Monday, September 4, 2017

Creating my own solitaire binder

 Okay. I've finally done it. I've made a Solitaire Binder.

I missed it the first time round when Jim Parkin wrote about making one ( and I doubt that he was the first. But he does seem to have inspired other folks so good on him.

The idea is so blitheringly simple I'm surprised I didn't do it years ago. Some games pretty much consist of one or two pieces of paper that you write on, plus some dice or such. Put them in a three-ring binder, add dry erase markers and voila! You can just wipe the sheet protectors clean when you're done.

That's a lot simpler than what I had been doing, laminating pages. To be fair, binder sheets aren't as durable as lamination and I was laminating multi-player games. Binders work better for one person sitting in front of the binder. Also switching out games is a lot easier.

One thing that I have been taking into consideration is how much actual writing each game requires. Because, let's face it, dry a race markers don't tend to be good for delicate drawing or writing. A lot of the games that I am looking at basically have you checking off boxes or drawing lines or just writing down numbers. 

Fortunately, there's a lot of games that fall under that description.

At the moment, the binder includes Delve, Utopian Engine, Reiner Knizia's Decathlon, and 30 Rails, as well as several games from the GenCan't Roll and Write Contest.

Frankly, at the moment, everything that I've put in the binder is a Roll and Write game. But if I put a set of dice together that will allow me to play both Jurassico in Washington D6 from the GenCan't library (three white, two blue, a red, a yellow and a green), I will be able to play just about any game I set my mind to.

I can already tell that this will very much be a living project. Pages will be taking out and pages will be added in. I will probably end up adding a lot of the games from Sid Sackson's Beyond Series at some point.

By no means does this mean that I am not going to continue to make larger projects that actually involve construction. However, this will let me explore solitaire games in a way that I never really have before.

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