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Ian Toltz
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The one thing that's always bugged me about RDI is the boards. It's just such a pain to find a way to store them. I'm currently using the 4 mini boards that come with the standalone characters, which are a nice size, but I've been wanting to go boardless for a long time.

I've had various ideas to use dice and tokens, but the obvious answers all seemed poor. Fiddly to use, and difficult to see how close someone was to getting knocked out...

And then I had a brainstorm: double-sided tokens! One side is a heart, one side is a mug. Everyone starts with 20. When you take damage, you discard a token. When you gain alcohol content, you flip a token over. Your 'real' health is immediately and obviously visible by the number of tokens you have flipped heart side up!

Worth pointing out that, for the lazy, you could also do this by just having the tokens in two stacks; healthy and drunk.
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That is a nifty idea.

Personally I like the boards. I store all my RDI sets in their original boxes so I do not need a board solution.

But I do like your token flipping idea as a mechanic in and of itself.
 
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It sounds like a solution in search of a problem. The boards are thin enough you could store them anywhere. (between your cookie sheets maybe?)

So, once all your health tokens are gone or flipped over to drink tokens your dead?

Anyways, glad it works for you!
 
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It also creates a problem - if you are to gain Fortitude, you have to count to make sure you don't end up with more then 20 tokens.
 
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I think gaining health past 20 wouldn't be an issue until you also lost alcohol, because if there are no discarded chips, you can't heal. But once you lose alcohol thru a holy water or something similar, then the system breaks down.
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squegeeboo wrote:
I think gaining health past 20 wouldn't be an issue until you also lost alcohol, because if there are no discarded chips, you can't heal. But once you lose alcohol thru a holy water or something similar, then the system breaks down.


If you are putting all discarded chips in the same place to save space (rather than having a separate space per player), there could be discarded chips before you take any damage.
Losing Alcohol content wouldn't cause any problems - if that happens you would flip the chips back to the health side.
 
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If you keep the tokens in 4 lines of 5, it's pretty trivial to keep track of when you have 20.
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This is a great idea!

Thanks.

I've never liked the boards either.

http://boardgamegeek.com/image/427535/the-red-dragon-inn

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