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Subject: Has anyone had actual damage because of humidity? rss

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Greg Infi
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Redmond
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I read that the optimal relative humidity for paper and cardboard is 50%. I wonder, has anyone had actual damage in games due to high indoor humidity? I don't mean water damage due to flood or storing in the trunk of a car. Just at home with RH of 60% - 70%. I personally never noticed any problems with games stored in this RH range.
 
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Pete
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I envy anyone who has never had to deal with a warped game board.

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maf man
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I'm actually beginning to think some of my box tops are warping out due to humidity. I keep some of my games in my finished basement but I'm thinking the foundation is cracked and we had water in the carpet from when all the snow melted. We didn't go down there for a while and I swear the game boxes weren't sticking out that much before.

I will gladly accept donations to the "move me out of this crappy duplex" fund now to save these poor abused games.
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Kyle
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I don't humidify, never had any real issues. our range of humidity is very high to boot, I adjust my guitars quite often in the transitional seasons.
 
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Jeff
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Yep, board warping, and box top bowing. Everything should be made of glass. I don't trust this newfangled, so called, "plastic". Seems like voodoo.
 
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chris leko
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I live in Florida. My house' relative humidity is between 40-60% at all times. If I got outside it's always like 400000000% percent. If I were to leave my games in the garage, I know for sure they'd warp and mold. But I've seen so much stuff do that.
 
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Greg Lorrimer
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It's 80% humidity here the year round. So far I've been here 3 months and no ill effects (no aircon or dehumidifier). Termites, however, are a constant threat.

Meanwhile an oil painting and a belt and shoes have started moldering.
 
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Clement Tey
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Down here in sunny Singapore where the humidity ranges from 80-90% all year round, the damage manifests as moldy games and yellowing of pages/internal game box surface.
 
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Jared
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This has been on my mind too. I was thinking about throwing one of those DampRid things in my game closet. I also keep the silica packets or strips from shoe boxes and throw them in the box when I can, but I doubt they last long.
 
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chris thatcher
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Never had any problems. My games are stored in the same room as my guitars. I do have to adjust several of my guitars from time to time (it's always the same guitars, some are rock solid) but never had any probs with board games.
 
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Trent Boardgamer
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Perth
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No problems here. It's not humid consistently here though.
 
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