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I was placing an overseas order a few weeks ago for a few games for my gaming group and came across these Through the Ages : Plastic Cubes for ~8 Euro (~$13 USD) and since it did not increase my shipping cost, I thought I would order them to see what they were like. Here are some pictures I just took of them:






As you may be able to see from the pictures above, the new (yellow) population markers are particularly nice as they are transparent and allow you to see the consumption numbers underneath them.

Unfortunately, the new (blue) food markers are too dark to see through, but just based on the fact they are square (and therefore do not roll around like the ones that came with my 2008 printing of the game) is an improvement for me.

The white civil action cubes have a smoky look to them and are not transparent (although this is not really important).

The red military action cubes are transparent but are on the darker side.

I have not played with these yet, but overall, I am quite happy with the new components. I have no idea who makes these as they literally just come in a plastic bag. The quality looks to be very good and they appear to be in the same/similar quantity as comes with the game (although I have not counted yet to be sure).


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The red ones look like the Damage Counters from Dungeon Lords:

 
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jearles wrote:
The red ones look like the Damage Counters from Dungeon Lords
From the picture they look very similar.
 
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I picked up a set at Essen from the Czech Games booth. They were a freebie if you bought Dungeon Lords, Shipyard and Bunny, Bunny, Moose, Moose. So I'd say they were made by CGE. Don't they come with the new Czech edition of Through the Ages?
 
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They do -

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I picked up a set at Essen from the Czech Games booth. They were a freebie if you bought Dungeon Lords, Shipyard and Bunny, Bunny, Moose, Moose. So I'd say they were made by CGE. Don't they come with the new Czech edition of Through the Ages?
I wonder if they sell them directly now that Essen is over? And why did Fred decide to not use the same components with its latest 2009 printing?
 
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I don't think CGE sell directly except for at games conventions/fairs, oddly enough the site you bought them from had them as being made by FRED. There's no particular reason for different language versions to have the same components especially when they are published by different companies. Note that the player mats were redesigned to take these cubes for the Czech version (a number of other design differences can be seen on this photo) -

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I don't think CGE sell directly except for at games conventions/fairs, oddly enough the site you bought them from had them as being made by FRED. There's no particular reason for different language versions to have the same components especially when they are published by different companies. Note that the player mats were redesigned to take these cubes for the Czech version (a number of other design differences can be seen on this photo) -

I am sure cost is the determinative factor as for component choice, but both publishers must be comparing notes as the redesigned player mats, are very similar. The square icons on the mats to match the nicer cubes are nice. I also noticed from the picture that the starting cards have been rearranged (i.e. Infantry on the left). Do you know if this was done for any particular substantive reason?

Although another nice touch, the detached card board would not seem ti make much difference, but I do like the smaller player markers and the point track that does not wrap around the perimeter of the board.
 
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I am sure cost is the determinative factor as for component choice, but both publishers must be comparing notes as the redesigned player mats, are very similar. The square icons on the mats to match the nicer cubes are nice. I also noticed from the picture that the starting cards have been rearranged (i.e. Infantry on the left). Do you know if this was done for any particular substantive reason?


It simply works better as you move blue tokens to mines and farms very often. In this version they are just above blue bank. And also description arrows for maintenance phase are now in better position.
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kneumann wrote:
I wonder if they sell them directly now that Essen is over? And why did Fred decide to not use the same components with its latest 2009 printing?


We don't have enough manpower to sell it by ourselves, so we have them only on conventions.

And FRED don't have them in their latest print run as we are producing our games in Czech and them in China. And even if they will want them to their print run, it would be late for 2009 print run as we had to make tools for making these cubes.
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It simply works better as you move blue tokens to mines and farms very often. In this version they are just above blue bank. And also description arrows for maintenance phase are now in better position.
Thanks for the info Petr. It does look like a very logical setup.
 
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There seems to be a steady improvement in the components.
 
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Uhtoff wrote:
I don't think CGE sell directly except for at games conventions/fairs, oddly enough the site you bought them from had them as being made by FRED. There's no particular reason for different language versions to have the same components especially when they are published by different companies. Note that the player mats were redesigned to take these cubes for the Czech version (a number of other design differences can be seen on this photo) -



I want this edition!!! Do European websites sell it perhaps?
 
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woodnoggin wrote:
I picked up a set at Essen from the Czech Games booth. They were a freebie if you bought Dungeon Lords, Shipyard and Bunny, Bunny, Moose, Moose. So I'd say they were made by CGE. Don't they come with the new Czech edition of Through the Ages?
Well bugger, that will teach us to get all three of those games separately over three or four days!
 
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Aaargh! I would really like some of these, but the OP link goes to the ludibay website, but they apparently no longer stock these.

Anyone found them anywhere else?

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