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Jimmy Nilsson
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Hi,

I have been on the market for new bit bowls. First I tried IKEA glass bowls, but they was to narrow, then I tried IKEA cork coasters, they was to low and then finally I tried expensive wooden bowls. The wooden bowls feels nice but hard to pour tokens back in to bags.



So before I settle on the wooden bowls, how is the GeekUp Bit Bowls?
https://boardgamegeekstore.com/collections/accessories/produ...



Are they easy to grab token from? Easy to pour tokens back in to bags? Is the stable enough to move around with content?
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Not what you asked, but I bought a bunch of rectangular saucers of the kind you pour soy sauce into to dip your sushi. They don't have high edges making it hard to get stuff out, and the shape makes it easy to pour the contents back into the bag.

Similar to this, but a bit more shallow:
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My friend who hosts our game night has them and they seem pretty great. You can definitely pick them up and move them around with tokens in them, though, if you grab it by just a corner you could spill.

They're very easy to get tokens out of while playing and we always pour the tokens directly into the baggies from the Bit Bowls. Though, if it's a small baggie, you may still spill a bit.

And they store flat, so they don't take up a lot of space while not in use. He happened to get all the different colors, so I like doing my best to match up the colors of the bits to the colors of the bowls during set-up, because then it makes it easier to know what's in each bowl. (This is especially nice to me while playing Quacks of Quedlinburg)

They do collect dust pretty easily since they're silicone. But, also because they're silicone, you can just rinse them off.
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Wood or glass bowls = much prettier.
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I have some and they work pretty well. They store flat too. However, I think they are a bit pricey.

An idea I got from the Rio Grande room at GenCon works too. They were using silicone baking cups. They do not have the capacity of the bit bowls from the Geek but they are cheaper. I bought mine, 12 to a container, for less than $5 with the 40% coupon that Hobby Lobby has on their website.
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hpgeek wrote:
I have some and they work pretty well. They store flat too. However, I think they are a bit pricey.

An idea I got from the Rio Grande room at GenCon works too. They were using silicone baking cups. They do not have the capacity of the bit bowls from the Geek but they are cheaper. I bought mine, 12 to a container, for less than $5 with the 40% coupon that Hobby Lobby has on their website.
Re: the baking cups. We love them as bit holders. Their capacity does make them less than perfect for some games, but they work for most use cases.
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I suggest wandering through Michael's craft store if you have one available. There are so many options there, and prices aren't bad. I got some stuff two weeks ago with a coupon from a flyer for 50% off. We get Michael's flyers in our mailboxes.

I live in a part of the country that has Christmas Tree Shops. They have a ton of options, and their prices are exceedingly cheap.

I liked your idea of wooden bowls because they're not as slippery as glass, so it's easier to get tokens out of them. I wonder if you can find smaller ones somewhere. Silicone is sticky. I'm wary of that solution, though I've never used it.

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I use dip bowls from the local dollar store. They're clear glass, 4 for a dollar, deeper than soy sauce bowls, rounded bottoms, easy to pour from, easy to grab from, and look good on the table with any game.

They hit all my needs, and I've had no drawbacks... so at a 4/$1 price for the glass dishes, they make the geekup bits bowls overpriced to me.

~V
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Again, not answering the question about the GeekUp bowls, but I have a bunch of these from the Dollar Store. They are perfect for game bits, money, dice, etc.

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We have a full set of GeekUp bit bowls and use them all the time. They store flat, so that's a plus. For games like The Quacks of Quedlinburg, having bowls in all the matching colors for the bits is great. They are easy to use, but of course, there are many, many alternatives you can use to hold bits. We do own and recommend this set, though.

And I also will add that we have a full set of the GeekUp Card & Bit Holders too. We use those all the time also. We keep the Card & Bit Holders and the Bit Bowls together in a plastic tub that's roughly the size of a small shoebox. That tub is never far away from our main game shelf and table.
 
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What about something specifically made.for the job?
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My local boardgame store has things that are basically the same as those bit bowls except made out of felt and much cheaper. I have no complaints.
 
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Phogg wrote:

What about something specifically made.for the job?
Looks cool but there is a couple of problems. It will be hard to pour them in to individual bags. Its not possible to distribute on diffrent places.

For me it needs to be modular.
 
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More like this?
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Thanks, It seems like they who tried or is owning did like the GeekUp Bit Bowls

Silicon is not always easy to keep clean, sometimes it cant even be wiped with towel becouse of fuzz from it. How sticky is this silicon?
 
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Silicon cleans up okay in the sink with ordinary dish soap.
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Similar to upthread comments: the GeekUp bit bowls are a bit pricey, but for my wife and I they work well, store flat, and rinse clean in the sink when they get dusty.

As an added bonus, you can use them to hold hot mugs (mini hot pads!) since the silicon is good insulation!
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Silicon is a generally a bit sticky, the surface is not easy to "slide" on? How is this effecting the tokens? I have heard gamers say that wood is to rough and will wear up tokens?
 
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I use glass ashtrays. They're the right size, heft, and depth. There's a bejillion of them out there and nobody wants them any more.

Pete (notes that you can usually pick up a dozen at Goodwill for a quarter each)
 
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Phogg wrote:


More like this?
I have this.
It is highly impractical.
I never use it.
It's too shallow, too small, you don't fit that many tokens in it. Plus the delays are astronomical.
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I also use the silicone cupcake baking cups. They are inexpensive and do the job well.
 
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JimmyNi wrote:
Phogg wrote:

What about something specifically made.for the job?
Looks cool but there is a couple of problems. It will be hard to pour them in to individual bags. Its not possible to distribute on diffrent places.

For me it needs to be modular.
All of this, plus, you need to be able to put things around the board, and player tableaus, in piles where they fit - that takes a good amount of tablespace up. It's nice, but a non-starter for me.
 
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I like using the large disposable condiment cups.
 
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Razoupaf wrote:
Phogg wrote:


More like this?
I have this.
It is highly impractical.
I never use it.
It's too shallow, too small, you don't fit that many tokens in it. Plus the delays are astronomical.
Nooo don't tell me that! I have been waiting over 2 years for mine and it is finally on the horizon...
 
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You can use a canning funnel to get tokens out of wide bowls into smaller containers. This type of funnel has a wide spout so it won't get clogged by the bits.

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