I haven’t even played Funkenschlag yet, but I’m determined to create a better map for it. The plastic map and the crayons are just too annoying.
Today I did some tests to figure out how to make a better map. To be more precise, what material to use to cover the printed map which I will mount to a thick cardboard.
I bought some self-adhesive plastic roll (“kontaktimuovi” for Finnish speakers), which seems to be the best material to coat the map with. The problem was to find a suitable pen that would leave an impression and would be easy to remove. I bought two overhead projector pens, permanent and non-permanent and tried them.
The non-permanent is perfect, it seems. It doesn’t wear off with light rubbing (so touching it is ok unless you sweat a lot), unless you add water and then it comes off easily. Which makes it a rather good solution. Pack of four pens in correct colours (the typical black, red, green and blue — finding yellow and brown will be harder but I’ve heard the game is best with four) with fine tip is relatively cheap, too.
Now I’m just wondering if I should do all this before I play my first game or after. If the game is bad, I’ve lost some money and lots of effort (but then again, I can sell the game and the new equipment helps to raise the price a bit so my loss would probably be just the effort). In any case the better components should make the experience better — it could be easier to “sell” the game to other players if it has nicer components.