Friday, August 20, 2010

I Need Some Unique Action Point Counters

OK, readers, I need some help. I’m working on a campaign with a game that uses Action Points. You know, award them to players for various things, and in return they can spend them in the course of play for bonuses and the like.

This isn’t the first time I’ve used Action Points. Before, I’ve used glass beads, skull-shaped beads, paper counters, poker chips, and even candy (bad idea) as Action Points to physically hand out to players. This time, I’d really like to try something new and distinct for an Action Point counter. I don’t really have any specifications, except that I want it to be unique, cool, and easy to fit in a dicebag. I’d probably need about a pool of 50-60 of them, and it’s for a sword-and-sorcery fantasy game, if that helps.

Any ideas or suggestions you have or more than welcome!

14 comments:

Michael Curtis said...

Since it's for sword-and-sorcery, why not get some of those sword-shaped toothpicks, the ones that look like tiny sabers, and use those?

Players can build little Lincoln Log-esque cabins while they're waiting their turn to boot!

Richard Iorio II said...

I've used little red shirt buttons. I've also used M&Ms.

Seriously.

Tourq said...

Dark Platypus Studio makes Action Point tokens.

One for $1.50, or ten for $12.99.

Action Points

-Tourq

Joseph said...

Hey, if you're playing in anything Drow related, buy a bag or two of plastic spiders.

Also, check out http://www.orientaltrading.com (the whole thing could be useful for your purpose, but the Halloween section possibly especially). 144 plastic pirate coins for $6. Can't beat that!

drnuncheon said...

The plastic coins are my suggestion as well. I bought a package to use as bennies in my Savage Worlds games - check a party store near you, because I think I paid even less than $6.

BlUsKrEEm said...

I'd suggest going to a large thriftb store and browsing around> I'm sure you'll find something odd if you look hard enough.

Then there is always Etsy:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/36250313/miniature-bags-of-coins-and-gems

http://www.etsy.com/listing/54261466/10-silver-sword-charms-pendants-double?ref=sr_gallery_1&ga_search_query=rpg&ga_search_type=supplies&ga_page=&order=&includes[0]=tags&includes[1]=title

http://www.etsy.com/listing/51547795/5-antique-copper-key-ring-charms



http://www.etsy.com/shop/petsalad?page=1&order=date_desc

Sneb said...

Those glass beads I see here and there would be nice. I don't know their official name, but I did an image search and apparently they are known as "vase gems". (That's your search term). A couple of bucks for a bag. I think they use them in that board game Pente.

newbiedm.com said...

Make your own and then you can make them as custom as you want.

http://newbiedm.com/2008/11/22/newbiedm-tutorial-counters-tokens-or-pogs/

Anonymous said...

4E Action Token Set
Custom Tokens

Jim said...

LITKO Aero lets you make your own counters -- http://www.litkoaero.com/ The link is at the top. Also, some hobby stores have plastic gems or crystals that make good tokens...

Zzarchov said...

Deck of Cards. Added bonus: Make the Ace do something special (ie, triple benefit or some such). And cards equal to your action points are dealt at the begining of each game.

Thus allowing the phrase "unless you've got an ace up your sleeve.."

That's about what I sue for fate and destiny points with Piecemeal anyways.

Zachary The First said...

Good ideas, guys!

Now, which to choose...

wallysfreethoughts said...

We use poker chips for our healing surges and just use a different color for poker chip for action points.

Definitly like the ones mentioned here. Have to let us know what you chooses goes over.

Jeff Tillotson said...

Campaign Coins. A bit pricey but the add a little to the immersion of the fantasy setting.

I use 'em as bennies when playing fantasy games in Savage Worlds. If a character is poor, I only give 'em low value copper coins. Wealthy characters get high valued or platinum coins. Average...well you get the idea.