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Andy
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I'm tired of cannibalising 3 or 4 different games in order to get the right mix of bits for playtesting a game (and then sorting them back into their respect boxes so we can play those games), so I'm looking for a UK retailer that sells stuff suitable as bits for a prototype eurogame... Either wood or plastic, various different shapes - most of which can be fairly generic provided they're available in 3 or more different colours.

There must be places that sell stuff that would do (game supplies, craft shops, etc)... Anyone know of some sources I could check out?


For reference, the games I regularly cannibalise for bits include:
Campaign - http://boardgamegeek.com/image/21922 [I don't play this game, so it's ideal]
Settlers - http://boardgamegeek.com/image/60450
Cities & Knights - http://boardgamegeek.com/image/42394
Cosmic Encounter - http://boardgamegeek.com/image/44353
 
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Prototype Bits
Thrift stores are a great source for prototype bits. This makes thrift-store shopping for me a little less hit & miss because the games I search for don't need to be OOP, have a decent re-sale value or even be any good. They just need to have an assortment of usable bits.

I don't know what the UK equivalent of a thrift store is. Are they called thrift stores?

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Here's a journal that lists two Germany sites that have lots of differnt little wooden bits.

http://boardgamegeek.com/geekjournal.php3?action=viewcomment...
 
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I don't know what the UK equivalent of a thrift store is. Are they called thrift stores?
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If I understand the term correctly, our Charity shops are the equivalent of your Thrift stores. I haven't yet got into the habit of checking the 'thrift' stores (I prefer to do less leg-work ), but I shall certainly have a look over the weekend.

Thanks for the tip.
 
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Try there
http://www.spielmaterial.de/
 
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Here's a journal that lists two Germany sites that have lots of differnt little wooden bits.

http://boardgamegeek.com/geekjournal.php3?action=viewcomment...


Great Link. Thanks.
 
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These might be of some use to you:
http://bgdf.com/nuke/modules.php?name=Web_Links&l_op=viewlin...
http://www.p4g.co.uk/
 
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Cannibalise
I would continue to cannibalise your existing games. Just keep them seperate so you can play the originals or your prototype at any time. That's what I do and it works.
 
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Teacher Stores
I'm a teacher so I often shop at teacher supply stores. You can buy lots of math manipulatives that are good game bits, little cubes, dinosaurs, etc.
 
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You can find glass stones fairly cheaply if you shop around. They usually have them in shops selling vases or flower arranging stuff. Try your local dept store.

Another option is beads. Try craft shops or look for an actual supplier of beads. Most decorative ones are too round or fiddly to use, but you will find flatter shapes in a range of colours you can use. I speak from experience. I once found a wholesaler that supplied a flattish beads in a clear plastic, which they dyed in a range of colours. They look very nice, translucent with a matt finish.
 
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I haven't done this, but you can buy game parts in bulk.

http://www.rolcogames.com/

http://www.dice.co.uk/index.htm

This next link is for a site that sells old game parts.

http://www.gameparts.org/
 
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One more thing:

I keep noticing little household bits that could be pawns and pieces like that little cap on the top of the dish detergent, the little rubber rats that came with my Nosferatu figure, the bottle caps from Three Stooges Beer that feature Larry, Curly and Moe.
 
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There are glass stones at most craft stores. They tend to be pretty pricey, though (10 cents a piece). They can be nice quality. When I win the lottery I will use them for Go laugh.
Mancala boards are pretty cheap. They come with 6 different color stones, 8 of each (assuming you get the same one that I have). Only about $5. Can get a nice selection of different colors and a ton of spare Mancala boards laugh.
 
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You can buy lots of math manipulatives that are good game bits, little cubes, dinosaurs, etc.


e.g
http://www.highhopes.com/safe-t.html
 
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Blackpope wrote:


http://boardgamegeek.com/article/1861012#1861012
 
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