Every game experiences wear and tear through normal use, so we don't expect Merchants of Araby to be immune from that, but we don't expect greater than normal wear, either. The outer surface of the wrap is equivalent to a standard game box. It has normal beautiful art and normal game box info so, if it gets a ding or scratch, you're not going to worry about it any more than a standard box. The game board is on the inside surface of the wrap, so it will not be exposed to exterior wear. Also, there is a thin foam sheet that goes on top of the box insert so that the game components and the game board surface won't wear against each other.