updated 55 days ago | posted 2 months ago
As someone who hasn't really ventured into the board game accesory space, I am curious, what specific game accesory or cateogry for multiple games has made a hug difference in your board gaming life?
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theDL Moderator Level 12 months ago
I have a few that I use often.
R0land1199 Premium User2 months ago
I was looking at that level up platform. i sometimes play some rather large games with a thin table so it's tempting.
It's pricey, which is really the only downside. Mine was a gift, so I didn't have to think about that, but it's a bit past "no brainer" price range in my eyes. It's still very cool, and I recommend it, but you could get 2 really good games for the price of the smallest one.
Is it fiddly to setup? Does it take a lot of space when it's put away? Just curious. I'm not likely to get it but if it's convenient I can keep an eye out for a sale or something.
It takes similar space to a standard board game, I'd say, at least the size I got does (3x2). It comes with a bag to carry all of the pieces. It's not too hard to set up - slot the pieces together, then screw the legs in, done.
Worth keeping an eye out for it then if I can get it inexpensively.
Yeah for sure!
docker37 59 days ago
I second the bit trays. They are so useful. I've taken to storing some of my games with the pieces in the bit trays, it makes set up so much easier as all of the pieces are already in the trays ready to go. Take the top off the tray and you're ready to play. I did this for our Pandemic Legacy Season 0 game sessions and it make set up and tear down so much nicer. Then once we finished I was able to reclaim the trays to use for something else. The trays from Board Game Geek Market really are pretty affordable compared to the value you are getting. I would recommend 6 single, 4 double and 2 triple trays to start. The collapsable bowls from the BGG store are really nice as well and since they fold flat are perfect for traveling or thowing into a box so they are always available. They function as an okay dice tray in a pinch as well.
I 3D printed a dozen of these stackable game bits w funnel so I have one in all of the primary colors you can imagine. I've given away 2 dozen of them to friends and gamers as well as they are super handy. The funnel design makes putting everything away so simple, just pour back into the bag.
I have 2 dice trays (1 large and 1 med) that are useful for games that roll a lot of dice and you don't want the dice knocking over game pieces (looking at your Risk or Wasteland Express, etc)
I mostly got the 3D printer for printing custom game inserts but that's a little on the expensive side :) I will say that printing the Terraforming Mars overlays was a great first investment in my 3D printer.
nwrex Moderator Level 158 days ago
I've only purchased/requested (as gifts) a few games accessories:
Crazybirdman Premium User55 days ago
oh man, LOVE my label maker!
I don't have really fancy things but some inexpensive improvements I use often:
That's it really.
The longer I stay in the hobby the more I realize that I don't need to buy extra bags for storage. I've collected a whole gallon size bag filled with other storage bags. It got so bad that I sorted the bags into small, medium and large storage bags. I did try this solution with the gloomhaven monsters initially but that was such a terrible idea that I ended up using 2 plastic bead containers from a hobby store to store all of the monsters and that worked a lot nicer.
R0land1199 Premium User59 days ago
Over time I have also collected a bunch. I think the reason why I like them is to make sure I right size the bags. Some games give you these huge bags for a small amount of components.
When you are fitting underwater cities and it's expansions in the main box you really need to have bags that are the right size.
The bead containers for gloomhaven are definitely a must have.
A) Things that speed up play: game inserts or some sort of box organization system.
B) Making play easier: Card holders, for your hand or the deck/discard, bit trays (if the insert doesn't servie this function)
C) Protecting the game: card sleeves
D) Making the game subjectively more fun: upgraded coins and/or tokens. Some expansions
E) all of the above: Board game table
slapsgiving14 Supporter56 days ago
I'm not usually into too many "accessories" generally. One exception is metal coins in games that you handle them a lot. Really makes that part of the game fun.
I've only ever bought one insert and it was for #Clans of Caledonia and it was one of the best purchases I've made. Set up and tear down were awful before but now it's cake.
I am personally actively opposed to sleeving cards ever so that will never be on my radar.
DaLin4i 2 months ago
Lately, I have been trying to dress up clothes with themed prints for a particular game. I can also choose T-shirts with the clothing logos of the popular game. Sometimes these are baseball caps or bracelets.
apertotes 2 months ago
Indispensable: card sleeves
Great to have: custom inserts that speed up set-up time (not all do)
Nice to have: playmat
I didn't even think about card sleeves and custom inserts but yes I use those all the time
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