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What do folks do with the cardboard that's left over after punching out counters and other game components? I actually used to collect them -- for what imagined future use I can't recall -- but in a recent move my huge (several foot tall) stack was "lost" (i.e. disposed of by someone).

What clever uses for these things (do they have a name?) am I now forever condemned to regret being unable to experience?
 
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The only game in which I can see a need to keep the cardboard skeletons would be Magna Grecia. The box was designed in such a way that the punch sheets hold down a lot of the loose bits, but no one bothered to tell the engineer who designed it that those sheets would most likely be thrown away after they had been punched. In order to keep your box in order, you have to keep them in their spot.

Other than to mention that, I don't have an answer to your question.
 
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You can build a fort with them.
 
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Most of the people I know call them sprues, althogh I'm sure this is a term that is probably not correctly used for cardboard (I believe it is specific to metal or plastic).

Some people save them simply because they are obsessive about their games. For many games, it's a good idea, to put the cardboard spures under the box insert. This raises the insert and fills the void between the box lid and the insert so that the bits don't slid around as much.

Some people save them, so they have an accurate count of how many bits they should have in their game, using the sprues as a reference guide. Of course this will only tell you the number and not which ones you are missing.

But for most games, most people just toss them (or recycle them).
 
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Indus specifically recommended keeping them under the insert to push it against the top of the box and thus reduce scrambling of pieces.
 
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I actually give them to my kids to use as parts and pieces of their art projects. The girls make some cool stuff, both with the pieces themselves and by using the pieces to trace shapes.

It was my wife's idea, and a pretty good one.
 
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I often will save them to make other game bits. You can cut them and apply your paste-ups to them. Nice for those of us who make homemade games. I also used one to repair my AH Acquire box lid, which I found at a thrift, which had some kind of wierd, oily, substance that had seeped into the cardboard of the lid. Cut out the bad part, put in a cutout. Voila! Box no longer in danger of further decay.
 
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I give them to my son. He can use them to trace the shapes and do art projects. That was my thought anyway. What actually ends up happening is he throws them around the house for awhile and then I throw them away.
 
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My wife keeps a few odd ones, to be used for craft projects.
 
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I used to photo copy the counter sheet prior to punching and glue/staple the copy paper to the cardboard frame thus in theory I could replace all the counters in the frame in the proper order to see if the game was complete.

In practice it was a complete waste of time and paper.
 
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Much like scrib, back in the day, I used to hang onto them. My theory was that, if I misplaced a counter, I could reconstruct one from the spare stuff. It would then be the same thickness, backing, and color as the others... the best possible match. I would even be annoyed on opening a game to find that the waste material was not sufficient to do this. And I was in heaven when the manufacturer saw fit to include a few blanks in a variety of colors.

Of course, I don't think I ever lost anything.
 
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My wife uses them as stencils for scrapbooking and pattern-making.
 
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Some great ideas here. I had never thought of using them to prop up the box insert and keep components from rattling around inside the box.

Now they're all gone -- sigh.

 
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I have a friend whose wife teaches and she uses them for stencils. I was so happy to have something constructive to do with them that I ran out and bought a few more games.
 
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