These are victory point ("influence token") markers for the 2018 board game Crusaders, Thy Will Be Done, by Seth Jaffee, published by Tasty Minstral Games (TMG). And while these are my designs, they have permission from the designer of the game, Seth Jaffee, to share and make available for print.
Following the style of the metal tokens of the deluxe version, these printable "mega coins" follow the idea from the designer that they be made from the same token shapes just rearranged like if you were to play with the tokens while waiting for your turn.
This thing includes the following coin options:
- The 7-pointed "star" coin (denomination 25) inspired by the design drawings from Seth
- Two different "triplet" coins, 25 denomination. One with hollow text, the other with raised text
- Two different 5-coin combination mega coins based on an explanation of the designer's intent/inspiration of a 25-point coin
- My "final" version, which is actually only a 20-point coin, but which I feel is the best interpretation of the designer's intent.
Note, additional explanation is below in the "How I Designed This" section.
Prusa Silver, Fillamentum Gold PLA
Most coins are one sided. Note "false" reverse side on star coin.
I saw a BGG thread (https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/2116179/how-many-each-influence-denominations-come-deluxif) about some game owners wishing they had more tokens when tallying final scores in the 2018 board game Crusaders, Thy Will Be Done, by Seth Jaffee, Art by Adam P McIver, published by Tasty Minstral Games (TMG). I reached out to Seth, who provided the design drawing and dimensions of the metal tokens (images included in this Thing). I shared some design ideas with Seth and ultimately, he said I could share these files for those who would like to print their own, larger denomination Influence Tokens. NOTE: THIS IS NEITHER ENDORSED NOR PROVIDED BY SETH JAFFEE, ADAM McIVER, OR TASTY MINSTRAL GAMES. I do appreciate Seth's support and input during this process, but the designs of the coins (and any failures thereof) are mine. No resale allowed but free sharing and further modification is encouraged.
These coins are intended to follow the style of the metal tokens of the deluxe version. These printable "mega coins" follow the themes of being "made" from the same token shapes just rearranged like if you were to play with the tokens while waiting for your turn.
The first version I created was a star, based on the drawing Seth sent me of his idea of a 25-point token. This version is what I'd consider the "right" size, even though it doesn't match his idea of an arrangement of 5 tokens (worth 5 points, hence 25 points). I counted points of his "star" and saw it looked like a 7-pointed star with the bottom cut off. So I made a 7 pointed star. I made the border and a sword pattern on it, as I couldn't easily replicate the beveled cross pattern on the original coins. It is also "cheater" two sided - in other words, the swords and border on the reverse are on layer 1 while the rest of the base is on layer 2, giving the illusion of a relief like on the imprint of a coin.
Triplet Diamond designs
Once I heard Seth's explanation for his coin in his drawing, I made some other designs, including a couple 3-diamond designs to follow the inspiration of his 10-point tokens, just more: 3 diamonds instead of 2. His comment was that they were fine, design-wise, but the 10 pointers were two 5-point tokens overlapped. By putting three together, but giving 25 points, they broke that concept (this style should be 15 points, if it followed the theme, yet I said it was 25). He didn't know if that would be a problem for people, but I interpreted that as a less-elegant solution, but rather than make them 15-point coins, which would have added "currency" to the game, but a more complex base for counting, I just kept them as-is.
In this Thing, there are 2 versions, one with a hollow "25" and another with a raised (solid) "25"
So I went back to Seth's original drawing to try and find ways to use 5-point tokens and create shapes that could be replicated on the printer. This was the inspiration for the two SUPER-mondo sized tokens of 5 diamonds each. While these are ok, I felt they were too big. They are included, should you want the closest to what the designer had sketched. However, I didn't think they fit as well into the theme, nor with the aesthetically clean design language Seth used.
The first is an attempt to create the bottom-less star that he sketched. The geometry of the actual coins (which I tried to stay true to), made for a less-elegant feel.
I felt that perhaps a 4 pointed star, with the 5th coin nestled in the bottom would both fit the 5-coin requirement, as well as be a little 'cleaner' in design. However, even with that adjustment, I felt the coin was just too big and abandoned it.
Both are included in this thing, so if you like them, go to it. They do have table presence!
Final-version, 20-point Diamond Coin
After I determined that the other versions were too big, rather than adjust the geometry of the 5-point coin templates to be more acute, I thought that I might try a different denomination coin. I thought of the 15-point coin, but quickly abandoned it, thinking that base-15 math for counting would be difficult for my kids.
I then created what was the final - and I think the best - version for what I wanted to accomplish: the 4-token, 20-point marker. This follows the design style Seth shared with me: it's a geometric shape created as if playing with your 5-point tokens during the game. It is a little bigger: it is 3mm tall, while the metal coins are 2mm. To be fair, the 5-point "coins" this big design is made up of are 2mm tall, keeping them similar to the actual metal coins. However, the extra height not only allows for the filament color change seen below, it makes them stand slightly taller on the table.
From a design perspective, this final version keeps with the diamond theme. It "sums" (It is 4, 5-point tokens, so the sum of the tokens equals the value of the larger coin). And it isn't too big to make it unwieldy. Personally, it is still a little too big for my taste (my personal favorite is the star), but I felt the large, 20-point diamond was closest to what could/would have been delivered, had TMG created another denomination of coins.
Final Coins in situ