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paul lieberman
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I can't understand the purpose of putting a blank sticker on the monks. Why not just leave the monks without a sticker? It is also interesting to note that the version of the rules in the files section states that the monk stickers have a cross on them. The rules that came with my game state the stickers are blank. My stickers do not have a cross. I have not yet read the rules. Am I missing something?
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This puzzled me too, but I've come to realize it may be so that an unscrupulous person can't differentiate the monks from the family members when drawing from the bag.

edit: Mine are clear, too
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polychrotid wrote:
This puzzled me too, but I've come to realize it may be so that an unscrupulous person can't differentiate the monks from the family members when drawing from the bag.

edit: Mine are clear, too


it is for that said reason

if a person really wanted to, they could feel the meeple to see if it has the smooth feel of the sticker or not and then they will know if it is or isnt a monk
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polychrotid wrote:
This puzzled me too, but I've come to realize it may be so that an unscrupulous person can't differentiate the monks from the family members when drawing from the bag.

edit: Mine are clear, too
Yup. This way all meeples will feel the same when blind drawing.
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paul lieberman
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Yes now i realize that you can feel the sticker if you slide your fingers on the pieces. The rules do mention that is the reason for the blank stickers on the monks.
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This is one of the many attentions to production detail that really impressed me with this game. Can't praise it highly enough. I could totally see other companies either not anticipating that happening or not even thinking of it. These guys know games, gamers and how gamers like to game the system devil
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Please don't touch your monks inappropriately!
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I too wondered about the clear stickers for the monks. I can see how with play, as stickers start to come off a bit, this could be an issue. This actually shows some foresight on the behalf of the designers.

Now my first thought was nice fricking joke. You just put 88 stickers on the other pieces and you now have to put these clear ones on the monks. I thought it was rather funny - sort of a conditioning experiment.

As for game play, I didn't see it as an issue at all. With much play, I suppose it could become an issue.
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I dispensed with the stickers and used a marker pen. Had the whole lot numbered up in about 10 minutes.
 
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As long as you have penmanship then sure, that is DEFINITELY the way to go. Alas I paint far better than I write numbers.
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I thought about going this route, but the stickers go on pretty cleanly. Even with my greasy fingerprints on the gummed side, the clear part of the stickers are only really visible in strong sidelighting.
 
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I have decided:

I will use the stickers for now, but will use a marker when the stickers come off.

Also, to gain the bonus points, I will use a marker with gold glitter ink.
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The first edition did have cross mark on monk's sticker


(from Becienz)


But the sticker is "opaque", and you will see ugly meeples after they wear the number...


(from Becienz)


In the latest edition, they changes the sticker to "transparent", so you don't know the meeples have sticker on them (maybe.....)


(from MyParadox)


But it's useless to print the cross on monk's sticker, because monk meeple is black....

So, they decide let it be blank.
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fr014371 wrote:
The first edition did have cross mark on monk's sticker


But it's useless to print the cross on monk's sticker, because monk meeple is black....

So, they decide let it be blank.

Surely a white cross would make sense?
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misteralan wrote:
fr014371 wrote:
The first edition did have cross mark on monk's sticker


But it's useless to print the cross on monk's sticker, because monk meeple is black....

So, they decide let it be blank.

Surely a white cross would make sense?


Perhaps the printer being used wasn't capable of printing white. Or maybe it would have been an upcharge to print white.

 
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This is one of the many attentions to production detail that really impressed me with this game. Can't praise it highly enough. I could totally see other companies either not anticipating that happening or not even thinking of it. These guys know games, gamers and how gamers like to game the system devil

Indeed. How I wish the attention to detail in the design had been carried over to the quality control in production - one of my meeples arrived minus one whole side (try disguising THAT in a bag!).
 
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