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Subject: General upgrade rss

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Gabi Koonings
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So there are some things that could be upgraded.
I'll handle them one at a time.

Money:
A lto of players have changed to poker chips, it fits the theme, and the money is okay, but really thin flimsy stuff, but what poker chips to use best ? A lot are pretty big and clunky. They coudl probably make some decent ones for am expansion i think ?

Tiles:
I don't really have a problem here, except, maybe make thicker skybridge ones, they are pretty wanted, maybe throw in a different mechanic for their placement.

Cards:
Here is where i would want the 'biggest' upgrade. It would change how the tile and color of the casino payout would work, but not too much. It would basically add more randomness to it.
I suggest two decks:
1 deck of casino colors/pay the strip/game over cards.
1 deck of locations.
This way it won't always be the same locations with the same colors, making it much more random.
Plus, when selecting the cards to be put below the 'game over' card, you could do it random, or you could choose to have even amounts of colors. Whatever you want to do.
This would not impact the locations, they would also be different every time, and most importantly, you'd not always have the same links between color and location. In fact, almost never. I feel they should have done this in the base game, it's just a missed oppertunity.

Insert: Evrybody knows the inserts have always been crap, there have been 3 variantions as far as i know, being, bad, bad, and none.
It can't be that hard really !?

So, you can do all these things yourself basically, in various qualities and accompanying costs, but would it be an idea to d it as an expansion ?
A crap throw away box with insert, or maybe just a pack like Suburbia has done, containing flat cardboard pieces to 'build' your insert, with poker chips, adjusted for size and weight maybe, must be cost effective and feasible, and the decks of cards, maybe include the smaller expansion they did in one go, to further justify the release ?

Or should we as a community see if we can come up with a consensus on how to do this and get something going ?
A small print run of such cards, especially for one person would be quite expensive, never mind you have to design them too. Which can be done simply/cheaply, but you want it to look good i assume ?

Any thoughts ?
 
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I've always thought these would be perfect:

http://www.meeplesource.com/proddetail.php?prod=1SidedPlasti...

Just a wee bit expensive to pimp out my game with!
 
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Poker chips are definitely the way to go. I have a few sets of ex-casino clay composite Paulson chips that look, sound and feel great. Much better than the provided paper money.

I've played LOV a bunch of times, and I've never found the cards to be an issue. I've never drawn a card and thought to myself "purple with C4 AGAIN???". IMO it already feels random enough. In essence, I don't think it matters at all that each location is tied to a particular colour. You would just end up with double the number of cards, requiring more table space.
 
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Stormzors wrote:
I've always thought these would be perfect:

http://www.meeplesource.com/proddetail.php?prod=1SidedPlasti...


I have a set of those, but double-sided (which they don't seem to make anymore). I loved them for a while, but eventually the ink started to smear and the chips started sticking together. I assume it's some kind of reaction between the ink and the natural oils from fingers. It has only happened to the 1's, since they're handled more often than the 5's, 10's, and 25's. I still have those chips and still use them with other games occasionally, but we switched to full size chips for LoV.

 
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Bruce Bacher
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gabiballetje wrote:
So there are some things that could be upgraded.

Any thoughts ?


I think the best upgrade I've made was to get some 1/8" thick by 3/4" wide transparent acrylic disks in various colors to replace the "tiddly winks" that came with the game.

I also made a foamcore rack to hold the base tiles and the risers (from the Up! expansion). I based it on a design someone posted here on BGG.

 
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Gabi Koonings
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Yes, i think carboard or foamboard would be the easiest way to make an insert and or some holders for cards and or tiles.

The chips is probably still the main issue, that is if you want them to have the right numbers on and not have them be too big or heavy, which a lot are.

Having some acrylic with some numbers engraved could fix it, but it doesn't have the same feel as more realistic like chips.

For the cards, sure, it's enough i guess the way they are, but i just think you could do more, and that they should have done it from the start. It would be easy to do and great for another expansion.

Insert, chips, cards, all the mini expansions, go.
 
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For money I use "The Treasury" card money by Know Chance Games. I use to play with chips but prefer hidden money instead.
 
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I use poker chips and they are amazing. The problem is they barely fit in the box but I saw a great foamcore holder for the chips that I may borrow for my set.
 
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