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The tracks that go around some of the boards, like Ticket to Ride. I know I seen them in other games. Is that unique to a specific company or is that something that is "borrowed" a lot between game makers?
 
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I'm guessing you're pretty new to boardgaming, eh?

I'll answer your question with a similar question:

The cards that have pictures and information in some games, like Ticket to Ride. I know I have seen them in other games. Is that unique to a specific company or is that something that is "borrowed" a lot between game makers?
 
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Don't get me started about those dice with those pips.
 
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Yeah, I guess I am still pretty new. laugh
 
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johnnyLikesGames wrote:
Yeah, I guess I am still pretty new. laugh


I envy your new sense of wonder. I'm all old and jaded about boardgames. (OK, not really, but still, there's nothing like the sense of discovery of an exciting new hobby.) Have fun!
 
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Oh... you mean the Kramerleiste. meeple
 
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The track is called the "Kramerleiste" named after it's inventor, game designer W. Kramer. He never claimed it or protected the rights to it and so a lot of new games uses this way to keep track of the score.
See also here: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kramerleiste (in german) or do a google search for "Kramerleiste".

Oh and btw: this also shows that the original question isn't "stupid" or unnecessary. I am pretty sure other companies would've tried to "protect" their ideas.

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Zopper-Alf wrote:
Oh and btw: this also shows that the original question isn't "stupid" or unnecessary. I am pretty sure other companies would've tried to "protect" their ideas.

You mean certain large software monopolies, perhaps. goo
 
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gamesbook wrote:
Zopper-Alf wrote:
Oh and btw: this also shows that the original question isn't "stupid" or unnecessary. I am pretty sure other companies would've tried to "protect" their ideas.

You mean certain large software monopolies, perhaps. goo


Why do you assume that Derek? For example: there has been a pretty huge battle between daVinci games and another german publisher (can't remember the name ). The result was that daVinci is named "dvgames" in germany now and that the game is called Maestro Leonardo and not Leonardo DaVinci. (btw. another example is the ongoing Age of Steam battle).

Why should the boardgaming industry be any 'better' than anything else...

Ciao,
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I've been a boardgamer for like 3 years now and I didn't know that a VP track was Kramer's invention. By the time I got into games, it was a pretty common thing, so I never thought much of it. I'm glad you asked.
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That's exactly my point Matt
I found the answer good as well and it seems like not all know about the track - and indeed it isn't "just another part of every game".
 
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I was going to write an English version of the Wikipedia article, but Google only has 35 mentions of the word, so it is not a common term at all.

35 - Kramerleist
86 - victory point track
848 - VP track*

*Only including pages mentioning "game", as without it there were a lot of false hits.
 
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Quote:
The track is called the "Kramerleiste" named after it's inventor, game designer W. Kramer. He never claimed it or protected the rights to it and so a lot of new games uses this way to keep track of the score.
See also here: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kramerleiste (in german) or do a google search for "Kramerleiste".

Oh and btw: this also shows that the original question isn't "stupid" or unnecessary. I am pretty sure other companies would've tried to "protect" their ideas.

Ciao,
Simon


Wow, I thought sure this was some sort of noob-bait BS, so I looked it up. It really IS called a Kramerleiste!

I have a freind who has had limited success at parties telling people that "gullible" was a figure of speech not actually found in the dictionary.
 
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