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This falls firmly in the swag catagory for me. As in, "sure I'll take one for free, but pay for it? nowai!"

 

I always HATED when collectors edition of games would come with stuff like coins, dog tags, etc. Useless to me. Actually I did use some as bases....

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There are a bunch of different traditions, and it varies from place to place. There is no universal set of rules for challenge coins.

 

We also have no idea where the tradition started. There are stories, but they don't agree on the circumstances, or even the war they were involved in. We know that at least one commander ( Colonel William "Buffalo Bill" Quinn of the 17th Infantry Regiment) was giving out coins in the fifties, but we don't know how long before that they started. Could have been WWI, could have been WWII. It might have even started with Quinn, for all we know. The various stories (downed pilot meeting with the French, soldier meeting Filipino resistance fighters) are all more likely fantasy, for the simple reason that if they had happened, we'd have some documentation with names. Most likely, the real origin is much more prosaic. Some commander thought it was a nice gesture, and others followed suit. Military types being as they are, rules for drinking were established.

 

Also, not terribly interested, sorry.

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I should issue special Buglips challenge coins. Then at ReaperCon when people get together and go someplace they can settle the tab by pulling out their achievement coins.

 

"I got soap eating and queue stink!"

 

"Oh, too bad. I've got one for 5 foot booger, so I win. Pay up."

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Military types being as they are, rules for drinking were established.

 

 

Obviously.

 

^_^

 

Oh, and drinking and driving is bad. And don't breach information security.

 

(Got to keep a consistent message for the troops*.)

 

:devil:

 

 

* I assume that AFN still runs the same sort of PSAs that AFRTS used to run. Constantly.

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I'm in the Navy and very familiar with this tradition. On a hobbyist level, I think it's a fun idea and nothing about it bugs me. On a personal level I've never been a fan of buying them unless it is a broad scoop coin (such as a ship coin that supports MWR).

 

Still though, I don't think there is anything wrong with it. Firefighters also have coins, or rather I know a station that has them, and people do enjoy a little recognition for their efforts. It could be a nice little prize for compitions. I'd say if you want to go for it, maybe start holding painting/sculpting contests or attend Reapercons and hand them to folks whose skills impress you.

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While not involved in the 'coin' tradition it sounds like selling them would not be the done thing

 

But if the Reaper owners decided to get some made up to give away to deserving folk who support the Reaper cause, or produce great paintjobs on reaper minis or impress them with their 'hobby' credentials why not

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I bought coins my commands had, but was never much interested in collecting a lot of them. Idk even know where they are now. That said, depending on the artwork, I may be interested in one. I still have every command patch though. Maybe we could do some Reaper Morale Patches?

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Funny that you ask this question. I got coined at Orgins last week.

We were talking to a nice young gentleman who is responsible for this: https://www.facebook.com/CastlesAndChemo and in the course of the conversation I asked him if he was Air Force or Army.

To answer the question he pulled an AF coin out of his wallet and slapped it on the table. I haven't carried a coin around since well before I retired, so I owe him a drink. I intend to pay that debt at GenCon.

 

In the Air Force coins are given out by units, high level officers and Chiefs, or for special reasons. It's usually a reward or recognition of some achievement. It also shows membership in a specific group, a symbol of camaraderie that you can carry and keep even after moving on to other units. Kinda like a secret handshake.

 

The only coins I ever bought were some very interesting ones at a shop in Korea.

 

Noel, if you wanted the same tradition for gaming, I would recommend a die. Say a d6 with a special emblem.

It would be up to you to decide how and who you would award them to. Every tradition has to start somewhere.

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I dunno, it may make me a bad gamer, but I don't actually like dice that much as an item. They seems a little too small, a little too light, and honestly, a little bit cliche. I like density, either/both metaphorically or physically, in my items. I mean, don't get me wrong, I totally know I'm in the minority on this one, the artisan dice kickstarter told me that much, but it's just not for me.

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Military types being as they are, rules for drinking were established.

 

 

Obviously.

 

^_^

 

Oh, and drinking and driving is bad. And don't breach information security.

 

(Got to keep a consistent message for the troops*.)

 

:devil:

 

 

* I assume that AFN still runs the same sort of PSAs that AFRTS used to run. Constantly.

 

Don't drink and drive! But hey, it's Friday, so let's turn the beer light on.

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While dice do sound more appropriate, I don't want to carry them in my pocket. I like the coin idea better simply because it is flat.

 

I have a Reaper key ring, does that count?

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