DIY World Of Warcraft Meat Pies


If the imminent release of World of Warcraft’s fifth expansion, Warlords of Draenor, has whetted your appetite for gaming, then why not satisfy your hunger with these beautiful World of Warcraft meat pies?

Jenn Fujikawa generously shared the recipe for these delicacies over on Nerdist, featuring a savory meat filling stuffed into a pastry adorned with a Warcraft Horde symbol. You can buy the cookie cutter that she used from Etsy seller StarCookie, or just go ahead and cut out whatever symbol you choose for yourself or the inevitably soon-to-be hungry gamer in your life!

[via that’s nerdalicious!]

3D Printing Around The Home: The Game Room

For more on 3D printing, check out Make: Volume 42.  Don't have this issue? Get it in the Maker Shed.

For more on 3D printing, check out Make: Volume 42.
Don’t have this issue? Get it in the Maker Shed.

Our annual guide to 3D Printing just came out! To celebrate, we’re going to spend a week focusing on 3D printing in the home. Each day we’ll focus on a different area such as the kitchen, bathroom, or workshop.

Today, we’d like to give you a long list of items that you could print to improve your game room. From table top gaming to watching a movie, there’s probably something you could print to make life easier or your game better!


Board Gaming


3D printing is really becoming quite a storm in the table top gaming communities. Not only are people printing bits and pieces for already existing games, there are complete board game sets that are 3D printable.


Video Gaming

From controller accessories to storage, video games haven’t been left out of the 3D printing fun.



When you’re sitting around watching a movie or your favorite show, you may find yourself thinking of even more ways that a 3D printer could make the experience better.


Catch up with us on Monday when we resume with another area of the house!

A game controller that’s mondo customizable with Lego and Android

Strange Meadowlark’s Lego/Arduino Game Controller: because one size does not fit all.

Strange Meadowlark’s Lego/Arduino Game Controller: because one size does not fit all.

Everybody has their own personal preferences when it comes to gaming controllers. Some prefer certain button layouts while others prefer different contours, and some shun them all together in favor of a mouse and keyboard. Suffice it to say, trying to find the ‘perfect’ controller can be a pain, unless you have the skills to build your own like maker ‘Strange Meadowlark’. His “Lego/Arduino Game Controller” name pretty much describes exactly what went into the design.

lego controller 2

It uses Lego boat hulls for the grips and smooth pieces as a foundation for breadboard platform (stuck to the Legos using sticky-tack). He found that the Arduino Uno R3 slides perfectly between 1 X 2 grate-plates, so no special mock-up was needed. For the top buttons, Strange used simple tactile switches and harvested buttons from an old Microsoft mouse. The buttons were connected to the Arduino and breadboard using old floppy drive ribbon cables held in place with more sticky-tack for a neater look.

lego controller 3

Strange used specialized firmware and a short script he wrote to trick the computer into thinking it’s a keyboard and the keys can be mapped as such (i.e. WSAD for movement). It may not look pretty,  but it is one of the more customizable controllers out there. Those who want to create their own can head over to Strange’s project blog. Where all the source code sits… worth a look just for that.

Plus you can attach any of you Lego Mini-fig friends to game with you… that won me over!

RFID Power Ups Transform Go-karting Into Mario Karting

MAKE@SXSW 2014As a long-time player of Mario Kart on Nintendo, I felt a strong sense of nostalgia in front of the SXSW Gaming Expo yesterday. There, Penzoil set up “Mario Kart: Reimagined,” a go-kart racetrack where each driver takes on the role of a Mario Kart character.

And just like the game, power ups along the raceway allow you to get a speed boost (or perhaps even slow you down). That system runs on RFID tags and sensors; each driver gets and RFID wristband and the cars have tags in them as well. Sensors along the track can tell when you’ve run over the power ups and act accordingly. In this version of the game, if you get five power ups, you get a nice speed boost to fly by your opponents.

Mario Kart

The folks from Penzoil were happy to give MAKE a behind-the-scenes look at how it all works and we found that it’s a complex operation. Not only do they need crews to monitor the sensors, gameplay, and karts, but they also have a full television production crew to create a downloadable video of your race, complete with 4-Up POV shots and NASCAR-style camerawork. Check out the video above to see how it all comes together and I’ll see you on Rainbow Road!