My 2020 #Boardgame #Wargame Gaming Accessory of the Year

It’s the end of the year so it’s that time for the inevitable “of the Year” lists. Here is my 2020 Gaming Accessory of the Year.

To be eligible for this category, the item must be an accessory to a boardgame or wargame meaning it is not mechanically necessary for play but which somehow enhances the play experience. It must also have been released in the 2020 calendar year. For a near-complete listing of all the gaming accessories I acquired in 2020 (including some items not eligible for this list) please see my GeekList 2020 RockyMountainNavy Gaming Acquisitions and look for entries labeled “ACCESSORY.”

Candidates

Presented in alphabetical order:

My 2020 Gaming Accessory of the Year

Aircraft Data Cards for Downtown, Elusive Victory, and Red Storm. Not essential for play but having them makes play go so much faster with the right data at your fingertips with little need to cross-reference or otherwise search for what you are looking for. I deeply appreciate GMT Games allowing these cards to be published through Game Crafters using game art.

Aircraft Data Cards for Red Storm, Elusive Victory, and Downtown

Beautiful & Affordable #Boardgame #Wargame Accessory – @BBOPokerTables World Traveler Game Mat

SINCE forever the dining table in the RockyMountainNavy home has served as the play area for our Family Game Night. As much as I would like a true gaming table it doesn’t fit our lifestyle. Instead, we recently bought a new traditonal dining table and I wanted to do something to protect the tabletop finish. I looked around at some places and finally decided to buy the BBO Poker World Traveler Portable Poker and Game Mat for 8 Players.

Photo by RMN

Wow, does the World Traveler design look nice on the table! It’s hard to describe (and my photos are not professional by any measure) but we all agree it looks much better in person than in the photos. I think it has to do with the subtlety of the map; in the photos the map is very recognizable but in person it is much more subdued.

I am also very pleased with the BBO Poker construction; think of this game mat as an extra large mouse pad for it’s nice and thick. If (for some forsaken reason) I was rolling those heavy metal dice on this mat the table below would be just fine.

At 70″x35″ our BBO Poker World Traveler it is plenty big for us to play games on. Our old dining table was a bit small. Setting up a full game of Scythe (Stonemaier Games, 2016) or Terraforming Mars (Stronghold Games, 2016) was edge to edge (and then some). Since this game mat is oval it doesn’t go edge to edge on the table but it still has lots of real estate for gaming. Mrs. RMN also approves of the design; it doesn’t look like a poker mat.

I am very pleased with the quality and price. Highly recommended!


Feature image courtesy of BBO Poker Tables.

#Coronapocalypse #Boardgame Log: Packing away Terraforming Mars (@StrongholdGames, 2016) with foldedspace.net

AS A LONG TIME GROGNARD I have many, many little plastic bags and various compartmented containers used to store away my wargames. I generally treat boardgames the same. Earlier this year, my FLGS, Huzzah Hobbies, started carrying Folded Space inserts and organisers for board games. I picked up one for Scythe (Stonemaier Games, 2016) and really liked it. I was in Huzzah last week and found another insert, this time for Terraforming Mars (Stronghold Games, 2016). I have most of the TM expansions so it looked to be a good investment. I am happy to report that it works quite well, but I had to laugh at one part of the product.

Folded Space products are very unpretentious. A simple box with a cardstock sleeve. The TM insert comes in six sheets which you assemble yourself. The instructions in the box were titled, “FS-TERv2 insert compatible with Great Western Trail.” I got very worried when I looked at which component each tray was supposed to hold and found items like “clerics and wizards” or “lord cards.” Fearing I got a mispackaged box, I went to foldedspace.net but luckily it turns out the sheets in the box are the right ones just the instructions were ‘mixed up.’

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Like the Scythe insert before, assembly was a breeze. I have the Terraforming Mars: Turmoil expansion but did not add it yet although the (correct) directions have a way to add it to the box.

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Folded Space claims that the box lid closes flush, but not for me. The lift is not bad and since I store my box flat it really makes little difference.

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All in all another great purchase and a fun coronapocalypse morning project. Now to get Terraforming Mars to the table….