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This is the index to a collection of Geek Lists identifying accessories and sources for board gamers. This index is locked, so that it doesn't become messy and can be sorted and rewritten as needed. If you can identify a category of accessory that is not listed here, please Geek Mail Eric Engelmann.

This top level list is an index that will improve gamer awareness of the many classes of gaming accessories and their utility. Each entry will explain why gamers find this class of accessory to be useful and include a link to a Geek List which will provide details on that class of accessories, including specific products, recommended sources for those products, and comments by users of those products.

To get this started, I'm often pointing to existing lists and discussions.

Note that BGG has some existing lists and and directories that don't serve the same purpose as this list. Scroll to the last entry in this list for the bibliography.

3D printing https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/268807/
Apparel https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/268803/
Apps https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/268928/
Art https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/268733/
Bags, carts, and crates for game transport https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/267818/
Bits - cubes, cylinders, discs, huts, pawns, etc. https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/267858/bits-sources
Bits organizers https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/268701/
Board/map stabilisers https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/268917/
Books https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/268809/
Box bands and protectors https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/267782/
Card deck trays https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/2154697/collapsible-plastic...
Card holders https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/268892/
Card shufflers https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/268629/
Card sleeves https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/268704/
Card storage https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/268747/
Chips https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/268296/
Coins https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/268627/coins
Counter clippers, magnets, etc. https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/267883/
Dice https://www.awesomedice.com/blogs/news/worlds-largest-dice-c... Place holder
Dice trays and towers https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/268350/
First player selection devices https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/267857/
Food and drink
Game chooser https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/2013276/
Game repair https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/267975/
Inserts for game boxes https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/267956
Laminators https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1979028/ Place holder
Lighting and vision https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/267959/
Markers, erasable https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/2326670/best-dry-erase-pens
Minis, bases https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/2057796/plastic-snap-bases-...
Minis storage https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/268891/minis-storage
Music as background
Paint for beginners https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/2236823/miniature-painting-...
Recording games
Scoring aids https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1883155/game-scoring-app-wh...
Shelving https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/268706/
Parts bags https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/267827/
Tables https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/268709/
Table accessories - Mats, no-spill cups, holders, etc. https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/267962/item/7463408
Tile/dice bags https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/267872/
Turn Timers https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/267826/
Web sites https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/2026507/please-recommend-yo...

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3D Printing

3D printing lets you create missing pieces, upgrade pieces, bits organizers, etc. This list has recommendations and sources for printers and items to print.
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Apparel

Many gamers wear shirts, hats, pins, etc. to signal or entertain other gamers, and for all the other reasons people wear clothes.

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Apps
These are programs you can install and run on your smartphone or tablet to enhance your gaming.

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Art
Mainly things to hang on your walls. These are art sources recommended by gamers, for gamers.

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Bags, Carts, and Crates for board game transport

There are many types of accessories for game transport, but they all help gamers move games with less effort and less damage to games. There are carts designed specifically for movement over stairs, via common carrier (FedEx, UPS, etc.), by bike, and for air travel. Many others are multipurpose. Don't overlook box bands, which keep boxes from opening during transport, and reduce wear to box surfaces.

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Bits - cubes, cylinders, discs, huts, pawns, etc.

Some gamers buy bits to enhance their game (upgrading cardboard bits, for example). Others swap components to mitigate vision or hand tremor problems. Many need replacements for missing components, or supplements to a game component (more food tokens for Agricola, for coins for Concordia, etc.) Game designers use them in the prototyping and playtesting phases of game design. Some gamers (such as me!) actually collect bits.

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Bits organizers

Bits organizers can speed setup and game play, protect your components from loss or damage, and can be used by bits collectors to store and display their collection.
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Board/map stabilisers

War games often use unmounted maps, ambitious Euros and rails often have multiple boards, ancient game board are sometimes split, curled, bent, etc., and some play groups/areas may benefit from a game board protector. "Board game stabilizers" is the best title I could think of for accessories that flatten, stick, attach, and cover game boards.

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Books

There are many books boardgamers enjoy reading. This is a curated list of only those books specifically for board gamers.

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Box bands and protectors

During transport, board game boxes can open and spill contents. Which is a REAL pain in the rain or on deep grass. Boxes surfaces and artwork also get worn with handling and transport. While I've given up on finding a "box condom," there are box bands that work great.

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Card deck trays

When you need to stack LOTS of game cards, these trays will help:
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Card holders

These provide hands-free or minimal effort presentation cards in play.

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Card shufflers

Games with large, randomized card decks, such as Terraforming Mars, beg for a shuffler. Here are some recommendations:

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This is a bibliography of formal BGG lists and directories of board game accessories.

BGG Wiki:
https://boardgamegeek.com/wiki/page/Gaming_Bits_Suppliers#
https://boardgamegeek.com/wiki/page/Gaming_Accessory_Supplie...#
https://boardgamegeek.com/wiki/page/Gaming_Resources#
....Board Game Repair
....Card Sleeve Reference
....Miniatures
....Tuck Boxes
....Pump Your Boardgame Experience! (Boardgame Accessories)

Accessories BGG entry:
https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/5985/miscellaneous-game-...

Forum for BGG Accessories entry:
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