TABLETOP GAME ACCESSORY REVIEW
FANTASY COINS AND BARS
Written by James Campbell of I Will Never Grow Up Gaming on May 8th, 2015
If you play board games you’ve encountered all manner of paper play money and cardboard coins and tokens and the annoyance of having to sit there punching out sheets of flimsy little coins. You also know the invevitable sight of having that paper fold, crumple, tear and stain when you play that game a lot and that one guy in your game group always has to eat flourescent orange cheese puffs (ok .. that guy may be me, but I digress); Having those cardboard circles roll off the table because it’s so light that someone sneezed and away it went; Needing tweezers or very slender fingers just to pick it up off the table.
If you don’t play board games .. just how the heck did you end up landing here anyway?!
Paper money and cardboard coins are all well and good for kids or Monopoly but there is nothing like the feeling of real, cold, hard metal. There are several options available these days to get you there, some better than others.
In that vein, Fantasy Coins LLC is running a Kickstarter campaign just like they did last year. Only it’s not just like they did last year, because it’s for 10 NEW coins sets .. and gems .. and gold and silver bars. So it’s kind of like last years. Only different. Bigger. Better!
Each of the coins is beautifully crafted with fantastic iconography on both faces. Kudos to the artist. They look amazing and every single set perfectly depicts the theme it’s geared to. Speaking of theme, there are fantasy themes (Elven, Dwarven, Orcs, Cthulhu, etc), sci-fi themes (Credits), historical based coins and more.
They come in a variety of styles, shapes and sizes as well. The coins have some good weight to them without being over burdening. Being Canadian, I can tell you they feel about the same weight as our $1 coins. To go with the weight the size of the coins is just about perfect. There is a small variation in size between gold, silver and copper, with copper being the smallest of them. And there is a wide variety of shapes to go with those sizes, depending on the set you choose.
Not only do they feel right with their weight they sound fantastic too. Yes, that’s right .. sound. Coins have a sound to them when you drop them, stack them, play with them .. and these ones sound right. They have a good click and clang without any dulling to the noise. They jingle in the bag just as coins should.
The coins are a nice thickness too, so you won’t have any troubles picking them up. And that’s the OLD set. The new set promises to be even thicker.
What is even better is the variety of coins available. You can tailor your purchase to the games you play, from fantasy RPG’s, historical board games to Sci-Fi and everything in between. Even Victory Point coins (see to the right) are available, which is pretty nice if you ask me. Using cardboard chits for victory points is all well and good but these are stunning.
The hex gems are quite nice as well. They’re 44mmx18mmx7mm laser cut from glass and hand polished. No acrylic junk here! They come in green, red, blue, yellow, orange, purple and one colour to be voted on by backers. Quite a variety of colours. They also list on their Kickstarter page that there are smaller gems in 4 different shapes under development. Personally I would go for those instead of the set that they have with the kickstarter as I think the smaller size and variety of shapes will go over much better and just look that much more “real”.
The campaign ends in a week and they’ve gone well over their funding goal, so get in fast while the getting is good!
Fantasy Coins and Bars Kickstarter will net you 30 coins or 7 gems for $15.
You have choice too;
- 10 of each coin (gold, silver and copper),
- 30 of the same coin.
- 7 Mixed gems,
- 7 of the same gem.
Choice is good!
That is not a bad deal for these hefty little items, especially compared to some of the (often lesser quality) competition. And the deal gets better if you use the add-ons for more coins and gems, or bars at $10-14 for each extra set of coins/gems and $1.40 per (actual) 24k or silver plated small bar! Lets not forget you have to add shipping to that as well but they have added a lovely little pledge
calculator to help you calculate your pledge amount, shipping and stretch goals before the end of the campaign. Damn you shippers, stealing some of my gold. They’re pirates, I tell you!
They’ve even included add ons such as faux leather pouches, cotton pouches, 24k gold or pure silver plated coins and a sample pack (the old version of the coins with 45 coins).
Let’s wrap this up then, shall we?
Fantasy Coins LLC has yet another fantastic gaming accessory available to fill that void in games. These coins are the perfect addition to those games that use fake coin money and would add a great bit of fun to any roleplaying game night!
Overall Score : 4/5 (A little cheaper would be nice, but the price is still great .. I’m just a cheapskate)
Great weight, sound and feel
Can be cleaned
Adds a lot of style to your game(s)
Added weight to the game (for travel – not a lot of weight but when it starts to add up it could be an issue for some)
Added cost (you could go hog wild adding coins of all kinds and the next thing you know, can’t pay your rent! #Gamerproblems)
We have to wait for them to arrive! (ok, that’s not a con, it’s impatience)
Disclaimer : Fantasy Coins LLC sent a set of their original coins and gems to review. The writers at I Will Never Grow Up Gaming do their best to write unbiased reviews based on personal opinion; a free game or gaming accessory does not equal a positive review.