Pimp My Dice

If you ever visited my blog, you know I like to pimp my games. You can do it not only by changing the components, adding fancy insets and sleeving cards.

Recently I discovered, that a lot of our favourite games has dice, that are not exactly the most beautiful thing out there. Therefore I decided to visit Q-Workshop, and purchase some upgrades. Have a look!

And if you would like to do the same, the links to dice are below pictures 🙂

Abyss

The base game did not require dice, neither did the first expansion. Leviathan, however, added some combat, and here come dice! The original ones were ok, but I found these better.

DICE

Jamaica

Pirates ARRRRR my favourite theme, therefore buying these was not a surprise. And guess what? Even the size is the same as the originals!

PIRATE DICE

Galaxy Trucker

Oh, come on now. You need some kind of sci-fi equipment to know where the asteroid will come from and hit you in the core, destroying half of your ship.

GALACTIC DICE

Mechs vs. Minions

With the component quality in this box, the only thing that wasn’t outstanding, were the dice. So hey, I treated myself to metal ones!

METAL DICE

Near and Far

One of the most beautiful games we own. But the only thing that was not 10/10 in this one, was the die. I could not decide which one looks better with this game, so I got both. For duels!

CLOCKWORK

BURGUNDY

Everdell

We all have at least seen Everdell once somewhere, and I guess we can all agree this one is a beauty. But that black die for solo mode? It did not go with the theme. So I upgraded it to a forest one!

FOREST

A Feast for Odin

Ok, I know, there is no D10 in Feast for Odin, that is why they look at it like it’s an alien ship. There is a curse over this one, and believe me I know it. I have a love-hate relationship with this one, but Matt loves it, so I decided to upgrade the dice, and… I ordered the wrong one. But worry not, D12 will be with us, and D8 looks too good!

VIKING

Pimp My Board Game

We all have games we love so much, we want them to be the most beautiful thing on the table. Here I will list my top games, that we decided to give a pamper treatment. Number 1 is the game we invested in the most.

Imaginarium

A beautiful game of building dream factories. Game itself is quite perfect, really. Components are great, the component holder was a nice surprise, and ohh the minis… But there was thing missing for us. The point tokens, gears. My first thought was, that they could be metal. So I have searched the depths of Chinese internet shops, and found it. Dozens of gears, golden, silver, copper ones, for as much as £1.

Abyss

Ach, such a beauty! A game, that catches your eye when it’s out on the table. Definitely one of the prettiest artwork I’ve ever seen. And it’s all beautiful. Apart from two things. Those plastic, toilet-bowl-like pearl holders. Nah, that’s just not in line with the theme. So we got some… shells. For free, duh. What’s the other bit? Oh, the keys. Come on, cardboard keys? That was just too easy. Another £1, and we got a set of gorgeous, metal keys.

Altiplano

One of those games nobody wants to set up. Getting all the small tokens out from the bags is a pain, so we made an insert (around £6).  But still, there was something missing. You cannot upgrade the tokens, fact. But what you can do, is to upgrade the bags. The boring, black, drawstring bags. And again, Chinese internet didn’t disappoint us. We got beautiful, colourful, Aztec themed bags, for £4, giving us the total of £10. We bought too many bags, so watch this space for giveaway!

Viticulture

Our favourite worker placement, just filled with theme. Every time we play, we find Italian music, open ;a bottle of something, and have a blast! And as the building tokens and meeples  are great, something was missing. So again, cheap side of the internet provided us with resin, doll house size, wine bottles. The dark ones will be the point counters, the transparent ones may be the wine in our cellars! And all that for as much as  £3. That’s not more than what you spend on Altiplano! Oh, well, yes, and the metal coins added another £22.50, for the grand total of £25.50

Clans of Caledonia

Ok, this one was a bit of a bugger, because we could only upgrade half of the components. We left the player tokens as they were, but the market ones went through pimping process. Boardgameextras provided us with wool, barrels, wheat and milk, for £19. And cheap side of the internet was my saviour when it came to cheese and bread, £4. Additionally, to keep everything nicely in place, I bought wooden jewellery box and turned it into an insert, for another £3, giving us the total of £26.

Scythe

Ahhh, Scythe. This one just had to be upgraded. Realistic resources (£21), and metal coins (£21) do the trick. And they also drained my wallet. It all came to £41 (so far!), because I am not including money spend on pain for the minis, and any future upgrades, like insert, board extension or metal mechs. But hey, it’s worth it!

Na co czekasz?

Mam dziwne wrażenie, ze 2018 będzie mniej ekscytującym rokiem dla gier niż 2017. Mogę się mylić, gdyż obiecałam sobie nie wydawać tyle tym razem, więc nie wczytuję się aż tak w BGG. Staram się przynajmniej. Ten rok jest dla mnie bardziej rokiem Kickstartera, gdyż jest kilka kampanii, które dotrą do mnie w tym roku, i już kilka, którym będę się bacznie przyglądać.

Styczeń : jeszcze w tym miesiącu powinien do nas dotrzeć OX – mała, przenośna gra podróżna, spersonalizowana na dodatek!

Marzec : 7th Continent – już z krzesła spadam na myśl o tej grze. Chyba najdroższy jak do tej pory wsparty przeze mnie projekt.

Czerwiec : Czekam z niecierpliwością na  Dice Hospital, który miałam przyjemność testować, i który będzie (prawdopodobnie) do odbioru na UK Game Expo.

Wrzesień : D-Day Dice, kolejna gra wojenna, tym razem kościana. Drugie wydanie. Wygląda super, czekam, czekam, czekam!

A teraz przejdźmy do wydawania pieniędzy. Jutro rusza kampania U-BOOT The Board Game, i powiem szczerze, jestem na nią gotowa wydać sporo, bo nie mamy jeszcze takiej gry. Gdyby to była kolejna zwykła planszówka, przemyślałabym mocniej. Ale trójwymiarowa łódź podwodna na środku stołu?!

Nemesis – tę grę przemyślę. Mamy bowiem AvP i nie możemy sięga to  zabrać. Zagraliśmy raz, przed konwersją, i się zawiedliśmy. Kupiliśmy konwersję i nigdy do gry nie wróciliśmy. Więc mimo, iż to nie to samo, to wstrzymamy się chyba. Poczekamy na sprzedaż.

Poza Kikcstarterem są też gry, które w tym roku znajdą miejsce na mojej półce – są to trzy dodatki.

Scythe – the Rise of Fenris, wiem że dopiero kupiliśmy Wind Gambit, ale Scythe pozostaje jedną z Top 3 naszych ulubionych gier, i o ile RoF będzie ostatnim dodatkiem, będziemy szczęśliwi. Do tego aplikacja na Windowsa wchodzi niedługo – wooohoooo!

Abyss – Leviathan, Abyss kupiliśmy dopiero w zeszłym roku, ale to była miłość od pierwszego wejrzenia. Potem przyszedł Kraken z czarnymi perłami, teraz czas na Leviathana.

Mansions of Madness – Sanctum of Twilight, nie oszukujmy się, do tej gry każdy dodatek jest wart swoich pieniędzy. Nadal nie wierzę, że jeszcze nie wypróbowaliśmy wszystkich scenariuszy do Streets of Arhkam (czas, czas, czas) a już wychodzi nowy dodatek.

Są też oczywiście gry, które wyszły już jakiś czas temu, a które nadal są na naszej liście. Mówię tu o Gloomhaven, Spirit Island albo Roll Player. Są też gry, bez których przeżyję, ale chciałabym je mieć w swojej kolekcji, jak Harvest, Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle czy Too Many Bones.

A Ty, na co czekasz?

The Most Beautiful Game

Right, so if you visit my Instargram every now and then, you know what game I will be talking about. But, hey, don’t leave! There’s probably so much I haven’t said about it yet!

Abyss, because that’s what we are talking about, it’s not only gorgeous, but great to play. I haven’t played anything like it. It’s a set collection, but also so much more. Let me run through the basics.

On the board you’ve got three areas. Top one is the exploration area, where you gather allies or encounter monsters to get pearls, points or keys. Second area is the council, where you can get more than one ally a turn. Third area is occupied by the Lords.

On your turn you can do ONE of the THREE actions. If you explore the depths, you get an ally or encounter a monster. Allies have 5 races (colours) and numbers (1-5). You need them to buy Lords. There are also Kraken cards (expansion), which act as wild, but give you black Nebulis (silver pearls).

White and silver Nebulis are used to pay the difference for the Lords, if you couldn’t afford them with your cards only. Keys give you access to locations, that score you extra points for various things. You need 3 keys to unlock a location. You get keys from Lords and from monsters. The first person to get 7 Lords ends (but not necessarily wins) the game. Everyone gets one more turn.

You score for the Locations, the Lords, the Allies and the Monster tokens. You also get minus points for each black Nebuli you have, and minus 8 if you have the Kraken figure (for having the most black Nebulis).

It may sound a bit muddled up, but I can’t get over how great this game is. There is, however, one little thing.  First round is always really frustrating, especially for the first player, who only has one option – explore. And if they get what they want on the first go, second player can then can only explore too.

Anyhow – we love it, and Pickle loves it too!