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Manuel Pombeiro
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The subject gives it all!! I've tried the crayons that come with the game and they are really hard to get out. I was thinking instead to use dry erasable markers. Anyone had tried this? Any thoughs?

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Scott Nicholson
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Try China Markers. You can get them in different colors from an art supply store, and they come off very easily.

I've not tried it with dry-erase markers.
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Mike Mayer
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I use vis-a-vis markers on a plastic overlay. Bright colors, easy to wipe.
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You can order maps from Mayfair Games for most (if not all) the Empire Builder series that work well with water-based transparency markers (e.g. Vis-a-Vis). Check their Web site for details.

If you don't want to pay the shipping cost from the USA Midwest to Europe, use of china markers or a plastic wrap with water-based transparency markers works as well. If you do use alternative markers on the board, make sure you test each color in a corner of the map to ensure that you can completely remove the marks before using them in a game.

I wouldn't recommend the dry erase markers used on porcelain boards - they're designed solely for that purpose, and may leave a permanent mark on other surfaces.
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I don't like dry-erase, they wipe/brush off too easily. We generally put something (glass/plexiglass/etc) sheet over the board and use wet-erase markers.
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China markers are highly recommended. Many art supply stores sell them. Here's an online dealer:

http://www.rexart.com/china_markers.html

I don't recommend white or yellow.
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Thank you all. A really heap of helpful stuff here. I must go down to my local craft store to check on some of this itens.
 
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Are the china markers erasable or do we need some sort of layer (like plexiglass for example) over the game board?

Edit: Never mind. China markers are actually pencils! The name of the product is misleading.
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They are grease pencils. They are called China Markers because auctioneers and antique stores use them to mark the prices on china dishes.
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Chris and Scott, thanks for the suggestion of china markers. You're right, they work much better. (And now I know what they're called!)

As an aside, I bought china markers to put in my daughter's Christmas stocking when she was little. As predicted, she had as much fun "sharpening" her pencils as I did at that age, and it was fun to see her enjoy a present from Santa that was so simple and low tech. Score one for Mommy.

 
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