Stikfa-mation Board Game Reviews and How To Play
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Here is a collection of my animated videos using wonderful Stikfas figures in stop-motion: what I call Stikfa-mations.

I studied animation in college using film. Now that I can do it digitally, there are many things which make it easier - and cheaper! There is something that seems to appeal to people when they see ordinary objects moving around. I think the thing that appeals to me about board games is physically moving pieces around, shaking dice, playing cards, collecting cubes, etc. For some reason all of these things combine very well with the social aspect of table top gaming - and stop-motion animations as well.

I use an Apple iPad Air with OSnap! animation app. I use it because my new computer won't communicate with my digital camera so I can't use my animation software on the computer without spending a lot more money on new equipment. Thankfully I already was somewhat familiar with OSnap! and it's worked out very well so I continue to use it.

Subscribe to this thread if you want to see more animations as I post them. I will update this GeekList each time. I hope you enjoy them.

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1. Board Game: Quantum [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:370]
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http://www.boardgamegeek.com/video/55840/quantum/stikfa-mati...

This is the first Stikfa-mation I attempted. I used OSnap! on my iPhone for small videos before, but I wasn't familiar with how it worked on my iPad - so I wasn't aware of the control over exposure and focus when I first started the video. That's why there is strobing and shifting focusing at the beginning - then it stops after a minute or 2 (which was a week's worth of animating). I wasn't about the go back and re-animate everything at that point so I just put up with it.

It was still very well received here on BGG.
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2. Board Game: Elfenland [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:809]
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http://www.boardgamegeek.com/video/59639/elfenland/stikfa-ma...

My wife doesn't like Quantum, so I asked her to pick my next animation. She picked her favorite game. I thought it was a good choice because I had heard it was going to be reprinted the following year. After raving about the artwork in the video I sent the link to Alan R. Moon. He said he liked it but that they would be changing the artwork and maybe a few of the rules and adding maps......D'OH!
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3. Board Game: Takenoko [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:213]
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http://www.boardgamegeek.com/video/64997/takenoko/stikfa-mat...

I had this game on my wish list and my wife bought it for me for Christmas. It was a big hit at home. It didn't take long to decide that it was a great candidate for stop-motion animation and should be my next video.

Many people pointed out my omission of a rule or two but these videos are not supposed to be a comprehensive rules breakdown, just a general how to play.

Disclaimer: Please read the rule books of any games that you are going to play. Don't rely on Stikfa-mations as your only source of rules, please.
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4. Board Game: Best Treehouse Ever [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:1693] [Average Rating:6.69 Unranked]
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http://www.boardgamegeek.com/video/65887/best-treehouse-ever...

My good friend Jason Kotarski started a game company called Green Couch Games. When he playtested this game with me, I immediately took to it. So when the Kickstarter was getting ready to launch, we talked about integrating some stop-motion into his Kickstarter video but I told him that I still would like to do a review. That way the video can always be on the BGG page and he can just link to it on the Kickstarter page.

My quickest work so far - being that sliding cards makes for some quick animating.
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5. Board Game: Camel Up [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:383]
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http://www.boardgamegeek.com/video/72815/camel/stikfa-mation...

After I took a few weeks off from animating, I jumped back into it with an obvious choice. I first played this game with my friends at GameSpace in Flint, Michigan. Then my wife bought it for me for Christmas. After showing several people how to play, and everyone giving very enthusiastic responses, I was sure this would be a great one to animate. Those chunky camels and thick tiles are very easy for an animator to work with.

I tried to inject a little more humor into this one.
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6. Board Game: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:37]
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https://www.boardgamegeek.com/video/82933/tzolk-mayan-calend...

I took an animation break during the summer. I started this video in late August and really started working on it after the kids went back to school, but I still only put in an hour or two each day. After a few audio frustrations I was finally able to finish in early November. I tried to hit the anniversary of my first Stikfa-mation on October 20th but it came and went before I could finish.

I was playing this game with my friends and the motion of the gears just spoke to me - This game needs to be animated! This is the most rules-heavy game I've ever tackled in this format. I'm not sure I'd try another one like it very soon.

I think it might work well for introducing newcomers to the game. Then the rest of the rules can be explained in more detail.
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7. Board Game: Lanterns: The Harvest Festival [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:577]
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http://www.boardgamegeek.com/video/87367/lanterns-harvest-fe...

A quick game also makes for a quick video. I would have been able to get this out even more quickly had it not been the holiday season. I pushed the final editing so that I could upload the video on New Year's Eve because I really wanted to get it in before the end of the year. Mission Accomplished!
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8. Board Game: Above and Below [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:160] [Average Rating:7.57 Unranked]
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http://www.boardgamegeek.com/video/93660/above-and-below/sti...

This game was one of my favorite Christmas gifts from 2015 - thanks to my wonderful wife.

The beautiful artwork drew me in, so I put it onto my wish list. The fun I had playing drew me to animate it. This Ryan Laukat fellow really knows how to design a nice game and REALLY knows how to paint!
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9. Board Game: Paradox [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:2823]
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http://www.boardgamegeek.com/video/101085/paradox/stikfa-mat...

My longest video so far. I worked hard to get this one out before Origins 2016. I really enjoy playing this game and I hope it gets a lot of attention.
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10. Board Game: Luna [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:403]
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http://www.boardgamegeek.com/video/120036/luna/stikfa-mation...

After some very eventful months I'm finally back with my latest video. My time was taken up with major responsibilities at work and, sadly, the heartbreaking loss of my father.

Here it is after much delay. A very interesting Stefan Feld title that I've enjoyed for years. I've been hearing some buzz on this game from people who've seen it for the very first time this year after TMG released it.

I hope you enjoy this video as well.
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11. Board Game: Islebound [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:666] [Average Rating:7.31 Unranked]
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https://www.boardgamegeek.com/video/137105/islebound/stikfa-...

Number 11 has arrived. Free time is at a premium these days and this video took a long time to produce.

I want to extend a special thanks to:
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He was sitting on a TON of Stikfas and asked me if I wanted them for my videos. Wow, I am so grateful for his donation! Stikfas have not been made for a few years now and they are getting harder to find. The figures can break on me during animation, or they have an irregular joint that doesn't allow smooth movement, or they just wear out and don't hold their position anymore. This generous donation will keep me animating for many years to come. If you ever feel inclined to tip me with GG, please tip Anonymike7 instead. He deserves it more than I do.

I will still accept as many thumbs up as I can get, though. cool
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12. Board Game: Ghostel [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:3861]
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Animation #12 is here just in time for Halloween. It’s family friendly but deep enough to keep gamerly players engaged. Tinkerbot Games could have easily given you wooden meeple ghosts in the box, but these plastic figures are surprisingly hefty. They were easy enough to animate but they really knocked the cards around during production.

You might want to have this game around for October game nights.

https://boardgamegeek.com/video/151911/ghostel/stikfa-mation...
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13. Board Game: Evolution: Climate [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:231]
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https://www.boardgamegeek.com/video/169955/evolution-climate...

After some time away from animating to take care of home improvement projects and holiday vacation, I'm back with a new video. I started working on this mid-January and just finished up here in mid-March. 2 months seems about right for these things. Free time is at a premium these days.

No review on this one. It's only about how to set up and how to play.

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14. Board Game: Outside the Scope of BGG [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:2634]
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Hello, Everyone!

I have launched a KickStarter campaign to help with expenses to upgrade my equipment and gather what's left of the Stikfas figures that are still left in online stores or on the secondary market. Please check it out, as there are many nice reward levels to choose from:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/727164689/stikfa-mation...

Future animations of this type will depend on how well I do on this campaign. Please share on social media and with others whom you believe might enjoy my videos. Every dollar helps and I really appreciate you all! You mean a lot to me.

Sincerely,
Greg
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