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There you are sitting among the other doomsday survivors. You let out an imperceptible sigh. Despair starts to set in as you glance out the tiny window of the bunker. Wait! Could it be? Are the rumors true? You see what appears to be the hero of legend on the hill -- their magnificent case in hand. The hero is ushered inside. They place their case on a makeshift table and begin to slowly open it. A young child stands on their toes to get a glimpse of its contents. You hold your breath as it creaks slowly open. Yes, it’s true! Board games! Sweet, sweet board games! Thus, the inhabitants of bunker 2543 were saved by the hero of legend.

You could be that hero. Join me on my journey to stick a bunch of games into a box and then stick that box into another box…The Apocalypse Box.

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Patreon supporters get access to my Onedrive which has high resolution versions of all of the files. The patreon is pay whatever you can afford and helps me keep making cool stuff. Patrons also help me decide what projects to work on next.
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If you like what I'm up to you can learn more about my boardgame projects at www.singularity.games.

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1. Board Game: Singularity Deck [Average Rating:9.60 Unranked]
Board Game: Singularity Deck
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The Singularity Deck
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Board Game: Singularity Deck




This is definitely my most ambitious project to date. The Singularity Deck is a playing card game system that is infinitely expandable and allows for an immense number of games to be played, adapted and original. The card back and suits have been released to the public domain so anyone can add new cards or expand the deck.


The deck is available to download through my patreon in full resolution jpegs:
https://www.patreon.com/singularity_games

You can also pick up a professionally printed version of the deck through Drive Thru Cards:
https://www.drivethrucards.com/browse/pub/10332/MTRoss-Desig....


The singularity deck consists of up to twelve main suits and one special 100 card suit. Each main suit contains all standard playing card ranks (A thru K) plus a few extras including an 11 & 12, a singularity card (ranked infinity and 0), a City/Tower card, and an Ω card. They each include three copies of the A-rank and one copy each of the other ranks, for a total of twenty cards (A,A,A,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,J,Q,K,C,Ω, and singularity) per suit. The omega card represents a catastrophe associated with each suit. The idea is that each suit begins with alpha and ends with omega (excluding the singularity itself). Additionally the cards have secondary suits called shields, and secondary dice ranks. For a more thorough rundown of the design find out more at: http://www.singularity.games/p/deck.html, but that covers the basics.

The Anatomy of the Singularity Deck:
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Example Suit in the Singularity Deck, Stars:
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From Alpha to Omega:
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In addition to the main suits, there is a special, stand alone, 100 card suit called the Spacetime set. The card art depicts an hourglass counting down to the inevitable heat death of the universe.
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I have lots of ideas about additions I'd like to make to the deck, but for the time being I'm going to take a break from working on the design and instead focus on making new game to play with the deck.
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2. Board Game: Perudo [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:702]
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Ultra Portable Liars Dice Set

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Liars dice is an amazing game that can be played with just a handful of dice as long as players keep track of bets out loud and cup the dice behind their hands. Even still, I prefer the game with a board and cups. I designed a super portable board and custom "cups" which you can download through my patreon: https://www.patreon.com/singularity_games
 
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3. Board Game: GIPF [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:1010] [Average Rating:7.09 Unranked]
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The Ultimate GIPF Board
To see all the games compatible with this board (even beyond the gipf series) check out this geeklist: https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/240125/ultimate-gipf-boar...


The Gipf series is my favorite series of games. Kris Burm is an absolute genius. With my custom board, I can play every game in the series with the exception of punct. If I could just get my hands on the potentials I could have the ultimate Gipf showdown all on this one board.


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The board is available to download through my patreon in jpeg and tiff formats. It's pay whatever you can afford. Patrons also help me decide what projects to work on next.
https://www.patreon.com/singularity_games

You can also get a professionally printed cloth bandanna print of the board at Printer Studio:
http://www.printerstudio.com/sell/mtrossdesign


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4. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:438] [Average Rating:7.14 Unranked]
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The Great Grid Board


The grid board is undoubtedly one of the most iconic symbols in gaming. I designed two cloth boards, one with an odd and one with an even number of squares.


The boards are available to download through my patreon in jpeg and tiff formats. It's pay whatever you can afford. Patrons also help me decide what projects to work on next.
https://www.patreon.com/singularity_games

You can also get professionally printed cloth bandanna prints of the boards at Printer Studio:
http://www.printerstudio.com/sell/mtrossdesign


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Check out this geeklist for all of the games I play with these boards: https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/240116/great-game-box-gri...
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5. Board Game: Onitama [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:254]
Board Game: Onitama
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Onitama is a great little abstract strategy game. Your goal is to capture your opponent's leader pawn or occupy its home space with your own leader pawn. The movement of a pawn is determined by a random set of 5 movement cards selected during setup, only 2 of which are available to you at a given time. The beautiful twist is that as movement cards are used they are cycled to your opponent.

I wanted to bring the game with me on the go so I designed a board that easily fits in a pocket. It is the size of a standard playing card. The pawns sit in recesses in the board which helps prevent them from sliding around if the board gets bumped. It is 3D printed in wood filament. The mountain design is part of the board, but I added some paint for a little extra visual flair.

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The stl and fusion360 files are available to download through my patreon, if you'd like to make your own copy:
https://www.patreon.com/singularity_games


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6. Board Game: Can't Stop [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:752]
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Can't Stop is a wonderful push your luck game designed by the great Sid Sackson. I designed this board as a proof of concept for a variety of future projects making collapsible boards.

This board consists of nine 3D-printed "cards" that all connect together using clips. It's printed with wood filament and stained.

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Given that the board can break down, the whole thing fits into a deck box.

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I originally designed this as printed paper cards that were joined together. The biggest issue with the flat card design was that the pieces would slide around easily which made playing the game a bit fiddly and could quickly end a game with a big enough bump. The advantage of the 3D printed board is that it has recesses which holds pieces in place. The discs are standard 15mm.


The board is available through my patreon: https://www.patreon.com/singularity_games

My plan is to use this as a framework for some future collapsible board designs. If you have any ideas about games this sort of thing could work for, I'd love to hear it.
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7. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:438] [Average Rating:7.14 Unranked]
Board Game: Chess
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Magnetic Grid Board
https://www.singularity.games/p/magnetic-grid-board.html

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The Magnetic Grid Board can quickly change into any size and can reflect different grid patterns. The board consists of individual squares that are different colors on each side and connect together with either openlock connectors or magnetic clips, allowing it to be configured in a ton of different ways.

This board is available to download for free thanks to the support of my patrons. Join me on patreon to get access to all of my designs, including the original fusion 360 files for this board: https://www.patreon.com/singularity_games

Thingiverse link: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3800199


The key features of the board:
1. The shape of the board can change depending on the game being played. For example, a 5x5 board for Tak or Santorini, an 6x6 board for The Duke, or even a 10x10 board for playing amazons.
Tak (5 by 5 grid):
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The Duke (6 by 6 grid):
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A board for a yet to be invented game:
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2. The tiles can flip to change the grid pattern. For example, in Arimaa there are four pit spaces while the rest of the board is the same. The brown tiles pictured were printed with a wood filament that was then stained with different colors on each side. The black and white tiles were printed with a filament swap halfway through to create the dual-color look.
Checker pattern Chess Board (8 by 8 grid):
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Onitama (5 by 5 grid):
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3. It is easy to re-configure and break down. The board can be held together with standard openlock clips (https://www.printablescenery.com/) for a rigid structure or with magnetic clips(https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3612827).

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Here is my wife and I’s Tak Table. The board can easily break down and fit in the drawer alongside the game pieces. It is also easy to throw the board into a pouch for the gamer on the go:
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Here is an example of the board held together with the standard openlock clips if you want solid connections:

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8. Board Game: Container [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:726]
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Singularity Boxes: Game Storage System
https://www.singularity.games/p/singularity-boxes.html

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Singularity Boxes are a 3D printed game storage system. The boxes are compatible with and work alongside the Bitbox System. The collection of sizes and accessories is ever-growing and I'm always taking new suggestions through Patreon.

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All box sizes and Fusion 360 files are available to patrons:
https://www.patreon.com/singularity_games

The Deck Box and Small Box sizes are available to download for free on Thingiverse thanks to my patrons support:
https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3962619


Cross section of a Singularity Box:
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Singularity Boxes are designed to maximize volume, ease-of-printing and utility. The design does not require supports to print. The lids are pressure fit and print separately from the base box. This means that no additional hardware is required and there are no tricky mechanisms to print, however it may be worth printing one of the deck boxes first to check your printers tolerances. I typically print the boxes using common "default" settings of 0.2 mm layer height and a 0.4mm nozzle for the nicest finish, however I have also test printed them at a 0.3mm layer height and a 0.6mm nozzle for a faster print.


Singularity Box Lids:
Each box has a lid that prints separately from the base of the box. There are currently two lid variations: one with and one without a finger groove. The finger groove makes the lid easier to get off. The standard lid, without the grooves, hold a bit stronger to the base, however I have found the difference to be largely negligible in practice.
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Singularity Box Bases:
Deck Box:
External dimensions: 44mm x 75mm x 96mm
The deck box holds ~120 standard playing cards; enough space to hold each version of the Singularity Deck. The boxes can also fit sleeved cards.

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Double-Deck Box:
External dimensions: 88mm x 75mm x 96mm
The double-deck box is twice the size of the deck box.

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Small Box:
External dimensions: 88mm x 150mm x 96mm
The small box is twice the size of the double-deck box. This box matches the external dimensions of the small Bitbox.

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Medium Box:
External dimensions: 176mm x 150mm x 96mm
The medium box is twice the size of the small box. This box matches the external dimensions of the medium Bitbox.

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Large Box:
External dimensions: 264mm x 150mm x 96mm
The large box is equal to the size of one and a half medium boxes or three small boxes. This box matches the external dimensions of the large Bitbox.
Quick word of caution: my printer is not large enough to accommodate these boxes, so I have not been able to test print them.

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The Extra-Large Box:
External dimensions: 352mm x 150mm x 96mm
The extra-large box is equal to the size of two medium boxes or four small boxes. This box matches the external dimensions of the extra-large Bitbox.
Quick word of caution: my printer is not large enough to accommodate these boxes, so I have not been able to test print them.

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9. Board Game: Pyramid Arcade [Average Rating:7.89 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.89 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.89 Unranked]
Board Game: Pyramid Arcade
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Looney Pyramid Holder for Singularity Boxes
https://www.patreon.com/posts/looney-pyramid-38206960

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It should come as no surprise that I find game systems fascinating, and Looney Pyramids are undoubtedly one of my favorites. For anyone unfamiliar, check out Pyramid Arcade which represents the culmination of the system into a big compendium box (https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/187988/pyramid-arcade).

At the core are sets of 3 nesting pyramids that come in a bunch of different colors.

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With these simple little pyramids, a ton of different games can played. The games listed in the Pyramid Arcade are a great jumping off point, but check out this list for a bunch of others: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgamefamily/20/looney-pyramid-...

Some of my favorites pyramid games include: Zendo, Homeworlds, Martian Chess, and Pikemen.

There have been a bunch of games designed to combine Looney Pyramids with other game systems including playing cards and the Piecepack. For me, the ultimate gaming trifecta is the Singularity Deck, the Piecepack and Looney Pyramids.

The overlap of these systems has been an important design consideration for many of the projects, including the colors of the Singularity Deck and the sizing of the cloth grid boards.

Additionally, the size of the large pyramid was also a consideration when determining the best dimensions for Singularity Boxes. Designing the boxes around the size requirements of the original BitBox specs, Looney Pyramids, the Singularity deck, and the limitations of 3D printing turned out be quite the challenge. As is common with a lot of design, what looks like a simple box ended up requiring a ton of iterations. Anyway, the point of this post was supposed to be on the Pyramid Holder itself, so let me get back on focus.

Here it is!
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The holder sits inside a size small Singularity Box where it fits 30 Pyramid trios (a nesting set of 3 pyramids); 15 pyramids in 2 layers. This is enough to fit all the pyramids that come in the Pyramid Arcade; 3 sets of 10 colors.

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For me personally, my plan is to store 5 sets of 6 colors, as this is better for games like Zendo. The pyramids sit tip down which makes them easier to grab as it keeps the smaller pyramids nested in the large one.

Ideally, the whole thing could lift out of the box to create a bank of pyramids, however there is not quite enough room for 3 rows of pyramids and a handle. This means the holder needs to placed in the box before the pyramids should be placed. Despite this, placing and retrieving the pyramids out of the box is pretty easy.

Once the pyramids are in the box, the accessory tray goes on top. This helps keep the pyramids secure and gives a nice spot to put dice, tokens or other accessories.

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Topping it all off is a custom lid for the box, with a minimalist design reminiscent of the nesting pyramids.

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A cool feature of the lid design is that it also provides an interesting way to display the box. You can hook on a set of pyramids and place the box on its end which makes a somewhat bizarre, but intriguing, decoration that I think fits the futuristic aesthetic of the pyramids particularly well.

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If you're curious here are all of the iterations of just the lid:
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10. Board Game: Singularity Deck [Average Rating:9.60 Unranked]
Board Game: Singularity Deck
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Multideck Maker: Create Your Own, Custom Set of Playing Cards

Try to picture your ideal set of playing cards, one that easily fits in your pocket and plays a ton of your favorite games. How many suits does it need? What ranks? Colors? What other features? Does each card have action text on it? Roles for your favorite social deduction game? A photo of your face on the back to intimidate your opponents!? The list could go on and on!

Now, picture that the only expertise you needed to make the deck a reality was knowing how to edit a spreadsheet! (This may be the only time in history an exclamation point has ever followed the word "spreadsheet.")

The goal of the Multideck Maker Project is to make it as easy as possible for anyone to create their own custom deck of cards using an ever growing collection of art assets and premade card layouts.

Access to everything is through the Singularity Games Patreon which includes the art assets and card layouts needed for making custom multidecks. https://www.patreon.com/singularity_games

Based on patron suggestions, I'm constantly adding new suit icons, art, and layouts. This whole project is something that's continually growing and evolving and I love having everyone's input into what they think is useful for creating their ideal deck of cards.

The below layout shows all of the card features that can be customized.

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Tons of Suit Icons

An ever-growing collection of suit icons allows you to create a deck perfectly suited to your preference! There are currently more than 30 unique suit icons that range from the classic French suits to eurogame icons like wheat and brick.

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Changeable Colors

The color of each card feature can be easily changed. Want blue hearts? No problem! Green Diamonds? Done! Each layer of the court cards can be changed allowing for a huge amount of customization.

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Custom Court Cards

On top of having access to the original artwork from the Singularity Deck, new court cards allow for swappable items.

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Unique Gameplay Features

Make a deck that plays your favorite games. Add roles for your favorite social deduction game or text for card powers. Make cards with dual suits, dice, chess pieces, or suggest new ideas.

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To get an idea of the card creation process you can check out this tutorial. It's still a work-in-progress and I promise it's not as intimidating as it looks.
Multideck Maker Tutorial: How to create custom cards: https://www.singularity.games/p/multideck-maker-custom-card-...
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11. Board Game: Piecepack [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:5721]
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The Singularity Piecepack

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The Piecepack (https://piecepack.net/piecepack) is an open source game system that was invented by James Kyle in 2001. It is often described as being “to boardgames what a standard deck of playing cards is to card games.”

I’ve written on a handful of occasions that I think the ultimate gaming system trifecta is the Singularity Deck, Looney Pyramids, and the Piecepack. The three systems complement each other very well and provide a good deal of versatility.

Check out the Piecepack family on BGG for a list of games designed for the system: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgamefamily/136/components-pie...

And this geeklist for a bunch of adapted games: https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/15415/games-can-be-played...

The Piecepack got the closest to seeing mainstream success (well…at least in board game circles) with the release of “The Infinite Boardgame” in 2015, a version of the piecepack, with a curated games list by W. Eric Martin of Board Game Geek. Compared to playing cards and Looney Pyramids the Piecepack is fairly young and doesn’t have nearly as robust of a games library as those systems. The most well-regarded game for the system is Alien City (https://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/20623/alien-city), which is a pretty interesting game, but requires Looney Pyramids and doesn’t actually use many features of the Piecepack. That doesn’t offer the best impression of the system, but like I said it’s comparatively young. Overall, I feel like the Piecepack represents some amazing potential and I’m excited to new games and ideas based around it.

In the background of working on other projects I’ve been designing my own version of the Piecepack. It includes 6 suits (the Singularity Earth Icons) with tiles and tokens ranked 0-6 and Ace. The print and Play Files have been added to the drive and I have posted it to the Game Crafter if you want to pick up a professionally printed copy. The dice and pawns can be picked up separately from the tiles and tokens (the rational for this is explained below).

Game Crafter Links:
Tiles & Tokens: https://www.thegamecrafter.com/games/singularity-piecepack-e...

Dice & Pawns: https://www.thegamecrafter.com/games/singularity-piecepack-e...

PnP Files can be found through the Singularity Games Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/singularity_games

I wanted to design my own version of the Piecepack for a couple reasons: 1. I wanted a version that overlapped with the Singularity Deck both in terms of iconography and design aesthetic 2. The standard Piecepack has some quirky design aspects that I wanted to streamline.

The standard Piecepack has 4 suits: red suns, black moons, yellow crowns, blue arms (represented by the fleur-de-lis). Swapping these out for "standard french suits" really opens up the design space allowing for games that use both sets of components. I'm hardly the first person to think of this. There are a good number of piecepacks available that use french suits, and there are even some decks of cards designed to use the piecepack suits. The Singularity Piecepack has 6 suits: the 4 french suits and 2 additional suits, triangles and ovals (same suits as the Singularity Deck Earth Set).

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Each suit in the standard piecepack includes 6 tiles ranked 0, Ace, 2-5. This is where the standard Piecepack starts to get a little strange. On the tiles there is an ace and on the tokens there is a spiral. This does add some flexibility for game designers because there are occasionally see games that reference these icons as having special abilities, however for the vast majority of what I've seen they just represent the number 1. This just adds to the cognitive load of having to remember multiple symbols that represent something other than what they say.

The standard Piecepack also contains dice. Having such unusual ranks requires the need for custom dice.

In my opinion, the ideal design would have just used ranks 1-6, which would have allowed for the use of a normal D6 and not required messing around with nulls, aces and spirals.

The Singularity Piecepack contains the best of both worlds in this regard. The tiles include 8 ranks for each suit: 0-6 and Ace.

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Likewise the tokens include ranks 0-6, and spiral.

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Given the pricing structure of the Game Crafter, it actually cost about the same to include the extra ranks. This means that the set includes a standard Piecepack with additional suits and tiles for ranks 1 and 6. This syncs the ranks up with the dice on the Singularity Deck and allows the use of standard dice. This is the reason why I made the dice and the pawns separate from the tiles on the Game Crafter. The custom dice add to the cost considerably and many Piecepack games don't even use them. The pawns are separate because it's very easy to grab pawns from other games or use Looney Pyramids. That said the dice do look pretty cool.

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Each tile has a grid on the back, which makes the Piecepack a nice modular board for many abstract games. One of the design features that sets this version apart from other Piecepacks is that the grid is on both the back and the front of the tiles. The standard Piecepack tiles have fronts that take up the whole tile as can be seen in the picture of The Infinite Boardgame up top. The highlighted corner of each tile is for games, such as Alien City, that use the orientation of the tiles as a gameplay element.

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Another unique feature of this set is that each piece of information on a tile can be independently covered with a token.

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While no games exist that use this feature it does open up some cool game design space where the rank of a tile can change during the game.
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12. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:438] [Average Rating:7.14 Unranked]
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Chess Cards
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As part of the Multideck Maker project (multideckmaker.com), I created artwork and icons for all standard chess pieces.

Additionally, at the suggestion of BGG user akinfantryman I created a grid back for cards.
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The beauty of the Multideck Maker tools is that it is easy to recolor and remix cards however you see fit.

Singularity Games Patrons get access to all of the remixable art and PnP PDFs.
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13. Board Game: The Duke [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:589] [Average Rating:7.38 Unranked]
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I'm excited to share the grid layout for Multideck Maker (multideckmaker.com). This is a specialized Layout file that allows for the creation of custom cards for games like Onitama, The Duke, Chess, or a new game that has yet to be invented.

To get started making your own custom grid cards, first check out the main Multideck Maker tutorial: https://www.singularity.games/p/multideck-maker-custom-card-...

From there, go to the Grid Layout Details page for specifics about creating custom grid cards: https://www.singularity.games/p/multideck-maker-grid-layout-...

So far, I've made 17 different grid icons, but If anyone has suggestions, I'd love to hear them.

With those 17 icons, though, you can make some pretty crazy looking movement patterns:
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14. Board Game: Hex [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:3417]
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The STL files for the board are available to download Through the Singularity Games Patreon. Join me on Patreon to get access to all of my designs: https://www.patreon.com/singularity_games

There are a ton of games played on hex boards, including those that use a regular number of sides (such as TZAAR and Blooms) and many that use irregular shapes (such as DVONN and Ragnarocks). This magnetic modular hex board can be quickly reconfigured to create a board of any shape and size. Check out these geeklists for just a sampling of the many games played on hex boards: https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/17735/games-boards-61-hex...

Each hex tiles has six slots compatible with any Openlock clip. To magnetize the tiles, I'm using my custom magnetic openlock clips (download here: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3612827). For the strongest connection I'm using the dual ball-magnet clips shown below.

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I swapped out the filament halfway through printing each tile so that the top and bottom were different colors. This means that changing the pattern of the board simply requires flipping a tile and putting it back into place.

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A "split-up" magnetic hex board.

To see the board in action check out this video:
Showing off the board with one hand while filming with the other!


The dual ball-magnet clips provide enough strength the board can be picked up with a bit of care:
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While the debate between grid boards and hex boards has raged on since the beginning of gaming, you can now get the best of both worlds by combining the magnetic hex board with the magnetic grid board:
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I'm not aware of any games that would use such a bizarre board configuration, but the important thing is that peace has finally been achieved between fans of grid boards and fans of hex boards.
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