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Scythe Board Game Insert

Scythe Insert

After a long hiatus from the task of insert creation I received my Kickstarter edition of Scythe from Stonemaier Games. It’s a great looking game, the components are well crafted and the Kickstarter components really make for a wonderful upgrade and really push all my happy buttons in the ways of a great tactile interaction with a game. The biggest issue with this box was the cards. I like cards, they are an ideal method to implement game mechanics while also giving a medium for visual flare, but with cards comes those little plastic baggies I so loath when packing up my games. An insert was needed. Maybe just a few card bins because surely I couldn’t fit anything else in this box. I surprised myself and made it work.

Scythe Insert in box
Scythe Insert in box
Scythe Insert
Scythe Insert

Each card type has its own box and I even got a divider in with the medium sized cards so I could easily divide the standard game cards with Automa cards.

Scythe Card Trays
Scythe Card Trays

 

The bank was a nice addition that I originally didn’t think I’d be able to implement due to the space restrictions within the box. First I was going to just stick with the little plastic snap together containers that came with the game but that would mean I could either store all the coins or resources but one of the two would be relegated to my old nemesis, the little plastic baggies. The bank box holds all my resource bits and coins and now I can use the provides plastic containers to hold some resources so I can divide them across the table. Now you have more than one pool of bits to pull from which decreases the need for the long distance, component toppling table reaches or constant need for the “could you please pass the…” during a game session.

Scythe Bank Box
Scythe Bank Box
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Scythe Bank Box w/ Lid

Player bits were stored in individual boxes to further speed up game setup time.

Scythe Player Bits
Scythe Player Bits

I elected to not create a custom miniatures tray. The one designed by Stonemaier games looks to be strong enough to handle a lifetime of use and its contoured spaces for the miniatures will keep them safe after having hand painted each one. I was quite pleased with that storage tray and I’m really happy to see game makers providing component storage vacuformed trays that are not just the blister pack variety that will find themselves in the trash right after opening,

 

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MTG Kaladesh Energy Counter

painted-angle

In anticipation for the new Kaladesh release of Magic the Gathering I created a three layer D20 level counter die holder to keep track of how much Energy you gain and lose over the course of a game. I’ve been looking for a simple small project to test out multi layer designs and I found I was a rather happy with what I came up with to the point where I decided I might was well offer some DIY paint and assemble kits for any fellow MTG players that might want to have their own Energy Counter painted how they wanted.

Here’s the DIY kit for those interested:

https://www.etsy.com/no-en/listing/481779309/mtg-kaladesh-energy-counter-d20-holder?ref=shop_home_feat_1

I might also add some painted finished counters like the ones shown in the images to the Etsy store but since it takes a rather long for me to hand paint, glue up and seal during a time when I’m also trying to get my full line of inserts up on Etsy for the 2016 year, so it might be a very limited release if at all since I’m also working on finalizing a new board game insert for Scythe which I’m finishing for reveal this week.

 

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