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Maybe using wooden cubes on cards to keep count?
That's a rather good idea. Each player could have a small player board For the resources and personnel. The cards could be used for only the intermediate and final devices. The player board could incorporate the tech tree, too. My GF is interested in this one, since it's copperative, so I may have to try to make such a beast once I move and get my games out of storage.