Comments on Japan

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-- RonHaleEvans 2018-05-20 00:34 UTC

I have two double-six domino sets, but they're identical. I bet I'm not alone. How about a simple way to distinguish two identical sets? 

Buckets of colored dominoes aren't that rare (especially if one [has kids that] likes to topple dominoes so buys dominoes in bulk). Here is a relatively inexpensive example of a bucket with a double-6 set in all five colors of a Rainbow Stash (i.e. one compatible with all standard piecepack colors regardless of whether using green/yellow Crowns) plus a double-6 set in orange:

Gameplay wise though all one really needs is two distinguishable domino sets (i.e. any two non-identical double-6 sets should work) which is a much smaller barrier to playing the game. Most likely to be owned by boardgame players would be one traditional black/white set of dominoes plus one modern colored set of dominoes like:

-- TrevorLDavis 2018-05-20 03:10 UTC

Boardgame players are IMHO most likely to own a single double-six set of dominoes, if they own any at all.

The colored dominoes are interesting. If you treat the colors as suits, they're like an inverse Decktet: single suits with multiple ranks. Still, that bucket of dominoes is $30, which seems a bit steep for the privilege of playtesting a game you might never play again. I'm not just speaking about myself.

-- RonHaleEvans 2018-05-20 03:32 UTC

It might be feasible to print these out on different colors of paper:

-- RonHaleEvans 2018-05-20 03:37 UTC

"Post-it Flags" should be one fairly-non-damaging way to temporarily mark up a set or two of dominoes. The following has all the non-black piecepack colors (and Japan only needs two colors) and are semi-transparent (so should be able to read pips beneath them):

-- TrevorLDavis 2018-05-20 03:39 UTC

Yeah, I agree Print & Play (or some other form of DIY) dominoes would work pretty well for playing this game and shouldn't be very expensive.

-- TrevorLDavis 2018-05-20 03:47 UTC

I like the Post-It flags idea too.

-- RonHaleEvans 2018-05-20 03:53 UTC

Although a little bit more awkward to setup, to hide (could use a DM screen), and verify that the other player didn't make a mistake (best if one trusts the honor/competence of opponent) but one could also use a bunch of colored dice (some gamers have lots of dice in various colors). Two d6 can easily represent most dominoes and then use a non-d6 face for the nulls (0's on a d10 might especially make sense for this).

-- TrevorLDavis 2018-05-20 03:56 UTC

I think we're stretching it a bit ergonomically with the dice. :)

-- RonHaleEvans 2018-05-20 03:59 UTC

Anyway, Japan designers, I'm persuaded there are at least one or two ways people without two colors of dominoes, or any dominoes at all, can play your game. I recommend you work some of these suggestions, or some equally good ones, into your rules, just in case. You want as many people as possible to play your game, right?

-- RonHaleEvans 2018-05-20 04:44 UTC

I don't want to flog this too hard, but the first thing that occurred to me was to snap a rubber band around one of the domino sets as the dominoes were played. I have used rubber bands on chess pieces to distinguish them in chess variants with large numbers of pieces, and they worked well there.

-- RonHaleEvans 2018-05-20 04:51 UTC

Ha ha, this set is incomplete:

Use this one instead:

-- DanielAjoy 2018-05-20 05:32 UTC

Both linked PnP? sets look to me like complete double-6 sets with all 28 dominoes although I agree the second is a better layout with bigger and faster/easier-to-cut tiles (it also uses the "letter" paper size popular across much of the Americas).

-- TrevorLDavis 2018-05-20 06:08 UTC

Right. I must have been tired las t night.

Thanks for all the suggestions. I incorporated several to the document.

-- DanielAjoy 2018-05-20 15:54 UTC

If you want better illustrations for your ruleset, I can create them in Poser 10 or DAZ Studio. Besides my own 3D piecepack assets, I have a set of double-nine dominoes in OBJ format that I can recolor as needed:

-- JamesVipond 2018-05-20 20:24 UTC

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