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Coins of the Realm: Gold
Publisher: Fat Goblin Games
by Alexander L. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 03/06/2012 06:20:23

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As a GM, sometimes I like to use little props in my game to spice things up a bit. One prop I’m currently working on is creating coins for my campaign to give to the players. If your game world has many countries that each use their own coinage, you can have some fun with money changers, exchange rates, and even some collectors. A varied monetary system might even be a catalyst for adventure when those gold pieces your party just recovered might only be worth half as much as you think they are, unless you are willing to travel to the country of origin.

Fat Goblin Games’ Coins of the Realms offering is just one set of gold coins in denominations of 1, 5, 10, and 100. A single printing of the PDF gives you 28 coins of each denomination. Each coin type is 1″ in diameter, and when assembled, has a stamped picture on the obverse and the denomination amount on the reverse. The graphics look like they were taken from ancient coins and look like they’ve been in circulation for some time. The PDF file is full color and does not print up very well in black & white. I had hoped to be able to print it out onto appropriately colored cardstock to get copper, silver, and gold coins.

I printed out a couple test pages and quickly discovered that using this PDF was going to be a bit more work than I wanted. Each denomination of coin has its own page in the PDF. This makes printing a bit easy to figure out because if you want 100 1 GP coins you just have to print off the 2nd sheet of the PDF 4 times and you’ll have 112 coins. The flip side is that you’ll have to cut out each coin and glue the obverse and reverse halves together. The coins on each page are off-center, horizontally and vertically, so there is no way to configure a duplex print that would work out to get the coins aligned on both sides of the paper.

Having to print off these coins and gluing the halves together would make for a thicker end product, especially if using cardstock. If you have a bunch of wooden miniature bases you could use colored paper and end up with a nice thick coin. For me though, I want game aids that offer me some advantage in using them. Having to print this PDF in color, punch out or cut each coin twice and then glue them together is too much work.

It would not have taken Fat Goblin Games much effort to center the coins and exchange the sides for duplex printing. If they wanted to provide additional optimized pages for black & white printing this one PDF could have made all the coinage for a country instead of just one type of coin. If they did this, then I might have been interested in buying coins for different nations and adding a useful prop to my role-playing game.

At $1.00 I could see this being a useful prop for many GMs, just not this GM.

[3 of 5 Stars!]
Coins of the Realm: Gold
Publisher: Fat Goblin Games
by Landon B. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/21/2012 21:30:43

This is a simple document with printable, relatively high quality pictures of gold coins. The coins come with pictures on one side and denominations on the other, so for full effect you have to cut them out and glue or tape them together. (I recommend cutting them into strips and running a line of Scotch double-sided tape down the back of the heads, then folding the tails over [or vice versa] and cutting them out. The same principle might also apply using a school glue stick. If you are feeling particularly ambitious, you can “laminate” them with wide scotch tape strips on the outside.) To me, the main appeal of the coins is: 1) the high quality of the images compared to what can be found looking for printable coins on google images, and 2) the coins are sized to 1” for easy placement under chests and such on a battle mat or dungeon tiles. The big drawback to something like this is the amount of work that goes into preparing and cutting out a hoard of coins, even with the 10 and 100 piece denominations. One thing that I would really like to see if FGG ever re-releases this product or makes other coins of the realms (silver/platinum/copper, etc.) is including pages that can be printed front and back. I’d much rather be able to stick a piece of card stock in my printer and print all the heads, then turn it to print all the tails so that they line up with the heads and can be cut out as a single piece. This looks like it would be relatively simple to do with this one...just some copying, pasting, and centering. Overall, this is a neat little supplement with pretty coins and a cool idea for placing treasure in rooms or having “cash” on hand for rapidly changing transactions like negotiations or gambling matches. Overall, I’d say 4 stars, and I would probably revise that up to 5 if I could print both heads and tails on opposite sides of the same sheet.

[4 of 5 Stars!]
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