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I need to find something quick and dirty to use as pieces for a game. It should be something I can get at like Home Depot, and I need to differentiate 4 different units- Archers, Knights, Farmers, and 1 Special unit.

Any ideas? I'm thinking perhaps of getting some flat headed bolts and maybe some nuts (length and # nuts can indicate which unit it is), but much better would be something along the lines of swords and bows, or at least labels.

Hmm... maybe the Bolts and sticky labels so the pieces would be like Flags that have the name of the unit on them...

Any other ideas?

Thanks,
Seth

P.S. Where do you get the little bases for foldover pawns? Do they have a name?

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How about circle labels placed on quarters (or even other change if needed)?

You could take bottle caps, but stickers on those...

just a couple "cheap and quick" additional options, not sure how many units you will need total (so maybe the money option is not really that cheap ?!)

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Another thought you should be able to go to a target/walmart/dollar store and find cocktail swords, and then find plastic indians (and cowboy) figures and see if you can take the bows off the figures.

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I need 8 Farmers, 4 Archers, 4 Knights, and 1 Champion per player, minimum two (maybe as many as 4) players. Also I need about 3 generic looking Knights (Mercinaries).

So that's 17 per player. 34 minimum to try the game. And preferably 4 or 5 of then will fit in a 1.5" square.

- Seth

Where do you get circular labels? Officemax?

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Yeah circle labels at OfficeMax, Staples..... not sure you will find labels that will fit on smaller coins (like pennies and dimes).

You might also check a local dollar store and see about cheap checkers sets. Then you can put the labels on those. Might be a cheaper solution.

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sedjtroll wrote:
P.S. Where do you get the little bases for foldover pawns? Do they have a name?

The only name I have found for them is "Card Stands" and the only website I have found to date that sells them is:

http://grandprixintl.com/misc/card_stands.html

Lar

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to use something already made...take a look at this link.

http://www.coeytech.com/secure/eaglegames/store/index.cfm?pg=proddetail.cfm&productID=83

These are the resource cubes for Eagle Games: Age of Mythology game. They are a nice small size and you have 4 colors, perfect for 4 players and mercaneries. You would have extra, but that's ok! For now, take a single color for each player and put labels or other identifier markers to distiguish the play pieces. These have the benefit of being small and at 8 bucks for a bag, you have enough pieces that you can tweak you game and add or subtract play pieces. You'll have enough cubes to get it all figured out.

Just my two cents...Oh, as a bonus...they look all professional like! :)

O.

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You could always go buy heroscape :)

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Zzzzz wrote:
Yeah circle labels at OfficeMax, Staples..... not sure you will find labels that will fit on smaller coins (like pennies and dimes).

You might also check a local dollar store and see about cheap checkers sets. Then you can put the labels on those. Might be a cheaper solution.

I think those labels will easily fit onto poker chips too, no?

-Darke

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RPGNow.Com is a good choice just for prototyping.

It has a wide variety of characters stands and counter collections.

Alternately, you can go on Clipart.Com and build your own tri-fold character counters (shape them like a triangle with a flat base and character images on the two upright sides).

Lee

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card stands

This isn't a quick option, but here is a site which sells card stands and
also offers to make up playing pieces to suit your particaular game-
www.dice.co.uk maybe it will be useful.
Sue

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Card stands

You can find the card stands you need at Rolco also. I belive they are in the resources section.

GM

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Also I have extra stands if you need some, Seth. I got a bunch by buying a couple of copies of Star Wars: Jedi Unleashed when they were on sale at KayBee toys, and I bought a ton from PlasticsForGames a year or so ago, the latter in 8 different colors.

-- Matthew

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Blessed are the plastic army soldier thingy majigys we all played with as kids. There should be enough different kind of pieces in a small set to supply you with enough pieces for 4 different boards. They don’t look like archers or anything close to them, but a little imagination will go a long way

Good luck,

Aaron l

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Aaron_l wrote:
Blessed are the plastic army soldier thingy majigys we all played with as kids.

Um... I didn't play with those as a kid. I played with Star Wars action figures and Legos. Some Hot Wheels too.

- Seth

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well.... you get the point

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Another thought... dont forget about your local paint store and paint sample squares. First they are free, second you have many colors and thrid, you can fold the samples, punch/cut out different shapes, etc.

Anonymous
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hey, I'm pretty new here, but I just came across this site and it looks pretty good: 8O

http://www.plasticsforgames.com/us/us_prod_counters.asp

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Another quick option (you did mention Home Depot) is dowling. A 1m section of dowel can be purchased for a few dollars and painted (with free color samples that available at some paint stores) in any number of colors. There are a ton of different diameters. With some Wood Glue different sizes can be glued together to make more complex pieces.

Cheap simple, and makes some cool custom wooden bits that everyone seems so excited about in "Designer" games.

Not as fast but, you can try this link that was posted in another topic somewhere on this forum!

http://www.craftparts.com/mall/lobby.htm

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This is an older thread, a few weeks back, but it fits what I was looking for. I do the thrift store circuit a lot in hope to find some treasure in the trash there. Most of the time I come up empty handed, but the other times I get a great deal.

But the real reason I'm writing this is to tell about using some of the games as parts for my prototypes. I haven't bought too much in that way, but yesterday I bought a game called Bottle Topps in a Savers thrift store. The tops are wooden circles that are decent size and in 2 colors maroon and the regular wood color. I don't know what to use them for, but they remind me of the tower in Traders of Genoa.

This was the 2nd of this game that I've seen in a Savers store, once here in Utah, once in Florida.

Although not a game production thing, I also look for games that have interesting mechanics, even if it doesn't look good to study it and maybe use the mechanic in one of my games (one of the reasons I bought Executive Decision, and then found out later that it was by Sid Sackson.)

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