I bought several games recently at a community event, some of which were unopened or unpunched. I’d love to brag about how little I paid for the number of games I bought but I wanna talk about a subtle point in Now Boarding. I should probably also consider how many games I bought but that is a different bowl of tokens.
A lot of games have denominations of coins. There is something about seeing tokens with numbers 1, 3 and 5 on them and look a bit like coins, if you have played a few games you grok pretty quickly. Most people would not be surprised to learn two 3 coin tokens have the same value as six 1 coin tokens. The game Now Boarding has airplanes with seat and speed upgrades. The tokens that represent speed look like jet engines, not coins. It never occurred to me that I could not grab a 2 speed token as my first upgrade. Upgrading once does not mean you can just grab a 2 speed token. Upgrading from 3 to 4 is referred to in a table as your fourth upgrade. It took a while to understand why there were no prices for your 1st, 2nd and 3rd upgrades. This is because you start with a speed of 3, maybe more. What you might consider your first time getting a speed upgrade the table considers your 4th upgrade: from speed value 3 to 4. I get it now but two intelligent adults took a few minutes to get it. If there is something more clear in the rules that we missed, well we missed it.
This was not a source of frustration, just confusion. I pass it on because I thought you might be interested in what is intuitive for some and what isn’t.