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Derthiel Derthiel
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Hi,

I dont know but it was probably said already that this game, even though its fantasy land, is taking place in europe and every faction is making different value of currency that if valid for all people in europe. Why do we have dollar signs in game. Shoul we not have a different made up currency or sign for this purpose? I know its late and game is already out. But could be good idea for 2nd edition reprint.
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I favor Euros, but I like pretty much all games.
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Probably because function is the most important thing, and it's immediately recognized to most people in the world as currency.
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Oliver Kinne
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I'd agree that a Dollar symbol is a quick way of showing that it's a monetary value.

However, money in Scythe is actually more about VPs (victory points) than actual buying power, so maybe it could be renamed.

We ended up calling it "gold" rather than "dollars" to make it more generic. After all, the gold standard would most likely be still active in the world of Scythe.
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Jamey Stegmaier
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Derthiel: We're actually on the 8th printing of Scythe at this point.

Jakub and I discussed in detail which symbol we should use for currency in Scythe, and we decided that the $ sign was the clearest symbol. Each coin in Scythe's fictional 1920s universe is based on a different faction--there is no universal currency (the Euro didn't exist yet). Yes, we could have created a new symbol, but it would have been yet another symbol for players to remember. We had the choice between making something up (which would have confused a lot of people) or using a universally recognized symbol for money. We chose the latter, especially since $ is used to represent currency for a number of real-world countries. This decision was well informed by discussions with backers and finalized during the Kickstarter campaign.
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Jussi-Pekka Jokinen
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A little-known fact about the 1920's Europa: The "$" sign actually refers to the platinum-plated coins the Factory used while it was operational. Those coins spread all around the continent, often being used side by side with the local currency. I can't recall how they pronounced the name of the coins, but it didn't sound anything like "dollars". Maybe Jamey can fill in what the name was.

EDIT: Some typos
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Alexander Flink
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We simply call them "coins".
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Jamie Specht
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Same here.
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Peter Strait
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jameystegmaier wrote:
Derthiel: We're actually on the 8th printing of Scythe at this point.

Hey, congrats! laugh
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Torgo Shuffle
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There's a long and entertaining thread here that discusses this at great and unnecessary length
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Derek Strand
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While some games I own have other names for the coins (ie. denari, etc.) - for ease of explanation to my friends (canadians), we always revert to calling them dollars or coins. Just easier that way.
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Silver Bowen
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The correct term is "spacebucks".
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David Goldfarb
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silverbowen wrote:
The correct term is "spacebucks".

Not "mega-space-quidbucks"?
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Klaus Kristiansen
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Imsevimse wrote:
We simply call them "coins".

What do you call the coins, then?
 
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Jamie Specht
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Klaus O K wrote:
Imsevimse wrote:
We simply call them "coins".

What do you call the coins, then?

Coins.
So “I get 2 coins” (as in a value of 2) and “we have the metal coins” are both things we say.
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Brandon Zappala
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I think that in the story Tesla came back to Eurasia with Ayn Rand, so they used $.
 
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