19th monthly pimp my boardgame contest!!! March 2012!!! WIN GG and microbadge!!!
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Best pimped boardgame of the month, March 2012, 19th edition

How to submit an image of your pimped boardgame?

Just add a geeklist item, where it asks for a ImageID add the number of your photo there. Use [imageid=xxxxxx medium] in the body of the List Entry, where "xxxxxx" is the ImageID number, to show the image at a reasonable size as that helps people judge your image better, and make sure to remove the space. If you have questions please geekmail me and I will help.

Rules:

1) You can submit up to 3 entries.

2) Each entry can contain up to 2 images.

3) That image(s) has to be one of your own. If you like a pimped game of another user, please ask for permission to submission.

4) The image(s) was uploaded during the month in question.

5) Images from your User Gallery are eligible, and images from any other Gallery.

7) It is possible to include a link to a geeklist or a thread, where you find more details about the pimped boardgame.

8) Users may vote for (give a thumb up to) as many entries as they wish.

9) Winners will be declared when the next month's list goes up.

10) In case of a tie, the prize will be split equally among all the tied people.

11) I will randomly reorder this list so that the first-come first-thumbed effect is lessened.



Prizes

Three will be awarded:

First place:

50 bag + microbadge golden teapot mb


Second place:

25 bag

Third place:

10 bag

extra prize (each thumb up giver):

5 bag randomly one person, who gives this list a thumb up.


So make sure to give this list a thumbsup so that we can keep this list on the front page as long as possible!!! You have the chance to win bag. And there will be more participants -> more pimped games to see!!!

Meta stuff

- If you want to be notified of future contests, subcribe to this notification thread.

- If you like to see all winners go here.

- If you like to see the winners of 2012 go here.

- You can get KLUNTJE KING mb! It is a hall of fame. And it includes a small minus point system.

AND THE WINNERS ARE

1. (+ 10 Kluntje)

timothée licitri
France
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with 217 thumbsup

2. (+ 7 Kluntje)

Bob Schrempp
United States
Atascadero
California
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with 79 thumbsup

3. (+ 5 Kluntje)

Sebastian Grawan
Germany
Eicklingen/Celle
Niedersachsen
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with 66 thumbsup

lucky thumber of the month


Magnus Rygh
Norway
Oslo
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1. Board Game: Notre Dame [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:141]
timothée licitri
France
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I want to make a special gift for my girl friend birthday. It should take 2 month but it was finished 2 years later
Building are home made and resin-cast. Minis comes from multiple places.
The game has is own wood box for easy and safe transport.

A five player set up


A close up of Notre Dame


You can find more pictures and explanations here
http://boardgamegeek.com/article/8891911#8891911
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2. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:164]
Bob Schrempp
United States
Atascadero
California
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Settlers of Catan Accessories

When we play Settlers we have three problems I wanted to solve.
1. The Board Hexes get bumped during a game and move.
2. Players roll the dice and knock the Roads, Cities and Settlements around.
3. The Resource and Development cards get messy during the game.


To keep the Hexes from moving around I designed a board to hold them. I built the board in three pieces, the outside two for the 3-4 player game and an expansion piece for the 5-6 board. The spaces for the hexes are recessed to keep the Hexes in place. There are recesses for the Roads. The Cities and Settlements sit on top of the “Y” shaped pieces between the Hexes.

To keep the dice off the board I built a small hex shaped dice rolling box. It is just lager than a board hex, so for storage you can put a stack of Board Hexes in it. When your turn is over, pass the dice and dice box to the next player. The first play test with wild dice throwing teenager, he kept the dice in the dice box the entire game.

To keep all the cards neat I designed a five space holder for the Resource Cards and a single space holder for the Development Cards. We normally split the Resource Cards between the two sides of the board so I built two of the Resource Card holders. The holders slant a little to the back to keep the cards in place.



- Top Left, five space holder for the Resource Cards,
- Top Center, hex shaped dice rolling box,
- Top Right, single space holder for the Development Cards,
- Bottom Left, Close up of the game board,
- Bottom Right, game board with the 5-6 player expansion piece.


I wrote a DIY article about this board
http://boardgamegeek.com/article/8863630#8863630


Thanks for your Consideration,
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3. Board Game: Wiz-War (eighth edition) [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:404]
Sebastian Grawan
Germany
Eicklingen/Celle
Niedersachsen
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I have painted all the miniatures of the new edition of Wiz War.
Furthermore all the miniatures' bases are fited with magnets, as are the bases that the wizards and creatures have to be put on.



I like pimping my boardgames this way: by now I have painted all miniatures supplied in the game boxes of Chaos in the Old World, Runewars, Wiz War, Battlestar Galactica and Mansions of Madness.
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4. Board Game: Vegas Showdown [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:274]
Game Whore
United States
Burlington
Massachusetts
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Reskinned Vegas Showdown Mats and Box, with Labeled Casino Clay Chips



1. I felt that Vegas Showdown is an underrated game -- easy to pick up and learn, and scratches a bit of a strategy itch for more experienced gamers while at the same time being a pretty good introduction to strategy gaming newbies -- but there was a fundamental problem in its presentation. The damn thing just doesn't look like Vegas.

2. So, over many months, I started fooling around with Photoshop, largely sticking to the simple goal of reworking the player mats and chips that come with the game. I settled on making both double-sided: one side would be Vegas as it looks today ("New Vegas"), and the other side would be the classic mob-run version of the Rat Pack ("Old Vegas"). The chips themselves would be 14.5g heavy casino clay chips.

Old Vegas mats:
The Flamingo, 1954 (Bugsy Siegel's place that essentially created Vegas)
The Mint, 1960s (and a sneaky Hunter S. Thompson reference)
The Thunderbird, 1948 (the home base of Rosemary Clooney, among others)
The Sands, 1962 (the epicenter of the Rat Pack)

... and the Golden Nugget in 1960:

(Fremont St. as it looked before the Fremont Street Experience was installed -- complete with fully-functioning Vegas Vic. That big sign, unfortunately, is now consigned to the Vegas Neon Graveyard.)

New Vegas mats:
The Luxor
The Mirage (its volcano show was redone in 2007)
The MGM Grand
The Rio
The Paris
(That shot of the MGM Grand I took myself, wandering around the Strip on a hot night, in town to visit relatives. During the course of our visit, I actually got them addicted to Vegas Showdown. They'd only played things like Ticket to Ride or Sequence...)

I appropriated boards from a thrift store purchase of Outburst, a convention purchase of Rocketville for $3, and my son's destroyed copy of Mousetrap. Label sheets and a lot of black Gorilla tape later, I had my boards:
"Old Vegas" Layout
"New Vegas" Layout

3. I was dissatisfied, though, mainly because I thought I could do better - during the course of finding great images for everything, there were a lot of classic images that went on the cutting room floor. That's when I got the idea to make a new box -- and my son's aforementioned copy of Mousetrap was raided again:

Reskinned box top with right edge (incorporating a truly phenomenal skyline photograph incorporating the Luxor, seen from the Cosmopolitan)

For the outer box cover, I took images of present-day Vegas that roughly corresponded with room tiles in the box: a closeup of a slot machine, the big board of the Hard Rock's sports book, and a shot of the Vegas skyline at night with the beam of the Luxor, among other things. *Inside* the box, I photoshopped a rolling collage of images from famous Vegas shows, past and present: the Rat Pack on the Sands marquee. Cirque du Soleil. A roiling concert on the Cosmopolitan's rooftop/pool venue. Showgirls in 1949. A Muhammad Ali poster from Caesar's. All surrounding the iconic Vegas sign.

For the inner box cover, I 'shopped together images of various Vegas chips (also past and present):

Box Bottom (visible: inner ring of poker/roulette chips from various casinos, past and present - Silver Slipper, Aria, Benny Binion's, Wynn, Excalibur, Imperial Palace, Cosmopolitan, Venetian, Caesar's. Visible sides of box: Fremont St. scene in 1958, and the Vegas Hilton in 1972, showing Elvis.)

4. And the last thing I thought it needed? Real damn casino felt:

Inside Box Bottom (Chips: 25-Wynn/Binion's; 5-Venetian/Stardust; 1-Vegas sign/Old Fremont St)

In addition to the mat images that I've already put up, I can put up more images, especially for the chips and the box if desired.

Basically, all of this has brought the game to another level -- it's mighty satisfying to hear the clack of real casino chips as people play with them. This game deserves nothing less.
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5. Board Game: Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:400]
Troy
United States
Los Osos
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It's been a while, but I finally finished something new. This is my first work with FIMO for Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age.

I made four sets of custom pegs (four colors) with the resource symbols sculpted on top. It was a nice addition to my signed copy.

Here are a couple of pics.





Thanks all!
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6. Board Game: Conspiracy [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:2844]
Roland Mauve

Virginia
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Since the first time I saw the game Conspiracy in 1985, I always wanted to get a copy so I could paint the "spy" pieces. These pieces are detailed 2-inch high plastic busts of the individual spies -- with faces on both sides and the spies' names on the bases.

A few weeks ago, I finally obtained a copy of the game and set about painting the pieces. I thought the spy pieces were a bit light, so before assembling them (they come as two identical pieces that are glued together to form the three-dimensional piece), I filled each one with a polymer putty that gave it a nice heft. Each piece now feels like a quality chessman in the hand (rather than a cheap Happy Meal toy).

After filling and assembling the pieces, I painted them -- results shown below (with photo of unpainted versions* for comparison). I am not the best mini painter in the world (especially since my close-up vision has begun to deteriorate), but I am happy with how they turned out.



At some point, I intend to replace the cheesy little briefcase that comes with the game (representing the "top secret documents" everyone is trying to get) with something nicer-looking, and will probably redo the game board as well (the original looks pretty heinous). But, painting the spy pieces was job numero uno in my book.

UPDATE: Since writing the above, I created an initial cut at a revised game board:



Wanted something a little simpler and more modern-looking than the original (shown here: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/239526/conspiracy). I plan to get the new board printed on a vinyl sheet in the near future.

Also just got my replacement for the briefcase piece in the mail: these "monolith" pieces from Litko: http://www.litko.net/products/Monolith-Markers-%285%29.html. My plan is to use one to replace the briefcase (and refer to it as "the data" rather than "the briefcase.")

* Note: I neglected to photograph the pieces before I started painting them, so I borrowed Chris Hanson's photo of the unpainted version from the BGG gallery -- found here: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/253098/conspiracy
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7. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:29]
Robert Manore
United States
Colorado Springs
Colorado
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I've owned all the sets to the Battlestar Galactica game for at least a year now. One thing I learned with managing expansions is juggling all the rule updates and extra bits that come with it. My cards used to be stored in Ziploc bags without rubber bands. None of my friends could tell the difference between Viper Mark II's and Mark VII's. I would constantly have to find the corresponding rulebook for common questions that came up every game.

So I decided to make organization and thematic upgrades to my game. This included getting the mini's painted, making tuckboxes, and creating reference sheets for common rules that seem to always come up during my group's gaming sessions.

Thanks for looking and game on! And this is my first ever GeekList!





EDIT: I had to combine images due to the 2 image limitation, so these images are from my personal gallery. The original images were submitted on March 4/5, 2012. Here is the gallery link to the original images:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/images/boardgame/85905/battlest...
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8. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.34 Overall Rank:1]
The Compulsive Completist
United States
Indiana
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I picked up a pill organizer at the drugstore that had a red and blue side. I printed off new "labels complete with Stars for the good guys and Hammer and Sickle for the not as good guys). I laminated, then glued, them over the days of the week and now I have an influence marker organizer. Pulled out the Twilight's insert and the lid closes fine with it.
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9. Board Game: Citadel of Blood [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:4454]
Scott Everts
United States
Foothill Ranch
California
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Here's my new build of Citadel of Blood. The graphic design was done by Todd Sanders with some enhancements by me. I added the monster counter silhouettes & some additional item counters.

All the counters and dungeon tiles were printed on label paper, laminated, and mounted on 1.5mm plastic custom cut by Litko.

All charts were laserprinted on high quality paper and laminated with 7 mil plastic.

I bought a ton of wood cubes as markers and plastic discs for tracking spell data.

I reworked the cards and printed them with Artscow. They were then trimmed to size and sleeved.

I made a custom party standee.

I ordered a box from Andrew at Print & Play Productions. It needed a very big box so I could store the hundreds of counters and 100 dungeon tiles. The box is very heavy since everything was mounted on plastic.

This build took about 3 weeks of free time to assemble & cost about $200.

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