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ScrumbleShip is the most accurate space combat simulation devised to date. Gather resources, construct a capital ship out of individual blocks, then pilot it with AI or human help against other players.

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dirkson

And now for something completely different.

That's a physical voxel in my hand. It's 6.25cm to a side, and corresponds exactly to a voxel in the game - If a voxel of aluminum existed in real life, this is what it would look like.

I had a company in Seattle carve it off of the end of some extruded aluminum. This one cost me about $8 plus shipping, but I expect I could reduce the price a little if I bought the same thing in steel locally. Plastic is only a couple dollars per voxel cheaper, and I think a metal voxel is significantly cooler.

I'm thinking I could give them out as donation incentives. Opinions?

Cheers,
-Dirk

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DudenClarity
DudenClarity

Would certainly be an interesting incentive to donate, though I'm not sure how many would agree to getting a voxel of material. :P

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Insolent.
Insolent.

I'd be interested to see if others share your feeling. I think the voxel is cool, and voxels are a major part of the game - but once the novelty wears off, all you really have is a cube. Maybe good for a paperweight?

We've been tossing around the idea on IRC of something even more recognizably emblematic, like carved versions of in-game components. Would that be more interesting to you, or no?

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DudenClarity
DudenClarity

It is certainly interesting to me to get a voxel of material, carved or not. But maybe adding carved versions would help differentiate it from just a cube of metal, although would also increase costs too. I guess it depends on the person mostly, but as i said before, I'm ok with anything :P

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ZeroKnight
ZeroKnight

Just remember, that's only a single voxel. I believe each whole block in scrumble is supposed to represent a meter. So, that's 16 of those guys in Dirkson's hand in length, width and height. 4,096 of them would represent a full aluminum block in ScrumbleShip :)

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dirkson Author
dirkson

Exactly right sir. A block is no small amount of material.

-Dirk

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Insolent.
Insolent.

Indeed! A "block" (cubic meter) of aluminum suddenly takes on a whole new meaning when you see that that large chunk is only one 4,096th of an in-game "block"!

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Architct
Architct

had a cool post about something I am working on but thanks to spam ruining it for everyone else I have to save it for 7 days before I can post it here, but it is very relevant to this post :)

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