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What is Merge?

A Virtual + Physical Gaming Experience

Merge combines these components:

Video Game

Merge provides an adventure game set in a post-modern, post-human world. It comprises 3D-P or "Printy's" mission to find his off-world creator. The progression system includes minigames, upgrading Printy throughout the game, and a competitive endless mode embedded in an online community.

3D Printing

In the game, you will find 3D print (.stl) files, now dubbed "Styl Files." They contain parts that will increase Printy's abilities! When you find Styl Files, you will Merge the virtual and phsyical by also 3D printing the part in real life. These collectable parts are integrated into gameplay by containing clues.

Rewards!

Not only will you be able to progress further in the story or unlock new minigames, you will gain a physical reward as well. You will have a cutomizable Printy model. When you find Styl Files in the game, these files will also serve as new accessories - perhaps a sword or a hat - to customize your Printy.

Printy Name

Who is Printy?

The cutest 3D printer there ever was

The Backstory

Your adventure begins on a post-modern Earth, abandoned by humans with only mankind's creations remaining to show for their past. Humans now live in colonies orbiting the Earth in space. They could bring only their most crucial belongings in the move. You are 3D-P, or as we've lovingly nicknamed it, "Printy." Printy was once upon a time a simple 3D printer belonging to the controversial scientist Dr. Frank. Lacking in emotional interpersonal connections, Dr. Frank secretly began experiments to create not just an artificially intelligent robot, but a sentient companion. Unfortunately, the increasing inhospitability of Earth's climate prompted the off-world emmigration of all humans. Unable to bring any nonessential belongings with him, Dr. Frank left before discovering his success.

Now

You awaken as Printy in Dr. Frank's home lab with only a simple wheel base on for mobility. You are on a mission to reach Dr. Frank in his particular space colony. But first, you must find Styl Files to 3D print your own upgrades and increase your collection of tools and abilities.

Printy and Frank

3D Printing

How does it work?

We're so glad you asked!

3D Printer

3D Printing is an additive process.

What does it mean that 3D printing is an additive process? Firstly, you design 3D models on your computer using the software of your choice, and you save this design as a .stl file. You then load a spool of plastic – color of your choice – into your 3D printer. The 3D printer contains a part or device called an extruder. The plastic thread is pulled into the extruder, which melts the plastic and lays it onto a grid within the 3D printer. The extruder continues to lay one layer on top of another (Hint: This is the "additive" part) until a 3D shape is printed.

The Project

Here you can find updated information on our project

Postcard

Marketing Materials

A Poster and Handouts for SLAM

The Merge team at our booth

New Media SLAM

Displaying Our Hard Work

Model

Printy Model

A Collection of 3D-Printed Parts

3D Preview

Game Demo

Playable at SLAM

Bios

Bios

Game Characters

Rook and Pawn

Demo Day

Our collaborative event

Quiz

Take this quiz to find out how your strengths fit you into Printy's world

SLAM

Connect with MERGE at SLAM

#MYPRINTY
Facebook

Facebook

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Twitter

Twitter

@merge3dp

Instagram

Instagram

@merge3dp

Snapchat

Snapchat

We made Snapchat filters!

Timeline

The timeline of the Merge Project

  • Initial Project Proposal

    February 2016

    Initial Project Proposal

    The initial project proposal was when we first presented the idea of using 3D printing technology to enhance the gaming experience. At this stage, neither Printy nor Merge had been named, but we knew that the game would likely be adventure-style. We also knew that 3D printing would aid in progression of the player through the game.

  • Printy

    March 2016

    Check-In One: Merge is Born

    At this stage, we present the story of Printy and how Printy will be upgraded by finding .stl files in-game. 3D-printed items will both contain clues on to move forward in-game as well as serve as parts for customizing the player's own 3D-Printed Printy model.

  • Merge

    April 2016

    Check-In Two: Let's Get Physical

    Here, we have an actual version of the Printy model. We also have the full story of the game finalized. We offer a clear explanation of how mini games will tie into the story and into endless mode. We discuss how endless mode emphasizes a competitive and community aspect with team and a high-score reward system. At this stage, we have also spoken with a local gaming café, the Rook and Pawn.

  • SLAM pins

    May 2016

    SLAM!

    Merge presents live at SLAM at the booth AND on stage! On stage the full project is explained. At the booth, you can play the game demo, take our quiz for team placement, make your own Printy and get a picture at our photostation. Share your creation on social media with #MyPrinty

  • It Was
    Nice To
    Meet You!

The Merge Team

See the members of the Merge Project

Iris Guzman

Team Marketer

Elizabeth Hamil

Graphic Designer

Chalen Duncan

Chalen Duncan

Lead Developer

Morgan Brown

Content Coordinator

We have all enjoyed working together on this project and presenting it at New Media SLAM!

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