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Q: What can we do about certain card types becoming overworn (Goals in Aquarius, Choice cards in Choose One)?
A: We suggest that you use card sleeves to protect these overused card types. If you’re unfamiliar with these, they are simply custom-sized plastic pockets to put your card in to protect them from wear. People who play games with collectible cards often do this to protect cards they want game with but don’t want to damage for their collectible aspect. Or avid gamers do it for the reasons mentioned here: to protect frequently used game components. You should be able to still shuffle a deck with all cards in sleeves, though it may take some getting used to.
If your cards are already over-worn such that it’s interfering with the secrecy required for game-play, look for card sleeves with opaque backs, or try sliding an extra card of a similar or slightly larger size behind the card in question, so that you only see the extra cardback (regular playing cards would work fine for this, for example, as long as they are close to the same size so that they can fit in the card sleeves you’ve acquired.)
You can find card sleeves for almost any size cards, so search online and see what’s available. You’ll need to know the size of the cards, which you can get by simply taking a ruler to them (though we also list our card sizes here). For a more comprehensive list, however here is one that someone has compiled as a reference on the tabletop gaming reference site BoardGameGeek.com
This informational page (on BoardGameGeek) is incredibly dense, so it starts with a lengthy description of how to read the chart. Then scroll down for a list of games by title. There are pages and pages of them, but you can click to the alphabetic range you need.
Find the game you’re interested in on the list and click the NUMBER to the left (clicking the name gets you to an interesting game description page, but not the card sleeve sizing recommendations). Aquarius is on there, as is Fluxx, but Choose One was not deemed popular enough to include specifically, though the cards should be the same size as Fluxx, which IS certainly on the list.
Although they show two separate lists for first and second edition of Aquarius, to our knowledge, they are exactly the same size. That said, the second edition is more common these days. The Goals have round images, and the deck includes diagonally split cards.
Q: Are extra blanks available for Choose One?
A: No, while we did include a few blanks in the game we have not make any loose blank cards for Choose One for further purchase.
That said, card anonymity is really only strictly needed for the voting cards. If you wanted to make a bunch more choice cards, you could take almost any type of card and modify the face. You just have to make it clear which is the blue-purple choice, and which is the white choice. Of course, it would be hard to mix these into the rest of the deck, but if you were playing a very informal game, one might simply grab options out of a loose pile.
Speaking of card anonymity, and extra cards… If you wanted to add more players to the game, you wouldn’t need extra blue-purple and white voting cards either. You just need a set of two identical-backed cards per player. Those cards don’t need to match those of the other players, they just have to be indistinguishable from each other. So, again, you could use a pair of index cards, or any other type of playing cards, then make one for each color on the face. Then find some random extra small item to use as a token.