Sunday, 30 December 2012

Playing cards vs. playing card tiles

The run up to the New Year seems to have been very busy, and I have not yet had a chance to use my new playing card tiles in a wargame ... but I have had time to see what they look like on the tabletop when compared with the small playing cards I have previously used.

Small Playing Cards


Playing Card Tiles


It is apparent from the comparison that no only do the tiles have a smaller 'footprint' on the tabletop but that they are also easier to read at a glance. Furthermore they were easier to put down (and pick up) and will not require shuffling before each turn; just a quick shake of the bag at the end of each turn ... and then they will be ready to be picked out for the next one.

18 comments:

  1. I'm quite enjoying the look of those. I must look out for a set.

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  2. They look great- could have done with them a few years back when we played Arc of Fire as it used a card moderated initiative system.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

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  3. Good idea! I've always balked at using playing cards in wargames, but the tiles might be a whole different gig.

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  4. Looks like I need to buy/make my own.

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  5. Nice! That was a good find on your part.
    I might have to look for something along those lines. Also, depending on the game/rules, one could make one's own custom tiles...
    Just yesterday I bought some small wood blocks at the craft store thinking I could make my own custom dice, although I don't have any specific designs in mind at this point.

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  6. The tiles are much better. You might consider, merely because I would, painting or using a magic marker/felt tip/sharpie on the white border (not the numbers) of the tile. A light green or brown would help them blend even more.

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  7. Uncanny! I just printed out Fatal Glory from an old "Nugget" and immediately saw the problem of large playing cards, small hexes, and 15mm figures, so I went to eBay and ordered playing card tiles on Monday. I planned to do the same thing: put them in a bag and draw them like chits.

    I am just waiting for them to come in so I can get an AmRev game in.

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  8. Jim Duncan,

    The tiles DO look so much better, don't they?

    All the best,

    Bob

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  9. Tim Gow,

    I would certainly suggest that you did ... especially if they are still in the sale!

    All the best,

    Bob

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  10. Pete,

    If you see a set, buy them! You never know when they might be useful.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  11. Francis Lee,

    I certainly think so.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  12. Archduke Piccolo,

    I think that the tiles are much better than even the smallest playing cards, and I have already had a few ideas about how to use them with my PORTABLE WARGAME rules.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  13. Sean,

    If you have the skill, then make your own. If not, then they might still be in the sale for the next week or so.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  14. Fitz-Badger,

    If you can get hold of the right-sized wooden blocks or something similar, there is no reason why you could not make your own tiles with your own designs on them.

    All the best,

    Bob

    PS. I had wondered if the tiles from a Scrabble game might also have their uses. They are not too large and have assorted letters on them.

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  15. SAROE,

    That is a very good idea! I might well give it a go just to see what they look like.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  16. Dale,

    I believe that it is called serendipitous coincidence!

    Good luck with the rules, and I hope that you enjoy using them.

    All the best,

    Bob

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