To clip or not to clip: The final battle


Several hours of quality television, 2400 counters and 9600 corners later .... I present to you one punched AND clipped copy of SPI's The Next War.

It's destined for a tabletop in Beaverdam, Va., tomorrow afternoon. Didn't have a choice but to stay up late tonight and finish.


(Oh - and using the boxtop to catch all the clipped corners went a long ways towards keeping the wife happy!)

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Comment by Mark Kalina on March 7, 2008 at 6:34am
I guess then, there are two types of wargamers in the world. Those that clip counters and those that don't... LOL
Comment by Marc Grad on March 6, 2008 at 9:12pm
I'm a dedicated clipper...Even save the clippings from all the games I have 'fixed'. Got em in a ziplock bag. My gaming partners think its nuts, but I consider it a badge of honor!!

Over the years have clipped half a dozen La Bataille's, Highway to the Reich, the Gettysburg RSS game, and many others. What can I say, its a disease!!
Comment by Don Lazov on March 6, 2008 at 8:26pm
Pretty much everything that Mark K said. Doing War in the East, War in Europe or Europa games are case in point, especially Europa stacks, even ASL stacks can get big as well.
Comment by Justin Rice on March 6, 2008 at 5:30pm
"The counters also, believe it or not fit better into counter trays for much the same reason."


Before clipping the top of my WP counter tray for The Next War didn't even come close to fitting.

After clipping the top finally snaps into place.
Comment by Mark Kalina on March 6, 2008 at 5:27pm
The benefit is less counters falling over especially in higher counter density games. They do not have the extra "dog ears" that always seem to catch on another counter and lead to a fallen pile of counters. The counters also, believe it or not fit better into counter trays for much the same reason. The counters also look uniform. In addition counters that look to be near delamination, eliminate that problem, since clipping turns down and compacts the corners, much like when they were stamped during die cutting.
Comment by Klaus Knechtskern on March 6, 2008 at 4:34pm
Clipping *shudder*. Just to present an opposing view ;-) Honestly I cannot see any benefits of clipped counters...

Cheer
Comment by Don Lazov on March 6, 2008 at 7:21am
For me the clipping helps with on map stacking and organization. They just fit on maps better and easier to manipulate.
Comment by James Istvanffy on March 6, 2008 at 2:32am
I have clipped many thousands of counters in most, but not all, of my my hundreds of games. I like the look of nicely clipped counters and they sort and store better. That said, I will always probably buy games quicker than I can clip them. Some games are not worth the time and energy and some games are probably never going to be played - so why why clip? If I like a game or I think I would like a game (if I had time & opponents to play it) then I would most certainly clip. It is relaxing.
Comment by Brian Blad on March 5, 2008 at 12:50pm
AWESOME Job! I clip all of my games. Thought of offering to do it for others as a service. Just could not figure out how to make it cost effective for me or for those who might want me to do it for them.

Keep up the clipping! Counter Clippers Unite!
Comment by Justin Rice on March 5, 2008 at 10:47am
1) Yes - that is my counter dust in the box! An impressive pile, for sure.

2) War in Europe is punched but not clipped - it may be my next target..

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