Essential Card Sleeving
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When I first got into the hobby I sleeved the cards in almost every game I bought. I thought that this was necessary to prolong the life of the games. This was despite the fact that the cards in my copies of hero quest and space crusade had survived in good nick since the early 90's (admittedly with little play again until the last few years)

I now dislike sleeving cards unless I absolutely have to. I don't like the way they stack, no longer fit in their places in their boxes etc.

I know that a lot of people only sleeve cards that get passed around a lot but I think the most important cards to sleeve are ones with hidden information as marking these cards breaks the game.

Are there any games where you think that sleeving the cards is absolutely essential? Is sleeving ever essential?! Add any games where you think that card sleeving is important.

P.S. I wasn't sure if this would be more appropriate as a forum or geeklist post!
P.P.S. What the frak are public dice rolls?!
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This is one of the first games that I sleeved. I only sleeved the character cards as they are obviously essential to the game. They don't get handled a lot but I felt that protecting them was important. It didn't stop one player in my group from bending the card almost in two!! So now the sleeves have black backs on them!
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Well I haven't gotten around to doing this yet but it would be damn annoying if the runner could tell what your ICE was due to picked edges (you really need to pick them straight up off the table as there is little sliding room available due to the server behind them!) or worse when you have a sneaky asset waiting for them at the end of a tough run!
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The black borders on these cards coupled with their brittle nature made sleeving essential. Far too easy to mark the cards.
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The agent cards in this game are central to the mechanism and the hidden info is very important. They also get handled a lot.
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If you agree to play your cards from your hands simultaneously then this isn't an issue but usually we just throw out our cards as soon as we are ready. Marked cards= beat down! The joker got marked in one of our decks. No bluff blocking any more! The cards are supposed to have a stiffer core, but they get damaged just as easily!
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The mission event cards! There are only 10 of them... they have a reasonable bearing on your mission.... and are handled pretty often!
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In our set an Extra head card is marked. So it's very easy to know when it is coming up! Save those energy cubes up. Don't be the first one to blink! Can't get them back in their spot in the box, though!
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One of three games I've sleeved.
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Second. Seemed essential to me.
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Third. This is the most essential of them all for me.
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With only 16 cards, of a (IMHO) not top quality type of card, which get passed around and shuffled all the time, Love Letter should be sleeved as it is essential to the game that you can not recognise the cards from their inflicted damage...and the game is worth it...because it's simple fun.
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The cargo cards in this game gets shuffled several times per game, and also I felt that it was difficult to shuffle the cards properly without sleeves (propably because of their small size).
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If a card can be marked at all, it would totally change how you would play the game (strategically speaking). I'm way into sleeving right now and have sleeved darn near everything I own (sleeving Dominion and LOTR - LCG was a lot of sleeves)
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