Laminating All Overlays?

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I was wondering what people thought of laminating all overlays in the game. I was going to do it, and the wife even offered to cut them out but with the Plexiglas I think its overkill...right?
 

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Personally, I play on the original boards without plexiglas cover and without any lamination. The same goes for overlays. To my taste, all these additions create extra glare which I dislike and, in case of plexiglass, make LOS checks more imprecise.

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One of my buddies has done this as well as laminating his boards. It works like a champ and he is able to use normal scotch tape to fasten them to the boards. Personally I do not as I usually have a plexiglass cover over my maps and have found a nice double sided tape to adhere them to the boards with no adverse effects to either the boards or the overlays when removed (similar to a Post-It glue backing). The more people you meet in ASL you'll find they all have special idiosyncrasies that fit their view on playing the game and their kit. If it suits your needs and doesn't detract from your enjoyment of the game or ruin your kit, go ahead and proceed with your plan. I have found that most of the overlays are pretty sturdy and printed on decent paper and even an occasional scuff on the back side is rare (I don't use that side often anyway - though it's only been 30+ years of playing).
 

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I like instead color copied, enlarged (1.3 x ) maps, transferred to 11 x 17" heavy stock paper (each half map requires one such page), trimmed with Exacto blade, then placed underneath thin, non-glare plexiglass. Best approach in my opinion.
 
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I always think, "how much time is this going to take, will these components ever realistically need to be replaced, is it better just to buy a new copy with those hours worked or to put in hours and hours protecting it. I thought about laminating everything. I have a small one at home for 8.5 x 11 and a big one at the school i work at for Everything else. I just think you can go way over board with this stuff but I think honestly, some people like to organize/laminate. I have only heard the word "kit" used in the way ASL does when I was in the ARMY and we had our "kits", which was the IBA, weapons, chest rack, thigh holster, etc... That right there should tell you something about the way ASL rolls. :)
 

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Spend your money on color copying before each game instead. If you pick a scenario in advance, take the maps to Staples, Kinkos' whatever, blow up the maps by 20%, do the same for the overlays. Tape them together on your tabletop, and you have the bonus of not just bigger hexes, but overlays that don't move and the ability to draw right on the map - roadblocks, VP objectives, set up areas, etc. Discard when finished. Still much cheaper than a night at the movies.
 

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One of my buddies has done this as well as laminating his boards. It works like a champ and he is able to use normal scotch tape to fasten them to the boards. Personally I do not as I usually have a plexiglass cover over my maps and have found a nice double sided tape to adhere them to the boards with no adverse effects to either the boards or the overlays when removed (similar to a Post-It glue backing). The more people you meet in ASL you'll find they all have special idiosyncrasies that fit their view on playing the game and their kit. If it suits your needs and doesn't detract from your enjoyment of the game or ruin your kit, go ahead and proceed with your plan. I have found that most of the overlays are pretty sturdy and printed on decent paper and even an occasional scuff on the back side is rare (I don't use that side often anyway - though it's only been 30+ years of playing).
Which tape do you use?
 

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I am looking for double-sided removable tape.
There exists double-sided with one side permanent ant the other removable, but for some games (not ASL), you have double-sided overlays that you want to preserve and thus have removable glue on both sides of the tape...
 

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Personally, I play on the original boards without plexiglas cover and without any lamination. The same goes for overlays. To my taste, all these additions create extra glare which I dislike and, in case of plexiglass, make LOS checks more imprecise.

von Marwitz
Ditto. Too many times with plexiglass I thought there was an extra unit underneath that stack because of the dark shadow and "about that thick". I don't care for plexiglass. Raw boards, raw overlays. I prefer the original boards also, since they don't move as easy. However, I've since made a two-board (ASLSK board) holder with pockets on the side for chits (but I'm limited to one/two-board scenarios.) Works great.
 

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I was wondering what people thought of laminating all overlays in the game. I was going to do it, and the wife even offered to cut them out but with the Plexiglas I think its overkill...right?
I bought a hot laminator from Staples and laminated all my overlays. Very happy that I did so.
 
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