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My appologies to all in advance if this is an old debate and explained elsewhere.
Most awards that I know of go Gold, Silver, Bronze. Those on BGG have copper instead of bronze. I have no problem with this I am just curious. As a chemist I am well aware that on the periodic table of elements copper, silver and gold form a vertical grouping, is there a connection here? or is the reason a cultural one I am unaware of?

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I think it's my fault. I designed and named the first batch of those award badges, and I named the third place badges 'copper' accidentally, rather than 'bronze'. To add some nice detail to that, my last name is actually 'Brons', which is Dutch for 'bronze'.
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Thanks for the speedy reply, no deep darksauron conspiracy theory here then
 
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Copper is classier.
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The tin to alloy the copper with is too expensive.
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In many fantasy RPG settings, currency is done in gold, silver, and copper.

Maybe we have purists who just don't want mixed metals?
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Gemlin wrote:
My appologies to all in advance if this is an old debate and explained elsewhere.
Most awards that I know of go Gold, Silver, Bronze. Those on BGG have copper instead of bronze. I have no problem with this I am just curious. As a chemist I am well aware that on the periodic table of elements copper, silver and gold form a vertical grouping, is there a connection here? or is the reason a cultural one I am unaware of?

Tony the Curious


Hey, it's nice to meet a fellow chemist! I never thought about it, but I like the periodic table explanation, just going down the precious metals group from first to third row.
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Lajos wrote:
I think it's my fault. I designed and named the first batch of those award badges, and I named the third place badges 'copper' accidentally, rather than 'bronze'. To add some nice detail to that, my last name is actually 'Brons', which is Dutch for 'bronze'.


Is it possible to collect all the old copper badges, and recast them in bronze?
or would that slow things down more than the recent image sorting?
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I don't mind the copper. I even got used to polish my badge every now and then to get rid of verdigris.
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Lajos wrote:
To add some nice detail to that, my last name is actually 'Brons', which is Dutch for 'bronze'.


Just tell everybody that it's like that old "story" about why America doesn't have a field marshal rank when the first candidate was named Marshall.
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