Keeping 4 houses on your property(ies) is a very simple strategy that reduces the length of the game quite dramatically. Tying up 8 or 12 houses prevents other players from buying those houses, keeping rents on their properties low, while increasing rents on your own. On many properties, the difference in rent between 4 houses and a hotel is relatively small ...
You have several options if you want to collect a large set of generic components so that you can throw your own prototype together.
Thrift Store games you buy just for the components
If you frequent thrift stores regularly, you can pick up cheap games ($2-$4 usually) specifially just to harvest the components from them. Some good examples from the list ...
From a thematic standpoint, the precursor to Monopoly was called "The Landlord's Game" and it was designed by the socialist Elizabeth Magie in order to demonstrate the evils of capitalism - the people who own property get richer and more able to buy property, while the people who have to rent just keep losing money and eventually run themselves into the ...
This is a common complaint. The sliders are just too big. Solutions that have worked for others include:
Using an alternative print-out, with washers for tracking
Wrapping each side of the character card with sticky tape, for thickness
Laminating the cards
Applying some PVA glue inside the sliders, and letting it dry before use
From the manufacturing standpoint, a few thousand years ago it was easier to produce stones that were convex on both sides. Before the Tang dynasty, because of this, all the stones were convex on both sides (just like ishi stones).
During the Ming dynasty, crafting skills progressed and stones could be shaped with 1 flat side and 1 convex (good for ...
Using paper clips works great! The little loopy bit can frame the numbers. They stay in place, but can easily be moved and removed. They don't damage the cardboard, and you can use plain silver ones, or get colored plastic coated paperclips.
Bite the plastic clip near the base. The clip will have a tighter hold on the character card.
We had the same problem and this method fixed all our plastic clips. No additional materials were required.
You're in luck. Fantasy Flight Games sells sets like this in a variety of colors.
Another possible source is your local craft store. Not sure if they have these in your area, but Michael's and Hobby Lobby(slightly better selection) are worth checking out. There's usually an aisle devoted to wood crafts. You can usually find lots of nice inexpensive ...
I got real gold doubloons from The Great American Coin Co. They are about the size of a nickel, and are authentic looking, real metal coins based on the 17th century Spanish doubloon. They make the game so much more fun!
There are numerous podcasts that cover this sort of thing. Multiple kickstarters have gone into detail on it. I think Dice Tower Productions recently talked about card stock pricng (Episode 450-453 somewhere around there). I think Two Rooms and a Boom's Kickstarter went into detail in card quality because it was certainly an issue in their highly anticipated ...
A complete list of what is in each packet can be found in this PDF I have made publicly available.
I wasn't able to find any one distinct source, however by reconstructing the starting powers with the help of this question Which Faction Power will result in the greatest bonus troops and/or fewest troop losses? and reading a series of blogposts giving a ...
I used an iron set to Cotten. Placed on a granite counter. Pressed back, then front. I pressed hard and straight down leaving the iron in contact for a good five seconds. Could do three to four at a time. Wiped moisture off counter with paper towel as I went along. Took a few cycles on the wettest tiles. Left flat on counter over night. The iron did ...
I got some really nice doubloon coins from Momcorp. They're a lot more enjoyable than the paper coins, and a pretty good deal for $29 -- you get 50 coins (40 small silver coins & 10 large gold coins).
We had good success using sticky tape, but we put it on the sliders. Specifically, we stuck a piece of single sided tape on the inside of the slider, and then trimmed the excess tape off with small scissors. We might try packing tape next time because it's a wee bit thicker. An advantage to this solution is that it doesn't mess up the character tiles.
Things that are (mostly) duplicated in TLN: Colony and location boards (Colony board has different art, location boards are thicker), player boards, set of dice and tokens (TLN has two-sided tokens for barricades and helpless survivors because there are now different versions of those). Regular zombie standies have different art.
TLN also has all starting ...
Yes! Gluing the joints with common Elmer's Glue makes the dispenser sturdy enough to move about when filled with marbles.
Assembled without glue, the dispenser tends to come apart:
Empty the dispenser and turn it over.
Apply glue to everywhere the supports cross each other. I didn't put glue anywhere it would be visible from the outside:
After drying ...
I realize this is an older post but I found it to be a good resource and had a resource I thought was useful so I thought I'd add a little to it. Similar to the Thrift store answer, in the states we have Dollar Tree stores, where everything is one dollar. I've seen chess/checkers/dominoes/etc. all of which have a number of pawns or tokens for use. I ...
Spielmaterial.de has lots and lots of generic components. The web shop is outdated and clunky, so you´ll spend some time finding what you need, but there is a lot to be found. They're based in Germany but ship to the Netherlands, so probably to the UK as well.
Another UK source, especially for any quantity, that I've used in the past is Plastics For Games Ltd. (Not used them for years so I've no idea if their service is as good as it was, but their site is still active). Note they do have a minimum order of £100.
I actually had the exact same issue - someone spilled water on my carcassonne tiles, and I blotted/placed it in between paper towels under a textbook.
When they dried, I put a bit of white glue where the cardboard was peeling. When the glue dried, I ran the pieces through a laminator without the plastic a few times - they came out good as new!
I had a go at the straight in the freezer trick and it worked a treat. 2 weeks of being frozen, they like they had just come or of the box. I then put paper towel under and on top of them, before setting a mountain of cookbooks on top. They did perfectly (Smallworld lives again!)
I used a pair of pliers to gently crimp each clip near the base and now they cling tightly. I should note that it took a little trial and error to find the optimal pressure because the first clip became too tight, but this was easily remedied by gently spreading the clip using a butter knife.
Naturally, I would prefer more precisely machined parts, but ...
Just looking on the net and came across this on a 3D printing site.
I have not used these, nor was there any comments on them, but I am considering getting it.
If they do what they should do, they would fix the issue.
We would just set the trackers down on top of the character cards pointed at the proper numbers. This works for us, but there's still a good chance someone could knock the table or roll the dice onto your character tile and mess it all up.
I think the best advice on this page is the paper clips. Second, would be biting them.
Make copies of the map (it's expressly authorized) but you'll find most folks won't write on them. The pattern I see in both home and tournament play is that during adjudication everyone will write down the units they have down the left side of what will become their order sheet. During negotiations they'll consult their list and look at the map, often ...
My friend inserted a small slither of black electrical tape inside the slider. This tightened the grip when applied and was invisible to the eye. I still find the sliders too short to align with the number, but this at least keeps them attached firmly!