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Mark Gerrits
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I made a little web app for the new 1830 Card Game, to help with money management, dividend payments and taxes.

Here's the url: http://users.telenet.be/mark.gerrits/1830cardgame

It's all done in javascript so once the page has loaded, you don't need to stay online.

I hope it's all pretty self-explanatory but here's a small overview:

The app starts in setup mode and the page itself tells you what to do for that. To exit setup mode and enter the yellow phase (and other phases later on), you can use the dropdown on the top left.

Across the top there are also dropdowns to enter the number of stations and total train capacity for each company during the game. Below that is a line with each company's total income per share, taking into account stations and trains.

Next to the players' names is a column for their money. As this app tracks the players' money throughout the game, you could use it instead of poker chips or *shudder* paper money. However, you better make sure nobody accidentally closes the webpage then!

The next column gives the net gain (or loss) after paying dividends and subtracting taxes. A yellow background means the player paid 20% taxes, blue means 10% taxes. Pressing on the "Pay Dividends" button at the top left will adjust players' money and calculate the gains for a possible next payment. There's an undo button underneath, just in case.

The rest of the page is used for tracking how many shares of each company a player owns. Pressing a plus button will add a share to the player's portfolio and subtract its price from his money (except during setup). There's also a "sell" button even though that's not a game action. It's meant as an undo option.

There's a bit of rules enforcement going on in the app (maximum number of shares per player, no trains or stations for closed companies, etc) so if you can't do something, it might mean it's against the rules. Or it's a bug of course.

It certainly was interesting coding this without having the game yet. I hope you enjoy it and feel free to report any bugs or remarks!
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Runkst wrote:
The next column gives the net gain (or loss) after paying dividends and subtracting taxes. A yellow background means the player paid 20% taxes, blue means 10% taxes.

There's a bit of rules enforcement going on in the app (maximum number of shares per player, no trains or stations for closed companies, etc) so if you can't do something, it might mean it's against the rules. Or it's a bug of course.


Taxes!? Robber Barons don't pay no stinking taxes....

I believe you mean dividend payouts. Also since the private companies never have trains or stations is it really a 'rules enforcement' to point that out when they close.

Hopefully the app will help some players but personally it seems more trouble data entering during a game than it's worth. That and the whole issue about limiting electronic player aids or extensive notekeeping during boardgames.
 
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Have you read the 1830 Cardgame rules? Your comments seem to refer to regular 1830.
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No. Taxes are a core part of the game, just as in Locomotive Werks.
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clearclaw wrote:
No. Taxes are a core part of the game, just as in Locomotive Werks.


Right, I thought the aid was for the boardgame, idiot error.

Still with only tariffs and a few property taxes existing from 1830 to the Civil War should a '1830' named game have a form of 'income' tax?
 
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