While working on Throwdown (the working title of my ultra-fast playing solo miniatures rules) a couple of people have raised the question of PnP (Print n' play) vs a physical product.
My intention was to go with the PDF download route. This is primarily because it means I don't have to deal with storing or mailing things, which I have little time or space to do.
However, the more I think about it I understand there is a appeal to buying a product that you don't have to do any work to use and I've been investigating several ways I might get this done without storing hundreds of boxes in my garage (not that I have a garage at this point).
The thing is, Throwdown is an entirely card driven system. If I bolt on my solo roleplaying/narrative campaign system, then there is also the possibility of having custom dice made for that also.. You would need 5-6 to play. Of course, you could just use normal d6 but having made some up, it's more fun IMO to use special dice if you have some.
As I researched various ways of getting cards and dice manufactured, I started thinking about when I was playing TRWNN in November. I eliminated cards from the game by using chits because they were easier to "shuffle", an idea I cribbed from Too Fat Lardies, who sometimes use poker chips instead of card decks for this reason.
What if instead of a deck of cards, you got a cloth bag of acrylic laser cut tokens that you drew out? The game would remain the same, but the tokens would be more durable than cards and you wouldn't need to shuffle them, just toss the tokens back in the bag and give it a shake.
I did a huge list of pros and cons.. But I just deleted it from this post, because this isn't about what I think, it's about what you readers think. What are your thoughts and preferences either way?
PDF print at home vs physical book, card deck vs bag of tokens... Please let me know in the comments below.
Thanks for reading!