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# 10 Comments. # Antonio, what do you think about moving the content of the MixedSuitsExpansion page to a new page called Packtet and making it so the old page automatically redirects to the new page, so all hyperlinks continue to be good?

-- RonHaleEvans 2018-10-20 16:52 UTC

I'm fine with it. I've already submitted the correction of the name at BGG - when it's executed I will leave a comment giving you credit for the new name. I will change the name in the file (and add the credit) as well.

-- Ottia 2018-10-23 12:31 UTC

-- RonHaleEvans 2018-10-23 17:29 UTC

I was looking at the Packtet design, and thinking about ways to visually parse the many interesting combinations that could come from the cards. I thought of a template like this one: <https://docs.google.com/drawings/d/122pNz5G7bPEzvhVfNAWy-U0b1p-xCs297bV6sy3E3Dg/edit?usp=sharing> The rank could go in the center, suit(s) in the corner, and each "ray" coming out from the center could be an alternating color from the card's suits (or shade pattern for colorblind or low light accessibility) There are 12 fields, so it would work with 2,3, and 4-suit tiles, and the same template could also be used with solid color tiles for a standard piecepack that integrated with the packtet. I tried putting it together in Google Drawings, but it would need a heftier drawing program to show the full version. Just wanted to put it out there.

-- Dan_Burkey 2018-10-24 23:33 UTC

That's intriguing, Dan, but I don't fully understand what you're doing. Is your template for an alternative representation of a packtet tile? 12 is a multiple of 2, 3, and 4. It's also a multiple of 1. Would it work for single suits too? Is that what you meant by "solid color tiles"? Please elaborate!

-- RonHaleEvans 2018-10-25 01:48 UTC

Yes-it's a tile design that could bring more color to the tile. For example in a standard arms tile all the quadrilateral rays would be blue (which would look like a solid blue tile). An arms/suns tile would alternate red and blue rays. An arms-suns-moons tile would have a repeating rainbow of blue, red, and black around the edge. The center circle would hold the number and the corner circle would hold the suits. At some point I can put together a full color mockup, but I was working in the moment with available tools.

-- Dan_Burkey 2018-10-25 02:54 UTC

That's cool. I'm looking forward to it. I hope you have samples of 1, 2, 3, and 4 suits. I wonder if it would be easy enough for piecepackr to make these tiles.

-- RonHaleEvans 2018-10-25 04:19 UTC

That's an interesting idea!

-- Ottia 2018-10-26 10:55 UTC

Here are a couple samples I put together in Adobe Illustrator. The first one illustrates the alternating rays: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hs_WZHVrMTpcdT7vaJ5hT8MH-1DWw0sw/view?usp=sharing

The other one shows some examples of using color blocks instead of alternating rays: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1i5BgyCbvzKYDkUw-4O0x0QQ8vNlFK5IZ/view?usp=sharing

I'm not sure which I like better, but I think more color on a tile would make it easier to read patterns either way.

Interestingly, the diagonals are the same length as a #4 piecepack matchstick.

-- Dan_Burkey 2018-10-26 18:57 UTC

These illustrations are pretty great. For what it's worth, I like the versions with alternating rays much better. They seem more dynamic, less static, while at the same time more balanced. More fluid and less blocky and lopsided. I don't have a sophisticated vocabulary when it comes to design terms, but do you understand what I'm trying to say?

-- RonHaleEvans 2018-10-26 19:03 UTC

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