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David Artman
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« on: October 15, 2007, 07:19:30 AM »

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Ry
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« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2007, 08:54:05 AM »

I'm working on a Universalis deck of cards that I can use for both Coins and dice. 

I'm going to use super fancy shiny backed card protectors to jazz them up.
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Valvorik
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« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2007, 08:48:25 AM »

Any decent craft/knitting etc. store has all sorts of funky beads, bobbles, disks etc. you can use for any sort of counter.  Going to cost you more than 1 penny each but many will also have a "mismatch/ends" bin with cheapie ones if you're okay or like the idea of it being an assortment of different ones.
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Robotech_Master
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« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2007, 07:59:30 PM »

On consideration, I think that if possible the coins should be more than just mere "counters." They should help in some way to promote the flavor of the game, that the idea that you're trading magic coins for plot control rather than just keeping track of stuff with tokens. That's why I chose the chrome-foil party favor coins I mentioned in another thread; "gold" coins with a big dollar sign on them. Due to the stylized way that money is represented in many comics and cartoons (as gold coins with nothing dollar signs on them), they're practically a story archetype in and of themselves.
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« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2007, 08:31:47 AM »

OK, I'll chime in for a couple:

Glass beads - For a magical, fantasy, etc game. Each player could even have their own color, which at the least would make it easy to see the ebb and flow of support in a challenge.

Largish ball bearings - For a steampunk, cyber, modern, etc. game. Possibly a bit of a handling problem, as they can roll away easily, but would feel very evocative, to me.

Candy, nuts, small pretzels, etc. - Eaten when spent, of course! Could be very fattening, though. Smiley

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Robotech_Master
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« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2008, 05:18:02 PM »

Here's another economical idea for coins. 400 poker chips for $2 plus shipping.
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