You know you’ve reached a new level of obsession in gaming when you start upgrading your games with custom components, dice, and meeples. Some of these upgrades can be necessary, while others can just add some extra fun to the table. Today I’ll share some of the game upgrades I’ve done and what I hope to do in the future.
Sleeving your cards in a game can actually be important, because I’ve had cards that have gotten marked from overuse or being bent by teenagers. While sleeving cards isn’t for everyone, it has kept a few of my games, like 7 Wonders, staying pristine after many, many games. My favorite game sleeves are the official Star Realms ones, because they kept the back Star Realms logo, and are thick but still easy to shuffle.
Deck Boxes can be a good way to store your card game collections especially when the original packaging isn’t up to snuff. It can also keep all of your card expansions together which is especially nice when traveling or going to a friend’s house to play. While I like to keep the original packaging of games when possible, I use deck boxes when I need to.
Using custom or colored dice can be a fun way to upgrade a game for cheap. I didn’t like some of the dice colors in Roll for It! so I decided to buy my own. It can add a personal touch to games! Also, metal dice are just straight up cool. Even if you don’t play RPGs (which has increased my love for dice even more), you can still display them or use them in board games that require normal dice.
Carcassonne has become a favorite in my household lately, so when Meeple Source was having a Character Meeple Kickstarter, I jumped for the chance to upgrade my Carcassonne game. I now have several of their custom meeples, including Totoro meeples and metal meeples! I’ve also used the meeples during D&D campaigns as NPCs!
Ever played a bidding game with flimsy cardboard coins? Not very satisfying. We’ve gotten several different sets of metal coins, and they make any game involving coin more fun. It feels more realistic with the clink of the coin especially when you must pay an opponent with the coin! While a more expensive way to upgrade your games, it can make a more immersive experience.
Bags and Travel Cases
If you are like me, you always like having games on hand for any occasion. I have a couple different bags I use for bringing games along with me, as well as some cases for my smaller games. I have a Dragonscale Bag of Holding and a Bag of Holding Con Edition from Thinkgeek. I use them both weekly, in order to have games with me at all times when going to family and friend’s houses. I also use small electronics cases to bring my Pack O Games and Mint Tin Games along with me places.
Upgrading your games can be a good way to preserve well used games, as well as bring new life to classics like Carcassonne. It can also make your gameplay more immersive and just more fun.