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Bah!!! They don't ship to Australia!! Shame too, they look pretty good.
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I just received my set. I'm happy with them, though as others have pointed out, they had metallic flecks covering them and were very slightly greasy from the manufacturing process. I used a rag to clean each chip, which was a pain, but well worth it.

I felt they were smaller than Curt's image indicated to me. Probably because he has several stacked up. They are ticker than normal chips, though only by a slim margin.

All in all, I'm quite happy with the purchase.
 
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So I ordered a couple sets of these, and I've decided to denominate one of them manually, probably using rubber stamps and sharpie ink (though I'm open to suggestions for better methods). With five colors, I'm trying to figure out what the "best" denominations would be so that this set can be used in the widest variety of games. Three of the five colors have equal chip counts, one has half the others, and the last has a quarter of the others.

My current thinking is:

Most common: 1, 5, 25
Half that: 10
Half that: 100

That said, I also really like $2 denominations in games. Or maybe I should omit the 10s altogether and do 100/500s? Thoughts?
 
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Well, if you're only going to mark one set and still keep the other, the set you don't mark should probably follow the standard poker chip colors:
White, $1
Red, $5
Blue, $10
Green, $25
Black, $100

But on the set you mark, you can ignore that. So maybe if you want to focus on a small money game, you could re-purpose black as $2. If you change too much, it will be confusing to people who switch sets.

Or just mark them with the standard numbers for folks who aren't already accustomed to that.
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I just ordered a set.

On a whim, I tried "march5" as a coupon code. It gave me a five percent discount - $0.50.

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Bah!!! They don't ship to Australia!! Shame too, they look pretty good.

Haha, I ended up ordering a set of mint casino Paulsons from The Chip Room. Got a good price for them (50c a chip), but still a fair chunk of change for a 500-chip set. They are brilliant though, and I've already used them for Power Grid and Fresco.

It's a shame this mini set couldn't be shipped internationally, I would have loved to try them out.
 
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Does anyone have "feel" comparisons ala http://archive.org/details/bgws_018 ?
 
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Th4tGuy wrote:
Does anyone have "feel" comparisons ala http://archive.org/details/bgws_018 ?
I don't feel like spending the time to watch that video, but the "maxi-mini" chips that started this thread do have a nicer feel to me than my previous two mini chips. I'm not sure how to describe it, but "not as plasticy as my previous two mini chip sets" is fairly objective. I would say a hint of clay-like texture, but I haven't used real clay chips in quite a while, so I'm no expert there.
 
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nickferris wrote:
So I ordered a couple sets of these, and I've decided to denominate one of them manually, probably using rubber stamps and sharpie ink (though I'm open to suggestions for better methods).

If you go the Sharpie route, pay attention to this post earlier in the thread:

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How well do you think these would hold spray-paint? I have been looking for something that I can spray-paint gold, silver, and copper for coins in a game...

I have no idea about spray-paint, but they hold Sharpie ink really well, after a drying period during which they smudge horribly. (I think the white chips, which are easiest to see black Sharpie on, are going to become non-money homebrew tokens of various kinds.)
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Hello all -- I've been a lurker for a while, but this thread actually brought me to my first post (wish it could be something more exciting.)

Just wanted to add my experience as I recently got this same set of chips. My plan was to alter them for a prototype that I'm working on. Unfortunately, the chips don't quite work for what I wanted. As others have stated the chips have some heft and are just a little bit thicker than a normal pro chip: 6 pro chips = 5 of these guys to be exact. I was hoping to customize the chips with a 1" circle sticker. However, because of a slight bevel to the edge of the chip, the sticker is ever-so-slightly too big and thus snags easily when handled. A smaller sticker might work for some, but it would likely show a portion of the "suits" along the edge which might not be desirable.

I actually like the case though and am going to keep it for my prototypes (I bought a few). Since I won't be using the chips, I'm hoping to break them up into smaller groups and resell. Without the case, up to 300 chips fit into a small US priority mailer. So... if anybody wants just chips send me a private note.

BTW -- the site has a new 5% discount code: April5 (bet you would have never guessed that!)

- Jamal
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curtc wrote:
So, the four sets are, from left to right: My "good" chips (full size/weight), the chips mentioned in this thread (Discount Poker Shop, for lack of a better name -- I haven't seen them anywhere else), a custom set I had made as a sample in China (exact same size/shape as PokerToGo chips, but with better design, and including white, as well as purple--not shown), and finally the PokerToGo chips (which only come in four colors, so I duplicated red so that all stacks would have five chips):



As you can see, these new chips are slightly bigger than PokerToGo, which is nice, but more importantly they're much thicker, even thicker than my full-size chips! This makes them very easy to pick up, especially single chips when sitting on game components. For example in Archipelago I put them right on the board to mark used markets/ports.
Someone sent me geekmail asking about the weights, so for the record, here they are, from left to right (grams/chip): 11.85, 6.63, 1.78, 1.85.

So the mini chips mentioned in this thread are significantly thicker, and over 3.5 times heavier than other mini chips. It makes a huge difference (although unfortunately also makes carrying a box of games+chips significantly heavier).
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Thanks for the weight comparison, Curt! And thanks to everyone else contributing to this thread.

For awhile I've been on the lookout for the perfect set of mini poker chips for my own use, but as it happens I'm also publishing a game later this year that requires mini chips, so I'm looking at custom manufacturing options rather than just sourcing existing components. If I do manufacture a custom set, I might also run a Kickstarter campaign for other folks who might want a set.

My ideal chip would fit somewhere between the PokerToGo and the Discount Poker sets: not too big or heavy, but easy to handle. So maybe a diameter somewhere between a U.S. nickel and a quarter (22-25mm), the thickness of two U.S. nickels stacked together (4mm), and the weight of one nickel (5g).

As far as design, I plan to NOT have the chip values marked. And I'd like a design similar to the second stack from the right in Curt's photo. For colors, I would start with the basic white/gray, red, blue, green, and black; but yellow, orange, purple/pink, and turquoise are also potential options. I would also use a more royal blue color rather than navy blue to avoid the blue/black problem.

If there's enough interest I'll figure out how to do a poll here on BGG once I get some quotes, but in the meantime:

1. Would anyone here be interested in a set like this? Would there be any advantage for you over the other mini chip sets that are currently available on the market?
2. Does anyone have suggestions for their ideal set of mini poker chips? Size, weight, texture, design?
3. Would you rather buy them in a predetermined set in a travel case, or be able to buy sets of each color a la carte?
4. How much would you be willing to pay for a nice set?



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@Greg

While I will probably pick up a set of chips for the purposes described here, I also wanted to note that there is a potential use for these for table top rpgs that use maps.

While many companies produce "markers" that identify conditions, none of them are striped or otherwise easily identified by how many are stacked.

Here's an example:


If you could make something that could satisfy both rpg needs and board game needs, you could market it for both.

As far as cost goes- the most I'd be ok with spending on markers would be $30 before shipping.

If it's feasible, I'd say make them come in a case while having each column be a customizable quantity.

Say there are 6 double stacks and 4 single stacks (as in the set discussed in this thread) that makes 16 stacks of 20 each right?

Then you could have a few stack options and let people pick up to 16 in any combination for each case.
 
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For anyone interested, Discount Poker Shop has a 10% off code, "mom10", good through 5/11/2014.
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Anyone figured out a "neat" way to put denominations on these chips? Stickers or labels of some sort?
 
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TedMarshall wrote:
For anyone interested, Discount Poker Shop has a 10% off code, "mom10", good through 5/11/2014.
Thanks for the code! Finally went ahead and bought 2 sets.
 
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koenigcitizen wrote:
Anyone figured out a "neat" way to put denominations on these chips? Stickers or labels of some sort?

I started using rubber stamp numbers with Sharpie ink. It worked well but was taking forever, so I just started writing numbers on with Sharpie, and they look nice.
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I ordered a set as well. Shipping was super fast. Ordered on Thursday afternoon, received on Saturday! I have the metallic fleck issue as well, but that doesn't bother me, I will go through and wipe them off. Overall, though, I think it's a really nice compact set for the price.
 
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Thanks for the pictures and review! I didn't realize I needed them until I came across this thread.
 
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Thanks for the pictures and review! I didn't realize I needed them until I came across this thread.
Everyone needs them. BGG should just tell everyone that when people create a new BGG account.
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They look great. I almost ordered 2 for $10 each until I found that another $100 is added for delivery by FedEx.

Maybe I should move to the US?
 
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My brother bought me a set out of the blue and they are great. Perfect travel size. They replaced my regular set of travel chips.

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Anyone figured out a "neat" way to put denominations on these chips? Stickers or labels of some sort?

They best way would be to get laser-printed, vinyl stickers. They would last a long time and would hold up to grease, dirt, water, etc. It would be a long and tedious process for sure, but if you took the time, you could have a really unique, amazing set of mini chips at the end.
 
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cprice227 wrote:


They best way would be to get laser-printed, vinyl stickers. They would last a long time and would hold up to grease, dirt, water, etc. It would be a long and tedious process for sure, but if you took the time, you could have a really unique, amazing set of mini chips at the end.

I am not familiar with that. Could explain in detail? Is that something that could be ordered? Or something that can be done at home?
 
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Sure. There are companies that sell customized, laser-printed, super adhesive labels. Thy have the same feel and adhesion as, say, a bumper sticker on a car. They can get wet, dirty, greasy and not lose adhesion. You can get them printed with anything you'd like. When I get home, I'll post an image of some I ordered for a game I'm developing. I didn't put them on the poker chips, but I'm almost certain that they would work fine.

If you want the name of the company that I used (they did a nice job), PM me.

Update: Here is how the labels I ordered came to me (they will print any image you give them):

 


And then you can stick the labels onto whatever you want:

 
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Just ordered a set, I was suprised to find them still at the same price since they are in the Clearance section.
 
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