D. R.
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Just played my first game of CoB last night and loved it!

So I took the suggestion of someone on the forum to simply store the six side tiles in the box like the following:

- Pastures / Knowledge / Buildings in one section
- Castles / Mines / Ships in one section
- All black depot tiles in one section
- Workers / Silverlings in one section

This worked great as it saved me a ton of time in having to take all tiles out, sort by color, and stack them upside-down. Instead, we'd just blindly grab and place them out quickly without looking at them beforehand.

However, my question is this: Once we clear the unchosen six sided tiles off the board at the end of a phase, should we dump them back into their respective section (thus putting them back into the pool)? Or should we clear them off to the side - keeping them out of the pool - and then just put them back at the end of the game when packing it up?
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Joe Rakstad
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Put them to the side. They should not re-enter the pool. Once they're gone, they're gone.
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Matthew Mayes
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Put em back in at the end of the game.
 
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put your castles, mines, ships, workers, silver in a little box and use the compartments for each type of tile that needs to be randomized. time saver.
 
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DUANE PLATT
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Brilliant, Thanks
 
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We even only use two compartments for the six-sided tiles: one for the blacks, the big one for the rest. Works very nice!
 
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What we're doing is to put face down stacks of tiles for the whole game on the board before we start.
It adds a little to initial setup time but there's no downtime between the rounds and we avoid separate "to use" tiles stacks.
Just discard to the box any face up tokens and flip the next one on each stack.
 
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I only ever have two stacks of stuff.

One for the six-sided tiles and 1 for everything else.

At the end of a game, I just hold the end of the box at the edge of the table (longways so the big gully compartment is closest to the table) and simply scoop all the six-sided tiles off the table into it.

Then I turn the box around and do the same for workers, squares, silverlings.

At the start of a game I just grab all the stuff in the respective compartments and dump it in two separate piles on the table, my wife takes about a minute to flip the six-sided stuff over whilst I flip the square tiles. We leave workers and silverlings in same pile.

This is the quickest setup and pack away you can get with the only time taken is flipping tiles at the start which is a lot less than faffing about sorting them into different categories.

 
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We have small bags. Each person grabs a bag and refills a type.

The leftovers are sorted and returned to the bag at the end of the game.
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Awesome, thanks for the responses everyone!
 
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