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Michael Z
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I'm sure I'm not the only person who has questioned the suits chosen for this game.

I've seen rwinder post elsewhere that they were left-overs from another design concept.

I think the one I objected to most was "foot" for space expansion... yeah I can see it, but no... we are not walking between these star systems.

Initially I had replaced it with a bird. Birds fly, right?


I think you can see some exampes on the right hand side in light blue.

I would describe it as circle - dot - triangle (beak) - squiggle (tail).

These were taken from my initial home-solo game (session summary coming later). After which I asked some people in my gaming group and had a little brainstorm doodle session.

WALAH:

All too many stars, circles with lines coming off them and vertical lines with pokey bits

The images I decided on are in black - or can be seen on this reference card I made for an attempt to play this with students at my school.



POWER - sun - this still makes sense. Space races could be solar operated. Suns are powerful. The star was too confusing with the stars on the victory track/board. I thought the power gem looked too much like a hex and was also difficult to draw.
I eventually reverted back to the standard circle with 8 lines coming off and the triangles were too easy to muck up.

SETTLE -cow (was moon) - were we only settling on moons before? I didn't see the link. The pitchfork was too close to the new grow symbol, so I needed something else that represented frontiersy-farmsy stuff.
Also I was having difficulty orientating my moons in a consistent fashion.

GROW -tulip (was heart) - I think like "foot" I didn't feel heart belonged in a sci-fi setting.

ADVANCE - beaker (was skull) - again didn't quite match up to my idea of sci-fi techno discovering. I'm still torn between this beaker (how I learned to draw them for science sketches) and the second one from the bottom (the beaker half-full, if you like).

BATTLE - Fist (was fist) - I just chenged the drawing style. I describe it as "little square"-"add three fingers"-"box off the gloves". Fist is good symbol for Battling, and also helps re[resent that "consolidate power" action that replaces Battle when you don't have any opponents nearby.

EXPAND - Rocket (was Foot, and also Bird) - I felt foolish when one of my friends said how about 'rocket' when I was looking for replacements for this suit. I thought I was pretty clever with bird, and deadset liked my image. Rocket was a bit harder to decide on a final design. You can see the interim bird definitely influenced its look and feel.


You'll also notice two further symbols I used to help with the visual appeal of my cards.

I found it a little frustrating that I could easily tell which cards were planets by the arc drawn in the corner, but the other types of cards (TECHNOLOGY, CIVILIZATION) weren't similar distinguished so easily.

So I used a Floppy Disk style picture to represent technology and a person-ankh-triangle pictogram to represent Civilization.




Has anyone else tried customising their suits in their game?

Any thoughts or comments on mine?

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I made them more abstract: I used a circle with a dot in it for Sun, a crescent moon for Moon, a triangle for heart, a square for Skull, a reverse L for Hand, and an X for foot. All very easy to draw, and instantly recognisable!
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John Kennedy
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Thanks for sharing. Has got me thimking.

I like the bird rocket. I might try for a leaf shape for grow and brick motif for settle. Maybe a lightning bolt for battle?

I prefer the half full beaker - maybe more like a flask shape.... triangular?
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