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PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2011 11:41 am    Post subject: Alternative to Minis Reply with quote

I have a solution to minis. I go to places like Michaels and Hobby Lobby and buy the 25mm round wood disks they sell. On one side I write a number (or letter) and on the other I Write "Shaken (and whatever number)". These are cheep (40ish for $5 US) and easy to transport (You can carry all that you would need in an altoids tin.) If you are playing a fantasy you can also get a few of the bigger discs to represent Ogres, Big Mutants, large aliens-etc.

This gives me an easy solution for buying transporting and painting a large number of minis and I don't get that icky feeling when I have to proxie a gobblin spearmean in place of a Gunslinger.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2011 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ummmm....

I kinda like this idea...

But I'd combined it with the techniques here...
http://www.peginc.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=33950
... to add distinct & unique portraits on the "character" side & a "shaken" symbol on the flip side.

It would make for some cool minis replacements.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2011 11:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've actually been using these small wooden discs for years. I've got 24 of them numbered, another 12 lettered, and then 6 with symbols (circle, square, traingle, X, an ankh and a star). I don't worry too much with writing in 'shaken' on the backs, as the blank face is clear enough.

However, the idea of getting them and pasting portraits on them never occurred to me.... I might just have to break out my paper and glue now...
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 12:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was just reading this article at newbie GM and I am seriously considering tokens!

http://newbiedm.com/2008/11/22/newbiedm-tutorial-counters-tokens-or-pogs/
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If I run a SW campaign that I already don't have the miniatures for, I am going to go this route.

Excellent stuff!!
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2011 9:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Staples has "counting chips," plastic disks about 1.5 inches. One side is flat, while the outer edge is slightly raised on the other side. They just beg to have circular stickers added to them. There are quite a few in the bag ... but I don't know how they compare, cost-wise, to the wooden ones at Michael's. They have to weigh less though.

I was thinking about using them for themed bennies for some of my home brew settings. But if you like the idea of "tokens/pogs" for characters and critters, these would work well too.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2011 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wonder if someone other apart me noticed that creature's stats in SWD bestiary chapter have small, round shaped images near every monster entry...
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2011 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kaltorak wrote:
I wonder if someone other apart me noticed that creature's stats in SWD bestiary chapter have small, round shaped images near every monster entry...


I saw that and immedietly thought : Tokens! I think this is a great idea.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2011 5:57 pm    Post subject: Re: Alternative to Minis Reply with quote

Doc Firefly wrote:
I have a solution to minis. I go to places like Michaels and Hobby Lobby and buy the 25mm round wood disks they sell. On one side I write a number (or letter) and on the other I Write "Shaken (and whatever number)". These are cheep (40ish for $5 US) and easy to transport (You can carry all that you would need in an altoids tin.) If you are playing a fantasy you can also get a few of the bigger discs to represent Ogres, Big Mutants, large aliens-etc.

This gives me an easy solution for buying transporting and painting a large number of minis and I don't get that icky feeling when I have to proxie a gobblin spearmean in place of a Gunslinger.


I've done the same thing, except I instead used Mini-poker chips. (Bingo sized).

I went this route so that I could have a variety of colors (currently have 6 colors).

I don't have shaken written on the other side, its just blank. With the different colors, I can bring in groups of enemies, wild cards, etc. without having to note down which letter is actually what.

Then, switching over to DnD or other games, the letters help me tell Goblin A from Goblin B when it comes to tracking HP.
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