No bills, no coins... Just a bank account
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A while back, I was having a look at Tinners' Trail, the first game in Warfrog's "Treefrog line". I noticed that the money was tracked using pawns on a money track on the board, and this seemed somewhat akward and artificial to me. Then I realised that the track was probably not selected because of how easy to use it was, but because of component restrictions. Woodfrog games are supposed to consist only of the board and wooden components. Warfrog's usual plastic silver-coloured disks were not allowed in this game, and I guess wooden coins would make it all rather expensive.

For some games, I really prefer some kind of money that I can have in a pile before me. Especially when a game requires some planning ahead, it is sometimes usefull to seperate the money into different piles for different actions, lest I forget what plans I had made for the money.

But I guess money tracks have their advantages too. You can more easily see how much money everybody has, and you can also track their expenses. So, I was going to see what other games use a money track instead of some kind of cash tokens to track the money each player has.
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1. Board Game: Tinners' Trail [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:460]
 
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A game that isn't supposed to have plastic coins of paper bills, and uses two money tracks instead.
 
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2. Board Game: In the Shadow of the Emperor [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:838]
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A money track, with two tokens: One with your current amount of money, and one with the amount of money at the beginning of your turn, so you can backtrack your moves.
 
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Elfstone seems to be the local currency, so I guess an Elfstone Track is a money track.
 
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The game comes with a seperate money track where your cash reserve is displayed.
 
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A game with a money track to keep count of your profit. Money seems to be the more thematic name for Victory Points in this game, so I guess it's actually a VP track.
 
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Another money track, with fool's caps running around on it.
 
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This game comes with a Shilling Track.
 
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Gold track...
 
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The gold track runs across the bottom of the board, you are limited to 30 maximum, so any earned above that is lost.
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This has a track for your money, which is also your score as Money and points are one and the same.
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Low-tech money track.
Players keep track of their money on scrap paper.

(sorry, only one picture of the game in play, and not what I'm looking for)
 
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The original version of Entdecker gives each player an individual money track (the little spirally thing with punched-out holes).
 
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13. Board Game: Border Reivers [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:9828]
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Border Reivers has a separate money track instead of using coins
 
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Money is on a track... you can go backwards or forwards on the track. At game end money = VP.
 
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When I first saw the Geeklist title, I thought this was what you were talking about. Apparently this new version of the Game of Life doesn't even have a money track - it has a little digital doodad that adds and subtracts money directly from your virtual credit card.

While it seems silly, I suppose it could be an elegant solution in some instances.
 
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The original bank account track...maybe.
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I remember this one from my youth. After Monopoly, Life, etc. the first reaction was "where is the money"? especially since the game is ABOUT getting money

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The phases are entered via "doors" on the board and the cards are turned in for money, which is tracked on a small board for each player.


makes up for the (since deleted) RRT which *does* have money
 
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18. Board Game: Oltre Mare [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:1193]
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Money and VP connected in a marvelous way.
 
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19. Board Game: If Wishes Were Fishes! [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:2070]
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Goal is to have the most money.
 
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The object is to score $250(?) USD. You could keep track on a piece of paper, but I bought some play money. It added something to the game.
 
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Same idea as above - score most $$. I found a Landlord play money file on the Geek & we printed it up. Now, if only I could get the family to PLAY it again...

(edit: typo)
 
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Another game where instead of money you have a gold track.
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Each player has a board to track different concepts, including economy. The game uses a units/tens double tracking system, so two round markers are necessary (with one marker you track the units, with the other the tens). Economy may be accumulated from 0/00 (0) up to 3/09 (39).
 
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