Upgrading the components, wrangling things to make for a faster set-up, adding a bit of extra sparkle and such.
The first pimp was Mice and Mystics (still a work in progress)
Second up is...
Robinson Crusoe - Adventures on the Cursed Island
...And that's just the basics.
There are a handful of different scenarios included ...from having to collect wood to build a bonfire ~ signalling a passing ship for rescue, exterminating esurient cannibals, escaping erupting volcanoes, exorcising profane spirits, or just facing the fact you'll never be rescued and setting in for the long haul.
The game is a challenge to win ...certainly not easy. Not one for those who can't handle being crushed by a game.
This is a game rich in theme and was in need of some serious pimpin'.
Time to swap out those wooden (and a few, heaven forbid, plastic) cubes for something a bit more fitting for a getaway on a desert island.
All components I've created were made using polymer clay.
Baking ...tasty Biscotti
Stacking wood and skinning critters
A very tropical setting
Rich in resources
Not for the faint of heart
Uh oh ..the camp fire's gone out
Fresh fish ...who's for sushi?
Pelts ...so sleek
The life of a castaway
Loaves ...the cook was busy
The palisade ... keeps those pesky tapir at bay
The roof ...handy in the wet season
Shelter from the elements
...or if you'd rather a leafy dwelling
Stones ...for the soup
Something sharp ... handy for tuning up the tiger
Wood ...more uses than you can shake a stick at
The fires of hope
Crates ...yep, little wooden crates
The dry-brushing on the leaves looks a touch more vivid in these pics than on the actual piece. In reality it doesn't stand out quite so much.
A strong southerly that day
Batten down the hatches!
Looks like we'll be fixing the roof tomorrow
Coconuts on the menu ;)
I've just added these "Island" style platters to the 'Crusoe set ... they are the perfect addition to house the counters and tokens. They were on sale at Briscoes for a paltry NZ$14 (all four of em) :)
Those smooth curved sides are great when gathering up your fish and wood!
Mmmmm ... platter for 2
A few people have shown interest in possibly acquiring some of these pieces, so I'm currently in the process of creating 4 sets of 'food' markers. One set has dibs on it, but the other three will be available for purchase once complete. I'm also planning on making further sets of wood, hides and 'crate and stone' markers.
Prices are yet to be set. Feel free to comment or pm me if interested.
Bananas and coconuts still to come
I must say the life tracks on the character cards have been the one thing that I've found a bit 'fiddly' about this game ....too easy to knock the card and lose track of where you were. Not any more; I've come up with this Life Spinner. Printed out, glued to light card and foamcore, trimmed then assembled with a thumb-tack. Huzzah! ~ No more wandering life markers ;D
Spin your life away
These are the prototype spinners pictured (the morale arrows are actually pointing in the wrong direction). But they worked great in the game I had last night.
I've just sorted the arrows in the file and also made one for Friday too ...now available for download in the RC:AotCI file section of BGG.
I have yet to attempt the "Cursed Island" scenario ~ but soon shall be.
Now sculpted a set of 5 crosses and a handful of fog markers ...where's Father Karras when you need him.
The power of Christ compels you!
Exorcizo te, immunde spiritus
The fog is rising
It's rolling in, thick and fast!
The short cut is so handy and gets built so frequently I though the token deserved a makeover...
The scenic route
Don't stray from the path
Stay away from that dubious plant ...it looks hungry
How much farther?
There already!? ...That's one fine short cut
The nearby mountain has begun to grumble ...so I think it's time to prepare for the 'Volcano Island' mission.
The Cave, Small Temple, Underground Temple and Ruined Village
What lurks within?
Watch for crumbling rocks
Just make sure you're not the one being sacrificed!
I think I can hear chanting from within
I'm not going in there!
Ash pile markers and the Volcano tile now also complete ~ I'm looking forward to giving this scenario a whirl!
Not quite Mt. Doom ...but dangerous none the less
Reminds me of a certain Willard Price novel I read as a child ;)
Hopefully I don't get the Pompeii treatment
For a recent commission, all the way from the States; a nice new Shelter ~ in fur (for the map tile), along with a new Camp marker...
Cosy times ahead
The full commissioned set ...off to a fine 'game loving' home
on the far side of the world :)
A few pics from another commission; this one off to Denmark; includes a new fire that can sit atop the camp fireplace...
Time to get the marshmallows.
It's bigger on the inside.
More logs than a lumber yard!
And another commission, this time for a chap in South Korea...
The fire's ablaze!
Pelts a plenty.
My latest piece, the Natural Shelter...
It's not a mansion, but it'll do in a pinch.
As long as it keeps the rain off my bouffant.
A few pieces, from a set, off to a bloke in Spain...
An upgraded Round marker included.
I thought I'd add an image to show the scale of some of the sculpts ~ A double-A battery.
Note; the board-game in the background and stack of tiles are in fact from Mage Knight Board Game. Another great solitaire beast of a game that ranks right up there with the fine Robinson Crusoe: AotCI!
At last, a few more additions... four Cannibal Villages and the Cannibal City:
Come and stay in our tropical resort...
Take a dip in the soothing hot-water spring.
Don't mind if we pop in a few fresh veges ;)
Bring your whole family...
...we'd love to have you all over for tea.
Fresh food tokens; I thought it was time to make a few new additions to the tasty morsels available to our brave castaways...
Time for a banquet!
Parrot, condor ...or delicious dodo?
Fresh bread ...pass the butter.
Smoked fish, delicious.
The produce of one lucky goat.
...Maybe not such a lucky goat.
Fruit for dessert.
All we need now is a squeeze of lemon and some dill.
'Wasteland' pieces now created for the Robinson Family scenario...
Not the most verdant of locales.
Dry ...is an understatement.
Bring on the rainy season!
And also Totem locations for the Jenny Needs Help! scenarios...
No happy times to be had here.
...like the proverbial rock.
Watch your step!
Slippery rocks are the 3rd largest cause of accidents...
...suffered by the unwary castaway.
Those that came before.
Rest in peace.
Lets pray that...
...we can find something of use...
...amongst these tangled and broken remains...
...of our former vessel.
Our castaways have just discovered the location of a new food source... delicious mangoes are now on the menu (and will now also be included in future food token sets).
Oh so colourful!
...and delicious to boot.
A few more items from recent commissions...
A cosy spread.
Round and Camp markers.
Bird's eye view.
Looks like a nice place for a kip.
It's a camp-out.
Large fur and small leaf shelters.
A few tools of the trade.
Some new tasty fruity treats that will be appearing in the Food Token sets...
Don't eat the pips!
And into the salad goes the pineapple.
This is currently a rather rare fruit.
Only one, grows upon the island.
Time for a Piña colada me thinks.
And now for something a little more savoury...
Wild field mushrooms, freshly picked.
Cook! It's time for a Stroganoff!
...or a hearty mushroom soup, delicious!
More pieces from some recent commissions...
Various tokens and Wasteland markers.
Volcano Island scenario locations.
Underground temple, Ruined Village, Cave and Small Temple.
The Roof marker.
Good to have...
...if you'd like to...
...keep the rain...
...from making your sammies soggy.
The Morale marker ...and a couple of Papayas.
The Palisade marker.
If you'd like to keep the wild beasties...
...out of you camp...
...this is a must.
The Weapon marker.
For those times when, despite your best efforts...
...that pesky wild llama breaks through...
...your palisade, and with a hungry look in it's eye,
makes a bee-line for your store of mangoes.
No one takes my mangoes! Time for some choppy chop chop!
A selection off to a nice chap Canada...
Leaf shelter and blazing fire.
A balanced diet.
Crates washed upon the rocks.
The full haul.
The time has come to pimp out those Determination tokens....
A similar size to the original tokens, but twice as thick.
Styled on the classic windlass.
I am determined to make more!
A commission that had to fight it's way through flood waters, strikes and petrol shortages to find its way to its destination in Paris...
A bundle o' goodies.
One serious campsite.
Here be tigers.
An abundance of wildlife.
Food glorious food,
It's gone out!
A spark reignites.
Watch for nettles.
Fire has been discovered.
Keep out those critters.
Abandon all hope ye who enter.
Greenery for the thatch.
That's where the furs went.
Nothing like home.
Tools of the trade.
Alas poor Yorick...
A few pieces for a cobber across the ditch (Aussie),
Including a new item and a few tweaked pieces...
Including a new item and a few tweaked pieces...
The Morale marker ... in the shape of an island totem
as opposed to my regular Survivor Island style torch.
A leafy shelter.
A home away from home.
The beach bach.
A castle fit for a king.
Logs, cut from the ancient forest.
Fresh fish, with a new scale texture.
Coconuts ...time for a curry!
Well tanned leather.
The traps were full.
Another successful hunt.