Crowdfunding Highlights

fall of magicIn Ross Cowman’s story-telling game Fall of Magic, you are a traveler with The Magus, who is dying along with magic, on a trip to the land where magic is born. The thing about the game that is really impressive is it’s played out on a five-foot long scroll map that is revealed through play. As the group continues on their heroic journey, various locations are discovered along with story prompts. The handmade scroll reward tier is $65 (a digital version is $15) with estimated delivery in October of this year.

Holy cow, there’s a lot of fantasy-inspired coins on Kickstarter these days! Fan favorite Campaign Coins’ Starter Sets and Epic Treasure campaign is just about over. Campaign Coins offers sets of forty to fifty coins for AUD $40 (about USD $32). One of the sets of these metal coins is designed for boardgames with 25 ones, 15 fives, and 10 twenties. Although based in Australia, fulfillment will be based from the region where the order is placed, so gamers won’t have to worry about a large shipping bill.

coinsUK-based Ulfsark Games is producing two different metal coin sets called Dragon Scales Coins – Wave 1 – Dwarven and Elven (elven set pictured). With over three weeks to go, this manufacturer offers standard international shipping with shipping cost included in the pledge level price. A basic set of 10 coins is GBP 15 (about USD $23) with additional sets of 10 at GBP 7 (about $12), so a set of 30 would be about USD $46.

Fantasy Coins’ Fantasy Coins and Bars campaign has over a week and a half left. For this campaign, there are ten new metal coin sets available, including gemstones and minted metal bars. Already funded, Fantasy Coins’ campaign comes with a spreadsheet to help calculate shipping. For instance, one set of 30 coins will run $21, $24, or $31 depending on if you live in the US, Canada, or elsewhere in the world.

boxPerhaps you’d like something to put those in? Then take a look at The Adventure Case: the Ultimate Tabletop Gaming Accessory by Dog Might Games. It’s a box, but it’s a super cool box that’s a dice box, rolling tray, storage bin, and the lid is set up to be a dice rolling screen, in case you need to hide your rolls from other players. Sure, you could get one of these beauties with a brass plate design, but you might want to pony up a few extra bucks for the carved wood designs. And add on the pretty pretty colored lights.

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Gifts for the Game Collection

There’s a gamer in your life, but you don’t know what to surprise them with as a gift. There are deck-builders, dice fests, worker-placement games, area-control games, and all sorts of different types of games (and so many!) — it’s tough to just pick that perfect game for your perfect gamer. Instead of giving a gift for them, why not give them something for their game collection?

Replacement Money and Score Counters

There’s something about the tactile experience of props in games, from the foam guns in Ca$h ‘N Gun$ to the paper money in Monopoly. Purple Pawn suggests upgrading your game collections money and scoring counters with one of these three suggestions:

Bird Bucks from Smart Play Games. For less than $7, you can replace money and score counters with a thicker thematic card deck. Featuring fifty cards numbered 0-9 with a sharply designed monetary look, these cards can be used as score keepers and as a clever tool for budding game designers.

A Poker Chip Set. Gamers who dislike paper money in their board games can use a standard set of poker chips as a replacement. When looking for a poker chip set, look for chips that are about 11.5 grams or higher for the weight and feel. Plus, they make a satisfying CLUNK when tossed onto a game table. Added bonus: poker chip sets can also be used for playing poker! Amazing!

Campaign Coins. A fantastic set of coins and counters available in many different styles and metals, these coins are absolutely luxurious to hold and use. You can create a specific collection of coins or just go for the King’s Ransom, a custom set intended for use with board games. Wonderfully designed, these coins are a delight to look at and play with. (Shopping for Christmas? Get your order in now to have a set arrive in time!)

Organizational Supplies

There are games with well-designed inserts and then there are the majority of games. Here are three items that Purple Pawn suggests to use to help manage their game collection (once they throw away that useless insert):

Hugo’s Amazing Tape. Games with cards often have the same problem: keeping them together. Enter Hugo’s Amazing Tape. This product is a transparent static wrap that sticks to itself, not your game components. It’s great for securing game boxes and keeping cards in organized stacks. Although Hugo’s Amazing Tape works well on most games, make sure to point your gamer over to this geeklist on BoardGameGeek for a list of games “safely tested” with the stuff. Looking for more colors? Try static bondage tape.

H-Shape or X-Shape Rubber Bands. To keep that overstuffed game box shut, a collection of crossing rubber bands might do the trick. Unlike regular rubber bands, these are split almost down the center, allowing one rubber band to wrap around all four sides of a game box.

Plano Stowaway Boxes. Primarily used as tackle boxes or for crafts, these transparent storage boxes can be configured to hold many differently-sized game components. For games that require multiple types of tokens (we’re talking about you, Fantasy Flight Games), Plano boxes are a great asset for organizing and storing. The boxes come in different sizes and basic configurations; most have adjustable dividers.

Other Items

And a miscellany of items that are just plain helpful (or tasty).

Edible Dice. Searching for a gift for a role-player? Gamers love dice — and Dice Candies makes them out of chocolate. A complete set of Ghirardelli, Van Lerr Callebaut, or TCHO organic chocolate polyhedrals (one each of d4, d6, d8, d10, d12, and d20) will run you less than $10 — that’s less than some sets of non-edible dice!

Sports/Duffel Bags. Game night at a friend’s house? Heading to a convention? Your gamer will want to have something to safely and securely carry their games over. Look for a squarish-shaped duffel bag that is at least twelve inches wide — square board game boxes like Dominion are just under 12″x12″x3″. End pockets are great for holding smaller games. Note that when buying online, dimensions listed are usually the exterior size. The item linked above should carry three Dominion-sized boxes in the main compartment with room for a smaller game box.

Game Tables. With a round gaming table that’s easy to put away for storage (and to be used for other things), all players can have the game board at an equal distance, which helps with seeing those small board elements and reaching the board no matter where you sit. Have a few thousand dollars in your gift-giving budget? Consider The Portal by Geek Chic for something a bit more elegant and customizable.

Dice Trays. When rolling a handful of dice, it’s helpful to keep them all together instead of chasing them off the table or — for the gamer who wants to keep their game pristine — scuffing the board. Dice trays come in various shapes and styles, but for our tastes, you want to look for a large (but not too large) rolling surface and high walls.