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I'm not the first one to note this, but after having a very successful shopping trip I thought it worth mentioning. Teacher supply stores are excellent places to by game prototyping supplies. I went looking for play money (coins) and found a nice set with all major US denominations. But I also found blank dice dice, a variety of colors and styles of pawns (including 2 inch high wooden ones), and, as a pleasant surprise, blank quad fold game boards. You can also find platic counters in a variety of styles and colors, from the classic cube to stackable chips to dinosaurs and frogs. I will say I found the plastic counters to be pricy for what they were; I couldn't convince myself to spend $18 on a tub of little cubes (500 in ten colors). Per cube, it's not really bad, particularly since you could get several (or many, with recycling) prototypes out of it. But 18 bucks for a bunch of little cubes still seems kinda steep.

Anyhoo, those of you who have not really should investigate your local teacher supply store as a source for bits.

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quarks wrote:
I'm not the first one to note this, but after having a very successful shopping trip I thought it worth mentioning. Teacher supply stores are excellent places to by game prototyping supplies. I went looking for play money (coins) and found a nice set with all major US denominations. But I also found blank dice dice, a variety of colors and styles of pawns (including 2 inch high wooden ones), and, as a pleasant surprise, blank quad fold game boards. You can also find platic counters in a variety of styles and colors, from the classic cube to stackable chips to dinosaurs and frogs. I will say I found the plastic counters to be pricy for what they were; I couldn't convince myself to spend $18 on a tub of little cubes (500 in ten colors). Per cube, it's not really bad, particularly since you could get several (or many, with recycling) prototypes out of it. But 18 bucks for a bunch of little cubes still seems kinda steep.

Anyhoo, those of you who have not really should investigate your local teacher supply store as a source for bits.

Just curious, how much did the quad fold board go for?

-Darke

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Darkehorse wrote:

Just curious, how much did the quad fold board go for?

Six bucks for an 18" x 18" board (9" x 9" folded, natch).

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Nice
I certainly will be stopping by one tomorrow while I go hunting for game components.

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Teacher Supply Stores

Which supply store line carried the quad fold boards?

Lee

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On the suggestion of this topic, I recently visited a store known as "The Teacher's Aide" in my area. There I found a tub of 500 plastic 1-cm cubes (50 each in 10 colors), 12 blank dice, and 40 plastic joystick pawns (10 each in 4 colors). I also saw many other components there that could be easily used for games. Considering that most of my teachers never used interesting stuff like this in class, I never knew that Teacher Supply stores sold such goodies. Thanks for the suggestion!

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Do these teacher supply stores carry blank playing cards?

I remember in around grade 2 we did a project that involved a few boxes of ~500 blank playing cards for the class. They came in packages that looked like business card boxes, but they were high quality, plastic coated, etc. I've looked online for something comparable but the best I've found is a deck of 54 for about $7.

Jason

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At the store I went to they had packs 100 blank, high quality playing-card type cards for 3.99.

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The cubes are called Centimeter Cubes. I bought a tub of 1000 (100 each in 10 colors) for $25. They have come really handy for prototypes. You can also buy them from the manufacturer. Here is a link. 8)
http://home-school.teacherspecialty.com/products/156451465X.php
Tim Schutz

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I went by the local education store and found a huge amount of things to use. Tri-folds, spinners, lots and lots of different counters and make your own dice.

I even found games there. Apples to Apples (which is on my list to get) and the game I bought, "10 days in the USA." There was even a game called "Gold Digger" by Reiner Knizia (also known as Goldrausch) for $10. After spending $16 on Spy and feeling that was a total waste of money, I can't see spending any more money on a card game he produces unless I see a lot of positive comments on it.

-Steve

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SVan wrote:
There was even a game called "Gold Digger" by Reiner Knizia (also known as Goldrausch) for $10. After spending $16 on Spy and feeling that was a total waste of money, I can't see spending any more money on a card game he produces unless I see a lot of positive comments on it.

Gold Digger is not aimed at gamers - it usually comes down to who is lucky enough to draw the two 'large amount of gold' cards.

But if you want a piece of fluff to fill ten minutes, it's quite survivable.

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Found a link to an online teacher store:

http://www.creativeteachercatalog.com/sui/edumart/e_search.cgi/creativeteachernc?cart_id=creativeteachernc.66.192.176.7&query=dice&grade=&manu=&textonly=&range=41-59

On this page you will see some blank dice and some gaming stuff (pawns, spinners and so on).

--DarkDream

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