Excuses aside, here is the final installment on my Wiz War series. This one deals with all the little details that finish it, mostly board markers and accessories.
The markers include warps, destroyed walls and lock indicators. The warps are for the exits. I used flat glass nuggets with the letters glued to the underside. Remove lock, jam lock, permawarps and bobby traps are stickers on extra mini bases. The bobby traps have whether its a fack or a bomb on the back. The destroyed markers are custom made acrylic from Litko. Since the wall sections on the game boards cannot be removed to show damage, I place the markers on the wall to indicate they are destroyed. I use glass nuggets of different colors for wizard life counters, monster life counters, and duration/turn counters.
I use alternate cards from Boardgamegeek.com. I like the colors better than my original set and the fact that they are printed vertically rather than horizontally. I place them in card sleeves. I built a card tower to hold them for transport and storage. It then opens up into two parts for a draw and discard pile. I also made five card holders for the table - one for each wizard and one for Book of Infinite Spells artifact. They also serve as color indicators so you can remember which wizard your opponents are.
Since I built this game with the idea that I would be taking it to conventions, I knew that I would probably be playing it with new players who don't know the rules. So I made play mats with the important rules and terms on them. I customized each one with a picture of the actual wizard mini. They also have places to put the items that you may be holding. I laminated them to make them durable.
I made a binder with all the rules and rule commentaries that I could find. Very helpful with a game as chaotic as Wiz War.
Finally I made a storage/transport case. I made it out of MDF, which makes for a heavy unit, but durable and easy to finish. The bottom section has four slots to hold the board sections. They are lined with 1" foam rubber to protect the boards. The top compartment hold the figures in Sabol foam trays, with room for everything else. I painted it with black latex and then decorated it with sponge prints to look like a tower. I think the results are pretty good.
So that is it. I had a lot of fun with this project and I am very happy with how the whole thing turned out. It probably isn't all the way finished - I might add two more board sections to make it a six player game, and there are more cards out there from the gaming community that I would like to add. Which means more stones, sticks, monsters, and effect to visualize. I keep you posted.
I hope to see some of you at Origins this year. There are still a few slots open for the Friday event (#3701) at 10AM.