Unstable Games - Games that have decomposed over a short period of time.
G. Gomez
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I find that this has not been an issue for the most part with vintage games, but is becoming more and more common with newer games.

Old games used bakelite or nice quality plastics. I have had new games with plastics that run colors or melt.

...It's ridiculous.
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This was a nice collector's item to have and keep... Until I found out that my plastic pieces (houses & hotels) were melting. What is the deal here? Is one plastic reacting with another, maybe the soft pawns with the hard houses? Who knows. Had to get rid of it before it totally destroyed itself, even if it is really rare.

 
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See those really cute ships?



They are really nice, and they will really nicely proxy for vintage ships...



Just don't store them with older plastics, say your Broadsides and Boarding Parties. The new plastic will react with the old, will infect the old (which had already been stable for decades) and you'll get expensive, vintage, decomposition.
 
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This is the one that finally inspired me to write the list. The pawns are squeezing out petroleoum oil or some such substance. They are oily and sticky and they certainly were not doing that when I bought it.



 
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This one too. The color of the red/purple pawns is bleeding out into the other plastics components.



How long before something really nasty happens?
 
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Not surprising that a nerf foam balls have decomposed over time. Not a big deal though, since the balls can be replaced with regular ping pong balls.

This is probably the most benign case I have.
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The nice looking blue dice have started to melt... Why?
 
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