counters on the card’s edge.

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Very tidy and handy. I’m printing these in red for +1/+1 and black for -1/-1.

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Important question: Will this damage my cards?

Probably not. I wouldn’t put one of these on your near-mint Black Lotus, but the amount of wear and tear it puts on your $0.05 goblin card is probably less than you’d get from an anemic shuffle. Friction holds these clips to a card, but they’re very easy to remove.

You should have that Black Lotus in a helium-filled, hermetically-sealed Lexan box anyway. Hidden. Dark and deep in the vaults, not to be used, unless at the uttermost end of need.

Just to be safe, I give the inside of the clip a brisk swipe with some fine grit sandpaper before first use to exorcise any burrs.

If you’re printing at home, grab the STL for both of these clips here. Or if you’ve found your way here from Internet parts unknown and would rather have a pro print you a few, check out this listing on Shapeways.

This model is distributed under the Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 US license. Please remix and enjoy.