Wood Cubes & Cardboard is the personal site of Greg Aleknevicus. For the most part, its purpose is to the collect various boardgame-related files and what-not that I've created. Currently, the only really active part of the website is the listing of used boardgames I have for sale.
Sumo/Counter Game Index
Sumo was a small magazine about boardgames published by Mike Siggins from 1989-1998. When it ceased publication, Stuart Dagger, Alan How and Mike Clifford continued the tradition with Counter magazine which runs to this day. With many reviews and much discussion about games, the back-issues contain a wealth of information but it's often difficult to find what you're looking for (particularly in Sumo which contained no index). The following pages list every game that has received mention in the pages of Sumo or Counter magazines along with the relevant issues and page numbers, hopefully this will help.
These are all the articles I've written for Counter magazine.
- My First Gathering of Friends
- Disturbing Themes
- Random Factors in Gaming
- News & Views from The Gathering
- Competition in Gaming
- Simulation vs. Mechanics in Gaming
- The Best of Times?
- The Gathering of Friends XI
- Reviewing Games
A detailed listing of all parts that come with a game can be extremely useful when selling or purchasing used games. Particularly if you find that you're missing pieces but are not sure exactly what it is that you need to replace. To address this I've created the following very detailed parts manifests.
I really enjoy creating player aids for boardgames and I've listed most of my better ones below. Many of these files were originally created with Corel 8.0. E-mail me if you'd prefer them in this format. In fact, feel free to e-mail me if you'd like any of these files in a different format, I'd be only too happy to oblige.
- Adel Verpflichtet - (By Hook or By Crook) A flow chart turn summary. I've found this makes explaining the game to new players much easier.
- Adel Verpflichtet - Card graphics for a sixth player. (If you want a set with a different border colour, e-mail me.)
- Adel Verpflichtet - 9 additional auction items for use when playing with 6 players.
- Adel Verpflichtet - A replacement jail cell for six players.
- Alaska - Event card description summary.
- Anzio - A recreation of the Time Record Card for Avalon Hill's Anzio.
- Axis & Allies: Pacific - Setup chart for Japan with errata incorporated. (E-mail for large version.)
- Auf Achse - Truck cards to indicate player colour as well as coloured chits to mark the origin and destination of the four public contracts.
- Babel - Fancy Babel rules summary.
- Battle of the Bulge - A recreation of the Time Record card for Avalon Hill's Battle of the Bulge.
- Britannia - A recreation of the Victory Point Record for Avalon Hill's Britannia. E-mail me if you'd like the original Excel file that will automatically calculate scores.
- Clippers - Replacement Departure Cards that show the map with the starting ports labeled. One for each country: France, Germany, Japan, UK, USA.
- Colorado County - Scoring Chart Summary translation. These are formatted to be printed on Avery disk labels and afixed to the player screens. (Word 97 format.)
- D-Day - A recreation of the Time Record Card for Avalon Hill's D-Day.
- Die Glucksritter - English cards for Die Glucksritter in Corel 8.0 format.
- Don Pepe - English card reference for Don Pepe.
- Entdecker - English version of events chart. (E-mail for large version.)
- Evo - Score chart for Evo. You can actually fit pieces on it! (E-mail for large version.)
- Flinke Pinke - (Further evidence I have too much time on my hands.) Translation (based on Chris Mellor's original) that duplicates the formatting of the original booklet. Print it out double sided, fold and trim and tadah! (Word97 format.)
- Gettysburg - A recreation of the Time Record card for Avalon Hill's Gettysburg (1964 version).
- Guadalcanal - A recreation of the Time Record card for Avalon Hill's Guadalcanal.
- Igel Argern - Dice cards for use with variant #7. (The artwork is from Pico, thanks to Doris & Frank for allowing me to use it.)
- La Citta - Two files - a Food Track and Tokens. These can be used as an alternate method of tracking each players total food production and population. Makes it much easier to see when you're going to run out of food.
- Loopin' Louie - Chicken Disk replacement graphic,
- Marracash - Translated summary chart.
- New World - Turn Chart. Unlike the original this one is actually visible to the naked eye. (Word 97 format.)
- RoboRally - A couple of files - replacement Virtual Robots (in color with arrows) and Player Indicator Markers. These are based on the first edition robots. Probably not quite as useful unless you've painted the robots in the same scheme that I have but better than the originals I think.
- Schotten-Totten - A hand ordering summary.
- SPI - A recreation of SPI's generic Simultaneous Movement Plotting Chart.
- Stephenson's Rocket - A Scoring Summary sheet for Stephenson's Rocket.
- Stalingrad - A recreation of the Time Record card for Avalon Hill's Stalingrad.
- Swashbuckler - Replacement carpet graphic. The original is just so plain!
- T-Rex - I've reformatted the rules so that if you print out this Word97 document double sided, fold it in half and trim the page, it fits nice and neatly in the box. (I HATED having the rules on those cards!)
- Vino - A Scoring Chart for Vino.
- Volldampf - Fancy quick setup sheet. This is from Stan Hilinski's original.
- The Warlock of Firetop Mountain - Adventure Sheet.