Category: game customization

There Once Was a Card Deck That Lived in a Shoe…

Over fours years ago (wow…time flies) I presented my cut and fold card shoes (Shoe Enough, You Might Find These Handy) you could make from cardstock. Cool and functional and I still have some that I made way back when. However, I finally decided to upgrade these to the new media of 3D printing and designed a series of eight different styles to serve a variety of functions on your game table. Like extra dice, draw bags, cubes, and markers, these are what I consider game agnostic “table supplies” that I keep around for use when needed. I’ve uploaded these [..]

Marvel Champions – Counter Storage

Picked up a copy of Marvel Champions: The Card Game recently and so far, the hype is spot on. Easy to setup, learn and plays pretty fast. With enough meaningful decisions and (fortunately) minimal pre-game deck construction headaches. The box comes with an actually pretty decent plastic tray for holding the cards and a couple of wells for holding the counters, but I wanted them to be sorted from box to table. At first I tried the (actually very nice) small Dollar Tree Plano-esque box and it held the counters perfectly. But then it would not fit back in the [..]

Getting the Tracking Board Tracking Tracks Back on Track

Combat Commander: Europe is of course the best game ever created. Best solo game. Best wargame. Best game period (BGG ratings and tankophiles not withstanding). So I finally broke it out to play again and remembered the one thing (GASP) I didn’t particularly care for and that’s the oversized tracking board. Not a flaw, mind you — the game has none. It’s probably good when playing co-dependently with another player, but for playing solo, I wanted something more compact. I figured at least half the tracking board was taken up with information on the terrain modifiers and counter layout, so [..]

The ‘Verse Just Got a Whole Lot Smaller

Recently reacquired via a trade Firefly: The Game by GaleForce Nine and as I set it up for another solo play, I realized one of the reasons I’d parted with it before. It’s a table hog. There’s the large board (even without expansion boards), thirteen decks of cards, as well as your player area. Lots of space required. I have a pretty decent sized game table, but I would still need to get up and walk around the edges to review the cards in the various discard stacks , etc… I knew a better solution was possible. I was able [..]

Organization Procrastination

One thing I like to do to get familiar with a game is to organize the components. This is a gamble that sometimes fails if the game turns out to be a dud. But on my third ownership of Fields of Fire by GMT Games, I’m finally going to get it played. Maybe. So I picked up this first edition copy with the second edition upgrade kit and once I sifted out the now obsolete first edition stuff, I was left with a second edition makeover ready for punching. And organizing. Using my Modular tray design, I created custom sized [..]

Blinging the Fallout… Tryin’ to Get the Game Out

Was and am not a hater of the other board game based on the Fallout IP, but when I saw the new Fallout: Wasteland Warfare published by Modiphius Entertainment included solo AI rules, my interest was piqued and I placed my order. Finally cracked it open yesterday the first thing I noticed was there are LOTS OF LITTLE COUNTERS. Wow… Tiny little things that make 1/2″ wargame counters seem a blessing (and I hate 1/2″ wargame counters!). After punching (and peeling them as they sadly weren’t cleanly punched), I organized them into little piles to determine how best to organize [..]

Can’t Keep a Good Man Down…

Of course, you can’t keep a good woman down either, but since I’m not a woman, using “or woman” or “person” would have been needlessly cumbersome… Absence of MaliceRecently had an unplanned “break” from BGG thanks to the Secret Police once again not liking officially unapproved and unauthorized opinions being expressed (even when done so in polite but confident discussion). This is an area that needs to be addressed as I daresay in most cases the offender doesn’t realize they’ve touched a hidden third rail and just get suspended while the so-called “offensive” comment is left on the site. It’s [..]

Watch Out! You Might Get What You’re After!

HOME COLLAPSES CLAIMING THE LIVES OF FIVETWO FIREFIGHTERS, THREE CIVILIANS PERISH IN THE BLAZEFIVE RESCUED FROM CERTAIN DEATH A housewarming party turned deadly last night, taking from our community two firefighters, a local game designer, a church volunteer, and Tammy Noblestein, the recently married daughter of Soloville’s Mayor Thompson. The Soloville Fire Department responded quickly to the call in the 900 block of Roane Avenue, but by the time they arrived, the flames were quite intense. According to sources a sterno can on the buffet line dislodged and set a tablecloth ablaze and the fire spread from there. As the [..]

16 Pounds and Whaddya Get? A Bunch of Chips, A Bunch of Dice and All of ‘Em Fit!

Way back in November, I built my custom insert for Too Many Bones and in anticipation of the release of Too Many Bones: Undertow, hoped that it would all fit in the single box… (original post: Make Room for Undertow!) And it did! In this quick video tour of the box, I’ll show how it all fits nicely and with a couple of unexpected surprises thanks to Chip Theory Games. Of course, it’s a big heavy box, over 15 pounds of goodness in there. Fortunately they built the box itself pretty strong. So no doubt it’s up to the challenge. [..]

Boardly Go… and Take Up Less Space

Space.The Final Frontier. Table Space.The Priceless Frontier. File this under the more moderately helpful ideas. For me it works great as it makes the footprint of Star Trek: Frontiers a bit less and gives me a good spot to hold the Dummy AI player’s deck. Seemed to me the Experience and Reputation board was just a little oversized for its function. Especially for solo play. Plus the OCD in me didn’t care for the inconsistent sizes of the spaces of the Experience track and the downright odd shape of the reputation track. At first I designed this so each spot [..]