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Greg H.
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So, I just bought Chinatown and Steam (and am very excited). Busting open the boxes, I got the sensation that I've seen these wooden components before. The player markers from Chinatown? Look a lot like the food markers from Shogun! Those wooden cubes from Steam? Look a lot like the cube armies from Shogun!

I suspect that some manufacturer has cornered the market on "little wooden cube bits for game publishers."

Has anyone else noticed similar components in different games from different publishers? This is more of a curiosity for me. One thing I know for sure... they all smell the same when first opened.
 
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Here's at least one list on it:

Game publishers reusing components

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/7045
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Bingo! Good list. I certainly don't have a problem with it as long as the components still fit the theme. Heck, nothing wrong with economies of scale...
 
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Questions for the OP:

1. Are you really surprised that not only one game uses wooden cubes? Or how did you expect them to be different from other wooden cubes?

2. How do wooden cubes "fit the theme"?
 
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In retrospect I am not surprised. And, I might be using the phrase "fit the theme" a bit loosely.

However (and not to get too theoretical), opening up a box kinda presents a unique experience. Even simple wooden cubes or houses is part of that "new game feeling," and I'll associate those little stick road things with Settlers of Catan, even though in a literal sense they are just... well... little colored wooden sticks.

My first "little wooden cube" encounter was the armies in Shogun. Yeah, it's just cubes, but green cubes are farmers, and they tumble in a battle tower! It's still a part of the theme and presentation of the game, I think.

That's why it's a little jarring to see this in another game: "Hey! What are my Shogun warriors doing in Steam??" Sure, it's a bias I'm bringing to the table. Not everyone played Shogun first.

Again, I don't mind at all that these components are shared in different games. Makes sense to me. I was just curious how common this practice is, uh, practiced.
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