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Anders Bek
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Is it possible to buy replacement cards? If so - where?

Some of my cards have been damaged. Seems like a waste to throw away the whole game just because one card is damaged on the back side (thus possible to identify).
 
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Jumpingfrog wrote:
Is it possible to buy replacement cards? If so - where?

Some of my cards have been damaged. Seems like a waste to throw away the whole game just because one card is damaged on the back side (thus possible to identify).
Contact the publisher... they can probably send you a replacement.

Even if you're not able to get replacements, you can buy sleeves with colored backs which will obscure whatever marks are giving away what the card is. There's no reason to throw away the whole game.
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If one damaged card bothers you a lot, I'd suggest either sleeving with opaque-backed sleeves or dealing from the bottom of the deck (so unless the marked card is right on top, you'll never know where it is in the deck)
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Yeah, even a new card from the publisher might be noticably different than the others when compared right next to each other. There have certainly been a few different print runs of this game so the color / brightness / luster of the back may not all be the same.

Depends on how keen eyed you are, heh.

So the idea of opaque backed sleeves is a good one.
 
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Mashpotassium wrote:
If one damaged card bothers you a lot, I'd suggest either sleeving with opaque-backed sleeves or dealing from the bottom of the deck (so unless the marked card is right on top, you'll never know where it is in the deck)

FWIW: Dealing from the bottom will usually work, but won't necessarily always work, since you can reserve a random card and its identity is supposed to be secret from the other players.

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PS: A less practical but funny solution is to damage the backs of all the other cards, so all cards look alike again.
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russ wrote:
Mashpotassium wrote:
If one damaged card bothers you a lot, I'd suggest either sleeving with opaque-backed sleeves or dealing from the bottom of the deck (so unless the marked card is right on top, you'll never know where it is in the deck)

FWIW: Dealing from the bottom will usually work, but won't necessarily always work, since you can reserve a random card and its identity is supposed to be secret from the other players.
For example, in Splendor when you reserve a card it can be the top card from one of the decks... which is then secret from other players. Dealing from the bottom of the deck would only obscure which card came next, but would reveal the card you took secretly. And knowing whether an opponent that's racing you for a noble tile drew the color card he needed could be very important.

However, this can be a problem even in games where cards aren't random and where which card comes out isn't secret from other players.

Imagine a game with a public tableau of face up cards where players can draw a card into their hand from the public offering. The card you take is neither random nor is the identity of the card secret. Players will know you have the card. However, if you later on have the opportunity to discard cards secretly or trade cards (without publicly revealing what you traded), then any distinguishing marks might give away the cards you disposed of or the cards that you kept.

 
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