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SHOWCASE: Black Sonata

Martin Gonzalvez
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Black Sonata, my 25th build. A number of firsts:
- first time to use a manual rotary cutter on a number of components
- first time to mount the game board on cardboard from a Costco box
- first time I ever used a hole punch in a PnP project.

The game is gorgeous on the table. I backed the Kickstarter immediately. This build will tide me over until my copy ships.

Here's my work-in-progress story, with pictures. Thanks for looking!

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1. I used a manual rotary cutter to break down a Costco grocery box and turn it into backing for the lovely game board.

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2. The backing is feels thick yet light. Toying with the idea of placing a slim strip of black electrical tape around the sides so it's not obvious what lies within, to enhance the table appeal of the game board.

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3. Seemed a shame to waste the perfectly good other side of the board, so I mounted Galactidice BSG on the flip side.

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4. The tokens, I printed on card stock, which I then mounted on vinyl placemats from the dollar store. So each token is comprised of two layers of card stock + vinyl. The feel good and substantial in hand.

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5. They look thick and chunky as well, but the vinyl is lighter and easier to cut than multiple layers of cardboard. I'm kind of addicted to vinyl for tokens right now.

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6. The Dark Lady cards are truly beautiful, and add to the table presence of this game immensely. Their PnP design is also quite forgiving for one who still struggles with front-back card alignment, as I sometimes do. Thes represent a first for me, in that I cut them not with a paper trimmer (my usual tool and comfort zone for cutting card sheets), but with a manual rotary cutter, using a ruler, on a self-healing mat. This is how the pros cut card sheets. I'm no pro, but I love learning new skills and ways to do things.

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7. Detail view of Dark Lady card front.

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8. and back.

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9. Location cards, item cards, event cards. These are not the real card names, I'm totally making them up, because I haven't had a chance to fully read the rules or play yet. I will, I promise!

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10. The complete build. Well, almost -- I added a player pawn and four marker cubes to cross the T's and dot the I's.

And I will learn and play this game this weekend, this I vow! Thanks for stopping by!
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