a.k.a. The Shire
You know, we've never had a problem using the included crayon. It's always been easy to read, doesn't smudge while we play, wipes off easily, and hasn't stained our tiles after a couple of years worth of play.
Even so, there's something sacrilegious about defacing game components, it's very offputting. I'd like the try this game but I just DON'T want to write on the components