I propose that on Mars, much like their gaming pieces, local civilizations count using a pyramid-like system as well.  Furthermore, it's only logical that they would have planted this information into the earliest Earthlings, providing the basis of what ultimately developed into the Roman-style numeral system we know today.  Accordingly, I have modified the numbering of my Starship Captains list as such.  Just sayin!


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Neat... but why didn't you stay consistent with the progression of shapes after inverting them? Shouldn't the progression be:

1 = /\

5 = (white triangle)

10 = (black triangle)

50 = \/

100 = (invert white triangle)

500 = (invert black triangle)

1000 = (white diamond)

10000 = (black diamond)

(dotted diamond)

[The bold shows where I flip-flopped your progression.]

For ease of remembering the more common numbers, I kept the open triangles common to 1's, and the closed triangles common to 5's:

1 is Λ, 100 is V

5 is Δ, 50 is ▽

I also considered the following, rotating the characters clockwise as the value increases - this would be more progressively uniform like you mentioned - but in the end I decided I simply liked the visual aesthetics of the more varied characters in the original post:

1 is Δ, 10 is ▷, 100 is ▽, 1000 is ◁, 10000 is ◇

5 is ▲, 50 is ▶, 500 is ▼, 5000 is ◀, 50000 is ◆

Thanks for taking a long enough look to question that!

What he said.  I would have swapped your 50 and your 100.

But otherwise, really neat.  Well done!  =)



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