April 12, 2012 by deadorcs
Today, I wanted to take off my DnDNext Prophet hat, and talk a little bit about a cool company with some great product. That company is Litko Game Accessories.
Many of you are probably already aware of this company. Basically, Litko is a company that specializes in board, war, and role-playing game accessories. Most of their product is precision die-cut acrylic or wood. Just about every token you can think of is made by Litko, and sense I just purchased some of their product, I wanted to share that with you.
The first item I purchased was a counter. There are several different varieties available on the site, but I chose a dial that can read from 0 to 100. Available in several colors, I chose black (the color of my Assassin character). The dial is cleverly designed. Three neodymium magnets hold the three pieces of the dial together and also function as a axis for the dials to spin around. The magnets are tiny but very strong*. As you can see from the photo, it looks pretty cool.
I’m using this counter for hit points. I realize that at some point my Assassin will have over 100 hit points, but even then, it will serve quite nicely to track those hit points.
The second product I purchased was a couple sets of different sized door counters. As many of you know, I’m a bit of terrain enthusiast (okay, that might be an understatement). While I love my Hirst Arts molds, and some of them contain door pieces, I’m not happy with how fussy some of them are (and rather fragile, too). In addition, I wanted some 3D stand up doors that could be used on flat maps as well. When I saw Litko’s offering in this area, I couldn’t resist.
As you can see from the photo, these items come disassembled as well. While breaking out the model glue might seem like an inconvenience for some, I think it really serves a great purpose. Shipping what is essentially flat product saves space and reduces the fragility of the time. Fortunately, the pieces are easy to put together; a simple “tab into slot” design. Add a little model glue and you’re good to go. Here’s what the “Medium Doors” looked like when assembled.
And here are the “Large Double Doors”. I really like this design, as either side or both can be maneuvered in such a way as to appear “open”. It’s really quite clever.
I’m pleased with these purchases and definitely recommend them to my fellow gamers who would like some nice looking terrain counter pieces. I’d like to add that Litko ships things in Ziploc bags so that if you don’t get everything assembled in one go, you can zip it up safely for the next time. At the same time, the only drawback to many of Litko’s offerings (especially the 3D type stuff) must be assembled and glued together. While it no more difficult than putting a simple model together, some might not have the patience to do that. For the “gamer in a hurry”, I’d recommend the huge assortment of 2D counters available at Litko, many of them customizable!
My name is Randall Walker and This Is My Game.
*Editor’s Note: Tiny neodymium magnets can be dangerous if swallowed. I would not assemble this around a small child, especially if they’re in that “eat everything my hand touches” phase.