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Simon Ses
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I'm planning to buy a Decktet but I notice you can buy two decktet decks at the same time. What are the advantages to having two decks?

Are there games that use two decks (how many? i.e. is that common?).

Is it best to have both decks with the same backs or to get decks with different backs?

What about other options, such as the decktet chips? How useful are they? How many are typically needed? They come in packs of 72 or 144.
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There are a few games that might require two decks: Bharg Deluxe, Dectana, Raft City. Some games might also benefit from two decks: Terrapin is the most remarkable game that, like Poker or BlackJack, would be gladly played with a double set of cards.

In addition to that, mind that the Decktet looks really attractive, and somebody will probably ask you for another one. =) Therefore, buying two decks at once also gets you a nice present or a game for your local club!

Buy decks with the same card backs if you ever intend to use them in "large" games mentioned above.

Usually, set #72 is good enough. If you want to play Terrapin with special chips and many people, or if you are going to make a gift for your club, buy big. =)
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If you have the funds, I would buy a double deck (with the same back) and a large set of chips. I did and could not be happier!

Although we have yet to play any of the games that need two decks, I know I will eventually. The chips are great! I have used tons of generic parts in the past in DIY setups and such, and had no problem with the aesthetics for I am totally function first, but there is something about those suit chips that really appeals to me.

EDIT: And the Decktet universe never stops growing! Although a single deck and a small batch of chips are probably sufficient for 95%+ (?) of the games, you never know what might be designed next! Plus I have had ides for variants using a 2nd Excuse card and things like that.

If you think you will enjoy the Decktet...buy big!
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I would go small first. It sounds like you are just being introduced to the Decktet? Whether you are or not, still there are additional cards that come with the single deck as aids to understanding the structure of the deck and for use with certain games.

Kind of the same idea with the chips, except you don't get any special chips with the smaller set. I play with 60 chips that I made myself and feel I don't ever run out. We play Magnate alot, which has a heavy dependence on chips.
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If you live far from the point of departure for the game set, buying many decks might help. I ordered many decks, and have already given away one and promised to give away twice as more.
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If you think you will use the deck quite a bit I would buy 2 as long as the cost to ship to you is resonable. As stated there are a few games that use both decks but not tons so you wouldn't really need both in order to get a good amount of play out of your deck. As far as chips go I find that 12 of each color (72 set) is perfect for most games, especially magnate, but having more chips could prevent you from needing to track down neutral tokens for games like Goblin Market.
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SimonSes wrote:
I'm planning to buy a Decktet but I notice you can buy two decktet decks at the same time. What are the advantages to having two decks?

Are there games that use two decks (how many? i.e. is that common?).

Is it best to have both decks with the same backs or to get decks with different backs?

What about other options, such as the decktet chips? How useful are they? How many are typically needed? They come in packs of 72 or 144.


As other people have said: There are only a few games that use two decks. Those that do shuffle them together, so you would want to have the same card back. The pack of 72 chips is perfect for Magnate.

Mostly the double decks and jumbo set of chips are just there as an option for people who do want more, because they took no real effort to make (since it's print on demand) and they can be priced less than two sets (since there's a handling cost for each item).
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Not to undermine sale of the suit tokens, but the item lInked below is the best game accessory purchase ever. $15 for 1000 1cm plastic cubes, 100 each in ten colors, 6 of which match the decktet perfectly. Can't go wrong with that.

http://www.eaieducation.com/Product/531004/Centimeter_Cubes_...
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Mezmorki wrote:
Not to undermine sale of the suit tokens, but the item lInked below is the best game accessory purchase ever.


No worries about undermining. Given the cost of the components, I make almost no money on the TGC suit chips. The price for the chip sets is just rounded up from cost.

As for EAI's cubes, I actually prefer their stacking counters:

http://www.eaieducation.com/Product/530841/Stacking_Counters...
http://www.eaieducation.com/Product/534157/Stacking_Counters...

More ergonomic than cubes. In fact, those are what we used for a long time when playing Magnate (before the Game Crafter made stickers and chips).

I don't know whether it makes sense to ship to Australia, however.
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Mezmorki wrote:
Not to undermine sale of the suit tokens, but the item lInked below is the best game accessory purchase ever. $15 for 1000 1cm plastic cubes, 100 each in ten colors, 6 of which match the decktet perfectly. Can't go wrong with that.

http://www.eaieducation.com/Product/531004/Centimeter_Cubes_...



I second this!
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pmagnus wrote:
Mezmorki wrote:
Not to undermine sale of the suit tokens, but the item lInked below is the best game accessory purchase ever.


No worries about undermining. Given the cost of the components, I make almost no money on the TGC suit chips. The price for the chip sets is just rounded up from cost.

As for EAI's cubes, I actually prefer their stacking counters:

http://www.eaieducation.com/Product/530841/Stacking_Counters...
http://www.eaieducation.com/Product/534157/Stacking_Counters...

More ergonomic than cubes. In fact, those are what we used for a long time when playing Magnate (before the Game Crafter made stickers and chips).

I don't know whether it makes sense to ship to Australia, however.


I ordered a massive amount of these and shipped bags off to people who wanted them. They are awesome for Decktet Games and lighter than chips. Since we tend to use the Decktet while out and about I haven't replaced them. All the extra colors are nice to have around for other games as well.
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SimonSes wrote:


Are there games that use two decks (how many? i.e. is that common?).

Is it best to have both decks with the same backs or to get decks with different backs?


If you think you'll use the Decktet for solitaire, you may wish to consider a double deck in order to play my game Myrmex. It has been been my absolute fave traditional solitaire since it's creation 2 years ago (my son & I still play it regularly). fwiw, it has received favourable reviews from several folks who have tried it as well. For use with this game, I think it is an advantage to have the same backs on each deck.

Enjoy!
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