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Game Bits from Craftparts.com

May 15, 2008

I’ve been trying to source various pieces and parts for the games that I’m prototyping and happened upon www.craftparts.com. I ordered on Tuesday, received my package on Thursday, and wow, am I impressed. If you’ve ever tried to build a game with decent parts, you know that they’re not the easiest to find. Here’s a shot of their solid wood people. I’ve posed them with a business card and a quarter, so you can get an idea of scale.

Best of all, these people cost between $7.50 and $17.50 per 100.

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  1. May 16, 2008 10:05 am

    This probably doesn’t help you (as I’m sure you know about them, but maybe others don’t?), but I very frequently find a lot of great stuff at chain craft stores (Michael’s is probably the most widespread). In general, for large numbers of counters I just grab a bunch of bags of stones that they usually use for potting fake plants (not kidding, they’re in the floral department, seen here: http://www.michaels.com/art/online/displayProductPage?productNum=fl0056&channelid=)

    You can seriously get bags of at least 100 for less than $5, in any color or size you want. I just always keep small gold ones, large purple ones, a few assorted colors and a set of stones (for mancala) on hand in my board game chest. They work great for prototyping any resource acquisition games, sometimes as game pieces, and also work well for replacing the crap counters that come in some games.

    So, yeah, craft stores are pretty much awesome when you’re looking to prototype games.

  2. May 16, 2008 4:04 pm

    Excellent find!

    I’ve been using $1 army men from wal-mart and color glass pebbles.

  3. May 17, 2008 10:56 pm

    If you’re interested in the cubes we used in Stalin’s Stash, here ya go:

    http://www.eaieducation.com/530507.html

    They’re 2cm cubes so they work really well in inch spaces.

    Also, here’s some more really good pieces that could be used in games. Lots of stuff to sift through, but it’s all really good: http://www.woodnshop.com/wooden_craft_parts.htm

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