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Subject: Distinguishing between similar but distinct pieces rss

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Eriek Douraan
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So in a game I'm working on I have two kinds of stick pieces of different lengths. The short ones represent up down left right connections and the long ones are for diagonal connections on a square grid. All works fine until a game is over and you have to sort everything back into separate bins. It's very easy to get the short and long sticks mixed up, making the game a lot less appealing to play since clean up is such a pain. Any ideas how to get around this? I was thinking maybe make them out of different materials (like wood and clear plastic)?
 
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Chanel Nye
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I think different materials would definitely work, or maybe marking the sticks somehow? If it doesn't disrupt game flow then maybe coloring/painting the short or long ones so you can distinguish between them - or you could paint both different colors!
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Eriek Douraan
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Yeah, I was thinking about different shades of each sides color too. Each side has their own sticks so it'd get confusing if the colors were too different.
 
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Vincent
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How about adding markings to one of them. Multiple stripes or just one? So you can keep the color, but one black part in the middle.
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Jeremy Lennert
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Can't you just:

1. Dump all the sticks into one pile
2. Stand them up on their ends (or press them against a flat, solid surface)
3. Grab all the ones that stick out further than the others

?
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Matt Lee
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Would it cost too much extra if you got the ends of the longer sides cut diagonally?

For example (warning: bad ascii art):

short piece:
---------------
| |
---------------


long piece:

---------------
\ \
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    Is there really a need to sort them back into different bins?

             S.

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Barry Harvey
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Include a small cardboard slide with a slot halfway down that will only let the short pieces through. Hold it over the bins and let the pieces roll down it, with short ones dropping through into their own bin and longer ones continuing on to the end and dropping into another bin.

You might get some takers for the statement, "Hey kids. Winner puts the pieces away!"
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John
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the_vinman wrote:
So you can keep the color, but one black part in the middle.

That's what I'd do if they really needed to be separated after the game.

The other question is do you need two lengths? Could you just use one and accept that the diagonal connections aren't the full length of the diagonal? (I'm guessing there's a game play reason for the two lengths but just in case...)
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chris broadbent
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Sagrilarus wrote:

    Is there really a need to sort them back into different bins?

             S.



This - just keep them together in a pile and pull the stick you need during the game.
 
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Joe Fatula
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If they're too close in size, you only have a few options:

1) Make them the same size.
2) Make them much different sizes from each other.
3) Make them different colors.
 
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Dimitri Sirenko
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Pickles2000 wrote:
So in a game I'm working on I have two kinds of stick pieces of different lengths. The short ones represent up down left right connections and the long ones are for diagonal connections on a square grid. All works fine until a game is over and you have to sort everything back into separate bins. It's very easy to get the short and long sticks mixed up, making the game a lot less appealing to play since clean up is such a pain. Any ideas how to get around this? I was thinking maybe make them out of different materials (like wood and clear plastic)?


you could also make the sticks different thickness

 
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Davin Nisser
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Make one size square cross section and the other triangular?
 
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