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Ollie Hunt
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In games that don't have a score track (e.g. Qwirkle), what do you do to keep score? Pen and paper is the obvious way but does anyone have anything more interesting?
 
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You can use the score tracks of other games such as Carcassonne. Some people also use special dials.
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Poker chips.
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I have a curious device called a "smart phone". It has a calculator "app" on which I will add up my score if there are far too many numbers to tot up in my head by the end of the game.
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TheOneTrueZeke wrote:
I have a curious device called a "smart phone". It has a calculator "app" on which I will add up my score if there are far too many numbers to tot up in my head by the end of the game.

Adding up a score for a single player is not the problem. The problem is tracking scores for multiple players.

But speaking of smart phones, there are plenty of simple scoring apps for all devices that do this.
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I use Scoregeek on my Android phone
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rebrandsof...
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I do not know if it is more interesting, but coming from an RPG group, everyone has their sacks full of dice at hand. They get used for score trackers in many games.
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If there's not a way included in the game to keep score, I try to do it in my head. If it's too complicated to remember, then I just don't keep score.
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curtc wrote:
TheOneTrueZeke wrote:
I have a curious device called a "smart phone". It has a calculator "app" on which I will add up my score if there are far too many numbers to tot up in my head by the end of the game.

Adding up a score for a single player is not the problem. The problem is tracking scores for multiple players.

But speaking of smart phones, there are plenty of simple scoring apps for all devices that do this.



As long as the board state "tracks" the score each player can do his own calculations.

I'm assuming that any game that lacks a score track has you put down markers of some sort that can be "read" at the end of the game to give you your score: numbers on tiles or cards (or just the total quantity of cards or tiles) in a tableau, areas you "own" on a board flagged with markers, or markers that you collect when performing certain actions.

If it doesn't I suppose you could just roshambo to decide who wins. In fact, you may as well just skip the game altogether if it doesn't really give you any effective way to track the score


/edit/

If you're talking about tracking the score during the game the answer is: I don't. I'll make estimates in my head if I think I need to, particularly if the end game triggers on it. That's usually sufficient.
 
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bodam2005 wrote:


That's what I use, except for iOS.
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I still find pen and paper the best way to do scoring in something like Qwirkle
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Guantanamo wrote:
I still find pen and paper the best way to do scoring in something like Qwirkle


Eek, goodness no! Soooo many easy free apps for a game like that...
 
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In a seething pit of hatred, deep down in my gut. I keep track of all those that have wronged me, every victory snatched from my finger tips, every betrayal and bad move that cost me the win. I keep track of it all, so one day, ONE DAY....I SHALL BE AVENGED!!! arrrh

Oops, that wasn't suppose to come out yet....

Yeah, pen and paper.
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I use my brain. Precious few games permit scores into the thousands, so remembering a string of likely 6 or fewer digits is manageable for everyone.
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Pen and paper is the best way to do it. Apps just mean you're having to keep your phone or tablet from falling asleep.
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JJRR_Esq wrote:
I use my brain. Precious few games permit scores into the thousands, so remembering a string of likely 6 or fewer digits is manageable for everyone.


Depends on how many beers into the evening we are.
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Boss Trojan wrote:
Guantanamo wrote:
I still find pen and paper the best way to do scoring in something like Qwirkle


Eek, goodness no! Soooo many easy free apps for a game like that...


Which is still harder then just grabbing a pen and paper ESPECIALLY when I haven't over paid for a 'smart' phone. My phone is still a phone.

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I open up a notebook app on my ipad and tally the scores using a stylus.

edit: (lies. Nothing but lies.)


 
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Guantanamo wrote:
Boss Trojan wrote:
Guantanamo wrote:
I still find pen and paper the best way to do scoring in something like Qwirkle


Eek, goodness no! Soooo many easy free apps for a game like that...


Which is still harder then just grabbing a pen and paper ESPECIALLY when I haven't over paid for a 'smart' phone. My phone is still a phone.



My phone is also still a phone. It just also happens to do more as well.
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mlcarter815 wrote:
Guantanamo wrote:
Boss Trojan wrote:
Guantanamo wrote:
I still find pen and paper the best way to do scoring in something like Qwirkle


Eek, goodness no! Soooo many easy free apps for a game like that...


Which is still harder then just grabbing a pen and paper ESPECIALLY when I haven't over paid for a 'smart' phone. My phone is still a phone.



My phone is also still a phone. It just also happens to do more as well.


But not AS well, I just with I could find a Nokia Brick phone. That one would last well over a week without recharging and got better reception then any of my phones since.

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I use a variety of methods, depending on what I have at hand:

1. Scoring app on my phone or iPad (my favourite is Scorekeeper. It's simple, supports lots of players at once, and it's easy to adjust scores up and down.

2. I have a set of small scrabble scoring dials that work well for this purpose.

3. Gaming coins or poker chips. Give out the appropriate amount each round and then count them up at the end.

4. Last resort is pen and paper
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Usually, pen and paper. No need for me to get any fancier than that.
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I like to use numbers. Using hindu-arabic sequence, and a European notation.
 
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Boss Trojan wrote:
Guantanamo wrote:
I still find pen and paper the best way to do scoring in something like Qwirkle


Eek, goodness no! Soooo many easy free apps for a game like that...


Why is an app better than pen and paper?
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