While surfing the interwebs this past winter break, I found a post from a fellow ‘Mech-head about a great find from Gamer Badges. Embroidered on merit badge style patches, Gamer Badges has a number of patches to meet your tabletop, role playing, and card gaming needs. Badges can be ordered with sew on or glue on backing or a velcro back perfect for your velcro-styled game bags. Whether you are a completionist needing to unlock all of the achievements or a dedicated specialist looking to show you uniqueness, Gamer Badges has a patch for you.
Earning Your Badges, Cadet!
Each badge has a set of criteria to wear; most are easily attainable with simple “if you did X, you get the badge criteria” for fun. The Mecha badge is available to a player that has “played in a giant robot game.” With wording like that, players from Battletech and Alpha Strike to CAV or even 40K Titans all sound like good candidates for the Mecha badge. Unlike scouts programs, however, there is no lengthy application process to earn your badge. Your on your gamer’s honor.
As an extra little bit of fun, each badge comes with an optional rule for the bearer to use. From the set of badges I have, and previewing the others on the site, these bonuses are often minor alterations to the game. The Mecha bagde allows the owner to ignore “one critical limb failure.” With a little tweaking, this could manifest in Battletech or Alphastrike as, “ignore one critical hit,” “one arm blown off,” or similar event.
Each badge special rule has a cool down time of one month. This addition is a great way to prevent badge spamming in your club. (*cough* Billy Caldwell *cough*)
Of course, it’s always best to follow Rule #1, “Have fun,” above anything else. Make sure your group agrees to use badge rules for games before starting. If everyone is collecting and using Gamer Badges, its much easier to convince them to let you ignore that last critical hit.
Looking for a Little Something Extra?
Whether you thrown down with Duncan Fisher blaring, stack tiles in hexes, or shuffle cards across tables, Gamer Badges are a great way to add a little extra to your game night out bag.
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