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How do you use Tokens on the Table?

posted Jun 20, 2018 15:09:55 by Elijah
Kinda weird question, we started using plastic chips for Momentum/Threat that are blank on one side and have a symbol on the other. They are stacked in a pile blank side up (The Threat tokens are in 3 stacks). When we gain a Momentum or Threat, we take the Token and flip it over and put it into a new stack for using. Is this how other people use chips/tokens? What about if the tokens have the same face on both sides? How do you use the official Tokens (since they seem to be transparent)?
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jonrcrew said Jun 20, 2018 15:27:18
I use two colours of standard poker chips - red and blue (threat and momentum). I put the current stacks (all momentum and threat earned so far) in front of my laptop (where I keep my PDFs), and have the remainder at my side as a reserve. Chips go out to the current pile or back into the reserve as needed. I control the flow, which is keeping the players honest!

Does that answer the question? What's the significance of your blank sides?

(To add to the fun, I'm also throwing in green chips for determination - makes more sense than marking up the character sheets! I also have bags of small glass beads which we use for shield and power ratings in starship combat.)
Elijah said Jun 20, 2018 15:39:21
@joncrew Thanks, that is exactly what I was looking for. The blank side is cause I keep the active and reserve stacks next to one another. Blank Side Up (Tails if you will) is inactive/reserve Momentum/Threat, Symbol up (or Heads) is active Momentum/Threat. We mostly play on small coffee tables with not much room to maneuver.
TimKellogg said Jun 20, 2018 22:43:43
I have some "injured red shirt" tokens from Litko I use for threat, and some green crosses for momentum. We lay them out in front of the players so they can see them.
TonyPi said Jun 21, 2018 11:24:09
We use 'ISK tokens' (found them at my FLGS) for Threat. I tend to use the Orange ones until I'm out, then use the yellow. Got small white trays from Muji, so they show up easily and are collected in one place.

For Momentum, we use orange beads, with additional beads for tracking bonus Momentum (so they are not put into the Group pool by accident). Image attached.
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JDavidGalloway said Jul 04, 2018 23:38:33
Star Trek Attack Wing Shield tokens work really well as momentum/threat tokens; blue with shields up for momentum and red with no shields for threat.
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