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Game: 1848: Australia
Edition : Self-Published by designer
BGG link: https://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/32424/1848-australia
All game components:
What did I change in my original version?
First of all, tokens, original ones were taped on plastic elements.
Second: all the boards were laminated with a glossy laminate, I copied them and did it again, this time with a protective matte foil.
Third: tracks, original were jagged, with black frames, I made a little different, but they look better and are more durable.