30 October 2018

Lobotomy accessory modifications and a rant

I really like Lobotomy: The board game, but there are a lot of small problems that stack up that end up with me being annoyed mid-session. One of them is the abundance of small wooden tokens that have to be used to track all kinds of cool-down trackers, wounds and insanity level.

I thought about it for a while and ended up with a solution that I thought I would share, since the problem is most likely featured in other board games as well.

The short answer is - magnets. Tiny magnets. You will also need to have your gaming cards in sleeves, and laminate larger character cards so not to ruin the print by sliding a metal magnet over it back and forth.

What I did was to super glue one magnet to the wooden tookens, and then have a second magnet behind the card so that the token "sticks". The magnets I use are super flat and tiny so you can have the cards flat on the table. An added bonus is that you can have your cards in a card holder to save table space - and still be able to use the tokens to track status and cool-down  trackers!

As a side note, I will start painting Lobotomy miniatures again soon. I have been waiting for a delivery of extra miniatures/monsters that I purchased for the game, but the Swedish postal service really fucked me on this one.

First there is a penalty tax on all items coming from outside the EU to Sweden, you have to pay it before they let your parcel through. I paid it and still did not receive anything for 2 weeks, instead I got a new invoice to pay as if I had not paid already. The idiots also provide a "ransom picture" of your parcel to show that it is at the customs office, and the picture clearly showed the same parcel with my miniatures, but with a second import bar code taped over the previous bar code (still visible).

I contacted the postal office and asked them "WTF?", did not get a clear answer, but they told me that the parcel should be on its way to me the next day. That was 1,5 week ago and still nothing. Most likely they either sent it back to the USA or the morons lost it when they "solved the problem" with the double import bar code stickers. So I've waited 4 weeks in total for my miniatures, I gave up yesterday and filed a written complaint and a claim for compensation. I'll see how that goes...

Goddamn imbecilles.

You read a lot of horror stories about the Swedish postal service in the media, it is all true. If you need to send a parcel or letter, it better be with tracked mail. And forget about receiving or sending something out of the EU

What's worse is that the miniatures I bought are pretty much unavailable/out of production, and the store in the USA was the only place I found them at a reasonable price, I don't care as much about the money now as not getting the miniatures themselves....

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