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David Stillberg
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Why does a game set in the eastern parts Europe in the early 20:th century use dollars as its currency? Sort of broke my immersion while skimming the rules
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The coins are from five different currencies, each representing a different one of the five factions. So you couldn't call them e.g. Zlotty, since that would only represent the Polania Republic faction's currency.

...I agree about using dollars is a bit weird, but I'm struggling to think of a good alternate. "Coins" feels weird because they're all different denominations, "Money" sounds utterly bizarre for e.g. "Spend two money.", etc.
 
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Yeah, I understand the reasoning, I'm just teasing the Americans a bit It's a tiny detail but I'm sure it could have been solved a bit more delicately. That said, there might be a reason in the lore for dollar being a universal currency as early as the 1920s. I'll have to check!
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It's because Australia was the global power in the 20's.
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I am in the states and I don't like the term dollars for this game, I don't like dollars used for any game that is not taking place in the correct country and time.
Nothing kills me more than watching a Rahdo run through of a fantasy game and he keeps calling the gold "bucks". gulp

Personally, I think "currency" or "coins" would have worked fine as terms in Scythe. After all, your working with different forms of currency so you have little choice but to refer to it as such.
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I like how the 10 cent coin is based on the old Dutch pre-Euro 10 cent coin.
 
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I think I would have gone with 'Thalers', a widely used European currency of a slightly earlier era. (And the origin of the word dollar).
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Thaler woild have worked, or 'schilling' which has been used variously in poland, germany, scandinavia and austria.

Or Crown.

Or Guinea.

Or just use the same money symbol used on the player boards.
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I think it's fine to use dollar, it being the modern equivalent of thaler. In the Scandinavian countries, they used "daler" until 1875. In Slovenia, the currency was called "tolar" until 2007, when they introduced the euro there.
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It could of course be the currency of the now defunct Factory. Perhaps the Factory city-state was run by arms-dealing Americans (or Australians)?

Also, the $ sign represents both the peso and the dollar. Does the rule book specify the word "dollar"?

I would prefer to use "talar" though as that seems more in keeping with the theme.
 
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I think he should have called it Geek Gold.
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StupidGabe wrote:
It could of course be the currency of the now defunct Factory. Perhaps the Factory city-state was run by arms-dealing Americans (or Australians)?

Also, the $ sign represents both the peso and the dollar. Does the rule book specify the word "dollar"?


Like the £ was also for the Lira alongside the pound.
 
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It might not fit the theme, but what about the more generic "credit"?
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+1 for just interpreting the $ as Schilling

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shilling
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It really doesn't matter what they call money in any game for me, I will still end up saying "I'm paying 3 bucks for that brick", even if it's supposed to be Sestertii or whatever.

Edited to correct my memory of the money term used in Concordia. It's Sestertii, not Cesteris
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It really doesn't matter what they call money in any game for me, I will still end up saying "I'm paying 3 bucks for that brick", even if it's supposed to be cesteris or whatever.
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To be fair, I do sonething similar, I say "1 money" no matter what currency is printed, because the denominations are almost always daft given what you are buying.

Very little military hardware can be purchased for one dollar.

One barrel of money, might be different.
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I can imagine if Dr Evil was there in the Alternate Scythe world he would hold them all to ransom for... Ttthhrreee Dooollaarrrss! <pinky to mouth>
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Hahma wrote:
It really doesn't matter what they call money in any game for me, I will still end up saying "I'm paying 3 bucks for that brick", even if it's supposed to be cesteris or whatever.


I usually say "gold."
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because "monetary denominations of a specific state or nation of a set time in a fantasy world with a twist on history" just didn't fit... laugh

I have no problem. We're driving around in STEAM MECHA -- immersion is not an issue for me.
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Coins.
Done.
 
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Even though it is spelled 'dollar', it is not pronounced the same as an American (or Canadian or Australian or Zimbabwe or Fiji). It is pronounced dou-lo͝or and is the currency of a small, now forgotten kingdom in Eastern Europa. It was chosen to represent all of the currency in Scythe because of proximity to the center of the map on the Scythe game board.

Edit: Because speling
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This is an alternate history 1920s setting. Why couldn't the currency in that history time line be called "dollars" universally?

Just a thought. I'll call them "coins" out of habit from other games.
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Dofhjort wrote:
Why does a game set in the eastern parts Europe in the early 20:th century use dollars as its currency? Sort of broke my immersion while skimming the rules


cuz we won. devil
 
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