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Bits and Pieces - Board Game Accessories
Once you've been delving into the board game hobby for a while, you discover there is more to it than just the games themselves. There is a whole swathe of board game accessories that lures you deeper into the rabbit warren of our wonderful and amazing hobby. In this article, I want to look at some options and give you an idea of what you can add to your collection to make your gameplay experience even more exhilarating.
I never used to sleeve my cards, and I've never had anything really horrible happen to them. However, I have noticed the way that certain card finishes fade and wear, and in the past few years I've started picking up rarer games (e.g. Cave Evil) for which replacing the whole game, much less a single card, would be basically impossible.
I also refuse to riffle shuffle any of my cards, and sleeving them helps immensely with that. Box wear/damage doesn't bother me much, but I endeavor to keep the components pristine unto the heat death of the universe.
Oh, I have a dice tray and I love it. Makes getting games played in bed or on the ground a cinch.
I draw the line though at coating everything in plastic or using coin capsules to keep tokens.
I like nice accessories and they help the urge to spend on games without buying more games.
I should probably get enough sleeves to sleeve my arkham LCG player decks. Like 100 or so... may still do that, I dunno. They get shuffled a lot due to card powers, the nice thing is that you really only have to sleeve them once per campaign and then trade things in and out.
I know there are probably some pages on BGG that identifies what size various games need, but I'm not entirely sure how to find them.
Jackwraith wrote: I know there are probably some pages on BGG that identifies what size various games need, but I'm not entirely sure how to find them.
Are the two resources I use.
The flip side of doing everything at once is that I definitely ended up with sleeves that don't seem to fit components to any game that I own. I can't even tell where they're supposed to go. And the Yucatan Narrow sleeves the site recommended for Buffy the Vampire Slayer were too tall by half an inch - an easy fix with the papercutter, but still annoying. If you're careful, though, I think that kind of thing is easily avoidable.
Jexik wrote: Waiting for damage and then sleeving to remove identifiability is generally my routine. Bad for the resell market, but reselling board games is kind of a pain anyway.
I’m always amused that people who spend hundreds of dollars on paraphernalia each year are concerned about resale value of a game they’ll likely play seven times.
I sleeve as repair only. And to make cheap-ass print and plays.
Msample wrote: Thanks for that second link . Easier than going thru a fucking 228 page BGG thread.
You can easily go to any specific game’s page, look at the geeklists and sort by hotness. That will take you directly there.
Or just hit the show titles only button on the list and follow the numbered link to the entry.
It doesn't take long for cards to become marked, either. You can very easily damage cards just by shuffling a couple times. Any game that has a coarse finish like Brass or Tragedy Looper will get marked fast. And any game with subpar components like Terraforming Mars wouldn't have lasted a week without sleeves. Also, while it might not be "game-ruining", most games with cards have hidden information on them and it sucks to recognize a certain card or event is going to appear because the card has a crease.
Cards will also pick up gunk and grease from both the table and player's hands. It's disgusting to pick a game only to see cards stick together becaus they are dirty. Sleeves don't tend to pick dirt so it's yet another problem they solve.
Even if you don't play a game, why risk damaging it? It's a game that can make another person happy, that can be sold, given away or just enjoyed again. To me it's automatic to sleeve.
If you want to sleeve, sleeve. But it’s not a panic to do it. Terraforming Mars might not be a bad choice because it’s good enough to warrant 100 plays.