So I would strongly encourage people to look into gaming accessories. Well chosen accessories can greatly enhance a gaming experience. They can make a game easier to set up, improve it's aesthetics, or just satisfy the needs of an especially OCD collector. So with that in mind, here's a list of accessories for games I've greatly appreciated over the year.
Plano makes a wide array of tackle boxes. But it seems that they are increasingly being used for board games. So much so that for certain models on Amazon, the majority of the pictures feature board games being stored in Plano boxes. A good Plano box makes a game infinitely easier to set up and put away. I consider owning a Plano standard for anyone who has Agricola.
Possibly the most versatile Plano box is the Plano Thin Stowaway. It's the right dimensions to fit inside most board game boxes. It also has the advantage of being about an inch thick. This is fantastic for me, as I'm easily frustrated when boxes look over stuffed.
|Look how much better that is!|
And if the wargamer in your life doesn't clip counters, get this for them anyways. I didn't realize how much clipped counters improve the aesthetic of the game until I saw someone else's counters. Replacing the ratty edges of counters with machine smoothed edges drastically improves the experience of the game.
Hugo's Amazing Tape
Over time I've slowly grown to hate using plastic bags to store my games. Nowhere is this more true than when it comes to cards. You also don't want to use rubber bands since they dry out, shrink, and eventually mangle the cards. Some people have luck using hair ties. Other people use deck boxes, or print out their own tuck boxes. But personally, I've been using Hugo's Amazing Tape .
So Hugo's Amazing Tape has successfully removed dozens of plastic bags from my game collection. And I'm much happier for it.
Dice Tower or Dice Tray
One of the best gifts I've ever gotten was a dice tower . I now use it religiously for almost any game that involves dice. It does so much to ensure fairness, and reduce the table profile of games with a lot of dice. No longer will a stray cube scatter your game pieces across the map! It's wonderful.
|This is seriously among the most consistently used birthday gifts ever|
But sometimes you are tossing a fistful of dice that might get stuck in a tower. Or maybe you just want to enjoy the experience of chucking dice. In a pinch a box top will work well enough to catch these dice. But using a nice felt lined dice tray does a lot to improve the experience. It cuts down on the noise, the walls are lower which makes it easier for everyone to see what was rolled, and it just looks better.
Those are about the only gift ideas I can come up with that aren't just games. If anyone else has any ideas, or hidden gems you've discovered, or unorthodox uses for other hobby items, leave a comment below. I'd love to hear them.