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Chris Poor
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Don't know what everyone else does, but we were playing the other day and my wife suggested we break out the Mansions of Madness minis for our characters. Then she had the great idea to use the mini-character cards the the miniatures replaced to track whether we had taken a turn or not by tapping them (or 'exhausting' or whatever term you use for rotating them 90 degrees). This was a much better solution than flipping them, and the minis took up less table space in the 'exploration' area.

Didn't know if anyone else had done stuff like this, and haven't noticed it in the forums, so I thought I'd share her good idea.
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We do a similar thing. We use the prepainted Arkham Horror Deluxe figures from the Arkham Horror board game. They are out of print now, but work great if you can find them. We also "tap" the card. Happy hunting!
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Simply putting the mini-cards into standee-holders is as effective.
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Cluny wrote:
Simply putting the mini-cards into standee-holders is as effective.


So, do you tip them over to show they have acted?
 
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I use the minis from Mansions, but I keep the mini cards in front of the investigator. And still flip the mini cards when their turn is done, but have the nice minis to track position on the map.
 
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We have lots of minis, but not quite all the characters. When we have a character with no minis, we use cards in stands.

But we never flip or tip with just 1-3 players. It's easy enough to remember who has already played.
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What we do is using Lego minifigs for our plays :


We then simply push them down when done.
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I have an extensive collection of 28mm painted figures, and choose the best matches for each character to use in the game. We face them towards the player at the "Reset Actions" phase, then face them away from the player after they complete their actions in the investigator phase.
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Yeah I use Mansions minis. I even paint them!!
 
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We use painted minis from MoM, never used mini-cards. And we have no problems remembering who has already taken his turn and who hasn't.. cool
We even started using enemy minis (from several games) to put on locations.. it's much more athmoshperic playing like that..
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We use Arkham Horror miniatures (although we could use Eldritch Horror standees) and the character card is turned quarter turns for each move.

For example, we exhaust the mini card to the 3 pm position to indicate we are in the first action, exhaust the card again to 6 pm position (upside down) when we are ready to start the second action, and then 9 pm when we start the character's final action. Once the final action is completed we flip the card to its b/w side and to its upright or midnight position.

We flip the card back its full color glory as normal when refreshing.
 
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crispy66 wrote:
Don't know what everyone else does, but we were playing the other day and my wife suggested we break out the Mansions of Madness minis for our characters. Then she had the great idea to use the mini-character cards the the miniatures replaced to track whether we had taken a turn or not by tapping them (or 'exhausting' or whatever term you use for rotating them 90 degrees). This was a much better solution than flipping them, and the minis took up less table space in the 'exploration' area.

Didn't know if anyone else had done stuff like this, and haven't noticed it in the forums, so I thought I'd share her good idea.


I do exactly these things. I use my painted mini collection from MoM 2nd and then I use the mini card to track which player has already taken their turn. Sometimes the investigation phase can take a while to puzzle through and we will lose track of whether someone already went so that's a very useful tool. This is especially true in 4 players where potentially a significant amount of time might have lapsed from when the first person took their turn to when the last person took their turn.

We just keep the mini cards in our play area to keep the location cards less cluttered. Using the minis does help make your investigators stick out and it also make the game feel less like just piles of cards and tokens everywhere.

Sometimes I do as John suggests above and rotate my mini card to show how many actions I've taken, which also we can lose track of in the heat of a stressful turn. This is mostly relevant with the rogue investigators, where number of actions per turn can be variable.
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Arne Gildenast
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I took five meeples from an old game of Carcasonne which have the five investigator colours and it works nicely. You can lay them down and pick them up and they don't use up much tablespace.
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I use coin capsules to make investigator tokens



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Lego rocks!

I have all the characters in minifig versions, even the TCU one-shots

 
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Need to see PHOTOS, Ian !!
 
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We use a combination of Arkham Horror/Mansions of Madness miniatures for moving around and 3 coloured wooden discs to show each action we took by placing it where the action occurred. This helps us track our turns and see if we missed anything and prevents accidentally doing extra actions.
 
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