My Neverending List of Bits Needed to Tweak Games -- An Obsessive ENFP's Downfall
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I test consistently as an ENFP in the Myers-Briggs Preference Indicator. Something that my type is prone to is starting a project and never really allowing it to finish. Add to this my penchant for trying to "improve" the already good bits in many of my favourite games, and the resulting list of "Things to Get" can be overwhelming.
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1. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:316]
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My version of this didn't come with butterscotch plastic coins or the chits. So I raided a Harry Potter game for its really good plastic coins. Since then, a number of other games have come up which just *scream* for good coins, so I am constantly on the lookout for the Harry Potter games in thrift stores. Sadly, there seem to be absolutely no sources in this country for heavy, quality doubloon-style coins.

In the three years that I have owned this game, I haven't gotten around to picking up a Burger King crown either. It's on my list though.
 
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2. Board Game: Ca$h 'n Gun$ [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:883]
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I really like this game! But you need the right props. After a day at the swap meet, I came home with 7 toy guns. Now all I need are a box of blanks to use as life markers, both for this game and for Bang! However, the nearest gun stores don't carry them, so I will have to order them from an online vendor. Should only cost me $5.
 
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3. Board Game: StreetSoccer [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:1684]
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Love the sticker on the coin, but I want a real soccer ball! Where do you go to get a tiny plastic soccer ball? And will filing down one side of it be sufficient to keep it from rolling around the table?

I'm seriously thinking about making an itty bitty soccer ball out of Fimo to use with this game.
 
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4. Board Game: Queen's Necklace [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:1701]
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Days of Wonder has such great production, and this game is no exception. However, no queen I know would wear that dinky little necklace! A quick trip to Nordstrom Rack got me a decent little pearl necklace to use for now, but it lacks a certain majesterial OOOMMPPPHH. I will constantly check the sale racks until I find something more appropriate. Something which drips large, heavy, faceted stones, and looks like what we see in the Renaissance portraits and period movies.
 
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5. Board Game: Fist of Dragonstones [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:2431]
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These little stones are perfectly adequate. I have absolutely no complaints about them. But wouldn't it be AWESOME to have some 1" brilliant-cut glass gems to use with it? Saw some 2" ones for sale at the swap meet, but they weren't the right colours, and the guys wanted $3 apiece. Lets see....4 different colours, and you'd need at least a dozen of each....that's...48 x $3....$144. Just for the gems. Surely some distributor in China can get them to me cheaper. I just need to brush up my Mandarin!
 
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6. Board Game: Give Me the Brain! [Average Rating:5.85 Overall Rank:4190]
 
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David Fair mentions this game in his geeklist, "Better Bits." A lot of people replied with the gross brains that they were able to find. I'm keeping my eye out for the pulsing brain!

If you're into tweaking bits, David's list is a must-read. He has some wonderful ideas!

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist.php3?action=view&listi...
 
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7. Board Game: The Bottle Imp [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:1087]
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Great game, awesome little flask. But I KNOW that there's a beautiful, teeny "I Dream of Jeannie" styled flask sitting out there in some dusty little thrift store just waiting for me to find it...
 
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8. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:124] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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Is anyone else out there bothered by the fact that the wheels on the trains aren't painted black? One day I will sit down with a magnifying glass and some miniatures paint, and "fix" these trains.
 
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9. Board Game: Guillotine [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1001]
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I didn't feel the need to tweak this game until I read what David did to improve his game...
 
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10. Board Game: Betrayal at House on the Hill [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:422]
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Someone uploaded an incredible set of Buffy character cards for this game. Once I learn Photoshop and Illustrator, I can make my own cards too! And then I'll drive myself nuts trying to find miniatures to match the cards!
 
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11. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:15]
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Sebastien, will you marry me?
 
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12. Board Game: Caribbean [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:2540]
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This game is just screaming for some good doubloons instead of those cheap plastic tokens. I'm been checking out thrift stores for something better. Any suggestions?
 
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13. Board Game: Hexagony [Average Rating:5.82 Overall Rank:10715]
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I have a desire to upgrade the army units of my Hexagony game from the cardboard disks that came with it to wooden ones, thereby giving the old girl a Euro make-over.

I need 13 each, 21mm disks in purple, green, yellow, red, blue, and orange.

Then, I'll need my game group to give it a try.

Gg
 
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14. Board Game: Meuterer [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:802]
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We use actual ships from a PotSM booster in place of the ship card. We also use plastic pirates for indicators of captain and mutineer destinations.

arrrh arrrh arrrh
 
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15. Board Game: Ta YĆ¼ [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:1270]
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Forgot to add this one earlier. Ta Yu is my favourite 2-player game of all time. In my opinion, this game is pretty much perfect.

For Ta Yu, I've been fantasizing about something far better than a little tweak. I'd love to create a magnetic, brushed stainless steel version. Don't ask me how, because I don't know yet! But I envision the channels on each tile still etched in and painted blue, and perhaps even the river section of each tile in contrasting polished stainless steel. The board would also be in stainless steel with engraved dragons. Yes, yes, this is probably all a pipe dream, but who knows? Maybe one day I'll meet someone who owns a steel factory...

 
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16. Board Game: China: Das Duell [Average Rating:6.91 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.91 Unranked]
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If you like to play china with 2 players, you really should consider buying 5 wooden bits from as an addition to the standard game bits : 25x6 mm discs in the 5 appropriate colors.

The 6 special cards are printed on thick cardboard. All this adds nicely to the original game bits and will give the "real" feel to the 2 player game.
 
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17. Board Game: Kahuna [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:913]
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The indispensible black and white wooden ships to play the seefarer variant of the game.
 
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