Kings & Queens Position Chips : 1-6
Many medium and heavy board games have a variable start player or a completely variable playing order. The latter can be realized in two different ways: either with a player order track on the game board or by giving each player a token with his or her position. The token solution has two advantages. The first is that a token has a back side which can encode additional information, e.g. the fact that the token can still be claimed in a given round. The second advantage is that all players can see their position directly in front of themselves in their playing area. This reduces the risk of accidently forgetting their turn, with everyone waiting endlessly.
A set of position chips consists of 6 chips (43mm diameter) with positions numbered from 1 to 6, i.e. the set is suited for games with up to six players. The reverse side of the chip is designed to look slightly different. Therefore, it can serve as "inactive side" or similar, if required. The #1 chip can also be used as an improved start player marker.
These position chips can also be used to turn games with variable start player (and then going on in clockwise order) into games with fully variable playing order. This avoids giving an unfair advantage to the player to the left of the starting player, and also putting the right neighbor into the worst position available. For instance, the playing order in "The Voyages of Marco Polo" can be made fully variable by sorting all players in the order in which they travelled (instead of just selecting the start player as the one who travelled last). This is especially important in games like this one where the start player can stay start player almost forever if he wishes to do so.