There’d be a blooming lot more of this sort of thing, if more people had the time and the money.
The unpacking continues, as we discover games old, new, loved and unloved. Begone bubble wrap! Get thee hence, packing paper!
Welcome back! The epic unpacking continues, as I drag more games out of the depths of dark boxes and wriggling and squirming into the daylight. Which is a damn good thing too, since I’ve been seeing some more instances of surface mould.
To my huge relief, I have yet to encounter anything that has done any serious damage. The box cover of Descent looked scary when first revealed, but it all wiped off leaving only a small smattering of brown spots. Everything affected by mould has been carefully wiped and left out in the sun. There’s certainly no dampness or smell, so I think I’ve caught the infection in time.
Bubble wrap may well be the culprit, trapping in moisture. That said, I’ve noticed that by far the greatest number of games affected are the FFG ones with the textured finish. My theory is that the texture gives the little spores purchase, and also, the minimal varnish doesn’t protect the cardboard. I’ve noticed this in the past as FFG boxes are particularly susceptible to scuffing. Cost-cutting on the part of FFG? Possibly – or possibly it’s an aesthetic choice that simply isn’t proving as hard-wearing as games from other publishers.
Anyway, as you can probably guess, I’m having a great time returning these beloved games to the light. Hopefully it won’t be too long before they’re living happily on shelves, to finally be accessed at whim.
More to come!