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Aaron Cinzori
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In our third play of Urban Sprawl last night, we used cubes on the VP track to keep track of each player's Wealth rather than the paper money. It worked really well, and, barring objections by other players, I plan to play that way for all subsequent games of Urban Sprawl.

There are two benefits: Less shuffling of paper, and everyone's money total is easily visible to all.

Players do need to be careful not to move the Prestige marker when they intend to move the Wealth, but in our game all the players were engaged enough that this wasn't an issue.

This idea was originally mentioned by
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deep in the comments following a review (here: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/7975936#7975936), but I thought I'd give it its own thread. Thanks for the idea, Steve.
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We used poker chips. The paper money was too fiddly.
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WonderCinz wrote:
In our third play of Urban Sprawl last night, we used cubes on the VP track to keep track of each player's Wealth rather than the paper money. It worked really well

I did the same (actually using plastic counters rather than cubes) in a 2-player game I played yesterday. It was a success. I also used cubes to put on the politicians and vocations to show who they belonged to. This was OK except that I ran out of cubes. I guess this problem wouldn't arise in a 3- or 4-player game.
 
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Toadkillerdog wrote:
We used poker chips. The paper money was too fiddly.

Same here. Poker chips make the frequent cash adjustments a breeze, and everyone's money is easily visible.

I imagine it would be extremely frustrating to play this game with the paper money that's included.
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Glamorous Mucus wrote:


I imagine it would be extremely frustrating to play this game with the paper money that's included.


Then your imagination is playing tricks on you because it's not frustrating at all.
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WonderCinz wrote:
Thanks for the idea, Steve.


Glad things worked out for you, Aaron - actually one of the members (David Siskin) at our last session actually proposed the idea to us, and I believe Chad mentioned that they also used the idea in playtesting.

You're right, everyone has to be careful not to move the Prestige marker by accident - just like when calculating values, other players at the table really need to be paying attention.
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Glamorous Mucus wrote:
Toadkillerdog wrote:
We used poker chips. The paper money was too fiddly.

Same here. Poker chips make the frequent cash adjustments a breeze, and everyone's money is easily visible.

I imagine it would be extremely frustrating to play this game with the paper money that's included.


I use poker chips in many other games, but the number of small transactions in this game made the cube option even more effective than poker chips.
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if I recall correctly one of the pre-final boards of this game used an income track on the board. Not sure why they decided to go with paper money.. which is the yuck. We use poker chips as well... as we do with most games that have money in them.

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Nice discussion. :-) Any possibility to turn this into a vote?
Which type of money is preferred?

- paper money: it's maybe fiddly but has some style.
- poker chips: heavy and nice at the touch. (you can pet it like some rodent)
- abstract listing: dry but efficient
- pinched-carton money: small and even more fiddly. (like in deadwood for example)
- ...

And whatever wins obliges the game-designers to never use anything else anymore
 
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The paper money doesn't bother me. In the rules, I believe, you do not need to disclose your exact amount of cash but it has to be visible on the table. Also, the paper money is of excellent quality.

Anyways, not what I wanted to add. I added eight poker chips, six white and two black (for the union boss) to track actions along with the player turn card. That has been a nice addition for us (yeah, we can see it with which cards are missing).
 
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I want to get my bits out of Billionaire, which had $ pawns and use those. I fear they will be too large though.

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Windopaene wrote:
I want to get my bits out of Billionaire, which had $ pawns and use those. I fear they will be too large though.

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Wow! Billionaire. I haven't played that since I was a kid. I wonder if it's still somewhere in my parents' house.
 
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Poker chips are the best option for money in any game IMO.
 
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Have you played Urban Sprawl? I assure you, sliding a cube one space is going to be faster and easier for everyone involved than actually dealing with the exchange of chips.

Though in eneral, I tend to agree with you, just not in this case.
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Windopaene wrote:
Have you played Urban Sprawl? I assure you, sliding a cube one space is going to be faster and easier for everyone involved than actually dealing with the exchange of chips.

Though in eneral, I tend to agree with you, just not in this case.


Nope... I prefer chips for Urban Sprawl as well. Different strokes I guess.

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WonderCinz wrote:
Windopaene wrote:
I want to get my bits out of Billionaire, which had $ pawns and use those. I fear they will be too large though.

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Wow! Billionaire. I haven't played that since I was a kid. I wonder if it's still somewhere in my parents' house.


Run upstairs and check the closets!

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