Game Design Kit: The Sources
Joe Huber

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Like many who enjoy designing games, I've built up a fairly large collection of pieces, from many different sources. While I prefer to just find the components individually, I'm quite willing to sacrifice a game or two (or ten, or more) so that I have the parts available for whatever I need. This, then, is a list of many of the games I've utilized for parts.
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1. Board Game: Catan: Seafarers [Average Rating:7.17 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.17 Unranked]
Joe Huber

Westborough
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Components: wood boats, cardboard hexes

Unlike many of the components on this list, these are easy to get independently of the game, as Mayfair sells game components in addition to full games.
 
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2. Board Game: Kontor [Average Rating:5.98 Overall Rank:4335]
Joe Huber

Westborough
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Components: wood coins, wood pawns, wooden houses, square cards

When Adam-Spielt lowered the price to 2 Euro a copy, I loaded up; as great as the wooden components are, the square cards are even more useful for game design.
 
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3. Board Game: Castle Risk [Average Rating:5.46 Overall Rank:14693]
Joe Huber

Westborough
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Components: castle tops, dice

One of the advantages of living in New England - Hasbro's headquarters are in Rhode Island, and they've contributed a number of piece to the recycling store at the Children's museum.
 
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4. Board Game: Heimlich & Co. [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:1540]
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Westborough
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Components: large wooden people

While these pieces don't come in handy all that often, the game does show up in thrift stores on occasion, making them fairly inexpensive.
 
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5. Board Game: Kahuna [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:913]
Joe Huber

Westborough
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Components: wood discs, wood roads, board, box

One of the first games I utilized for the components, it has an unusual board size for the Kosmos 2 player series, and the boxes are great for storing one's designs in for display.
 
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6. Board Game: Vegas [Average Rating:4.58 Unranked]
Joe Huber

Westborough
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Components: small poker chips

There are many, many uses for small poker chips, and I've never found a better source for them than old copies of Vegas.
 
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7. Board Game: Sniggle! [Average Rating:4.93 Overall Rank:14074]
 
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Westborough
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Components: plastic cars

The first serious game design I tried took advantage of cars from a copy of this game; I was thrilled to later find more at the Boston Children's Museum.
 
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8. Board Game: Clue Master Detective [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:2085]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Components: metal weapons

Still another find from the recycling store, I have a drawer full of these parts, and occasionally stumble upon a decent idea for using them.
 
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9. Board Game: Union Pacific [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:468]
Joe Huber

Westborough
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Components: plastic trains

Sacrilege, I know, but I still wish I'd bought more copies when Adam Spielt was blowing them out.
 
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10. Board Game: Advance to Boardwalk [Average Rating:5.36 Overall Rank:14773]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Components: stackable plastic squares

In addition to being useful for Can't Stop, these pieces are really handy to have around when something stackable is called for.
 
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11. Board Game: Finance [Average Rating:4.94 Overall Rank:13958]
Joe Huber

Westborough
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Components: wood houses, money

Older copies are fairly easy to find, and have nice wood houses in quantities quite useful for game design.
 
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12. Board Game: Andromeda [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:2237]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Components: board, wood cubes

Still another Adam Spielt closeout, a good source for the ubiquitous cubes.
 
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13. Board Game: Tigris & Euphrates [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:70]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Components: wood cubes

Another purchase for Adam Spielt, though in this case just the cubes, which they were kind enough to find for me - one of the many reasons I'm glad to continue to supply them regular business even with the Euro at a more painful level.
 
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14. Board Game: Heave Ho! [Average Rating:6.25 Overall Rank:2964]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Components: wood barrels, board, box

Richard Borg sold a number of non-English copies of this & Hera & Zeus last year, and I was thrilled to get them.
 
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15. Board Game: Hera and Zeus [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1410]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Components: box, wood squares, cards

While the cards is most of the Kosmos games aren't the size I prefer (that being poker-size, since they fit Avery 5395 labels perfectly), those from Hera & Zeus are.
 
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16. Board Game: Monopoly [Average Rating:4.39 Overall Rank:15339]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Components: money

Game money is always helpful to have around, and Monopoly tends to be one of the cheapest ways to get it.
 
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17. Board Game: Hellas [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:2279]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Components: plastic soldiers, plastic boards, small hexes, box

I've picked up a number of Kosmos 2 player games from Adam Spielt when they've closed them off; I'll list them in the next few entries, without further comment.
 
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18. Board Game: Die Pyramiden des Jaguar [Average Rating:6.13 Overall Rank:3296]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Components: small cards, discs, board, box
 
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19. Board Game: Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:414]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Components: board, box, plastic pieces
 
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20. Board Game: Tally Ho! [Average Rating:6.12 Overall Rank:2479]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Components: board, box, square tiles
 
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21. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:294]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Components: oversized cards, board, box
 
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22. Board Game: Lord of the Rings: The Search [Average Rating:5.06 Overall Rank:15224]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Components: large square tiles, square counters, box
 
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23. Board Game: Odin's Ravens [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:1067]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Components: rectangle cards, board, wood pieces, box
 
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24. Board Game: Crocodile Pool Party [Average Rating:4.36 Overall Rank:15252]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Components: rectangle tiles, board, box

I've received a number of comments when people see which boxes I've put to other uses; with Crocodile Pool Party, I've generally been complimented for putting it to better use.
 
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25. Board Game: Streetcar [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:1948]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Components: square track tiles

I've not actually come up with any use for the components from Linie 1 yet, though I've wanted to design a track-building game for some time.
 
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