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Evolution of a Life Counter

August 10th, 2018

On today’s venture through Bloggerton we’ll be looking at the evolution of our Deck Box’s booty – the back panel we’ve dubbed “The Portal” (runner-up name: the Fauxdoor) ‘cause it looks like one and also there’s Magic on the other side! We’ve gone through a dozen or so versions of The Portal and landed on a space that doubles as a way to keep track of your life during a game of M:tG.

Lo, in the beginning there was no Portal at all! Well, there was, but it was integrated into the design as just like… another wall. The panel initially came to life as a fun way to build an access point for a seeeeecret compaarrrrtttmennttt!! *oooooh spooky*.

Functionally the Portal was a little too subtle so it grew a lumpy ear-thing that you can yank on to make it more use… use-y. Use-ish. We also went through multiple solutions to make the Portal re-writable, including some paint-on approaches and a plastic film approach. The paint ended up frightening the wood (and looking awful >.>). The plastic film was nice until the glue decided it was going to GTFO of town when it saw our oil finish. Thus, the dry-erasable steel doorway was born.

We settled on The Portal for a life counter, but we’d love to hear about your favorite way of keeping track! Do you use dice? Spinners? Tokens? Educate us on twitter @elderwoodboxes or Facebook or via email!