Check out the box
Look at all the contents inside
Look at map for several minutes
Break open pieces and punch-outs
Set it up as Euro40 to observe then quickly to Global40 and observe while reading through the instuctions.
Master instructions (shouldn't be hard since all the work was done in Pac40)
Set up weekend game night with friends.
Strategize and Dominate.
I will do almost the same as Questioneer, except for
"Break open pieces and punch-outs"
Punch out only what is necessary for setup and play. (I have done this with past A&A games)
When a country needs another cardboard chit, I go get one.
That way some things (like Control Markers) some countries only need 1-3 of are out there, and the rest of the seldom used chits are not cluttering the chit bowl blocking our vision of the most needed and most used chits.
Then years later when some needed more Control Markers of a certain country, one can claim, "We have a new record of territories controlled by So-and-So country!" (Yeah, get your geek on.)