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Ralph Meleti
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I'm considering to bling up my games instead of plastic coins & cardboard tokens.

What do you guys think are better to use instead? Metal coins or casino chips.

Metal coins:
- lighter
- easier to store and carry
- more thematic neutral
- cheaper in terms of achieving minimum quantity required

Chips (with nos):
- more tactile, and easier to handle, being able to stack for easy visual counting
-comes in a wider variety of denominations though follow mostly multiples divisible by 5 only so no 3s
 
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No One
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Depends on the game.

If it's for bidding, then poker chips.

If it's for purchasing, then coins.

If it's for purchasing in a futuristic theme, then acrylic tokens.

~V
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Damian White
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Metal coins are thematically very cool, and make a great sound when they 'clink' together when handled. They work well if you're playing an economic Euro or the likes where the total volume of money you're shuffling about is relatively low -- Brass, Age of Steam etc. -- and can often add a little theme to these games. On the down side, they're not as practical as you would think if you need to sum them up quickly, and often.

If you'll be doing that, then a good set of poker ships (i.e. with edge spots) is the way to go. For the likes of 18xx games where you're needing to accurately estimate a player's money or a Corporation's treasury every round or so, anything other than poker chips are cumbersome and impractical. Playing 1830 with paper money will add about an hour on to your play time just due to the frequency and relative inefficiency of having to tally up your money.

On the down side, poker chips not only don't add to theme, but they can kidna take something away from it. But if you're playing 18xx games, theme is usually the last thing on your mind.

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Kelly Croft
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I have both and do prefer the poker chips. I use poker chips in games with paper money, it's used most often in Food Chain Magnate. The paper money is terribly small and loves to stick together. The chips allow the game to keep moving fast. They are blank so we can use whatever dollar amount is necessary to each different game. Then I recently added a set of metal lira coins for Viticulture. I couldn't resist the thematic grapes on the coins.

I could never use poker chips in Viticulture though, thematically it would greatly bother me. There's no reason not to own and use both depending on the type of game. The metal coins in euros for example. I would advise starting with whichever kind would get the most use for your collection. Then add the other kind as spare funds allow.

One downside is the case to hold the poker chips is quite heavy. Thus it's not really portable to use anywhere other than your own home. But nothing quite beats the clangs of the chips against one another.
 
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Curt Carpenter
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Chips 1,000%. Metal coins are awful. They can't stack well, they don't have good color codings (beyond like two colors), and it's harder to audit at a glance the transactions of others.

There is no gae where I would choose to use metal coins instead of chips. Of course you want good chips, and opinions there do vary. Maybe give this thread a read.
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Ryan
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Usually metal coins for me since they can be more thematic, though I see the appeal of poker chips in a handful of cases. However, my opinion is almost certainly skewed by the fact that I have played poker for a long time, and generally feel like poker chips are for poker.
 
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Peter Strait
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Metal coins unless there's a lot of accountancy and/or passing of specific values between players (meaning more than can be passed as a handful and checked at a glance). A lot of games don't use or need many denominations (a dark steel, bright silver and yellow gold should be enough to cover), and metal coins can be designed to stack (they often aren't, I'll agree, but I do have some that do).

That said, poker chips make counting out and paying a specific value quicker and easier. If you're often having to pay, say, 17 monies to another player, receive 12 from a different one, and pay 25 to retire a loan card... yeah, use chips. For a lot of rail games they're also very thematic.

Although I'll also add that if it's for purchasing in a fantasy theme, use plastic or acrylic gems. >:}
 
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Shawn Clouthier
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Metal coins are by far the way to go, especially if you invest in high quality sets like EGG Brass/Lisboa, Feif coins from Academy Games, the various Drawlab sets, Best Damn Gaming Coins Ever or Realm Coins. Each of these can still be found on Ebay, Amazon periodically or through the game manufacturers site. There are some really superb metal Pirate/Spanish coins sets available on EBay (check out the store:jskoziol4). These look and feel authentic and add realism to your gaming experience that plastic poker chips simply cannot. The only downside to metal coins is the steep price. It can cost as much or more as the entire value of the game to upgrade to metal coins. If cost isn't prohibitive go for the metal coin upgrade, you won't be disappointed!
 
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Robert Wolkey
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Metal coins all day and twice on Sunday.

Except when the guys come over to play... wait for it... Poker.
 
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Curt Carpenter
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sgclouthier wrote:
Metal coins are by far the way to go, especially if you invest in high quality sets like EGG Brass/Lisboa, Feif coins from Academy Games, the various Drawlab sets, Best Damn Gaming Coins Ever or Realm Coins.

I don't know about all of those, but the first ones you listed look horrible for stacking and discriminating from across the table. I can't imagine actually choosing to play a game with those.

But sadly (for those who don't already have them), the chunky mini poker chips are pretty expensive right now.
 
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Shawn Clouthier
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True the Feif coins don't stack well, but I'm not sure that's necessary for SoN game play where you have a large placard to store your coins unless you're a numismatist extraordinaire. Coin aficionado's will love these high quality works of art. They really enhance game play much more than the standard cardboard tokens and far superior to albeit more stackable poker chips IMHO. As for discriminating across the table top these are superb because there are five different sizes easily discernible from a distance. For me red, white and blue poker chips would ruin the charade of acting the part of a deceitful merchant attempting to sneak contraband past a wily sheriff.
 
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