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Micro-Pimps - Small ways to improve your games
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We have all seen the geeklist of the super-pimped games. They might have expertly painted minis or fancy wooden additions or even scratch redesigns. This is not that geeklist.

This geeklist is about the little things you did to make a game better. Making text a little more readable, swapping out pawns, or improving it in a very small - and perhaps easy - way.

Please add your own micro-pimps.
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226. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.34 Overall Rank:1]
Ed
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Oakland
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A couple of these for each player will reduce the wear on your cards and allow you to lean back and ponder your next move:

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227. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.34 Overall Rank:1]
Dan Conley
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Enon
Ohio
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Certainly not my idea, but it's certainly a GOOD one! Lego astronauts are used for the space race, while plastic Risk armies are used on the board. SWEET!
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228. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.34 Overall Rank:1]
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Steubenville
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Added some upgraded markers to this card-stock only game board.



Monopoly ships for military action. Scrabble peices for Action Round (flippable), VP, and Turn markers.

Graphic discs for Defcon Levels and Space Markers.

*I actually sold my copy of the game. Hopefully the future players appreciate the upgrades.
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229. Board Game: Twixt [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:1121]
David Bush
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Shipman
Virginia
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24x24 is a pretty huge grid compared to most abstracts. The photo shows a guide lines tattoo, which makes reading the position much easier. It provides a frame of reference for your eyes. The guide lines often indicate who will win a ladder chase.

To add eight guide lines to a commercial set, the following are recommended:

* a straight edge such as a metal yardstick
* two C clamps
* A big piece of wood for the board to protect the table top, and small pieces of wood to protect the underside of the table from gouge marks due to the pressure from the C clamps
* an awl
* a neutral color pencil, e.g. blue for a 3M set
* patience

The lines all start in one of the four corners of the common playing area, B2, B23, W2, or W23, and can extend as far as you wish, but they should all be the same length. See the enlarged photo. It is easier to make if they end at a hole. My aesthetic preference is to use i9, i16, P9, and P16 as the endpoints.

About 45 minutes of work, maybe not a micro pimp but certainly not a major one.
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230. Board Game: UNITY [Average Rating:7.52 Unranked]
Grant Fikes
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Abilene
Texas
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I don't know how small this "micro-pimp" is, or whether it counts as a "micro-pimp", but it is nonetheless a thing I've done.

UNITY Basiluxe edition (for cheap gamers with scissors)

For the cost of two Basic editions of this game and scissors, you can have gameplay that is even more complex and more customizable than the Deluxe edition, albeit on a board which is less flat and with pieces that are foam instead of acrylic. Still, it's a heck of a lot cheaper!

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231. Board Game: Unspeakable Words [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:1958]
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This card game really needs a tray, so I used one from Mille Bornes. It's even an appropriate colour! The die included with the game is translucent and difficult to read, so I replaced it with a green one.


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232. Board Game: Up Front [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:195]
david mackay
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With Up Front, as with so many games, it is very useful to be able to view at once all of your cards . The pic shows a pair of simple card stands I have cut and folded (no gluing is required) from a single A3 sheet of stiff paper or thin card. They can be unfolded to fit inside the game box. The decorative logo on the face is a scan of a card back, reduced slightly and printed onto a standard address label. For the prototype I have used white card, but camouflage decoration would be thematic. If, as is likely, they become dog-eared with use, they are easily replaced and should have in any case helped to reduce the amount of handling the cards would have received.

If anyone is interested, I could upload a "working drawing".
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233. Board Game: Vikings [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:208]
Miguel Sanhueza
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Brighton
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Start player tokens are always easy to upgrade...this time I dug up a very old GW mini...

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234. Board Game: Vinhos [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:191]
Arne Hoffmann
Germany
Essenbach
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Vinhos does have a ton of material, most of which is functional and serves its purpose well. However, the four fiddly wine feature markers are just a pain to pick up with normal sized fingers.

An eays pimp could be four wooden cubes or wooden cylinders which we did not have spare parts at hand. We found an excellent use of playing figures from our broken Targui set.






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235. Board Game: War of the Ring (first edition) [Average Rating:7.86 Overall Rank:34]
Chris
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Marysville
Pennsylvania
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Two did two very simple things. I glued nickels to the base of each Nazgul. It vastly improves their ability to stand up. I also replaced the combat dice with standard sized dice, and doubled the qty. Now both players can roll simultaneously without waiting for each other.
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236. Board Game: War of the Ring (first edition) [Average Rating:7.86 Overall Rank:34]
Brian Stephens
Australia
Mt Martha
Victoria
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Being visually challenged created paper inserts with much larger print that can be popped into card protectors.

Available as a file on the geek WOTR page.
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237. Board Game: War of the Ring Collector's Edition [Average Rating:8.60 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.60 Unranked]
Jacob
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Henrico
Virginia
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$416 and it didn't come with a One Ring...

I bought one off ebay. Too bad Sauron didn't know about ebay. Would have made things a lot easier for him. sauron
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238. Board Game: Warhammer: Invasion [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:262]
Jon Grey
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Los Angeles
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Purchased a $1 wooden box from Michaels (an arts and crafts store in California), and some balsa wood. Stained the box with Minwax wood varnish, then painted up the balsa wood with cheapo bronze craft paint. Glued it to the box, then dry brushed it for some age.

Unfortunately it's only large enough to fit all of the treasure tokens and a few wound markers.
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239. Board Game: Wooden Ships & Iron Men [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:758]
david mackay
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I have a thing about thematic dice-shakers. This miniature rum bottle was brought back for us from the British Virgin Islands. The label on the reverse even refers the game perhaps
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‘For more than 300 years, from before the days of Nelson, wooden ships and iron men, the Royal Navy issued a daily rum ration aboard Their Majesties’ ships. This tradition,...carried forward from the year 1655 to August 1st. 1970.’

By an amusing coincidence, August 1 1970 was our wedding day.

Whenever we played the game a request for the die tended to be either "Pass the rum" or "Pass the bottle".

PS The rum itself was pretty potent stuff. arrrh
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240. Board Game: Wyatt Earp [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:595]
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Mequon
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This is very simple but quite thematic. We replaced the money with poker chips. It works so much better. Oh, we also added a cat.

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241. Board Game: Yahtzee Free for All [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:2367]
Uncle Bouncy
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Instead of using the boring dice that came with the game,everyone in our family now has a set of dice in their favorite color. Makes the game even more fun.
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242. Board Game: ZÈRTZ [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:309]
Klaus Brune
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Torrance
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Zertz has a lot of potential for portability, but unfortunately the box it comes in does not.

So here is my Zertz travel kit, consisting of...

1) A zippered black vinyl "shaving kit" bag to hold everything.

2) A velvet dice bag to hold the disks and keep them separate from the spheres.

3) Three shoelaces braided together to form a "corral" for the spheres to keep them from attempting an escape when they're placed on the table.

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243. Board Game: Zombie Dice [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:1290]
John Mitchell
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Oxfordshire
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Give each player two ordinary spot dice to keep their score . Players put their dice out in front of them (once they have scored) so everyone can see what everyone else has - without having to keep asking!
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244. Board Game: Zombie Dice [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:1290]
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A friend has this but didn't have any scoring tokens. As a Halloween treat I gave her brain tokens from Meeple Source.
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