Board Game Expansions & Modifications

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Buffy The Vampire Slayer buffy the vampire slayer boardgame modification

The Buffy board game uses cards to pass skill checks. I created a 6 sided symbol die instead to make this simpler. The game also includes stands for all the characters but just one for the "Big Bad"s. I made extra stands for all the Big Bads, and in a different colour so they're easier to distinguish on the board. The vampire and demon tokens also look very similar when flipped to the "stunned" side, so I printed a set of demon heads that could be used to differentiate them instead - fortunately they can sit upside down too for when they're stunned. For fun, some 3D garlic pieces were also printed. The game uses a generic token for the monsters of the week, but I printed up a full set of them instead. I also replaced the clues tokens with Mario cubes.

Civilization sid meier's civilization game modification

Sid Meier's Civilization had a bad layout for 3 players (no even way to split the continents), so I modified the map with a leaf (map1,map2 ) that can fold out of the way when not needed. It allows Austrafica to be a supercontinent roughly the same size as America and Eurasia, the other 2, for 3 or 6 player games. I also didn't like that the artillery pieces were shared across eras, so I created a Ballista (carved and molded) to replace the Catapult as eras change. Other rules were simplified and made into a reference sheet for each player to have (or with start of 20 gold, 2 settler and 2 infantry for a faster game). I also added zombie and Stargate expansion sets. The sets include extra 3D printed figures for zombies, replicators, goa'uld, a pyramid and of course stargates with rules to govern their appearance and actions.

Battlestar Galactica battlestar galactica board game modification

Battlestar Galactica allowed 6 players, which is a minimum I like, but it included more player cards so I upgraded it to handle up to 8 players. A new loyalty chart was created, and some of the loyalty cards were modified. One thing I noticed is that players getting "you are not a cylon" cards didn't look at them long, whereas those receiving the cylon cards did (more to read) - giving away who's the cylon. To even that out, I added text to all the "You are not a cylon" cards so everyone had something to read and include a minimum 30sec read rule. I 3D printed new basestars and painted the vipers and raptors. The sympathizer role was also very limited once they were put in the brig, so I added a sympathizer actions card that gives them some extra options. The "Final 5" player chooses their loyalty at the time they see their loyalty card. For faster play, I do the 2nd loyalty check at jump distances greater than 3 and a win at 6, but start with all resources 1 or 2 lower.

Doctor Who: Time Of The Daleks doctor who time of the daleks boardgame expansion pack

The base "Doctor Who: Time Of The Daleks" boardgame comes with only 4 of the doctors (4 player max): 1, 4, "11" (Smith) and "12" (Capaldi) and was missing some companion cards: Captain Jack (who's in the instructions) and Tegan Jovanka (who's linked with included companions). So, I improved it by adding 2 doctors: War Doctor / (Hurt), and "10" / (Tennant) and their respective companions: The Moment and Donna Noble and the missing Captain Jack and Tegan Jovanka cards, and decided to add a Jackson Lake and a Rose Tyler too. I made spares of the turn and dice cards for the extra players. For the "10" and "11" I had some minifigures I used for the game pieces, and 3D printed a War Doctor and an extra Tardis for each of the new doctors. All figures were custom painted too.

Firefly Firefly boardgame expansion pack

Firefly is limited to 4 players, so I added 2 more ships (molded and cast, but there are 3d print files out there too) and ship cards (printed and glued to a board) for them: Rese and Riser. For fun, I also 3D printed some items: Fuel, parts, passengers, cargo, unhappy crew (angry emoji), goals & warrants. To make it simpler to teach, I condensed the rules to a one page reference sheet.

Lords Of Hellas Lords Of Hellas boardgame expansion pack

The Lords Of Hellas game I bought only allows 4 players, but came with a bonus hero, Odysseus, so I used that as a starting point for making a 5th player expansion using 3d print pieces from Pocket-Tactics and Animal Crossing 3D print sets. The board also came with 4 spots for monuments but only 3 included so I made a 4th for that out of a Poseidon model. I also used some 3D print pieces to replace the cardboard temples & Delphi, and add 3D Sparta & regular cities.

Star Trek Catan star trek catan boardgame expansion pack

Star Trek Catan is limited to 4 players, and all are Federation, battling each other for territory. That seemed odd, so I replaced them with just 2 Federation (science vs. military) and added: Vulcans, Klingons, Romulans, Ferengi and Jem'Hadar. Some were molded and cast, others were 3D printed, many are still evolving - see below for some print files I used/plan to try. The Vulcan ships were made with a bead and 1/2 a toothpick. I also replaced the klingon planet attacker with a Borg Sphere (cards/skills that affect "the Klingon" now affect the Borg). I also added an extra row of planets and two border expansion pieces to accommodate the extra players. Most but not all the leader cards are useful but they slowed the game with folks re-reading what was available every time they were considering a swap so I took out the bad ones, and randomly give one to each player at the start of a game (they're still double use, but no exchanges). Some friends had the Federation Space Map expansion pack, and wanted it improved, so I moved one of the trading bases to make their locations more uniform, and cut the maps so they can actually be combined into one supermap. I'd play it with the original rules and just ignore the other features of that expansion pack, but it's also still compatible with the new rules.

3D printed parts: Ferengi Ship & Base, Klingon Base, Klingon Ships, Klingon Ship Stands, Romulan Ships, Jem'Hadar Ships, Extra Bases.

Star Wars Carcassonne star wars carcassone boardgame expansion pack

Star Wars Carcassone is limited to 5 players, or 2 teams of 2 and 1 team of 1 - that seemed odd, so I added a 6th group, Jawas, to make it 3 teams of 2 or 6 players. The Jawas join the bounty hunter group (they are the bounty hunters of droids, and both groups work for anyone if the money is good). The extra blue meeples were 3D printed. I also replaced the larger meeples with mini figures, painted their bases to match their faction and gave each team their own coloured dice.

Ticket To Ride combat edition of ticket to ride

To add some extra excitement to Ticket To Ride, I made an armored car for each colour. Folks can place it while placing regular cars (1 move), or move them along a line to any position needed (1 move), or attack an empty or enemy occupied spot (1 move). Undefended lines are taken over instantly (1 train at a time - see win below). Armored car vs armored car combat is by dice or drawing of cards (1st to pick a wild card, defender goes first). On a win, attacker takes the spot and puts a regular car in the vacated spot. On a loss, attacking combat car is replaced with a regular car. No combat can occur in the last round (once declared). No credit is given to partial tracks for train counts, and any impediment in the line affects longest route and completed routes. Armored cars can also attack and scare away (1 city away) the Alien and Dinosaur.

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