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Eric Etkin
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Ok... dumb question time.

I'm looking at qualifying the use of poker chips as flickable tokens for use in AstroSmashers, both as a PNP, and maybe eventually in a published version.

Except, I have ZERO experience with poker chips, traditional card games, gambling, etc.

Where should I be looking ot BUY these things and get an idea of quality, heft, etc? I'm looking to walk into a store and comparison shop - online buying isn't going to work for this phase.

What kind of place sells these?
 
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IMHO Poker Chips are far too thin for flicking. 25 x 7mm wooden discs are a far more suitable medium.
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zombiegod wrote:
IMHO Poker Chips are far too thin for flicking. 25 x 7mm wooden discs are a far more suitable medium.


I'm definitely still entertaining the wood disc idea. I'm just concerned that with the amount of tokens the game would require in a published version (over 60), that wood discs would be cost prohibitive. And since poker chips are already mass-produced in the size I need...

The specific chips I was fiddling with were the ones produced for the Deadlands RPG. They're pretty thick and well-weighted.
 
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    I have a home-grown Taktika game on heavy poker chips and they flick great. Don't rule them out so quickly.

    I'll be honest -- consider thrift stores. You can find lots of chips sets in them and they're open, so you can go try them out in the furniture section.

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MOTHDevil wrote:
Where should I be looking ot BUY these things and get an idea of quality, heft, etc? I'm looking to walk into a store and comparison shop - online buying isn't going to work for this phase.

What kind of place sells these?


Cheap lightweight plastic poker chips can be had from Walgreens, I believe. They also tend to be available in the toy/game section at low end department stores like Walmart, K-mart, and Target.

Metallic cases full of ceramic or sometimes weighted ceramic chips tend to be available in these same stores in the months leading up to Christmas.
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Sagrilarus wrote:

    I have a home-grown Tactica game on heavy poker chips and they flick great. Don't rule them out so quickly.

    I'll be honest -- consider thrift stores. You can find lots of chips sets in them and they're open, so you can go try them out in the furniture section.


Thanks! This is a world I'm completely new to... Do you know the gauge/thickness/whatever of your Tactica chips?
 
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Look for local stores that specialize in gaming accessories (in this case, gaming refers to gambling/traditional card games). You can also look for stores that sell billiards and dart accessories because they often stock poker supplies as well.
 
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Slounger wrote:

Metallic cases full of ceramic or sometimes weighted ceramic chips tend to be available in these same stores in the months leading up to Christmas.


So essentially anything quality is ceramic?
 
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I had a friend that designed a game all about flicking ceramic poker chips. It worked. Didn't require a special surface or anything.
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    Sorry -- I don't really know anything about poker chips. I picked the game up second-hand. They're heavy as hell and about as thick as two nickels stacked. Taktika has the pieces colliding and the bounces are crisp, transferring a lot of energy to the target.

    I play a lot of PitchCar and the chips are easier to control than PitchCar's wooden disks. In PitchCar a lack of control is part of the fun, in Taktika not so much. So I think it was a good choice for Taktika.

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MOTHDevil wrote:
Slounger wrote:

Metallic cases full of ceramic or sometimes weighted ceramic chips tend to be available in these same stores in the months leading up to Christmas.


So essentially anything quality is ceramic?

The best quality casino chips are clay, but your typical home-use poker chips are composite resin with a weighted metal insert.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Trademark-Poker-500pc-11.5g-Dice-C...

Typical weight is 11.5 grams, which IMO should be a fine weight for flicking.
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MOTHDevil wrote:
So essentially anything quality is ceramic?

That depends on what you mean by 'quality'. Casinos tend to use weighted ceramic chips with multicolored spots on the rims and their names or logos embossed on the faces. To a poker player, part of the meaning of 'quality' is the ability to mimic the look and feel of the casino experience. So in that sense yes, anything quality is ceramic.

But that does not mean plastic chips are always thin and brittle and cast with misaligned molds. While there is certainly no shortage of that type of junk, if you look around you may get lucky enough to find thick, durable plastic chips with smooth polished seams. They will not be as heavy as ceramic chips of the same dimensions, but they still exhibit 'quality' for purposes of a flicking game.
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I'm thinking weight may be the key. Not knowing what those Deadland chips are made of, and not knowing what a simple plastic, non-weighted chip is like for comparison, I'm totally flying blind, hence why I really need to go to a store and "handle the goods."

I'm really liking the poker chip idea conceptually. I can get them all custom printed with a nice directional edge, possibly molded black.

Essentially, I'm looking to replicate this:

 


I'm thinking... screenprint the outer edge so they're all the same, and then just have an inner blank circle to overlay the appropriate sticker.
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Hmm... another thought... Have you guys had or foresee any chipping issues from plastic/ceramic/clay poker chips when they hit each other?
 
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    Not me.
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Hey, just a one advice: pay attention on design, because not all websites accept simple/common designed chips or tokens, so try some designing programmes or websites, such as Logaster.com or whatever you prefer. I said only what I`ve tried laugh
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If the flat plastic chips are too thin, you could try to glue them... I would practice with a few before you went and did that though. Maybe make a jig to keep things straight.
 
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I found blank white ceramic poker chips online,http://www.casinosupply.com/White-10-Gram-Ceramic-Poker-Chip.... these are smooth and you can put stickers on the surface of them. not sure how flickable they would be but I am using them in my Dune redesign and they work great.
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