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This geeklist is to keep a record of any games that I have re-skinned or re-themed for personal use.

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1. Board Game: Lost Legacy [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
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For Christmas 2015 I redesigned Lost Legacy as "Where's Nana?", featuring Simpsons avatars for my extended family.

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The Austen Deck is a standard deck of 52 playing cards, plus two jokers, featuring illustrations by Hugh Thomson (1860-1920) for the works of Jane Austen (1775-1817).

Each suit corresponds to a different novel:
hearts = Sense and Sensibility (1811)
diamonds = Pride and Prejudice (1813)
clubs = Emma (1815)
spades = Persuasion (1818, posthumous)

Every card corresponds to a character from the novel and features a line drawing of that character. The characters are assigned to the different card denominations in an organised way; for example, the queens are the heroines and the kings are their eventual husbands. The exception is the aces, which depict the settings of the novels, approximated by architectural drawings by Colen Campbell from Vitruvius Britannicus (1715-25).

This started out as a custom deck for The Shooting Party, but soon grew into a project of its own.



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3. Board Game: Murderer's Row [Average Rating:7.15 Unranked]
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I had wanted to try this puzzle game but really don't like the dark theme. I considered the birds on a wire retheme, but even that seemed overly violent for a game I want my kids to play. So I decided to retheme it myself.

I decided to use the incident from Calvin & Hobbes where Calvin clones himself, with ensuing chaos. So your mission is to remove the clones leaving only the original Calvin. Each card has an active (colour) and inactive (sepia) side. Cards are flipped top to bottom (like US coins) rather than the usual side to side (like NZ coins) because that seems most natural when working with a row of cards. I added 4 extra cards suggested in the forums and colour coded them to allow for different difficulty levels. And the randomisation numbers are replaced with dot symbols.








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4. Board Game: Splendor [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:113]
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Much has been said about the size of the Splendor box. I'm not going to add to that debate except to note that I heard of a gamer who uses the box for overflow accommodation when unexpected guests arrive. Then there's the guy who buried the box top into his back lawn and regularly swims 20 lengths before breakfast.

So I decided to make a mini version of the game, on mini cards, with mini jewels and a mini rule book. The whole game fits easily into a box about the size of two cigarette packets, with room to spare.

Sometimes less is more...

 
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5. Board Game: Tides of Madness [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:965]
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Nick Shaw created a cool Star Wars retheme of Tides of Time (with elements of Tides of Madness, though the card text was from Tides of Time). I was excited to try this out, but found the font a bit small for my tired eyes, so decided to modify that before building it.

Well, one thing led to another (as these things do) and I pretty much ended up redrawing the retheme and modifying it slightly. I upped the font size (which is where this all started), which led to me changing the iconography, which led to changing the suits (to Rebellion, Jedi, droids, Empire and independents), which led to new photos and modifying which cards earn light/dark side tokens... I also changed to the Tides of Madness card text (which tweaks four of the cards), reformatted the rules, and added two scoring tracks.

Whew! I finally finished the box and the whole thing is complete. Now I just need to find someone to play against...

Thanks to Nick for his efforts that kicked this all off!

 
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6. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:119]
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I created a Tichu expansion for the The Austen Deck, enabling it to be used for that game.



(Yes, the dragon is Lady Catherine de Bourgh - who else?!)
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7. Board Game: Love Letter Premium [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:601]
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Andy Norton posted his Winnie the Pooh retheme for Love Letter, which in my humble opinion is totally awesome. However, I needed it to be even more awesome. So I added card backs (awesome!), prompt cards (awesome!), unique pictures on each card instead of duplicates (awesome!), and honey pot winners tokens (awesome!). And while I was at it I figured I may as well do the recent Premium expansion cards too (awesome!).

So now I have undoubtedly the most awesome Love Letter set ever



as well as the most awesome expansion cards



not to mention an awesome box to keep them all in.



Did I mention this is awesome!?
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8. Board Game: Onirim (second edition) [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:458]
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Following on from my builds of Maquis and Friday, the next solitaire on my wish list was Onirim. But first I redesigned it as a tile drawing game. Why? Because it's much easier to shake a bag or stir a bowl than to shuffle a deck. And Onirim requires a lot of shuffling...

I laid out all the cards as 24mm x 24mm tiles. The base game of 76 cards fits neatly onto a single A4 sheet as 7 x 11 tiles. For the expansions and promos (including the Mirrors and Sphinx, Diver and Confusion) I used the same sized tiles for cards that are shuffled into the deck, and mini sized cards for those that are not, such as the Mirrors promo or the goal cards in the Book of Steps Lost and Found. On the back of each card or tile is an icon identifying which expansion or combination of expansions it is used in. The base game tiles have plain backs, so it is easy to separate and sort the components for whatever combination you want to play.

I made a draw bag out of the pocket of an old pair of black shorts, and made the little incubus out of an offcut of wood.






The tile version plays well, though it does lack some of the zing that comes from the original cards with their zany artwork.
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9. Board Game: Arboretum [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:360]
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Inspired by Josh Dempsey's redesign of Arboretum, I emulated it as an exercise in learning vector art...




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10. Board Game: Dead Drop [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:3032]
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My kids recently discovered the newest incarnation of Scooby Doo, which has reverted to a more minimalist cartoon style and lots more quirky humour. It's really great! So I decided to re-theme something for a Christmas present for one of my sons, and Dead Drop seemed the perfect choice!

There are only 13 cards altogether, with only 6 different types, so it was easy to re-theme. I also did four themed prompt cards and a pocketmod rule book with appropriately renamed rules (e.g. actions like "sniff around", "split up" and "follow a lead"). For the winner's tokens, I put a monster on one side and the unmasked culprit on the other. It's quirky and fun before you even start to play the game!



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