Sea Dog Game Studios (SDGS) designs and manufactures/publishes tabletop games, renaissance pewter, as well as an expanding line of gaming terrain and accessories. While we have our roots in hand sculpted designs produced in our shop, we now increasingly use digitally sculpted and 3D printed designs. We also specialize in open world games that allow the gamer the freedom to explore and play the game in several different styles. We are based out of Dublin Ohio, USA.
Founded in 2005 by Brian Carnes, SDGS first released Sailpower: Fun Scale Combat in the Age of Sail, a open world style sailing ship game in 15MM scale (now in 6mm and 28MM as well)
SDGS also owns the over 35 year old renaissance pewter line that is part of Brian’s family legacy. This had previously been sold almost exclusively at Renaissance fairs under the name “Lizards Wizards and Ringz.” The line is being sold alongside new designs under Sea Dog’s new pewter brand, Valkyrie Pewter.
In 2010 SDGS launched a new game called TechCommander. This is a sci-fi action game that not only draws inspiration from the pages of science and technology journals and the latest thinking about high tech warfare, but from another geeky passion, the video game. Originally made with hand sculpted Garage kits we are reworking this cool game with digitally sculpted and 3D printed models in both 10 and 28MM scales.
In 2013 SDGS debuted the second edition of Sailpower via a successful Kickstarter campaign. We also launched a line a of modular terrain, and terrain bits. With this kickstarter we purchased the first of many 3D printers, which marked a transition to a passion for rapid reactive manufacturing. The idea that digitally sculpted, Digitally produced models (CAD/CAM) allow us to offer more products and make them more catered to gamer’s needs.
In 2016 Brian started Sea Dog Studio’s STEM / STEAM outreach with a partnership with Codemash, a professional conference held at the Kalahari resort near Sandusky Ohio.
Brian’s crew runs a full service maker lab on site as Brian teaches grade school age children in the morning and adults in the afternoon how to take their idea and make it real in CAD then print it!
Brian is open to working with organizers about how to offer programming tracks on digital sculpting and 3d printing as his schedule allows!
In 2017 Brian began offering freelance digital sculpting and 3D printing services under the name Sea Dog Digital Studios. He loves the chance to make gamer’s wish lists a reality!
Brian is a long time fan of all things geeky, historical, or high technology. As a child his two main passions were drawing old sailing ships, and drawing cutaway rockets and airplanes. With a passion for technology, Brian has worked as an IT professional for over 20 years, but also has attended and or volunteered at conventions for gaming or sci-fi. He also has worked at his family’s booth at the Ohio Renaissance festival selling pewter and now owns this line. In his somewhat limited free time Brian likes to travel with his wife, play airsoft, is an avid video gamer and movie buff. Brian also loves videography and photography and is a hybrid shooter currently loving his Canon EOS-R. You can follow Brian’s world on Instagram @seadogbrian
Elizabeth is the studio CFO. Also known to Brian as “the wife,” Elizabeth is a life long trekker, sci-fi geek and bookworm. In addition to keeping the lights on and handling day to day chats with all of you out there on the internet, Elizabeth loves to travel and is a travel agent with specialization, in cruising, all inclusive, and Disney vacations. You can follow Elizabeth’s world on Instagram @elizabeth_traveling_valkrie
Ed is our Graphics Designer, Volunteer and Event Coordinator, Senior Sailpower GM, Webmaster, Kickstarter coordinator, and all around awesome gamer geek extraordinaire. After seeing Ed’s passion for other games, we asked him to give Sailpower a try and we have enjoyed his hard work and professionalism ever since! Check out Ed’s awesome Portfolio. Ed also launched a board game under the Sea Dog Banner, the always fun family game “Twenty Yard Shamble.”