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16 Pounds and Whaddya Get? A Bunch of Chips, A Bunch of Dice and All of 'Em Fit!

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Way back in November, I built my custom insert for Too Many Bones and in anticipation of the release of Too Many Bones: Undertow, hoped that it would all fit in the single box... (original post: Make Room for Undertow!)

And it did!

In this quick video tour of the box, I'll show how it all fits nicely and with a couple of unexpected surprises thanks to Chip Theory Games.



Of course, it's a big heavy box, over 15 pounds of goodness in there. Fortunately they built the box itself pretty strong. So no doubt it's up to the challenge.




The New Zoo Revue

The new contents for Undertow are quite nice as well as the upgrades to the entire system that were made available to the backers.

The 3.0 Cards are much brighter and clearer and easier to read. Of course now I have obsolete 1.0 and 2.0 sets to deal with




3.0 cards compared to the 2.0 (new = left, old = right)


Love the upgraded Gearloc, adventure, and battle mats with the edge stitching. They don't take up any extra space and all of them fit in the box perfectly.





The Ally Pack includes six fun and thematic (albeit unnecessary) ally/companion chips to bling up the game.



Love that Undertow included two mini chip trays which added to the storage solution and were a providentially perfect fit for the space I already had for custom chip holders.



The new Gearloc dice are lovely as well, but the Undertow Attack and Defense dice are just slightly darker than the original game. But on a problem scale of 1-10, it's a zero.



And of course, all 10 of my custom Gearloc boxes fit right where they belong...



Wonderful production. Setup now for a refresher game and then on to new adventures.



As for the Too Many Bones: 40 Days in Daelore and Too Many Bones: Age of Tyranny content, I'm fairly confident it will fit in as well.

Now if they should release even more new content...

Gearloc Dice Boxes available on Etsy and the BGG Store

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doo doo doo doo (doo-doo, doo-doo) Khan Touch This!

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A few unboxings over the last week to share.

First we boldly return to the excellent Star Trek: Frontiers to thwart the Return of Khan.




Then to the library to check out a Hardback or two from Tim Fowers.




Back to the past we go and the colonization of the Americas between warring countries with Dan Verssen Games (DVG)' 1500: The New World.




And finally more Lock 'n Load Tactical goodness with this expansion to Lock 'n Load Tactical: Heroes of the Pacific, Lock 'n Load Tactical: Hell Frozen Over, covering the 1943 Battle of Attu Island.



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Cattle on Wayne! Cattle on Garth!

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As promised in my previous post (Great? Check! Western? Check! Trail? Check! Solo? Say What???), I've taken "Garth" the second more specialized Automa for Great Western Trail for a spin and documented how the cards work and show the results of a game. I compare the two where appropriate as well to underscore the differences in mechanics.



"Garth" Automa Rules and Cards: GWT Specialized Automa for Solo Play

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In all, I think both of the solo Automa work great and provide a very tough competitor at even the "normal" level. I cannot imagine playing them on the hard challenge (but will someday!).

I do believe that these options DO make Great Western Trail a must buy, even if only for solo play. The Automa run smooth and with little management and allow you to concentrate on playing the game. And the game is that good. One of the best worker placement games there is. Alexander Pfister has created a masterpiece.
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Great? Check! Western? Check! Trail? Check! Solo? Say What???

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Great Western Trail by Alexander Pfister is not only an excellent euro/worker placement game, it's now broken into the BGG top 10.

It's that good.

But unfortunately, it was only designed for 2-4 players.

I tried my first game simply running two boards to learn the mechanics, etc... and even in that mode it was fun. And you're so inclined you could do that and consider the average of the two scores to be your final score. Simple solo solve!

But the solo community across BGG is quick to fill the vacuum of missing solo modes (in games of course where the mechanics don't prevent such) and with Great Western Trail, there are two solo Automa that have been designed by members of the site.

Inspired by the Automa of Morten Monrad Pedersen (who has shepherded solo AI for Stonemaier Games' Viticulture, Scythe and others), user Wil Gerken created the "Brisco" Automa deck (Great Western Trail Automa (solo play)). This is a simple to operate, non-fiddly Automa that simulates a pretty good player. It includes three levels of difficulty (easy, normal, and hard) which vary in the buildings used, number of cards, and first delivery city.

I created a demonstration video showing "Brisco" at work to explain the mechanics of each card and the final results of the game.



The second Automa is the "son" of Brisco called "Garth" and makes the AI more focused in the strategy it takes (varying between Cowboys, Craftsmen, and Engineers). My next video will demonstrate that Automa in action as well. Subscribe on BGG or on YouTube to be alerted when that video is live.

Stay tuned!
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Ain't Too Proud to Beg -- Need YouTube Subscribers!

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If you're like me, you watch a lot of YouTube content. Content you like and want to see more of.

And then you forget to subscribe.

I know I do!

Last night I received notification that YouTube is tightening up on who can and cannot be "monetized" on their service. Not sure why this matters, content is content, but the bottom line is that if I want to continue to earn the pittance for my videos on YouTube, I need more subscribers to my channel. I already meet the minimum requirement for viewing time, just not actual subscriptions (1000 is the new threshold).

That said, if you like my videos, would you consider visiting the link below and subscribe? I certainly don't want folks to just pad up the numbers for my sake, but perhaps you've forgotten to and meant to, or simply didn't understand how those subscriptions can affect content producers.

SUBSCRIBE HERE

To be honest, this is not about the actual money I earn (that's only about $5 per month), it's more about keeping the channel "real" and the feeling of belonging with the "big boys" in the field.

For those of you who already have supported me on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and here on good old BGG, THANK YOU!

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Tanks a Lot for the Terrain Making up Spare Fields to Grow Beans for Scythe

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A quarta of unboxing videos to start the new year.

For Scythe by Stonemaier Games with an expansion about farming beans: Scythe: The Wind Gambit.



Dan Verssen Games (DVG) has expanded the Tank Leader series that started with Tiger Leader and added Sherman Leader. They've also created an terrain tiles expansion for the series.





Finally, despair not. Here's a look inside Fields of Despair: France 1914-1918 by GMT Games

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The Index is a door to finding treasure in the dark...

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Over the past nearly three years, lots of articles, reviews, tips, images, etc. have appears on this blog... I was starting myself to get lost trying to find something!

So to remedy that I've created a new geeklist: Ones Upon A Game: Reviews, Mods, Images and Videos Index to refer to find the potentially helpful diamond in the rough.

I welcome you to subscribe to the list as a whole or just to games that are of interest to you... if such a thing is of interest to you.
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What's in the box? What's in the box???

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To borrow the line from a completely dreadful movie: What's in the box?

I decided to make some new storage boxes, specifically for a game... Have them almost ready to share, but a few more things need to be done.

But for now a teaser and perhaps someone will be able to figure it out before the big reveal...





And while you're waiting, you can while the time watching my unboxing of Battlestations: Second Edition by Gorilla Games



Have a great weekend everyone!
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It seems like 2017 has become the year of WW2 Bomber simulation game, with new releases like B-17 Flying Fortress Leader (Dan Verssen Games (DVG)), Target for Today (Legion Wargames LLC) and A Wing and a Prayer: Bombing the Reich from Lock 'n Load Publishing, LLC. all vying to bring new life to the genre created by the legendary B-17: Queen of the Skies.

(NOTE: Watch my unboxing videos for Target for Today [link] and Wing and a Prayer [link])

I've been playing with A Wing and a Prayer lately and finding that I'm really enjoying its procedural and thematic take on the genre. However, as good as the new productions and printings have been from Lock 'n Load, sometimes bigger is not better. While I appreciate their desire to provide materials with larger print for those with weaker eyesight, the resulting charts and tables can be a bit unwieldy to be functional.


The game provided Squadron Briefing and Formation Cards


To that end I present a few modified game elements to hopefully make your experience a little more enjoyable.

First the Squadron Card I've created is the same size (8.5x11") as the one provided in the game. But I laid it out to be landscape in format and this has two definite advantages. First there is more room for the Ready/Not Ready plane sections (you can easily fit 12 or more planes in each box). Secondly the VP trackers are in a single line of 10 boxes vs two columns of five each.

The bigger reduction of game footprint comes from my reduced size Formation Card. The original is an 11x17 beast that wastes a lot of space and with the map already large and impressive, keeping your planes in flight closer at hand is a huge plus. I made this one 8.5x11" as well and provided all the same spots as the game provided board, only more compact.



My reduced and revised versions of the cards. The Formation Card has been improved since this photo for more room for Interceptors


These two boards fit easily on the same side of the board (on the right as I show in the photo, but left is fine too).

Another inconvenience is the use of oversized tables and charts throughout the game. Wing and a Prayer does a great job of keeping chart lookups to a minimum, but those charts can certainly get in the way. I've scanned all the reference charts for single player, including the rule summaries for Air Combat and resized them to fit on letter sized paper or cardstock.


Reduced and reorganized charts and reference cards.


I chose to print pairs of charts double sided, trimmed, then laminated them, so now I have three normal sized reference cards to use rather than a mixture of sizes and shapes.

Publisher David Heath has graciously granted me permission to share these files with the gaming community and I hope you find them of value as you are "Bombing the Reich"!!!

FILES
Formation & Squadron Cards: Revised Formation and Squadron Cards by Ones Upon a Game
Charts & Tables: Reduced Charts and Tables by Ones Upon a Game

There will also be patterns (soon) for this box to sort and organize 1" counters.

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And Now I Feel Like, Someone's Unboxing me!

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Well, now this is a cool reversal of roles...

BGG member and subscriber to this blog Brendan McGuire ordered a copy of my "Persons in Peril" deck usable with Hostage Negotiator and Flash Point: Fire Rescue from The Game Crafter, LLC and turned the tables and did an unboxing of my creation. I think he did a pretty good job too!

For more details on "Persons in Peril" see here: The Perils of Penelope Pitstop and other Persons

To see the contents and quality of the cards, watch this:


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