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Efficient Board Game Storage

October 26, 2015 (Board Games)

Sometimes you love a board game enough to purchase their expansions. You love it enough to sleeve the cards, separate its various pieces into different baggies, and so on. Then you start running into the problems. You begin hearing “it doesn’t fit in the box anymore” or “it’s a pain to carry 6 different boxes to play this game” or “this game is such a pain to organize”.

Not all board games have solutions, but some certainly do! Take for instance the board game Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game. It’s a fantastic game with at least 7 expansions, but if you own all the expansions you have over 1500 cards to sort into many different categories. To make things even more complicated, players choose sets of cards to begin the setup of the game, but each set has a different number of attributes that you can’t see unless you look at the card itself. A fan took it upon himself to create his own dividers for the game to help neatly organize everything.

One of our community members decided to give it a try and showed us the result. There was a lot of ooh’ing and aah’ing:

legendary board game custom storage

legendary board game custom storage close up

Using this, he cut down the number of boxes he needed to carry down to two and everything became neatly organized with important information easy to obtain at a glance. While this example was for Legendary, try searching around and seeing if there’s something similar for your favourite board game!

D&D – Better Maps

August 26, 2015 (RPG)

If you’re like us, you draw your dungeon map on a battlemat and sketch out your world map on a loose sheet of paper. We recently found a great site called Fantastic Maps. This site has tips for your map making ranging anywhere from techniques to show height differences in your battle environment, creating a sketch of a system of caverns for your dungeon delve adventure, or even sharing free world map assets!

There’s a lot of material, so definitely check it out. It might help bring your maps and encounters to the next level!

One Year Anniversary Event Teaser

July 8, 2015 (PW Updates)

Wow, in just over a week we’ll have been around for a year! We’ve made a lot of great memories so far with all of your support, so we’d like to invite you all to come celebrate! We’ll be holding an anniversary event Saturday, July 18th and it’s something you won’t wanna miss.

Check out our anniversary event posting. Check the event often as we’ll be releasing new details every day! To give you a taste of what has been announced so far:

* We’re hosting a painting workshop
* 50% off comic back issues
* All day Magic: The Gathering where all participants in Draft/Standard/Sealed will get a random promo card from previous months
* …and more!

Board Games and Sleeves

June 16, 2015 (Board Games)

Sleeves are a great way to make sure the cards in your board games are protected and we sleeve many of our demo games for that purchase. However, different board games have different sized cards to the point where it can get really confusing what sleeve size works best for the board game you’re trying to protect. Thankfully, someone has created boardgames.ga to help you figure out what sleeves you need! Bonus if you have your board game list on BoardGameGeek as it will recommend you a sleeve size for your entire collection.

We hope that this tool will help make protecting your board games a little bit easier!

RPGs and Tracking Initiative

May 26, 2015 (RPG)

We’ve built a rather large D&D 5e community here at Players Wanted. We’re rather happy about that, but what’s surprising has been the large number of Dungeon Masters (that is, the player who tells the story of the game) who have volunteered to run games and the number of players who have been learning the ropes on how to DM. A large part of this is due to our resident drop-in D&D organizer, Duncan. The world needs more DMs, and he’s certainly been helping with that!

A tip for all you newbie and veteran DMs. To help run combat a little more smoothly, you may want to consider using initiative cards. Basically you take pieces of paper, fold it in half, write the name of the players/npc and hang it over your DM screen! You can even place smaller, folded pieces of paper on top of the players to keep track of any status effects affecting the player. More than once have we seen levels of exhaustion forgotten, or that an enemy was blinded!

initiative cards on a DM screen

An example of how initiative cards might look

We found templates from a blogger named Alex, but for 4th edition D&D. About half of the templates should be relevant and with a little bit of editing in your favourite image editing software, you can create any other status effects you might need. We’ve left the unusable conditions in case you just wanted to replace the words on it with 5th edition conditions. Hopefully these will help make your sessions go more smoothly!