Echoes of the Past: Game Pieces

Its that time of year again…

I am posting this as of 8/31/2019 to document the time…

Coastal Carolina is once again square in the middle of the Cone of Uncertainty. Being in this cone gives me the same feeling as the few times I have been in car accidents. Instead of sitting in worried anticipation I am choosing to write a little.

And so, I present to you my 2019 – 2020 Echoes of the Past Game pieces. We are about 3 classes into the semester and I haven’t actually started the game play yet. My students have formed their guilds, selected their nations, and earned their 1st movement points and XP. I have several posts I want to write about all of that as well as the game itself including the win conditions, how the game is played, and all of the bumps I experience along the way. I also want to share all about my SBG transition and how it is blending with my game inspired designs (spoiler: really well!). Before all that, though, this is a simple post to show you all what it all looks like.

First, the game board itself. I had tried to do digital versions of world maps in the past. I worked out a complicated system of hyperlinked Google published and posted drawings on a Google sites. They did not work for me or the students. On my end, this system was super time consuming. From the students perspective it was difficult to navigate and cumbersome. After seeing Scott Hebert’s (@MrHebertPE) “Battle Boards” I started thinking about making a Physical Board. I don’t have enough room for a table top board but I am blessed with a ton of wall space.

The board itself is about 8’x6′ and is mounted on corkboard. Each guild has a pin that can move across the board and I didn’t want to damage the wall too much. The world map was created using Azgaar Fantasy Map generator. I saved the file as a .png and uploaded it to MS Publisher to make a Poster. A little cutting… A little laminating… A few staples… and Voila!

On each side of the board I lucked into these cool cardholders. The are actually those cool tri-fold brochure holders and I got them from our school counselor that was just trying to get rid of them! On each side of the board I am keeping the two decks of cards the first is our “Time Zombies” and the second is our “Time Zombie Locator Cards”.

This is Time Zombie Washington. Quick Trick – print on cardstock and then use matte contact paper. It feels closer to an actual playing card and its actually quicker than laminating.

This is one of our Locator Cards. This would place a Time Zombie in the North West corner of the Rakdos Confederation.

The black flag in the board is a Time Zombie.

To keep track of all of the movement points and XP I wanted to have something up on the walls. Digital is great and automation is fantastic but I hate feeling tied to an LMS. I created a bunch of signs for each of the guilds. It shows their nation and national flag. Their XP and MP (movement points available). The 1B here shows the class meeting time (so I can keep track) and the black space is where the guild will create their own unique name.

This is a “SHIELD Accords” Tracker. More on this in a future post.

This table will have 5 classes sitting at it over a period of 2 days. These cards will represent the 5 guilds that will be sitting at this table over that period.

Here are my 6 Nations.

I am sure that is more to share and I look forward to sharing all of my slips, trips, and falls as I implement this.


Oh, and the Nations are taken from the Magic: The Gathering nations. I wanted to use these symbols on the cards in the MTGcardsmith.com creator and thought it would be fun to use these.

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