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Subject: Cardboard tokens: Round vs Square rss

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Jose Melinski
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Hi there!

Any inherent reason to use round markers? Easy to punch/produce?

I can't recall my games with square ones. Borders get damaged over time?

Thanks in advance for your thoughts!

Best regards.
 
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chris broadbent
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Sharp corners, such as on squares, show ding, dent, and mis-punches easily.
However, keyflower uses square tiles. Clinic uses rectangles. I think a number of track-laying games use rectangle. It's definitely doable.
 
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T. Dauphin
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To distinguish them from the square ones in the game (since they will have a different purpose.(?))

 
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Abraham Quicksilver
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I think round tokens are easier to pick up from the board.
 
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Square tokens (aka. chits) are pretty common with "hex and chit" wargames. I guess it's to hold information like numbers?
 
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clbroad wrote:
Sharp corners, such as on squares, show ding, dent, and mis-punches easily.
However, keyflower uses square tiles. Clinic uses rectangles. I think a number of track-laying games use rectangle. It's definitely doable.


Tiles are different to counters. The shape of a tile is (usually) dictated by geometry. Sometimes square, sometimes hexagonal, sometimes other shapes.

Counters aren't inherently dictated. And there are lots of options you see, not just square and circular. A combination of factors matters, including information to be recorded. And at least one more I haven't seen mentioned: clean punch, which often favours circular.
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If the facing of your pieces on a grid (e.g. hex grid or square grid) is relevant, then square counters can be less ambiguous in their facing than circular counters.
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David Cheng
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I always prefer square tokens with round corners than round tokens. They are much easier to make & cut for PNP games.
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