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Jason Mowat
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I just received a copy of Asia Engulfed for my birthday. After gleefully tearing off the plastic, I quickly scanned the contents, intent to get down to the business of applying hundreds of stickers. I found a "Quick Start - Read this first!" card that gave some helpful tips on how to prep the game for play, but there was one instruction that made me wrinkle my nose:

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Caring for the cardboard counters - Before punching the counters from the countersheets, we recommend spraying them with a light coat of clear spray-on finish (matte is preferred to glossy). This will protect the counters from finger oils and extend their life.


Did (or does) anybody actually do this? I can understand wanting to protect the counters from wear and tear, but I would think that this could have been something that was done during assembly if it is a concern.

Needless to say, I didn't apply any spray-on finish. I guess I'll have to take my chances. whistle
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I wondered the same thing. I don't spray my counters, but others do. For more info, check out these threads:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/1922788

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/2800531
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Hehe, thanks for the links. I now understand that I am not alone
 
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I have never done anything more with counters than punch them out, and even sometimes use fun-tack to hold them on a map on the wall. I have never had any problems beyond occasionally the paper printing peeling off, which is easily fixed with white glue in seconds.

If you play a game enough to wear out the cardboard counters through ordinary use, I think so much enjoyment has been gained that another purchase of a new one is a worthwhile investment!
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markluta wrote:
I have never done anything more with counters than punch them out, and even sometimes use fun-tack to hold them on a map on the wall. I have never had any problems beyond occasionally the paper printing peeling off, which is easily fixed with white glue in seconds.

If you play a game enough to wear out the cardboard counters through ordinary use, I think so much enjoyment has been gained that another purchase of a new one is a worthwhile investment!


Exactly.
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DarkFib3r wrote:

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Did (or does) anybody actually do this? I can understand wanting to protect the counters from wear and tear, but I would think that this could have been something that was done during assembly if it is a concern.

Needless to say, I didn't apply any spray-on finish. I guess I'll have to take my chances. whistle



I have been playing wargames for years and I have never sprayed my counters. I just buy a new copy if they wear out or the counters get super oily with fingerprints! My two cents worth!
 
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