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James Casey
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It strikes me that whilst Go stones or similar might give the game a nicer physical "feel", it might actually be more practical to play using cards; it's much easier to secretly swap hands of cards than handfuls of stones. You could use regular playing cards even - use a Joker as Hope, Red cards as Good, Black cards as Evil.
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True. Cards are certainly an option, and do make it easier to maintain some elements of the hidden information. And you can make an easy stack in the center of the table to represent Pandora's Box.

The one significant problem with cards, though, is that as the game progresses and swaps occur, players will have very different numbers of stones in their hands, and the number alone is an important part of the hidden information. It is very easy to conceal the number of stones in your hand and look at them, whereas to view the colors of your cards, you might inadvertently reveal the number of cards you are holding.

In addition, the stones and box are much nicer and more thematic, as you mention, and the act of swapping the stones (walking over to another player, cupping one hand under one of their hands and dropping stones from the other hand into their cupped hand) lends to the humorous, party atmosphere of the game.
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So you think that the game works better when hand-size is hidden? Obviously it is trackable, but I am not one of those who thinks trackable information should always imply open information.

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True. Cards are certainly an option, and do make it easier to maintain some elements of the hidden information. And you can make an easy stack in the center of the table to represent Pandora's Box.

The one significant problem with cards, though, is that as the game progresses and swaps occur, players will have very different numbers of stones in their hands, and the number alone is an important part of the hidden information. It is very easy to conceal the number of stones in your hand and look at them, whereas to view the colors of your cards, you might inadvertently reveal the number of cards you are holding.

In addition, the stones and box are much nicer and more thematic, as you mention, and the act of swapping the stones (walking over to another player, cupping one hand under one of their hands and dropping stones from the other hand into their cupped hand) lends to the humorous, party atmosphere of the game.
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It's a different game with counts hidden versus open. We play with cards most of the time now days, but both styles work just fine. I recommend people discover the elegance of the game and try both ways and decide for themselves which has the greater appeal for their group.
 
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