I've never done a gaming board this complicated before, but I've been wanting to do one since I got into this hobby last year. Poppabear made almost the exact enclosure I was planning on, but with several improvements that I aim to steal. And Pake made an awesome city board that I also intend to use heavily as inspiration. For this shot I'm going for a symmetrical board with a canal and a raised train track across the center. Here's my current plan:
It's based on 3 layers of 1/2" insulation foam, so those are the standard increments on the board (the train track is 1 foam board high in this example, although I might drop that to 1/4" foamboard depending on if I want the track to default to an obstacle/cover.)
Most scenarios seem to fit on this, although a few end up with zones clipping the canal or a flag in the water, but I'm not overly concerned. The lower area in each corner is there mainly for visual interest, but it also doubles as an easy deployment zone marker and dice rolling tray.
I just started construction on the box today and this will likely be a slowly updated project. Any suggestions for improvement in the overall layout of the playfield, or ideas for design elements are appreciated.