Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Cosmetic Changes

Stick with me here, I have two points for this post.  The first are the changes to the blog.
We got a logo!!! Big thanks to my friend Rose for designing that. If you click the picture, you're taken to her site where she does various design pieces, and a lot of cool work with chain maille. The second thing you'll notice is that the black background for posts is gone. In it's place a more pleasing grey which is easier to read if nothing else.  I also took the text up a shade to an off white to make that easier on the eyes.

Secondly, I want to talk about cosmetic changes that people make to board games.  Sometimes this is as simple as replacing paper money with poker chips or coins, sometimes it's a more extensive change (see what I did to Fleet Captains)  I think the most common game to modify is Agricola.  People like to get glass or plastic carrots and ears of corn for the vegetables, little cow and sheep minis for the animals, and other things.  While this doesn't enhance the game per say, it can make it more enjoyable to play.

Some games need these changes, while others benefit from them.  I like to believe that most games are playable as they come in the box, but some need a hand to make them easier to play.

Here's the question for the readers -

What game or games have you made some changes to with regards to components? It can be a little or a lot, just let me know.


  1. Awesome logo--works perfectly (and the cup can function as both a Shadows holy grail or the Forbidden Island artifact!).

    I definitely bought a little plastic brain and a brain hat for "Give me the Brain" because it's a goofy game that is more fun if you actually have more than a silly pink die to pass around.

    Not sure if this counts, but in Small World Underworld, I always treat the artifact tokens (not sure what their real term is) as lost tribesman who give you a point when you conquer them. So they stay question-mark-side up on the board the entire time.

  2. I haven't upgraded any of my games, mostly because I am too cheap to do it. I would love to get some new meeples for Carcassonne. That would be cool. I like the changes to the site, keep them coming, I love the logo.