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After a few select threads that popped up during the past days, I became somewhat convinced that my games needed to look presentable and stored nicely besides being played well (I'll pass on the counter sucker for now).

I have added a couple of items to my equipment box:
- sturdy craft blade for counter trimming
- a self-healing mat to go with it
- mini zip lock bags

and now potentially a label printer. surprise

So what else can the good people here advise me, to lose (or not to lose) more money on? Or what have you learnt in your past experience on such things? Am I heading down the wrong road of obsession? laugh

New stuff bought since this thread:
- Label printer

Recommendations/considering:
- Litko game markers (credit: Warren Bruhn http://boardgamegeek.com/article/10613736#10613736)
- Counter counter rounders (Implementing the Perfect Solution... to counter clipping)

*edited to add accumulated accessories.
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A sturdy whisky tumbler to roll the dice in and stop them catapulting all over the table.


A sturdy piece of Plexiglass to preserve paper maps.

Some tweezers for moving counters and preventing the fat finger fumble...
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You want to waste money like me? You ask for it...

- Sufficient lighting (essential, never enough)
- Dice Tower or three.
- Dice Tray for that all important die roll that you can't rely on the Dice Tower for.
- Card Sleeves for CDGs
- A vice for the plexiglass
- Special game box elastic bands for that old Avalon Hill game with the tattered box.
- I use various markers from Litko Games, I particularly like the acrylic weather markers, very chic on your wargame.
- A hands free player-aid holder for the table.
- An iPad or equivalent.
- Martial Music, Russian Chorus is very good.
- Casino style table top, very nice addition to any wargaming table (you can get these from boards and bits. Highly recommended.
- Comfy chairs.
- Little coffee tablets for everyone to put their stuff on, limits clutter on the gaming table and good for hidden stuff.
- Cooler dice, tonnes of silly choices here.
- An automatic card shuffler, just get those cheap ones that can do 6 decks of cards, great for Arkham Horror or any game with large stacks of cards.
- A projector to project VASSAL on the gaming table, AWESOME new addition to my gaming room.
- foot rest is nice to have for those long waits between turns.
- Ziplock bags for the counters and bits and you can get magazine bags for your wargame magazines.
- Can't live with out a label printer! I use it to label my drawers and folders of games.
- Get a good ink jet printer capable of printing on thick cardboard (horizontal feed), great for that PnP game. (you need need a ton of other craft tools if you do a lot of PnP games)
- Coffee machine ('nuff said)
- Nice dice bags.
- Nice containers for that chit pull wargame, I find that some large business card holders can do a good job.
- Lamination machine for homemade player aids.
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Garfink wrote:
- A projector to project VASSAL on the gaming table, AWESOME new addition to my gaming room.


This sounds very cool indeed. Can you post some pictures?
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A sturdy whisky tumbler to roll the dice in and stop them catapulting all over the table.


Also, a sturdy whisky tumbler to hold the whisky.

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A sturdy piece of Plexiglass to preserve paper maps.


I've long been a proponent of clear plastic tablecloths. Cheap, cut to size, doesn't scratch, and you can roll it up for storage. I buy the 1mm-thick variety, which is heavy enough to keep the map perfectly flat.



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Garfink wrote:

- Casino style table top, very nice addition to any wargaming table (you can get these from boards and bits. Highly recommended.


Are you talking about http://www.boardsandbits.com/product_info.php?products_id=24...
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- 1 or 2 sheets of plexiglass to cover your papermaps.
- A piece of Felt to cover your table.
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zuludawn wrote:
Garfink wrote:
- A projector to project VASSAL on the gaming table, AWESOME new addition to my gaming room.


This sounds very cool indeed. Can you post some pictures?


Ditto. I think I'm starting to drool.
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This. Essential for nudging stacks around in high-counter-density games. Recommended for those like me who suck at Operation and can't use tweezers well.

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Garfink wrote:
You want to waste money like me? You ask for it...

- Sufficient lighting (essential, never enough)
- Dice Tower or three.
- Dice Tray for that all important die roll that you can't rely on the Dice Tower for.
- Card Sleeves for CDGs
- A vice for the plexiglass
- Special game box elastic bands for that old Avalon Hill game with the tattered box.
- I use various markers from Litko Games, I particularly like the acrylic weather markers, very chic on your wargame.
- A hands free player-aid holder for the table.
- An iPad or equivalent.
- Martial Music, Russian Chorus is very good.
- Casino style table top, very nice addition to any wargaming table (you can get these from boards and bits. Highly recommended.
- Comfy chairs.
- Little coffee tablets for everyone to put their stuff on, limits clutter on the gaming table and good for hidden stuff.
- Cooler dice, tonnes of silly choices here.
- An automatic card shuffler, just get those cheap ones that can do 6 decks of cards, great for Arkham Horror or any game with large stacks of cards.
- A projector to project VASSAL on the gaming table, AWESOME new addition to my gaming room.
- foot rest is nice to have for those long waits between turns.
- Ziplock bags for the counters and bits and you can get magazine bags for your wargame magazines.
- Can't live with out a label printer! I use it to label my drawers and folders of games.
- Get a good ink jet printer capable of printing on thick cardboard (horizontal feed), great for that PnP game. (you need need a ton of other craft tools if you do a lot of PnP games)
- Coffee machine ('nuff said)
- Nice dice bags.
- Nice containers for that chit pull wargame, I find that some large business card holders can do a good job.
- Lamination machine for homemade player aids.


Sorry to take issue with your excellent post Garfink, but I don`t see where you`ve "wasted" any money
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Garfink wrote:
You want to waste money like me? You ask for it...

- Dice Tower or three.



If only I could find ones available that aren't cheap plastic or cookie-cutter particle-board assembly jobs. Anyone know where you can buy custom-built dice towers?
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Sluggonics wrote:
Garfink wrote:
You want to waste money like me? You ask for it...

- Dice Tower or three.



If only I could find ones available that aren't cheap plastic or cookie-cutter particle-board assembly jobs. Anyone know where you can buy custom-built dice towers?

Geek Chic makes "heirloom quality" dice towers but they are rediculously expensive. I say that as a person who plans to purchase one of their ridiculously expensive tables after I purchase my next home.

Speaking of "wasted" money, I have not heard mention of the rounded corner clipper. Much more money could be wasted on these than some inexpensive Xacto blade!
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High Krausen wrote:
Garfink wrote:

- Casino style table top, very nice addition to any wargaming table (you can get these from boards and bits. Highly recommended.


Are you talking about http://www.boardsandbits.com/product_info.php?products_id=24...


Yes, and it's BLOODY BRILLIANT!
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Garfink wrote:
You want to waste money like me? You ask for it...

- Sufficient lighting (essential, never enough)
- Dice Tower or three.
- Dice Tray for that all important die roll that you can't rely on the Dice Tower for.
- Card Sleeves for CDGs
- A vice for the plexiglass
- Special game box elastic bands for that old Avalon Hill game with the tattered box.
- I use various markers from Litko Games, I particularly like the acrylic weather markers, very chic on your wargame.
- A hands free player-aid holder for the table.
- An iPad or equivalent.
- Martial Music, Russian Chorus is very good.
- Casino style table top, very nice addition to any wargaming table (you can get these from boards and bits. Highly recommended.
- Comfy chairs.
- Little coffee tablets for everyone to put their stuff on, limits clutter on the gaming table and good for hidden stuff.
- Cooler dice, tonnes of silly choices here.
- An automatic card shuffler, just get those cheap ones that can do 6 decks of cards, great for Arkham Horror or any game with large stacks of cards.
- A projector to project VASSAL on the gaming table, AWESOME new addition to my gaming room.
- foot rest is nice to have for those long waits between turns.
- Ziplock bags for the counters and bits and you can get magazine bags for your wargame magazines.
- Can't live with out a label printer! I use it to label my drawers and folders of games.
- Get a good ink jet printer capable of printing on thick cardboard (horizontal feed), great for that PnP game. (you need need a ton of other craft tools if you do a lot of PnP games)
- Coffee machine ('nuff said)
- Nice dice bags.
- Nice containers for that chit pull wargame, I find that some large business card holders can do a good job.
- Lamination machine for homemade player aids.


You have ALL these? I demand a tour.
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You have ALL these? I demand a tour.


Yep and that's not all, I haven't even started on miniature painting and photographic/audio equipment, all in a 300sqft space with 3500 games! You are duly invited if you're ever in town! I dare say that it is the best man-cave in the country maybe even the continent.
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pmbrill77 wrote:
Geek Chic makes "heirloom quality" dice towers but they are rediculously expensive. I say that as a person who plans to purchase one of their ridiculously expensive tables after I purchase my next home.


You could do like I did and build a Dice Tower out of Legos. The ultimate in Geek Cred!
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boddekker wrote:
pmbrill77 wrote:
Geek Chic makes "heirloom quality" dice towers but they are rediculously expensive. I say that as a person who plans to purchase one of their ridiculously expensive tables after I purchase my next home.


You could do like I did and build a Dice Tower out of Legos. The ultimate in Geek Cred!

Photos, please. How did you build the (usually) diagonal deflectors that most dice towers use?
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Garfink wrote:
- A projector to project VASSAL on the gaming table, AWESOME new addition to my gaming room.

Uh oh. Check and make sure that you don't have a control panel that raises and lowers your gaming table automatically. If you do, you're probably a Bond villain.
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lightforx wrote:
- sturdy craft blade for counter trimming


I assume you also have counter clippers - both the 2mm and 3mm versions?
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Utrecht wrote:
lightforx wrote:
- sturdy craft blade for counter trimming


I assume you also have counter clippers - both the 2mm and 3mm versions?


Mouse hovered over the link a couple of times. Can't justify paying $30+ to cut 4 corners of cardboard!
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mmccalpin wrote:
boddekker wrote:
pmbrill77 wrote:
Geek Chic makes "heirloom quality" dice towers but they are rediculously expensive. I say that as a person who plans to purchase one of their ridiculously expensive tables after I purchase my next home.


You could do like I did and build a Dice Tower out of Legos. The ultimate in Geek Cred!

Photos, please. How did you build the (usually) diagonal deflectors that most dice towers use?


Roof tiles?

 
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Tweezers - never can have enough....

http://www.harborfreight.com/6-piece-fine-point-tweezer-set-...

I bought this set recently - it is perfect for wargaming.

And you also get two vice like tweezers - a slide lock one and the kind you squeeze to hold open - perfect for the modeler/minifig guy.


And so cheap!

5.99.

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Get some Litko artillery, barrage, and smoke markers for tactical games. Here they are in use in a game of The Devil's Cauldron: The Battles for Arnhem and Nijmegen:

http://boardgamegeek.com/image/1243464/the-devils-cauldron-t...

http://boardgamegeek.com/image/1243459/the-devils-cauldron-t...

http://boardgamegeek.com/image/1246312/the-devils-cauldron-t...

These really help players visualize things in tactical games. Litko has a lot of markers that are very useful for naval games too.
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Warren Bruhn wrote:
Get some Litko artillery, barrage, and smoke markers for tactical games. Here they are in use in a game of The Devil's Cauldron: The Battles for Arnhem and Nijmegen:

http://boardgamegeek.com/image/1243464/the-devils-cauldron-t...

http://boardgamegeek.com/image/1243459/the-devils-cauldron-t...

http://boardgamegeek.com/image/1246312/the-devils-cauldron-t...

These really help players visualize things in tactical games. Litko has a lot of markers that are very useful for naval games too.


Ok, those are really nice. Seriously nice.

What an amazing site they have!
 
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