Monday, April 23, 2007

Vote for My Blog / Customizable Games

Good day, gentle reader. My, you're looking well today. Such a nice outfit.

Oh, nothing special.

Well, if you must know, I'm nominated for a few JIB (Jewish and Israeli Blogger) Awards:
I'm also up for some "best post" awards, but voting on these won't be until next week.

I don't suppose you'd care to mosy on over and vote for me, would you? You would? Oh, that's just too kind.

But wait, there's more.

I'm also nominated for Blogger's Choice Awards:

Best Geek Blog
Best Hobby Blog

And you can even nominate me for more categories, if you like.

Why Do I Care?

That warm fuzzy feeling of knowing one's appreciated. Oh, yes, some exposure, traffic, more readers, and links, but that's really unimportant, of course.

Why Should You Care?

Giving me that warm fuzzy feeling, as a token of appreciation for what you receive here. But if you prefer instead to show your love with a donation, I'll understand; don't you worry about it. Just click the Donate button on the sidebar.

Customizable Games

I assume that most of you know about items such as Make Your Own Opoly, a Monopoly style board game where items are left blank for you to create your own spaces and so on. A similar product is Photo Opoly. Various companies exist that will do slick versions of this for you, such as Late for the Sky, USAopoly, or My Monopoly.

Other companies will personalize other generic board games, such as Family Funtime Games or a personalized Guess Who? game.

In addition, there are games that are specifically designed for personalization, such as FamilyLore, Our Wedding Game, and Christmas Gamesake.

There are, of course, many other examples. It would be great if better games, such as Settlers, Carcassonne, or Puerto Rico were as easily customizable. I know I'd want a copy.

While we're on the subject of customizing, did you know you can customize your own M&Ms or Hershey bars? And they're kosher, too.

Hey Aldie! How about some BGG.con M&Ms?

Game News

The first fifty results from a search of "board games" on Google still don't include this blog, but they do include a number of rather unusual results, like this compendium of "educational" board games. It lists over 100 simple and original games, which can undoubtedly be combined to make a few interesting ones.

This week is the yearly Board Game Conference sponsored by the Journal of Board Game Studies. This year's conference is in St. Pölten, Austria, Wednesday, April 25th to Saturday, April 28th, 2007. A lot of the talks are about Chess. None about modern Eurogames. If anyone in Austria would like to visit the conference and get these guys to play Settlers, you'll be doing your hobby a valuable service.



Gabe said...

I, too, wish more games were customizable. I was just thinking about this the other day in the context of video games, but I've also tried to customize my board games a little - adding a few tiles to Carcasonne: Hunters and Gatherers, a few buildings to Puerto Rico, etc. For me, though, making such pieces is an exercise in poster-board-and-Xacto frustration! Even being able to acquire tiles that were the right size would be great - it doesn't matter as much to me if the front of the tile doesn't match the rest of the set in style, as long as the feeling is somewhat authentic.

Yehuda Berlinger said...

You can always buy a second game and write over the tiles, I suppose.