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So, this is my first geek list. During 2015 and 2016, maybe because our sons were born and me and my wife found that gaming gives us excellent quality time, I went a little bit more into the hobby and made custom inserts for a couple of board games in our growing collection. Starting with foam core and experimenting with different types of paint in 2014 I realized that not only rebuilding BGG-published inserts but making my own designs gives me a lot of pleasure. So in 2016 I decided to try plywood instead of foam core, which adds to stability, weight, and, I think, quality. I even bought some machinery, tried different types of wood and once a month or so become very happy finalizing the inserts during the evening hours.
Here I want to share my finished inserts and would be happy to have your comments. If there are any questions in the comments, I will gladly answer.
Best and happy gaming!
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1. Board Game: Agricola (Revised Edition) [Average Rating:8.08 Overall Rank:79]
Jan
Germany
Kiel
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Insert for Agricola (2016; revised Edition), including production steps. Based on the design by

Dave
Netherlands
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Material: plywood (birch), 4 mm.









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2. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:66]
Jan
Germany
Kiel
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Custom insert for BSG base game plus Pegasus and Exodus expansions.

Material: plywood (birch), 4 mm.





 
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3. Board Game: Brew Crafters [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:579]
Jan
Germany
Kiel
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My updated version of the original foam core box insert plans by

Stephane Drouin-Moreland
Canada
Edmonton
Alberta
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Material: plywood (birch, 4 mm).






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4. Board Game: Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:217]
Jan
Germany
Kiel
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Original design:

Sebastian Klebinger
Austria
Mödling
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5. Board Game: Codenames: Pictures [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:264] [Average Rating:7.31 Unranked]
 
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Kiel
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My insert for Codenames: Pictures. It is an adapted version of the original design made by:

Gonzalo Viqueira
Spain
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6. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:128]
Jan
Germany
Kiel
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Original design:

Steely Al
United Kingdom
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Material: plywood (birch), 4 mm.






 
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7. Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:95]
Jan
Germany
Kiel
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Original design: The Esoteric Order of Gamers (http://www.orderofgamers.com/foamcore/).

My first insert, then using 3 mm foam core. Using thinner material than usual I had to adapt the plans published by EOoG. Afterwards used the 5 mm.

Material: foam core, 3 mm.




 
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8. Board Game: Elder Sign [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:511]
Jan
Germany
Kiel
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Original design:

Derek Schaubert
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Material: plywood (birch), 4 mm.




 
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9. Board Game: Eldritch Horror [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:62]
Jan
Germany
Kiel
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My custom EH insert.

Material: foam core, 5 mm.




 
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10. Board Game: A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:104]
Jan
Germany
Kiel
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Custom insert for the base game of AGoT:TBG (2E) and the POD expansions A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons.

Material: foam core, 5 mm.





 
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11. Board Game: Hannibal & Hamilcar [Average Rating:8.46 Overall Rank:853]
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Germany
Kiel
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My custom insert for Hannibal & Hamilcar (2018 KS edition). Got rid of the plastic storage tray for the miniatures.

Material: plywood (birch), 4 mm.



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12. Board Game: Leaving Earth [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:546]
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Germany
Kiel
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My adapted version of the original design made by:

Mike Lockerbie
Australia
Perth
WA
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13. Board Game: Merchants & Marauders [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:227]
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Germany
Kiel
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My insert for Merchants & Marauders, based upon the design of:

Chris Whitpan
United States
Pennsylvania
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14. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:34]
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Germany
Kiel
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Custom insert for my pimped version of Power Grid (2004).

Material: plywood (poplar), 4 mm.


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15. Board Game: Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:44]
Jan
Germany
Kiel
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My updated version of the excellent design by:

Konrad Sieradzan
Poland
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16. Board Game: Star Wars: Imperial Assault [Average Rating:8.05 Overall Rank:37]
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Germany
Kiel
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Original design: The Esoteric Order of Gamers (http://www.orderofgamers.com/foamcore/).

Did this two times, actually. In foam core for myself and in plywood as a birthday present for my brother. This was my first try with plywood and I used a coping saw then, which took just ages to finish. Consequently, I bought a mechanical fret saw for all forthcoming plywood projects. Initially I went with poplar, but the wood shivered a good deal. I then tried birch and found it is more easy to handle and also to paint.

Material: foam core, 5 mm (shown), and plywood (poplar), 4 mm.







 
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17. Board Game: Star Wars: Rebellion [Average Rating:8.43 Overall Rank:8]
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Kiel
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Original design:

Brian
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Abilene
Texas
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Material: plywood (birch), 4 mm.






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18. Board Game: Terraforming Mars [Average Rating:8.42 Overall Rank:3]
Jan
Germany
Kiel
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My updated version of a BGG-published design for Terraforming Mars: one combined tray for all sleeved cards, first player marker, and parameter cubes. The original idea is from:

Markus Lundin
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Material: plywood (birch), 4 mm.





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19. Board Game: Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization [Average Rating:7.98 Overall Rank:36]
Jan
Germany
Kiel
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Very basic insert for Through the Ages (2006) that fits the original box.

Material: plywood (birch), 4 mm.


 
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20. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.32 Overall Rank:6]
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Germany
Kiel
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Original design:

DB
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Madison
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21. Board Game: War of the Ring (Second Edition) [Average Rating:8.44 Overall Rank:12]
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Germany
Kiel
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Original design: Ralf Schemmann (http://mapsandmore.com/ringkrieg/?p=1010).

Material: plywood (birch), 4 mm.







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