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Tacitus23 Oct 2019 12:53 p.m. PST

To begin, I LIKE rules that use playing cards. They offer randomness and surprise. So let's assume that I have spurned all other rules on a given evening in favor of rules set X, that uses playing cards. I hate the font and face of playing cards on a table full of terrain and minis. The cards pull me out of the game. Hey, look, those orcs are about to attack that war band right next to that giant playing card. Not really looking for a solution; preferring instead to simply whine, moan, and complain.grin

Mollinary23 Oct 2019 1:07 p.m. PST

Use chits, available from Simon Miller at the Bigredbatshop!

rmaker23 Oct 2019 1:14 p.m. PST

Why do the cards have to be on the table?

Kropotkin30323 Oct 2019 2:07 p.m. PST

I got a mini deck of cards from a Christmas cracker. Perfect. About quarter the size of a normal pack. Perhaps available on E-Bay or Amazon.

Martian Root Canal23 Oct 2019 2:16 p.m. PST

Use miniatures with cards in their hands :)

Stryderg23 Oct 2019 2:25 p.m. PST

Have your own playing cards printed at someplace like (I have no experience with these folks), use a terrain matching background with subdued suits/numbers.

Col Durnford Supporting Member of TMP23 Oct 2019 2:30 p.m. PST

Nandeck to make your own. Very easy to use and have them printed out on card stock. I have them for both my Zombie and ACW rules.

Palewarrior23 Oct 2019 2:35 p.m. PST

Is there not a phone app you could get, to simulate a pack of cards ?

evilgong23 Oct 2019 3:00 p.m. PST

The fight against table trash is real

Fitzovich Supporting Member of TMP23 Oct 2019 4:40 p.m. PST

Card racks are a possible solution. I use them for ship data cards and a mini QRS for Cruel Seas. No reason why a playing card wouldn't fit into one as that is what they are designed to hold.

Zephyr123 Oct 2019 8:52 p.m. PST

Could use Scrabble tiles instead (but then you'd need a chart, too… ;-)

Pontius24 Oct 2019 4:36 a.m. PST

Scrabble tiles! That is a thought. There is so much variation available there.

Several different ways they could be used.
1. Use the letter e.g. All vowels = Hit, greater than "L" to hit etc.

2. Use the points score of the letters.

I'm starting to get interested in this. I might be back later with more ideas.

manyslayer24 Oct 2019 5:56 p.m. PST

Pick up a Rummycube at a thrift store (they are there quite regularly around here). Gives you solid but smaller chits. Paint them stone like and they may blend in a bit.

Thresher0124 Oct 2019 8:13 p.m. PST

"The fight against table trash is real".

Very true, and sadly many seem to be losing it.

I hate miniature battles on nice terrain, with nicely painted miniatures, spoiled by tabletop clutter – dice, rulers, cards, counters, chits, etc., etc..

One of the worst was a very nice looking, modern, 1/600th scale aerial game, with dice as big or bigger than the minis, and placed at/on the bases of the flight stands. All I kept seeing, despite trying actively to ignore them, were the large colored dice, which took away from the superbly painted and sculpted aircraft.

When/if using cards and other devices (dice, etc.) for tracking, I plan to keep them along the periphery of the table, or, better yet, on a separate table, to avoid distracting from the scenery and minis on the game table.

Walking Sailor24 Oct 2019 8:50 p.m. PST

I find card based games too limiting. Only 4-6 cards, only 4-6 possibilities? If you go into battle with less than 54 cards in your hand, you're not playing with a full deck. grin

Zephyr124 Oct 2019 9:54 p.m. PST

With the Scrabble tiles, you have 27 different 'cards' (including the blanks), and you can use the letters that have multiple tiles (such as E's) for more common actions, and the single tiles (Q's & Z's) for rarer actions.
Again, you'll need a chart… ;-)

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