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I recently got hold of this excellent spreadsheet for running operation rounds in 18XX games. The downside is having to bring laptops for gaming sessions, so I wonder if anybody uses anything on Android devices? Neither Google Docs nor Microsoft's own Excel app for android seems to handle excel macros, so using that spreadsheet directly is not an option. There are a couple of apps for 18XX at the google store, but it seems they are aimed at doing the endgame calculations instead of being a OR assistant during the game. Does anybody uses anything else (or knows a way of making those macro work on an Android device?). I was thinking about writing something myself but I'm an old fashioned guy who codes in C/C++ and I'm not that fond of Java.
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I believe Tom McCorry uses the Numbers app in iOS, which doesn't precisely answer your question, but might be helpful.

I bought a Macbook Air for this purpose. It's light and has about 20 hours of battery life.
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Nothing is stopping you from duplicating that spreadsheet as a Google Sheet with the same or better macros.
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Rather than writing something you could probably just use Google Sheets.
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Not sure if it is only in Spanish, but I know someone who made a try with an app

https://github.com/robzoros/score18xx-api-rest
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I use an app called 18XX Companion. It's very good and keeps adding games, however you can manually score games through it. You just have to put in the names of the companies.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nullpointe...
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Joshuaaaaaa wrote:
I use an app called 18XX Companion. It's very good and keeps adding games, however you can manually score games through it. You just have to put in the names of the companies.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nullpointe...


I use 18xx companion too! So far only to calculate a final OR set. It's especially speedy when people read off share values while I input them for final scoring. The app unfortunately doesn't save previous game data, or feature graphs, but is handy. It's surprisingly effecient to set-up a title that's not already in the system. I prefer it to paper. I have noticed many people are hesitant to let me use it, possibly concerned it will be too slow; patience can be thin after a long 18xx session, can't it? Anyways, I do recommend it!
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CoffeeRunner wrote:
Joshuaaaaaa wrote:
I use an app called 18XX Companion. It's very good and keeps adding games, however you can manually score games through it. You just have to put in the names of the companies.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nullpointe...


I use 18xx companion too! So far only to calculate a final OR set. It's especially speedy when people read off share values while I input them for final scoring. The app unfortunately doesn't save previous game data, or feature graphs, but is handy. It's surprisingly effecient to set-up a title that's not already in the system. I prefer it to paper. I have noticed many people are hesitant to let me use it, possibly concerned it will be too slow; patience can be thin after a long 18xx session, can't it? Anyways, I do recommend it!


It's funny. I had 18xx companion on my phone and never quite understood how to use it. Now that I know it's for end game scoring it makes perfect sense. Look forward to using it.
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I'm fond of using ad hoc Google Sheets. The spreadsheets are trivial to set up, almost no more effort than the basic data entry, and there's enough structural variance to make a uniform tool less interesting.
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CoffeeRunner wrote:
Joshuaaaaaa wrote:
I use an app called 18XX Companion. It's very good and keeps adding games, however you can manually score games through it. You just have to put in the names of the companies.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nullpointe...


I use 18xx companion too! So far only to calculate a final OR set. It's especially speedy when people read off share values while I input them for final scoring. The app unfortunately doesn't save previous game data, or feature graphs, but is handy. It's surprisingly effecient to set-up a title that's not already in the system. I prefer it to paper. I have noticed many people are hesitant to let me use it, possibly concerned it will be too slow; patience can be thin after a long 18xx session, can't it? Anyways, I do recommend it!


Yeah, I have it as well and used it previously for the same purpose (calculating the final OR). But unless I'm missing something it is not really suitable for calculating all of them (including revenue for the companies, which doesn't matter in the final OR).
 
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I only use it for final OR, mostly because that's the only time I've really found that it speeds things up significantly.
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We simply write the last ORs on a piece of paper and add it to the final standings using a simple pocket calculator. meeple
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Lemmi's Moderator works under Dosbox. Maybe that works for you, although you're probably going to want to use a keyboard with that.

And here's a Google Sheet that's meant to be used all game.
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That's interesting. It seems many people don't think that using such things is worth for all ORs? I'm already convinced experience is the most important accelerator (my first game of 1846 with poker chips and Joe's spread sheet took four hours, which was only 1 less than what we were doing with paper money and manual calculations), but I thought using those sheets was widely considered to speed up all the game.
 
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It certainly speeds the game up for us. We start using it after the first SR that results in significant cross ownership.
 
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Eric Brosius wrote:
It certainly speeds the game up for us. We start using it after the first SR that results in significant cross ownership.


After seeing with my own eyes a 1846 game I was in last 2h, I definitely agree
 
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