I recently picked up the latest Stonemaier Games release, Charterstone!
For those unfamiliar, Charterstone is a worker placement, village-building legacy game.
Don’t worry if you have or want Charterstone and haven’t played it yet, nothing I’m showing you or telling you about is a spoiler.
What’s a legacy game?
A legacy game is one which runs through scenarios or campaigns as you play and as you progress the game changes permanently. There are others including Pandemic Legacy, Risk Legacy and Seafall just to name a few. The way that the games change over time is by physically altering the components. For example; ripping up cards, adding stickers to boards and so on.
This legacy game is different than those ones however. You see, most legacy games are unplayable once you have completed the campaign. You know the story so there’s no reason to play it again.
Charterstone runs through a campaign, but when you are done you have a complete worker placement game that you can play over and over again. Furthermore, since different players and groups will make different decisions as they go through the game, every copy of Charterstone will be unique!
But that’s not why this is in the Made on a Glowforge category, so I’ll get to that now.
The designers did a really good job of organizing the box. I mean, you can only open certain boxes when told to, so it makes sense to organize it really well.
Most of these boxes hold specific things, so there isn’t much reason to try and improve. However, there is one, the Scriptorium, that holds the resources and some of the cards from game to game.
It looks like this inside…
Aside from just being a mess, I found that just having the components in piles on the table during the game was kind of a pain, so I decided to do something about it…
The Charterstone Scriptorium Organizer!
There is a space on the left sized for more and more cards to be added throughout the campaign, and the right side holds all the components with removable trays.
Now we can just place these trays next to the board and I don’t have to open up the many bags and dump them onto the table.
I didn’t bother attempting to account for kerf and just glued it all together, and I’m quite happy with how it came out.