ones upon a game

I am almost exclusively a solo gamer and look at the gaming scene seen through those eyes. I also literally like alliteration. TWITTER: @onesuponagame
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(woo hoo, woo hoo) a Black Rat and a 2D Tree

Kevin L. Kitchens
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Those of you playing the wonderful Everdell solo, may find this file useful. It's the solo steps for running Rugwort (the rattie baddie) through an entire game. Nothing fancy, but easier than flipping through the book and missing a step.

FILE: Everdell Solo Reference by ones upon a game

2D or not 2D, That is the Question

Now I love the 3D tree that comes in both the standard and collector's edition of Everdell. Since I love paper crafting, I find the design and function of the tree to be excellent. The draw deck is held tucked in the trunk, the special event cards are in the lower bough, and your seasonal worker increases rest in the upper bough until it's their time to shine.

However, as I mentioned before I added a protective varnish on the tree to keep it safe during the setup and takedown. But as I disassembled the tree to put it away after my last session, I thought how much time this takes and how, playing solo, I've already been impressed by it. I don't need to see it on the board every game. Others have also noted that with repeated use, the tree will wear out.

So off to Photoshop I went. Being careful this time not to use ANY of Starling Games (II) artwork (the photo background is even mine), I created this side board for Everdell, that will fit at the top of the board and provides space for the special events and waiting workers. Printed mine on white 110# cardstock and then spray glued to a piece of artwork mounting board. I rough cut initially and cut the mounting board a little larger. Then when the glue was set, trimmed down to the final size. A few coats of varnish to protect and voila! An alternative board for quick setup and take down.

I'll still use the 3D tree if I ever introduce the game to other players. The wow factor will draw them in. But here's a functional little board that will suffice for my solo sessions in the future. You may need to shift the basic events around a little, or move this board off the main board.

As for the cards, I will just use one of my cut and fold card shoes to keep the deck in line.

FILE: Tree Side Board by ones upon a game
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