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Joe Fatula
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I'm thinking of making up some alternative money for Leaving Earth, for those of us who don't care for the paper money that comes with the game.

Poll: Replacement money for Leaving Earth
What would you prefer?
cards
wooden coins
other
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Mike Hoyt
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I went with "Other" because from the very first play I substituted poker chips.

No way would I want cards, and wooden coins seems anachronistic in a game of space travel. And neither is going to replace poker chips for pure utility; already own them, easy to handle, easy to tell denominations apart....

Sorry, you are right to think paper money could be upgraded, but I'm not sure you need to provide the replacement...heck a pile of real dimes,nickels and pennies would suffice
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Michel Kangro
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I very happily use 3D-printed scoreboards and pegs provided by
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for a very reasonable price. Thanks again, mate!
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I'm happy w/ the paper money. Perhaps there is an alternative that fits with the budget theme? Cards that represent appropriations, or something? I don't know... I'm not a finance person.

Paper money works for me.
 
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Wooden coins sound perfect! I love wooden components in games. The only better thing would be metal coins.
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Meeples! Specifically: Scientist/Engineers that did the actual work researching, building, and all the other activitues that made the space program go!
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Another vote for poker chips. Currently I am going with standard poker chips, however, on the list of things to do is to make them more thematic by using the “Leaving Earth” $1, $2, and $5 coin face images created by SlimJim. This would be a first time for a project like this and I am still flip flopping between going with the 1 inch circle to cover the center or going big to 1 9/16 inches to cover the entire poker chip edge to edge.

Between cards and wooden coins I would lean towards the wooden coins if done well. I like their tactile and visual aspects. However, the cards would take up less space and be cheaper to produce so it is likely the more practical option. But, if you really think about it, the cards are still ‘paper money’; just really thick paper money.

So in the end it looks like I am voting once for each option, sorry.
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Barry Miller
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I went with other, as in either:

- A small piece of paper with 40 numbered spaces on it where you keep track of your current funds with a cube

or

- A spin dial counter to keep track of your funds, such as the sort of counters used in the LotR LCG, or D-Day Dice, or Blood Bowl

or

- The 3-D counter mentioned above

All a lot easier to track your money with, than using coins, chips, or paper money. My opinion only.


 
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Given how much computation is required in the game, how about an abacus for each space agency?

We usually find the money got spent so fast that no one needed to actually exchange bills; you just sort of counted it off as you went.

But, yeah, poker chips rock, but I will vote for wooden coins.
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I use a notepad to keep track of all my mission plans and so I also note my spending each year on a right margin on the page (or sometimes just use a google docs sheet). This way I can easily reflect back to 1978 or so and see where everything was doomed by a miscalculation of some sort.
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I laminated some of the calculation sheets from Outer Planets and usually just write my cash in the margins with a dry erase marker.
 
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I (like many others) use poker chips for almost every game involving money. I don't have denominations on the chips, so for games with unusual amounts, I place one poker chip on the corresponding denomination from the game, so everyone can reference the values in use this play through. I'm not interested in custom currencies, so I'll continue to use my existing chips for Leaving Earth as well as other games.
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Poker chips for me. Why? Because i have plenty of those already
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The reason I made those money boards (I can run off some more if anyone wants them) is not because I disliked the cash, but because I found it tedious passing it back and forth all the time. I ended up keeping back two 10s and a 5 and turning them face down when I spent them, rather than having to grab fresh cash out of the bank each turn.

If you did keep money from turn to turn then a pile of notes, coins, whatever, would make more sense.
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I went for "other" as I'd prefer a small board with tokens to track finances. Nothing fancy for me: just a flat bit of card that's stocky enough not to slide around when the tokens are moved. At the moment I just scribble on the paper I use for mission planning.

As Roger said, if money was accumulated over turns than a pile of coins or cubes would be ideal, but because the finances reset every turn then a track would do the job just fine.
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Barry Miller
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It's funny ... the only reason I don't use poker chips is because, well, they remind me too much of poker!
I don't want to get my games mixed up and get carried away gambling with my astronauts' lives!


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Brent Pollock
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Just make sure you have two back-up sets of poker chips.
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Telrak wrote:
Wooden coins sound perfect! I love wooden components in games. The only better thing would be metal coins.

That would be very cool. A very lightweight metal (aluminium?) as was used in some European currencies.
 
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rmanning wrote:
Meeples! Specifically: Scientist/Engineers that did the actual work researching, building, and all the other activitues that made the space program go!

Or maybe Accountant Meeples .. that did all the actual tracking of finances that made the space program go?
 
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I like wooden components (even more than metal ones, because I do not like the metal smell on my fingers (and I am guitarist... it's no easy life XD)), but I'd rather have some tracks with indents. and cubes for tracking.

Simple tracks tend to get sweeped, but tracks with holes for cubes to fit in would be perfect. Maybe one track for tens and one for the ones?
 
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One more for poker chips. I didn't even look at the paper money; when this game arrived in the mail last week the first thing I did was go get 25 chips.

If you do decide to change the money, I would go with metal or plastic, and something non-round, so nobody has to race a coin across the floor before it rolls under the fridge. And while you are contemplating a "Deluxe Edition", how about increasing the thickness of the primary board locations, maybe to drink-coaster thickness or having them interlock like puzzle pieces? You could reduce the number of board sections by using cards for the exploration result.

Whatever you decide, good luck and congrats on a great little game.
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Whatever we end up going with, it'd be an add-on, not a change to the base game. In the small print runs we can do, paper money is what we can afford. Down the road we might be big enough to try something else in the base game.
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We've been using replica antique metal coins from a big batch of replica antique metal coins we got from a Kickstarter project a while back. We originally got them for use with historical-themed games (Serenissima, Khronos, 7 Wonders, Merchants & Marauders, etc etc etc), but they're remarkably convenient for Leaving Earth even if they don't fit the theme. We just put 25 megabucks worth of coins (in 1, 5, and 10 denominations) in front of each player and shuffle individual coins from left to right as they're spent, then reset at the end of the year.

I love the idea of using an abacus though. A custom slide rule would be VERY thematic too.
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AbacusWizard wrote:
A custom slide rule would be VERY thematic too.


plus 1 on that! great idea
 
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Yeah, but the whole point of a slide rule is you don't use it for addition and subtraction…
 
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