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After playing Scepter of Zavandor the other day, I was thinking of getting a few super cheap calculators to speed it along... any ideas where I could buy 5 or so super cheap?
 
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Dollar stores usually have some.
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Yup, I bought a bunch at a dollar store. Buy more than you need, as some won't last long.
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If you can get batteryless solar powered ones, that would be one less thing to worry abotu.

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Built into cellphones, too, if people need a quick solution, and have a cellphone on them!
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shadow9d9 wrote:
After playing Scepter of Zavandor the other day, I was thinking of getting a few super cheap calculators to speed it along... any ideas where I could buy 5 or so super cheap?


I picked up ten at a career fair (for power grid).
Fairs where vendors are trying to flog their company (instead of their goods) is a great place to get extra useful swag. I went to an energy conservation fair and got CFL light bulbs, a laser level, an LED lit screwdriver set, a year supply of mints in a lightbulb, recycled paper notebooks (very handy for game night), and enough pens to last me until the apocalypse.
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Not a short term solution, but if you hit Walmart or Target in September, they slash the prices on their "back to school" supplies.

$0.50 calculators, pens, notepads, post it notes, index cards... the list goes on. One trip and the game room supplies are stocked for a year.
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Good suggestions! I was also thinking about Power Grid when I came up with the idea.
 
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Built into cellphones, too, if people need a quick solution, and have a cellphone on them!


While they do, anything less than a touch-screen smartphone is actually quite a bit less convenient/fast to use than a cheap plastic calculator.

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Something about a Dollar Store, and less so Walmart that you should be careful of when playing in tournaments of say... Power Grid. Perhaps have 2 of them on hand in case one breaks down?

Otherwise, I would use a PDA like a Palm, or anything with a touchscreen. I personally I'm not used to having to place a cursor over the +, -, or = sign. It takes too long IMO.
 
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Sometimes Target marks down an old calcs. You gotta look around. I actually found scientific calcs at a Christmas Tree Shop (if you have ever gone to one) for three bucks. They were crap but they did work for a while.
 
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If you just want to get something online, you may be able to do cheaper than $2/each, but these will fit the bill:

http://www.amazon.com/BAZIC-10-Digit-Scientific-Calculator-3...

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While they do, anything less than a touch-screen smartphone is actually quite a bit less convenient/fast to use than a cheap plastic calculator.
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I'm probably a bit quicker on my phone than I am on the uber cheap $1 calculators with crappy buttons you can get... but I'm probably a lot faster on the good $6-15 calculators, and more accurate.

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