Passionate Gamers and their bling
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One thing I enjoy looking for is group shots where I notice they have gone to extra lengths to put the game "over the top" for that particular session. A host that has decided to employ something to make that game a bit more memorable than pulling it out of the box. This can cover something as simple as having a recliner for the Great Dalmuti while having the lesser Peon sitting on a training potty seat (Great Dalmuti card game) to some of what you will see on this list.

I am sure some people are going to scream about it I am NOT talking about merely painting the figures. I am referring to bringing something in that is normally NOT a part of the game. So this list is not for the myriad of photos of WotR, Descent, Doom, or others (although admirable). They do not qualify for that little piece of bling I am creating this list for – feel free to make your own if you want to showcase it.

This list also DOES NOT include enhancements done commercially. Specifically I am referring to bling in a game that was done to help promote it. IE such things as “Big Camelot” and the Giant version of Attack!

This is a list dedicated to the gamers that are passionate enough about their games to add their own bling. The ones that want their fellow gamers to come out of the session having experienced a little something extra.

Feel free to add you own examples - however I will remove those that don't meet my qualifications.
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1. Board Game: Shadows Over Camelot [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:330]
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The picture that inspired the list. This person went to quite a bit of effort to make sure this game had the bling it needed to be remembered more than a simple session pulled out of the box. A full blown castle on the board, a ship for the Saxons to pour out of, the Black Knight, a hut by the Picts, it all goes to show that little something extra to make that session COOL.
 
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2. Board Game: Modern Art [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:223]
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Lets face it, Modern Art is a dang fun game but lacks much of the feel of being in a real art gallery. I would have loved to be playing the game with these people. This takes a group that was sitting around the table playing cards into the auction house itself.
 
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3. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:46]
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Not all bling has to be quite so impressive however. The first edition of Caylus came with (I think we all agree) money that was sub-standard at best. Sbabcock went to extra lengths to try to overcome this issue. Even using a bunch of pennies for the Caribbean islands! (Kudos btw – I lived down there for two years and still long for my multi-colored EC, Barbadian, and Trinidadian currency). Gold plated nickels? I mean come on now there is some external bling!
 
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4. Board Game: Pirate's Cove [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:1061]
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Even simpler but still as memorable is this game of Pirate’s Cove. It doesn’t have to be blinding bling to make the game a memorable one for all. I doubt they even remember who won that game, but I bet they remember the overall experience.
 
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5. Board Game: PitchCar [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:327]
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Who can’t see the passion that Geboom has for his Carabande? By far the most elegant self made expansions I have seen. I can imagine that if his house has two floors he has it weaving from upstairs to downstairs.
 
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6. Board Game: RoboRally [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:349]
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Now here is some bling! Custom made belt tracks, gears and everything! This takes the game FAR beyond the out of the box experience IMHO. I imagine that even people that normally like this game wouldn’t mind sitting down to a session of this version.
 
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7. Board Game: Wiz-War [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1378]
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Another lover of his game. He takes something as simple as legos and uses it to make a memorable experience with this game.
 
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8. Board Game: Ys [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:954]
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Again a simple change however who can argue that it doesn’t significantly improve the feel of the game (especially considering they are supposed to be gems). Noaceyet has enhanced the theme to make it a little more believeable than the little cubes that come with the second edition.
 
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9. Board Game: Pirates of the Spanish Main [Average Rating:6.03 Overall Rank:3396] [Average Rating:6.03 Unranked]
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Out of the pack here is a game without much luster and – to be honest – not one I would consider playing. However if I went to the shop and this guy slapped this bling on the table I would play it without hesitation.
 
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10. Board Game: Dune [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:224]
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This homemade wooden Dune board has caught my eye more than once at Unity Games...
 
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11. Board Game: Louis XIV [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:564]
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Check out the custom board that Bryant Ross made for Louis XIV! The envy of all who play this game and suffer through the sliding and shifting board, this is some very admirable bling!
 
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12. Board Game: Keythedral [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:721]
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Keythedral is another slidy, shifty game that won't sit still while you're playing it, especially if you have clumsy fingers and want to upgrade your cottage. Well this handy contraption ought to do the trick, keeping everything nicely in place, and looking amazing in the process!
 
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13. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.05 Overall Rank:15]
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This bling immediately came to mind when viewing this list. I'm floored every time I see it!

Gorgeous.
 
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14. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:293] [Average Rating:7.21 Unranked]
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Can bling be edible? I say Yes!
 
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15. Board Game: Swashbuckler [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:3924]
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Does anyone know where I can get a cheap set of Playmobil figures?

http://www.rjritchie.com/scorn/sw05.htm
 
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16. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.33 Overall Rank:5]
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I've been on this site for 15 years now, and I'm far from sick of games, but I think I prefer a better balance of favorites to new games. I'm also tired of playing 4+ hr multiplayer games, but I'll still happily play really long games 2 player.
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Twilight Struggle certainly didn't need any dressing up to be a great game, but I figured it couldn't hurt. I replaced some of the counters with various game bits:
Tanks from Eagle's Civ for Military Action counters
Lego Astronauts for Space Race counters
Blue and red 1cm cubes from Lakeshore Learning for country control markers
V2 rockets from some old game for Defcon and Turn # counters

 
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17. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:141] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
Tom Wakeford
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Carcassonne "Bling" trophy awarded to the player in our group who wins 10 games.

If you look carefully the king meeple has bling on around his neck too!
 
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18. Board Game: En Garde [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:1966]
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When I discovered "En Garde" (the Knizia fencing game) no way my kids would play something related to fencing...

Then the movie Troy arrived, and I decided to make this version of "En Garde" with Hector vs Achilles outside the walls of Troy: exactly the same rules, but now they want to play all the time!!!

 
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19. Board Game: StreetSoccer [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1773]
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My kids like Streetsoccer, but always blue vs orange was boring for them...

Then I found these meeples (like the children of the Streetsoccer meeples), I printed the board to their size (half), and I painted the real numbers of Real Madrid, Barcelona and other spanish teams on labels I sticked on them. Again, they want to play all the time!!!

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20. Board Game: Roads & Boats [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:284]
I made these graphical reference charts for my copy of Roads and Boats. In fact I built the whole set by hand, including hand-painting the hexagons for the board.
 
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21. Board Game: Sequence [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:3109]
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... when the original gameboard begs improvement
 
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22. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:293] [Average Rating:7.21 Unranked]
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Replacing the regular board with a home made board makes the game much more enjoyable, IMO. The pieces don't slide around, and when non-gamers see it, they are suddenly interested in what we are playing.
 
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23. Board Game: The Powerpuff Girls: Saving the World Before Bedtime [Average Rating:5.94 Overall Rank:8192]
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These minies I got at a 99 cent store at three packets for a dollar. Each packet had the four characters, but only one in full color.
I had to get four packets to get the Girls and Mojo in full color, and ended up with a bunch of single color and transparent minis I had no use for (they ended up as prizes at a Birthday party.)

A HUGE improvement over the original flat, oddly shaped pawns. See lower portion of image:
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