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Marco Chiappa
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Just a small curiosity...

Poll: Gamers from USA
I usually prefer :
Paper money
Poker chips (or counters)
I don't care
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Poll: Gamers from rest of the world
I usually prefer :
Paper money
Poker chips (or counters)
I don't care
      71 answers
Poll created by Mad_albin
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well I think most gamers here have more contact with good counters than good paper money so it might be skewed, I voted paper money because I'll remember firefly's paper money as one of the best. I think for me paper money you can just do so much more with, more art and simply having more. [of course it always depends on the game]
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I like chips as they taste better than paper money
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Paper money FTW!

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mafman6 wrote:
I think for me paper money you can just do so much more with, more art and simply having more. [of course it always depends on the game]
Yes, it does depend on the game...

Advantages of paper money:
--- THEME!! (thus your art reference) - No theme with poker chips.
--- Lighter weight (try lugging a 1,000 chip set that weighs over 30 pounds/13.6 kilograms around)
--- Easily hidden in closed money games

Advantages of poker chips:
--- Easier to count, especially at a distance in open money games (virtually all 18xx, for instance)
--- Much easier to handle (critical in games with lots of money transactions - using it can shave an hour or more off an 18xx game)
--- Doesn't wear nearly as quickly as paper money

I'm sure there are more advantages to each.
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Paper money FTW!
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Chips are, uhh, easier to wash. You know, if that's necessary after some of your games.
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Paper money is generally horrible because the bills tend to stick together. Plus, they require more space on the table than chips and they are prone to folding, tearing, and getting dirty. You could probably count out a pile of chips in about half the time it takes to count out paper bills. I bought some small plastic chips in various denominations (with one blank side so you can use them in hidden information games if you want). I often use them instead of paper bills. I have also seen 18XX players using full-size poker chips instead of paper money.
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Whatever most resembles the currency of the time-location/theme.

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Definitely chips. They are so much easier to keep track of.
 
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I think the old version of Power Grid is a good example of why paper money can be inconvenient. Granted, the denominations in that game have different colors, which is the probably the main reason it's bad, especially when you're trying to hide how much you have. But in terms of paper in general, they tend to stick together and rip and get stained.
 
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dinomovies wrote:
But in terms of paper in general, they tend to stick together and rip and get stained.
FWIW none of my games with paper money have had any problem with them ripping or getting stained. Apparently you guys are harder on your game components.
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Likewise, but then all my paper money has been tossed in a tub as useless stuff and ignored ever since. I assume it is still there in much the same shape as when I unpacked the game the first time...
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Just curious: why the geographically-separate polls? In what way did you think the responses would be different?
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Yes exactly.
I was thinking (i guess now wrongly) that the preference of poker chips
was mostly from US players based on the fact that poker is so popular there.

Being a gamer for a lonnnng time mostly in Italy and partially in Europe never had the feeling to need poker chips and also never found friends
bring a poker suit case during game meeting.

Here in Usa i found that there is often (or always) someone who bring a poker suit along other games during meeting.

Personally i don't have a preference other than the fact that with poker chips i start playing with them making that boring noise..
(cling cling cling...).. but it's so good..


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Mashpotassium wrote:
Just curious: why the geographically-separate polls? In what way did you think the responses would be different?
My understanding is that we Americans tend to be more fond of the tactile feel of our money due to the residue of coke and stripper sweat.
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Mashpotassium wrote:
Just curious: why the geographically-separate polls? In what way did you think the responses would be different?
The two polls are nice, so we can all vote twice. I think that Americans like poker chips, so I voted that way in the first poll, but I'm pretty sure that are more relaxed and hang out in cafes all day, so I voted that they don't care what kind of money they use.
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Why not have the best of both worlds - Paper chips?
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More games than not that use chips for currency come with cardboard chips, NOT the plastic kind. Even if a game came with those, sometimes they're not really good.
 
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Goats. They lend class to the game, and you can eat them afterwards.
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mjmelen wrote:
Goats. They lend class to the game, and you can eat them afterwards.
Not before eating the rest of your games!
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If a game lends itself well to paper money, it's probably easier just to use paper and pencil.

Pete (far prefers poker chips)
 
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I prefer poker chips to paper money but paper money to tokens. Often I would rather keep a running total on paper or use a track printed on the board. One could also use an abacus.
 
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I would love to see good paper money in a game.
Maybe a bit thicker "cardboard"-ish...dunno.

In another thread about this someone linked a game about riverboats in the 18xx-years in America which seems to have gorgeous paper money...

But as long as paper money comes in such a bad quality I'm voting for counters. (Poker chips are nice, yes, but I like the counters more since they are smaller, lighter and easier to handle and to store.)
 
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Metal coins.

...Or failing that, punchboard coins.
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