Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Learning 3D Modeling

In order to make my own board game components and component organizers I spent yesterday learning to 3d model in Google's Sketch Up.

I spent hours creating the perfect Runebound 2nd Ed caddy, everything that I would want.

Then I uploaded it to a site that allows you to buy your model and it priced out at over $300 at the cheapest!

So I went back and tried to make smaller ones, more efficient ones, but I could never get it less than $50. Not a reasonable price for a player caddy that we would need to each player.

Now I'm rethinking again how to accomplish what I want. My newest plan is to use layers of cardboard and an exacto knife.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Runebound 2nd Ed Player Caddy

My brother turned me on to the world of 3d printing. He's got a little one of his own and has offered to print me stuff that I want for my games if I can find it on Thingiverse. Browsing there I came upon a game caddy for a game called Arcadia Quest 3d. I don't know the game but looking at the caddy made me think how useful it would be to have something like that for Runebound 2nd Ed.

I've been playing Runebound for years now. The first thing that appealed to me about it was that you level up a character within the game. You start with easier fights and update your character's stats however you want to take on more challenging fights. I love that about it.

Unfortunately it is now out of print so it is quite expensive to buy, but there is a third edition now so I may need to check that out.

As you play you've got your character card and hearts and sweat, plus gold, items, allies, xp counters, and level up markers. Tons of stuff that is just crying out for an organizing system.

I tried to think if the Arcadia Quest one would work and even though it might, I wanted one made just for Runebound.

My first thought was to make one with sculpey clay I already had at home. So I tried. But I'm not very happy with the result...

It doesn't look clean, crisp, or nice. It just doesn't quite work. So I think it is time to learn how to use 3d modeling software!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Ghostbusters: The Game

My husband and I played Ghostbusters The Game when we saw it in the open gaming room at the World BoardGaming Championships. Just the theme caught our eye and we had never heard anything about it before. We quickly saw its potential and bought a copy when we got home!

This game is very immersive. It makes you feel like you're really there with great artwork and components. I love that there's a little board representing the inside of the ecto-1. The instruction cards look like notes from a notebook. The only thing that I thought was odd is the cardboard circles representing proton streams don't fit around the bases of the ghost figures. They almost do, though, so it seems like they are meant to but they just don't quite make it.

The arrow on this is well designed and I love games where I can level up a character!
There were just a few things I wanted to enhance for this game. The minis for the ecto-1 and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man have lots of detail but are plain white. So I painted them.

I also made cardboard traps because there wasn't a good place to represent holding our captured ghosts until they are put back in the spirit world.

I want to at some point paint the Ghostbuster figures themselves too.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Plans to update my board games

I am an avid board gamer. I even met my husband through gaming!

I bring my creativity and craftiness to making storage solutions and updated bits for my games.

I will document here the changes I make to my games as well as a few reviews, stories, and many videos.

My favorite games are deck building, resource management, and rpg elements (though I actually don't do tabletop roleplaying)