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1. Board Game: Odds'R [Average Rating:4.56 Overall Rank:19909]
Board Game: Odds'R
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Odds of rolling dice calculator.

Q: What are the odds of rolling a 5 or 6 on a two six-sided dice?
A: 55.56%

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Q: What are the odds of rolling a 16 or 17 on a three seventeen-sided dice?
A: 31.30%

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http://www.fnordistan.com/smallroller.html
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2. Board Game: Hex [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:3392]
Board Game: Hex
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http://www.incompetech.com/graphpaper

Print hex, square, circles and other type of graph paper on your printer.
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http://www.staples.com/3M-Scotch-Restickable-Glue-Stick-.20-...

3M restickable glue -- make any paper into a Post It note.
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4. Board Game: Edel, Stein & Reich [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:1779]
Board Game: Edel, Stein & Reich
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Acrylic gems and glass beads.

http://www.yourweddingcompany.com/index.php/action/listProdu...
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Many gems, jewels, nuggets and more:
http://www.wholesalersusainc.com/acrylic-nuggets-c-70.html
http://www.wholesalersusainc.com/glass-gems-marbles-c-58.htm...


gold nuggets: http://www.decorativenovelty.com/clear_ice.htm
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5. Board Game: Big Town: News Reporting and Printing Game [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Board Game: Big Town: News Reporting and Printing Game
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On-demand-game-printers.

You send them specs and they print a board game when someone orders a game and ships it for you, one game at time.

http://www.boardgamesnow.com

http://www.thegamecrafter.com

Print & Play Productions prices near at the bottom of list
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6. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:79]
Board Game: El Grande
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Wooden bits:

Cubes
Meeples (people)

http://www.meeplepeople.com/
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7. Board Game: Blank [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
Board Game: Blank
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blank, indented dice.

http://indentedblankdice.com/dice/

Indented dice protect stickers from rubbing off during play.
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8. Board Game: Wings of War: Famous Aces [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:1083] [Average Rating:6.86 Unranked]
Board Game: Wings of War: Famous Aces
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Blank cards. I got some as a gift by Carta Mundy and they are handy (lower ones in the photo). But I also got some spare cardboard bits from my father, that got them in a printer when I was a kid and gave them to me to play - they are very good anyway for prototypes (upper ones in the pict).
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Board Game: Ulysses
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Xerox copier.
This quite efective prototype has been printed in color on paper. Then the map has been color xeroxed on cardboard. Cards are color xeroxed on cardboard with back color xeroxed on self-adhesive transparent plastic, then carefully sticked to match and then finished with black felt pen on the sides.
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10. Board Game: Icehouse [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:3795]
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how can these still be missing here?

These are universal pawns or tokens for prototyping you can use in almost any way before making thematic individual tokens for your game.

You get lots of colors here, different shapes, you can use them standing up, lying, directed, combined, stacked...,

Then you can assign different values to the colors/sizes to use them as counters or currency.

And of course you can use the opaque ones (black, white and grey) for hiding information like dice, tokens or just smaller colored pyramids.
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11. Board Game: Alpha Playing Cards [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:12539]
Board Game: Alpha Playing Cards
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nandeck

nanDECK - a free software tool for creating and printing card games
www.nand.it/nandeck/

Awesome software to create custom cards with just a spreadsheet
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12. Board Game: DruidenWalzer [Average Rating:5.89 Overall Rank:6360]
Board Game: DruidenWalzer
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Board Game: DruidenWalzer



Perforated Business card paper. Great for DIY cards. I used it for my Druidenwalzer DIY copy. great stuff.
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13. Board Game: Piecepack [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:5749]
Board Game: Piecepack
Nathan Morse
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This and numerous other game systems can be a good starting point, even if eventually you start using customized bits (such as a map or other gameboard).
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14. Board Game: Hexpack [Average Rating:7.25 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.25 Unranked]
Board Game: Hexpack
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My favorite way to start creating and tinkering with that map, though, is with this.
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15. Board Game Publisher: Hasbro
Board Game Publisher: Hasbro
Paul Boos
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Hasbro in particular sells replacement bits relatively inexpensively.
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16. Board Game: Bargain Hunter [Average Rating:4.74 Overall Rank:20190]
Board Game: Bargain Hunter
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And don't forget yard sales and thrift stores; some games are great just for the components. See: Thrift store games you buy just for the components
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17. Board Game: The Mother Lode of Sticky Gulch [Average Rating:6.24 Overall Rank:11598]
Board Game: The Mother Lode of Sticky Gulch
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One-stop-shop: the Motherloade >> Print & Play Productions

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indented dice

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cubes, plastic and wood
stacking counters
disks, plastic and wood
pawns
and lots more.

Prices are near the bottom of the geeklist: Print & Play Productions
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18. Board Game: Portable Adventures: 8th Grade [Average Rating:5.83 Overall Rank:15165]
Board Game: Portable Adventures: 8th Grade
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Free Portable Document Format file maker -- PDF Creator
http://www.pdfforge.org/pdfcreator

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Totally free and does not leave any "free edition" mater marks.

I have also used BullZip PDF maker.

http://www.bullzip.com/
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19. Board Game: The Battle of Fontenoy: 11 May, 1745 [Average Rating:8.66 Overall Rank:5398]
Board Game: The Battle of Fontenoy: 11 May, 1745
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Free fonts: http://www.dafont.com

You can use Dingbats fonts as graphics:

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Pair the font with stands ...
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to make paper figures like this:
Board Game: Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage


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20. Board Game: Warhammer 40,000 (Third Edition) [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:2322] [Average Rating:6.52 Unranked]
Board Game: Warhammer 40,000 (Third Edition)
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Free paper miniatures >> http://onemonk.com

Ultra HIGH quality miniatures. Lots of different type, fantasy, scifi, modern and more and more being published.

Print, cut, and fold and you get...

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21. Board Game: Legends of the Ancient World: Orcs of the High Mountains [Average Rating:7.37 Unranked]
Board Game: Legends of the Ancient World: Orcs of the High Mountains
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Simple sonstruction paper miniatures.

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more here >> http://www.thefantasytrip.org/pieces.php
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22. Board Game: 100 Strategic Games for Pen and Paper [Average Rating:6.63 Unranked]
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200g printing paper

Most printers can handle paper up to 203g, and will accept even thicker stock.
I've been told however, that using thicker paper than the printer settings allow, may damage the valves.

So this must-have item for prototypes is 200g printing paper.

Use it for printing cards and everything else, since colors usually are clearer on heavier stock, thick paper doesn't wrinkle when glued, and just to get the right feel.

Print front and back of cards on two seperate sheets and fit them together in a sleeve.
I recommend this because trying to get a printer without automatic duplex to print in the excact right spot on the backside of a sheet is a pain in the gulp ...I allways end up turning it the wrong way, missing the spot by 2mm and so on. The final card gets thicker this way too, and that's usually preferable.
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23. Board Game: The Mount of Knowledge [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Spray glue

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Lets you mount your newly printed gameboard on anything.

Spray it on the board you want (do it outside!) in an even layer, rush indoor with it and place your prints - it dries quite fast, but don't worry, there is time enough if you have everything ready.
Straighten and press the print down with a clean rag.

Don't cut the board or the print before you mount it - it gets much better if you cut it afterwards.

There are different types of spray mount - some lets you peel of the print later ... if you can see a use for that
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24. Board Game: Boarding Party [Average Rating:5.82 Overall Rank:16631]
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Foamboard

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I have switched almost entirely to using foamboard over cardboard for very thick items.

Foamboard is solid enough, has a really nice thickness (3, 5 or even more mm!) and is cutable without causing permanent damage to your wrists.

It's not as heavy as I like it, so for smaller tiles I still use 2 or 3mm cardboard.

Mount stuff on it with spray glue (see above), then cut with a good knife (se below).
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25. Board Game: Blade [Average Rating:3.00 Unranked]
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Hobby knife

Perfect for cutting foamboard, cardboard and paper.

You'll also need a steel ruler - I like the triangular ones, but at least get one that has a rubber line, so it doesn't slide.

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... and a cutting mat, to make your table last a little longer.

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