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Captain Nebula
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 10, 2013 2:42 am    Post subject: For tracking power on your SSDs Reply with quote

Found a neat little thing for tracking power on your SSDs. It's called a Book Dart. It's a small pointed metallic bookmark for keeping track of what line you're on in a book you are reading. You just slide one on your SSD next to your Power Track and another next to your Fractional Power Track. When you spend power, you slide the Book Dart along the edge of the SSD to the number for how much power you have left. At the beginning of the next turn, slide the Book Dart back up to your maximum power for that turn. Works even better if your SSD is laminated.

I found them at Barnes and Noble for $3.95. 18 in a pack.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/p/home-gift-mixed-metal-book-darts-18-ct/12605110

Just an idea for your game.
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Mike
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 10, 2013 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those are nice. I'd probably get them had I not already gotten some plastic coated paperclips that have an arrowhead. Nice find and thanks for posting.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 4:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found some miniature clothes pins at a hobby store. They didn't catch on because they kept getting knocked off Rolling Eyes Never tried paper clips because it seems like they would warp the card somehow...maybe I'm wrong.
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storeylf
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 7:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We've been using paper clips for years without issue. Your paper clips would have to be pretty warped before they damaged the card. You can always get nice plastic covered ones of you want.
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djdood
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I actually did get some damage to my cards from paperclips, usually from them being left on for significant amounts of time (we would have to stop and store games in-progress, a lot). Given time, they'll deform the card. I also had some issues with the cut ends of the wire scratching the card's laminate.

As noted above, the plastic-coated paperclips are less prone to do this.

After some time using plastic wedge clips (intended to be bookmarks, I think) I ended up switching to removable "markup" arrows (available from any office supply store). They are like clear Post-It notes, but printed with a tiny, brightly colored arrow. They're also cheap, damage-free, and reusable.
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Mike
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 12:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I should add that I use paper copies of the ship cards and put them in 8.5"x5.5" plastic sleeves. The paperclips do no harm at all that way.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have seen no end of ideas for this.

Using the track:
wipe off markers
paperclips
plastic paper clips
plastic bookmark clips

Using tokens
the counters in the game
pennies nickles dimes
poker chips
paperclips (which will conveniently self-bundle into groups of five or eight or ten, eight working good with movement cost one ships.)
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