First off, this might be my new favourite game of all time. It was really pricey in Canada, but now that I have the Deluxe edition, I can attest that it was super worth it. While I really appreciate the great component quality, that huge Deluxe box its hardly travel worthy. Also, I kind of dislike tokens in general and much prefer dice So I’ve set out to pimp out my Codex set. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far. Please feel free to contribute ideas.
12mm Dice to replace many of the tokens The dice are easy to read and manipulate, but don’t overcrowd the card the way the tokens do:
Amazon 12mm dice - Canada
Gold - Gold count, worker count, hero levels.
Red - Base\tech\addon HP, damage on other targets.
Green - Conditional effects that increase the power of things (not an actual +1/+1 token). Sometimes it’s hard for people to see those types of conditional effects, so I find these really help with that. The +1/+1 tokens themselves are easy enough to use, and don’t occur or change that often. Same with the -1/-1 tokens.
Black - I’m sure something will come up. Everyone loves black dice.
Dragon Shield sleeves on all regular sized cards. I wanted to keep the original card backs and this was the only way I could think to easily differentiate them. The Codex sleeves mean you can’t easily sort token cards from non-token cards by backs alone.
Scythe Coins - Metal coins are something I’ve wanted for awhile now, and these look like the best value, utility, and style. There are so many games with annoying-as-f*ck coins (I’m looking at you Five Tribes), and many more that would simply benefit from having really awesome looking and feeling coins (Jamaica!). While I may end up returning to dice, I’m certainly willing to try again once I get the metal ones.
Small travel box for dice and non-codex cards. Definitely a work in progress. I think the key is to get the right size of box so that the dividers help instead of adding to the insanity. As is, the cards and dice fly all over the place when I travel. I’ll probably use foam core to make some divider grooves or something. Toss all the dice in the adjacent section maybe.
Codex binder carrying solution? Another work in progress. As is, I toss the binders into my book bag. The problem is if the binder is placed upside down (which is pretty easy to do given the omni-directional art), many of the cards fly out. To be fair, since I don’t have the sleeves yet, they might fit much better once sleeved. Problem solved. I guess I need a box that fits exactly? Note - For me, the Deluxe box is too big to carry, but too small to carry everything. It’s a gorgeous display piece, but doesn’t do what I need it to do.
Anyhow, once it’s all put together, I’ll snap some pics together. For the moment. I’d love to hear your thoughts and if anyone else has started to pimp out their Codex set. Thanks for reading.