One of the Kickstarter rewards is the “Grand Tiles Kit” which includes all the tiles needed to play a 5-6 player game of Settlers of CatanTM or the SeafarersTM variant. A necessary part of that Seafarers variant is the Gold Tile.
I haven’t yet finished the design of the Gold Tile. Part of what makes Kickstarter so cool is that getting funded means I can go forward with new designs like this.
I started off thinking about conventional symbols for “gold”: gold bars, coins, rings, etc. I also played around with some intricate patterns that evoke gilt etched objects.
Next, I thought about what the Gold Tile actually does in the game. When you get paid from a Gold tile, you get to choose any of the 5 resources. So I played around with designs that would let me split the space up into fifths. I considered filling areas with patterns borrowed from the port icons of the resources.
Next, I thought about what it would mean to be able to trade your gold for any resource in a medieval setting. Sufficient wealth to demand any resource in a competitive marketplace implies the power to compel. So finally I played around with crowns and chains.