To clip, or not to clip. That is the question

Rick Young was gracious enough to teach his fabulous new Bulge game to a few of us on Thursday night at PrezCon.

As we're setting the game up, noted scoundrel Bryan Collars mentioned he had gone so far as to even clip the corners of the stickers attached to blocks to represent the major combat elements in Rick's game.

Clipping is a chore I've been fascinated with, but never embarked on ... mostly because I'm terrified to take a set of nail clippers to a game I just dropped $70, $100 or $300 on.

Then again, Rob Doane has done his Great Campaigns of the American Civil War counters up right. All the corners are neat, and even. They certainly look nice when set up!

I want to clip, but there's just so many questions to be asked! Maybe some of you Consimers can share you clipping advice.

For example ...

- How much corner is too much, and what's the best way to get a consistent clip? Has someone invented a clipping machine? Or a clipping template?

- How do you keep the little corners from going everywhere? Ack!

- Between two games that are otherwise equal, would you view a nicely clipped game more or less valuable then its unclipped counterpart?

- Anyone ever consider a house rule? … “Reinforcements must be placed in hex 4809 on the south map, or 4302 on the north map. Reinforcements may not be placed in an enemy-occupied hex. Reinforcements are placed by their owner, who must also properly clip all four corners of the counter before placing it on the map. Failure to do so will result in a –20 VP penalty per unit.”

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Comment by Ernesto Sassot on March 14, 2008 at 3:58am
>Aren't the counters peeled off once they were clipped? Some flimsy DG counters would not allow you to clip, right?

I don't have any DG game :-) I've clipped around fifty games without peeling problems

>why the wargame publisher won't ask the counters maker to do just that for us during die-cutting?

What???? Games released with clipped counters???? Live to see... my real hobby has no future... Life's not fair!!!!!!
Comment by Lawrence Hung on March 13, 2008 at 8:50pm
"Clip, clip... darling, lunch is ready... clip, clip... just a minute, honey, I need these ones clipped for this evening's game... clip, clip... DARLIIIIINGGGG!!!!!!!!... clip, clip... uh, sorry, time does indeed fly, doesn't it?... clip, clip..."

The above conversation happens when I am on internet surfing and playing PC every nights. Wife just couldn't bear that attention was not on her.

"oh, and I use nail clippers... fast and effective"

Make sure you won't mix up the one with original intended use.

Aren't the counters peeled off once they were clipped? Some flimsy DG counters would not allow you to clip, right? Besides, if there is a clipping fetish here in demand, why the wargame publisher won't ask the counters maker to do just that for us during die-cutting? I am really curious......
Comment by Brian Blad on March 13, 2008 at 4:02pm
I bought my counter clipping Jig from a gent who also makes dice towers. Paid $4 for it. I talked to my prosthetist and asked if I could use his ovens/vacumn table to make a mold of the jig to see if could mass produce them from liquid acrylic resin. He's willing. I just need to find a source for the supplies.

I concentrate on the counters. The Tv is just noise in the background. Besdes, with a jig it's next to impossible to screw up the clip, if anything you undeclip because you don't get the counter seated in the jig "just so"
Comment by Ernesto Sassot on March 13, 2008 at 2:21pm
I must admit I'm not a real wargamer... in fact wargaming is the excuse I use to justify my real obsessing hobby: clipping.

Clip, clip... darling, lunch is ready... clip, clip... just a minute, honey, I need these ones clipped for this evening's game... clip, clip... DARLIIIIINGGGG!!!!!!!!... clip, clip... uh, sorry, time does indeed fly, doesn't it?... clip, clip...

oh, and I use nail clippers... fast and effective
Comment by John Fairley on March 13, 2008 at 2:17pm
*LOVE* stickering block games. Making sure the best edges are shown, getting the stickers a centered as possible on the blocks.
Comment by Kai Jensen on March 13, 2008 at 2:13pm
I clip. I was hesitant at first, but I now find it relaxing. And it gives me an opportunity to check out every unit and marker, fondling the little cardboard bits.... mmmmm. I don't like large cuts, just a little nip off the end to get rid of any fuzz and to make them all uniform.

I have seen some counters cut to the point where they were hexagons. TOO FAR!!! Some were missing important information from the corner areas. TOO MUCH!!! I like a little cut - just right.

And for the record, I like stickering my block games, too.
Comment by Bill Wood on March 13, 2008 at 1:36pm
I am a chronic clipper. Can't help myself.

Got me a punched copy of The Longest Day a few weeks back, and started setting it up last night - it will be The Longest Clipping...
Comment by Lawrence Hung on March 6, 2008 at 10:23am
Not to clip. It eats up even more time than to play.
Comment by Joe Oppenheimer on March 4, 2008 at 6:27pm
I like the look and feel of clipped counters but I stopped clipping a few years ago. I found that sometimes by the time I had clipped all the counters for a game my interests had moved on. Now I try to just punch and play as soon as possible after I get a new game.

I tell myself that I'll go back and clip some of my favorites but I still haven't.
Comment by Joel Tamburo on March 4, 2008 at 12:52am
I don't clip counters, I have a philosophical objection to it. Besides, for FAB Bulge I REALLY don't want to be clipping, as I'd need a coping saw.

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