The Castles of Burgundy is our third most played game of 2018 and is easily the heaviest of our top ten most played games. It’s a game that we absolutely love and that we can play in roughly thirty minutes if it’s just the two of us. One of the bigger issues with the game is the constant set-up and tear-down at the beginning and end of the game as well as what occurs between rounds.
Enter these Drawstring Bags.
Available on the BGG Geek Store, this set of seven bags store the tiles used in the game. As the bags are opaque, they keep the items randomized and unknown from players as opposed to the regular plastic baggies that accompany the game. They’re also slightly larger than the typical baggie so it’s easy to reach a hand into the bag and pull the tiles out as needed. These are great for improving the speed and ease of the set-up and tear-down of the game. They also make storage simple.
The quality of the bags are good and after roughly sixty plays using the bags, there’s no signs of fraying or damage to any of them. One bag had the drawstring slip out from side but I believe that to be more of an issue of it getting caught under the board when stored than an actual craftsmanship issue.
The only negative (and I use that term in the lightest possible sense) point I would make is that the bags don’t serve as a true randomizer. When you clean up, what was placed in last will more than likely remain on top. We make sure to shuffle the tiles around when grabbing just to ensure that we get something different.
You can question whether or not the seven bags are worth $12 but they’re thematic and have improved the game for us enough that I wouldn’t think twice about buying them again if something happened to our original set.