After years of collecting games, I’ve finally reached the point where I don’t have a burning desire to keep increasing the number of titles in my collection. I suppose it stands to reason that eventually you reach a point where you run out of space, or you decide that you simply can’t play them all away. I’ve shifted my focus to acquiring (or making) highly upgraded versions of the games I most enjoy. I thought I’d share some of these with you, and hope to inspire others to share yours.
My first foray into blinging out games started with Agricola. I stumbled across someone selling polymer clay components for Agricola and discovered that playing with upgraded components dramatically makes the game more fun. Almost every element of the game was upgraded including the Major improvements. The cost for this project? $334 + the game itself = ~$400
Here’s a few pics from my set.
King of Tokyo: $190
Being extremely pleased with my Agricola clay upgrades, I asked the sculptor if she would be able to create a custom set of monsters for King of Tokyo. She wasn’t familiar with the game, but agreed to look into it. A day or so later I received an email with a picture of a polymer clay cyber bunny. She noted that she was so excited to work on them that she wanted to get started right away.
While I’m very happy with the visual appeal of my clay, they are quite fragile. I wish Iello would have created an official upgrade pack with large durable monsters.
The cost of this upgrade? $150 bucks + $40 for the game.
Lords of Waterdeep: $250
Before DnDeeples existed, I wanted to upgrade Lords of Waterdeep. Once again, my sculptor came through and crafted me a full set of polymer clay replacement components. The cost of this upgrade? $200 bucks + $50 for the game.
Settlers of Catan 3d Collectors Edition: $300
The first ‘official’ collectors edition in my library. The luxurious custom wooden chest and nicely sculpted resin tiles drew me in. I was fortunate enough to buy my copy at a time when these were still available at retail – approximately $300.
Giant Bruges: $215
Here’s a full write-up on my adventure building a giant sized version of my favorite game, Bruges. Total cost was a relatively modest $165 + the cost of the game. This price of course does not include the significant effort to manually cut and paint all of the wooden bits.
Takenoko Collectors Edition: $300
The cost for this one? Just under $300.
Space Hulk: $525
The base game of Space Hulk – 4th edition – cost of $125. Cost of painting – roughly $400 including shipping.
Cthulhu Wars: $820
This game was designed for the start to be an over-the-top dudes on a map game. The powers of each of the factions seem completely broken and overpowered, but someone balance emerges. I opted to seek out a painted set, as I was quite intimidated by the prospect of trying to paint these myself. Ben Waxman, a BBG user and great miniatures painter, provided some images of the set that he painted. While I would have loved to have Ben paint a set for me, his dance card was full. I decided to trust my set to the folks at paintedfigs.com. paintedfigs.com is a Sri Lanka based outfit that I’ve used a few times in the past with great results.
The cost to bling out CW? The core set sells for about $165 at the time of this post. The painting and shipping $655 for a total of $820
Small World Designers Edition: $885
A completely over-the-top version of the highly popular Small World by Days of Wonder. See the full write-up here for many more pictures and coverage.
The cost for this one? Game & Shipping $490 – painting of the miniatures ~$395 for a total of $885
Star Wars Rebellion: $370
After one play of Star Wars Rebellion, I was intrigued. While perusing BGG, I happened to find a painted set for sale. After seeing that it was painted by Ben Waxman, who painted my Small World Designer Edition, I was sold.