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Old February 27th, 2017, 06:41 PM
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When I got married, I made it a point to get a 3 teared cake just so I could get the Pillars that came with the cake. It was the only wedding decision I was adamant on (other than the Ice Cream Sunday bar and the choice of beer to be served). My wife had no idea until I specifically told the venue staff that they needed to save the Pillars for me.

I'm sure it was not the weirdest request they have had, but they gave me the impression it was odd. The cake was fairly expensive, making those pillars the most costly Heroscape terrain I own.
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Not entirely sure it is legal to sell those.
I believe the interlocking hexes are copyrighted by Hasbro.
Do so at your own risk.

Very cool though. It would be awesome if you uploaded that to shapeways.
We looked up the patents on the boxes and from what we could tell only the art was patented, and it said patent doesn't extend to design. (Or something like that, going off memory.) I'm not a lawyer, but to me it looked fine, however of you or anyone sees something we missed please let me know.

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Old February 27th, 2017, 06:49 PM
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Re: Custom pillars

Looks like you looked into it.

For some reason I remember the interlocking tiles having a copyright.
I believe that is why the Kickstarter that had new Heroscape-compatible terrain did not use it. Could be wrong though. Also not a lawyer.
If that is the case it really opens some opportunities for customs.

Regardless those pillars are super sweet.

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Re: Custom pillars

Received my columns today. They are really cool! They lock in well with the Heroscape tiles. Can be a little snug because of the paint but really nice work.
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Old March 4th, 2017, 12:21 AM
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Received my columns today. They are really cool! They lock in well with the Heroscape tiles. Can be a little snug because of the paint but really nice work.
Thanks for the kind words and the feedback! We will look into making them slightly more loose in the future, if the tightness causes damage after use don't hesitate to let me know.
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Re: Custom pillars

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Looks like you looked into it.

For some reason I remember the interlocking tiles having a copyright.
I believe that is why the Kickstarter that had new Heroscape-compatible terrain did not use it. Could be wrong though. Also not a lawyer.
If that is the case it really opens some opportunities for customs.

Unfortunately, there is a patent on the tile design, by Craig Van Ness and assigned to Hasbro, not just a copyright, which places imitations in a much greyer area, and opens up more severe penalties. Abstract:
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The present invention is directed to a three-dimensional game board that can be built by a player. The three-dimensional game board may include a plurality of building components having at least one integrally formed hexagonal element, wherein adjacent hexagonal elements share a common side. The hexagonal elements may include a raised hexagonal surface having an edge extending upwardly from a top surface of each hexagonal element. The edges of the hexagonal surfaces of adjacent hexagonal elements may define a channel therebetween. A sidewall may extend downwardly from a peripheral edge and may be defined by the integrally formed hexagonal elements. The sidewall may be configured to be received into the channels formed by the hexagonal surfaces of a building component disposed below. Portions of the sidewall may engage corresponding hexagonal surfaces of the building component disposed below to maintain the building components in substantial vertical alignment.

The patent images (sample) are clearly Heroscape tiles, and other images clearly show the interlocking tab-and-cutout structure of the edges, how the tiles fit together, and how they stack.
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Re: Custom pillars

Thanks srmalloy.

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Re: Custom pillars

Hey guys, I'm the other half of this pillars project. Thanks so much for the feedback! It's great to know other people are as excited about the design as I am.
I thought I'd weigh in on the patent issue. The key is that the patent is an ornamental design patent, not a utility patent. As such, it does not protect the utility of the pieces, but only the looks and patterns. As long as we aren't reproducing actual HS pieces, we should be fine.
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They look great, Aethiar.

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Old March 8th, 2017, 07:20 PM
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Looks like you looked into it.

For some reason I remember the interlocking tiles having a copyright.
I believe that is why the Kickstarter that had new Heroscape-compatible terrain did not use it. Could be wrong though. Also not a lawyer.
If that is the case it really opens some opportunities for customs.

Unfortunately, there is a patent on the tile design, by Craig Van Ness and assigned to Hasbro, not just a copyright, which places imitations in a much greyer area, and opens up more severe penalties. Abstract:
Quote:
The present invention is directed to a three-dimensional game board that can be built by a player. The three-dimensional game board may include a plurality of building components having at least one integrally formed hexagonal element, wherein adjacent hexagonal elements share a common side. The hexagonal elements may include a raised hexagonal surface having an edge extending upwardly from a top surface of each hexagonal element. The edges of the hexagonal surfaces of adjacent hexagonal elements may define a channel therebetween. A sidewall may extend downwardly from a peripheral edge and may be defined by the integrally formed hexagonal elements. The sidewall may be configured to be received into the channels formed by the hexagonal surfaces of a building component disposed below. Portions of the sidewall may engage corresponding hexagonal surfaces of the building component disposed below to maintain the building components in substantial vertical alignment.

The patent images (sample) are clearly Heroscape tiles, and other images clearly show the interlocking tab-and-cutout structure of the edges, how the tiles fit together, and how they stack.
Thanks for this, at first we thought it was the patent we already looked at, but just realized that it is not. We are going to have a lawyer look at it and let us know what we need to change if anything. Thanks again for showing us this before we had a lawsuit on our hands.
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We are going to have a lawyer look at it and let us know what we need to change if anything.
You and your friend are unusually sensible for people doing this kind of work.

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We are going to have a lawyer look at it and let us know what we need to change if anything.
You and your friend are unusually sensible for people doing this kind of work.
Haha, thanks. Probably overkill, but we want to do it right.
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