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Revision 10 . . (edit) March 19, 2009 8:20 pm by Simons Mith [linked to token cascade]
Revision 7 . . (edit) March 18, 2009 12:09 am by Simons Mith [altered cache link]
Revision 4 . . March 17, 2009 10:10 pm by Simons Mith [Mentioned Fronsky diagram symbol]
  

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Changed: 1c1
A token sink is a station capable of absorbing a large excess of tokens without becoming blocked. Major token sinks on the standard map include Aldwych?, Dollis Hill and other loop stations, Hammersmith, King's Cross and Ongar.
A token sink is a station capable of absorbing a large excess of tokens without becoming blocked. Major token sinks on the standard map include Aldwych?, Bank?, Dollis Hill and other loop stations, Hammersmith, King's Cross and Ongar.

Changed: 3c3,5
A token sink can be a useful counter-play to an opponent's use of a holding station; holding stations are generally capable of storing an even larger stack of active tokens, while extracting tokens from a token sink frequently consumes more tokens than are released.
Token sinks are useful for countering holding stations; while holding stations can store more tokens than any token sink could absorb, the per-turn transfer limits only slightly favour the holding stations. By passing a stack over a token sink, almost all the excess tokens are absorbed and the otherwise overwhelming effects of a token cascade can be mitigated.

For most practical purposes, tokens absorbed by a token sink are lost for good. Even where some tokens can be retrieved, this usually costs more than the value of the tokens in question.

Changed: 7c9
The Fronsky diagram symbol for a token sink containing retrievable tokens is an underlined triangle with vertex pointing downwards. Empty token sinks of varying sizes are implicit to most stations and are not generally marked.
The Fronsky diagram symbol for a token sink containing retrievable tokens (a cache) is a solid underlined triangle with vertex pointing downwards. An empty token sink is marked by a hollow triangle with vertex pointing downward (no underscore). However, as token sinks of varying sizes are implicit to most stations they are not generally marked.

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