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Subject: What colors do you like to see in every game for player pieces? rss

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Donald M.
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I see most games have the primary colors Red, Yellow and Blue.

Tertiary colors Green, Orange Purples occur less often.

Black and White are used too.

Then various mixes such as Cyan and magenta.

I find colors that are too close in darker lighting not a good choice such as Blue, Brown, Black, Green so having only one of these is most desirable.

4 players is the most common player count.

What 4 colors do you prefer if designing a 4 player game?

I prefer red, yellow, blue for sure. No idea on the 4th.
 
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Red, black (or green), blue, yellow

I'm a simple man. A man of the people.

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I like the non-standard stuff, personally. Gray, purple, orange, white, brown.

I'm a simple man. A contrarian. Haha.
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The particular colors don't matter to me, but I do appreciate high contrast. And I know other people appreciate when the colors selected allow colorblind people to play.
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Green, brown, white, red.

 
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I always go for purple. If purple is not available, I play black. If black isn't available, red it is! If none of the above are available? Well they need to go back to the drawing board.
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Donald M.
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I fight for blue with everybody lol.
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Teal, Orange, Purple, Black (or white).

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I like various shades of gray, you know to mess with the color blind kids.

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Well the time-tested, classic answer would be "green".

In the world of subtractive color (mixing dyes or pigments to produce physical colors), cyan, magenta, yellow, and black are primary colors. White is the absence of color.

Red, blue, green are secondaries, purple and orange are tertiaries. And grey is just a tint of black.

The primaries appears weak, washed out, even annoying (to me!), but some games pull it off (see Ethnos). The secondaries (red, blue), along with pure values (white, black) hit our eye's visual comfort zones.

I know, it's not the color system we learned in grade school, with red, yellow, and blue as primaries ... that's more than a century out of date.

And I think I am rambling.

All that said, FWiW, the order I would add colors to a games are ...

red, blue, green
black, white
yellow, grey
orange, purple, brown
cyan, magenta, pale green, lavender
pale yellow, aqua (blue/green)

That's 17 colors. Player colors should be the strongest, the colors off the top of the list, with other items (map areas, card sets, currencies, etc) taking the less contrasting colors toward the end. If even more are needed, then go in to metallics ... but stay away from fluorescents

Of course, other visual and tactile cues like patterns and shapes, can be used to differentiate game elements ... and tints and shades of colors, as well as repeated shapes or patterns, tie related things together.


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I'm excited when there's purple or pink, but generally settle for red.

If I were designing a game that needed 4 colors and there wasn't a thematic impetus to use specific colors, I would use black, white, sky blue, and reddish purple/dark pink. Super easy for all types of colorblind folks to differentiate, and I dig the colors.
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Red,blue,green,black,yellow and white
 
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If there are no other colored tokens in play then I'll take the classic red, blue, yellow, green.

But if there are resources and stuff in play, I want them to have appropriate colors first, then let the player pieces be other colors. (e.g. don't make blue a player color if "water tokens" are a thing, make the tokens blue instead)
 
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Orange, Purple, Green, and Black
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Geoffrey Burrell
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ROY P. GIV! Along with Black and White.
 
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We played Kingsburg yesterday and no one picked yellow hmm ..

For some reason yellow dice doesn't row very highly numbers lol.

Most people seem to like blue, red and black. White is sometimes used for generic purposes like bonus dice so I never pick that color.

People like colors out of the norm like purple.

 
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I always insta-pick Green because Slytherin 4 life.
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aesthetocyst wrote:
with red, yellow, and blue as primaries ... that's more than a century out of date.

And I think I am rambling.




Red Yellow and Blue are not primary anymore? Century out of date? Exactly how are you mixing your colors? They are primary, because you can't mix a blue. The secondaries need primaries to be created.

I am truly interested in what you are talking about here.
 
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Orange and yellow. We need to do a poll
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Oiler1 wrote:
I fight for blue with everybody lol.


Guilty as well.

For my group:
Red, Blue, Green, and Purple are the favored colors.

Gray, Black, Neutral (wood), and white are also on my personal list.
 
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Orange, Blue, White, Blackish/Gray/Pink
 
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Jimmy Smith
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Or how about

White
Offwhite
Beige
Natural wood
 
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