Batman Gotham City Chronicles, an upgrade to an upgrade.

Three years ago, I picked up a copy of Monolith’s Batman: Gotham City Chronicles and once again, it was a hard to get, high priced Kickstarter primarily due to its many (many, many) miniatures. And yes, while miniatures are cool and all, and even better for those with the time to paint all them, I just wanted to play the game. And playing with little grey statues isn’t all that fun. So I immediately set out to create a nice set of standees for the game, which I did and they worked great. BTW, the game is actually very very good and if you missed out there is a season 3 Kickstarter that is just about to end from the time I’m writing this, but you might be able to be a late backer. Season 3 is focused on a new RPG version, but there is new board game content and a chance to get the original games as well.

So I made and shared those standees upgrades, but since then, I’ve actually come to prefer counters to standees (to miniatures) in most board games. For me, miniatures work great for miniatures tabletop games where size, height, 3D, etc… actually matters (and even then, standees work just as well and are equally immersive). To that end I went and repurposed my work from the standees, updated the graphics, added a few more expansion characters (in case I get all the expansions, they are ready to go) and create counter sheets to make roughly 200 counters for the game.

Standee Version in Play

The stickers themselves are 1″ square. I printed them on my favorite (and sadly still unavailable) label paper (however, this might be a good substitute). Then I cut out each square and applied to 1.00″ and 1.125″ 3d printed counters I’ve made and try to keep on hand (using up the leftovers on rolls of filament to make a few more). Using a heated glass bed, one side of the counter is smooth and takes the sticker very well. I used a semi-transparent blue for the heroes, black for the villains, orange for the civilians, and other colors to group the hero-controlled neutrals. However, each sticker also has a colored border to indicate affiliation. So you can actually print these on sticker paper, attach the entire sheet to chipboard, mat-board or other medium and then cut them out with a straight edge and hobby knife.

For me, I already sold all the miniatures from my base games to another gamer (and recouped some of the cost of the game). I’ve given this same treatment to Star Wars: Imperial Assault, Nemesis, and others. For me it’s a definite upgrade to look and gameplay.

If you’re interested, you can download the sticker sheets or the standee version (sans a few characters). For the standees, I just print on card stock, score on the fold lines, then cut apart, fold and glue them together with glue stick.

Author: klkitchens

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