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Dynamic reference sheet

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larienna
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In order to make game play easier I was thinking about having a player reference sheet listing everything a player can do but which change throught the course of the game.

Each time a player would get a power up, the reference sheet would adapt itself and show the players the new actions he can do, or the new power of the actions.

This would be easiy to implement in a video game or with e-paper, but with a board game, it's a bit more complicated. Here are the solutions so far.

1. Use tiles (a la puerto rico): use tiles with rule text or values on it and place them above other text or numbers on the reference sheet.

2. Display all the rules on the refence sheet, and place a token above the invalid rules and values. Power up would remove tokens or move them to reveal the new rule and hide old ones.

Do you have any other ideas?

SiddGames
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Cards and Tiles

Yeah, #1 is pretty much what I would do, or similarly using cards, although I'm not sure what the difference is between such a "dynamic reference sheet" and a tableau of cards like San Juan or Race for the Galaxy, where a players actions or bonuses are defined (or at least modified) by the cards in play.

I also have a game or two involving the assembly of action flowcharts using cards or tiles.

larienna
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You remind me that cards was

You remind me that cards was my third solution. Plcing the new card on top of the old one to replace the rules.

The problems is that cards takes space, so it could be usefull if multiple information changes at once.

Bitstream
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Flipbooks?

Why not try something like the Knights & Cities pack for Settlers of Catan, where as the game progresses the player flips to the next page? Catan uses five- or six-page spiral-bound books with each page presenting the available upgrades for that point in the game.

Picture on BGG:
http://boardgamegeek.com/image/58412

The binding may add a bit to the cost, but it's a slick and compact way to make your upgrades more dynamic.

larienna
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Spiral binding

The settlers of catan spiral binding was also an interesting component.

The only problem I see so far, is that If I publish By PDF, it will hard for the people to bind it. I also don't see another way to create a spiral like binding with something else than spirals.

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