Destroy It Yourself

Destroy It Yourself

One of the (many) wonderful things about board games is how it brings out the inner crafter. It certainly has brought out mine. Assembling and painting miniatures, printing and cutting PNP games, customer storage for card and miniature games. There is nothing quite like the satisfaction of completing a project, be it anything from Lego, to a Kallax, to homemade dice tray. And board gaming provides plenty of opportunity for crafting projects of all stripes.

Prime amongst this is probably storage solutions or inserts. While you can buy amazing solutions online, I always prefer to at least give it a go myself. Not least because shipping to Ireland is a continual thorn in the side of our hobby – everything from Kickstarters to accessories – that’s what we get for living on a tiny island.

I recently tackled FFG’s Arkham Horror CCG. While the box will fit everything plus expansions, sorting the cards is a serious issue. There are far too many categories of cards for each deck and scenario, which meant every time we wanted to play we had to pull everything out and sort through it. The time spent on a box where we could divide the cards into categories with ease was worth it.

Next up, I intend to tackle Eclipse. Again, the game has plenty of room in the box, but there are literally hundreds of tokens and counters, and set-up is sanity-sapping and fiddly. If there is any game in our collection that I would love to see hit the table more often, it’s Eclipse. So if there is anything I can do to help that I will.

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Escape: Curse of the boxes

X-Wing tournament

We are about 30 minutes into the car journey when we come back around to talking about X-Wing. Gary starts to say something about the army list he is bringing, but hesitates. “I’m not really sure how much to say about how I’m going to play. We could end up playing each other.”

“Oh, come on,” I say. “We’ll keep it friendly, and sure what are the odds of us playing each other anyway?”

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For everything else, there’s MasterCard

Writer_smallerBoard gaming on a budget

Today’s comic is one of those which is told with neither exaggeration nor embellishment. While we do love our bright red Kallax shelving unit, it did end up costing us quite a bit more than we had anticipated, for all of the reasons detailed above, broken window and all.

As we get deeper and deeper into the hobby of board gaming, industry awards become more exciting. Each year we become more familiar with more games, and keep up better with new releases. The Dice Tower just announced their award for 2014 across 14 categories. Of the 12 winning games, we have played 7, with an 8th winner coming to our table within the month. That’s considerably up from having played 0 of the 11 winners from 2013 (even since they were announced we haven’t managed to play any.)

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