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Subject: Preference- Upright or flat? rss

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Marc Gacy
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I just saw a bunch of nice pics of a game and all of the blocks were laid flat so you could see them easily from above. I've always played where the blocks are upright so they are easier to see from the side.
Funny, I've never even thought of playing with them on their side!
I've gone so far as to label the tops of every block with a thin Sharpie to make them easier to distinguish.

So I was wondering, what do others do?
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Stephen Slotten
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Upright, always.
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I've always laid them flat for better visibility.

Edit: To clarify, I prefer to game standing up.

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I prefer my blocks to stand tall. Seems somehow more brave and resolute.

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Flat. Since day one. When I want 3D I use miniatures...
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Russell InNC
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Standing up - I think it makes them easier to move.
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Markus
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How about a poll?

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Which one is better?
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Poll created by DeePee
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Upright; from the top down, they look more like large armies at a distance that way.
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Marc Gacy
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DeePee wrote:
How about a poll?


Thank you, I wasn't sure how to do that.
 
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How I place them depends on the lighting in the room.

I would prefer to have them standing, but if the room lighting is not good enough that I tell what kind of units each one is easily, I will lay them flat, as that is always easier to spot in less-than-ideal light.

Now here is a tip for you-- regardless of which way you stand them. But for clarity, I will assume that you have them standing.

On any given turn, you will have X number of "orders" to pass out.
Let's say you can command 4 units to do something.

When I am deciding who to command, as I select each unit, I will lay one block down on its side. As I finish with the unit, I stand the block up. So if I'm commanding 4, but 2 of them will not have combat, I will move them and then stand the block up. Those who will have combat, I wait until it is finished to stand the block up.

Range fire units that are not moving-- so get 2 die rolls-- I will tip 2 blocks over.

Easy to remember who you gave orders to and whether you have unfinished biz on the map.
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Luka Kovač Plavi
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Flat - less time spent stickering
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Also flat since day 1. Makes them look more like regular counters
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Phill Webb
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Upright and arranged in formations by type.
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some of my friends who delight in confusion do both simultaneously, sometimes within the same unit. If the block is upright, it is frequently upside down or sideways (in an inconsistent manner)

They also push the blocks to the hex edges (so 3-4 different edges) just to try and hide the actual strength.

Gamesmanship.. there IS no frontier.
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Upright, but kind of wish I had decided on flat. Sticker one side then have plenty of stickers for additional blocks. Double sized armies.
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LSMB has the classic answer here that I always think of when playing this game.



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GamePlayer wrote:
Upright, but kind of wish I had decided on flat. Sticker one side then have plenty of stickers for additional blocks. Double sized armies.


This is what I did for all my C&C block games.

Laying flat was always my preference even before doubling up... Easier to tell what pieces were where.
 
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As most of my other wargames have cardboard counters, I like the difference of a game with blocks that I can make stand upright.
Upright blocks also give the impression of troops standing - without the burden of figurines.
The rules show the blocks upright in their illustrations.

It mostly is a question of immersion and aesthetic preferences, anyway.
I like to have the impression that I am on a battlefield.
Reducing the units as "informative" takes away part of the fun.
YMMV, JMO.
 
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1 upright, the rest flat. That way I can see them whenever I´m sitting/ standing.

Lighting might become an issue, if the uprights units are casting their shadows over the game board.
 
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Minedog3 wrote:
some of my friends who delight in confusion do both simultaneously, sometimes within the same unit. If the block is upright, it is frequently upside down or sideways (in an inconsistent manner)

They also push the blocks to the hex edges (so 3-4 different edges) just to try and hide the actual strength.

Gamesmanship.. there IS no frontier.


....Jeez, that guy sounds like he's carrying some serious emotional baggage...

Brent.
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goshublue wrote:
Minedog3 wrote:
some of my friends who delight in confusion do both simultaneously, sometimes within the same unit. If the block is upright, it is frequently upside down or sideways (in an inconsistent manner)

They also push the blocks to the hex edges (so 3-4 different edges) just to try and hide the actual strength.

Gamesmanship.. there IS no frontier.


....Jeez, that guy sounds like he's carrying some serious emotional baggage...

Brent.

Never thought about dispersing my units on one hex. Maybe this is the way to incorporate stealth tactics in CCA
 
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amg100 wrote:
Funny, I've never even thought of playing with them on their side!
I've gone so far as to label the tops of every block with a thin Sharpie to make them easier to distinguish.


I think this poll proves that you shouldn't worry about doing it the wrong way, Marc.

After all, 85% of the people here continually make the same mistake! zombie
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Marc Gacy
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AveryAllen wrote:
amg100 wrote:
Funny, I've never even thought of playing with them on their side!
I've gone so far as to label the tops of every block with a thin Sharpie to make them easier to distinguish.


I think this poll proves that you shouldn't worry about doing it the wrong way, Marc.

After all, 85% of the people here continually make the same mistake! zombie


I know, right? Apparently, even the manual gets it wrong!
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flat as i only stickered one side of them
 
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