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I'm looking for small clips or flags to attach to stand up generals in a war game. The generals are about the same dimensions as the Hannibal generals below. I'm looking for something to show when/how a general has been upgraded (so players would have to be able to reattach the clips many times). Each general would have three "slots" (the two sides plus the top) that would accept clips of different colors (eg red = does more damage in battle, black = better attack ability, etc).

Does anyone have any suggestions? All I can think of is paper clips, which would unfortunately be a bit big as they'd cover most of the general. I'm hoping to find something similar to the bases for the generals, but a bit smaller.


 
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There were some good small white clips in the standard generic copies of Masterpiece from the 70's; I think there were at least 30 per game, they held a painting card to a value card. You could spray paint them. I'm sure the games are very cheap and abundant on ebay.
 
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You could use binder clips, then remove the handles.

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I would go for miniature clothespins which are used for dolls.

- They come in multiple colours
- They are cheap
- I'd estimate that you can attach four of them to your counters
- Easy to remove and exchange
- Not very powerful grip (but strong enough) so you don't leave marks on the counters

Below is te first shoip I googled, they offer wooden pins, you can also get them in plastic
http://www.bjcraftsupplies.com/miniatures/clothes-pins01.asp



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ekted wrote:
You could use binder clips, then remove the handles.



I don't think that's a good idea

- They are rather heavy, so the generals will likely fall over when a clip is attached to a side
- Removing the handles will make it very difficult to attach and detach the clips
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How about these stands from Print & Play Productions:

 
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In Giants there is a "flag" that attaches to your player screen to say you are finished with actions for the round.

 
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I trust you're looking for something that'd work for your prototype rather than something relating to actual game publication?

You could always handle this stuff on playaids/cards/holding boxes etc. This is quite common, though I guess not to your liking as you're considering another approach.

Personally, I think if you have three changing values, it's way too much to handle without resorting to "off-map" tracking of those changing values.
 
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If you upgrade each ability only once for each general in a single game, something like this may be practical:

With your upgrades being color-coded, it doesn't hurt that they slide in orthogonal to the main body.

However, if there is some heavy up&downgrading going on, the slots may wear out too quickly.
 
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Thanks for all of the suggestions! I went with the tiny clothes pegs:

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Mixo wrote:
ekted wrote:
You could use binder clips, then remove the handles.



I don't think that's a good idea

- They are rather heavy, so the generals will likely fall over when a clip is attached to a side
- Removing the handles will make it very difficult to attach and detach the clips


I disagree - I've gone this route on more than one occasion and they work just fine. A great surrogate for the plastic clips.
 
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http://www.boardgamedesign.com/pages/go_shopping/stands.htm
 
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Mixo wrote:
ekted wrote:
You could use binder clips, then remove the handles.



I don't think that's a good idea

- They are rather heavy, so the generals will likely fall over when a clip is attached to a side


Clip them on the bottom.


Mixo wrote:
- Removing the handles will make it very difficult to attach and detach the clips


The handles on these types of clips are very easy to replace, so it's easy to remove them from the commanders if/when necessary.
 
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Or head over to http://www.shapeways.com/ and design your own.
 
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