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Greg Infi
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Is 33C (91F) too hot for board games if it happens for about 1 to 3 weeks per year in the summer? Would some glued components start to disintegrate after several years? The RH is not a problem and is pretty stable at 45% - 55%.
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I often leave mine in the trunk of my car all summer where it probably gets much hotter than that and I've yet to notice any issues.
 
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I will second that I also think it's fine. My garage, when many of my games are kept, gets fairly warmer than that, and for much longer than 1-3 weeks. I would, of course, keep them out of direct sunlight and such.
 
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Yes, I'd say that those kind of temperatures shouldn't be a problem at all.
 
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That should be fine. I keep boxes of games up in my attic, and I'm sure that before I installed an attic fan it regularly got above 120 F up there.

I didn't notice any problem with the games. What I did notice is that shrinkwrap would tighten and sometimes split at the seams, and the plastic storage totes that I stored the games in would deform and sometimes crack.

As mentioned above, direct sunlight can be a killer.
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I think the only issue you might run into is if you have any of the crayon rail games like Empire Builder. I have heard of people crayons melting in a hot car.
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Dang, you got here first. Yes, it is ideal to store games below their flash point.
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Wouldn't leave Mystic Vale in my car (again).
Must have left it there for a day several cards warped a bit. I'm working on flattening them, but expect minimal improvement.
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autumnweave wrote:
That should be fine. I keep boxes of games up in my attic, and I'm sure that before I installed an attic fan it regularly got above 120 F up there.

I didn't notice any problem with the games. What I did notice is that shrinkwrap would tighten and sometimes split at the seams, and the plastic storage totes that I stored the games in would deform and sometimes crack.
Just because you haven't noticed problems yet doesn't mean no damage was done. I suspect that in five years your games will show their age more than games that weren't subjected to extreme heat.
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I'd think that humidity would be a much bigger problem than heat. But ask yourself, if you store things in boxes in your attic, how do the boxes look 5 years later? Unchanged, right? Right.
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My friend Bob keeps a million games in his car at all times. An intelligent car thief would steal his games and leave the car behind. Point is, I have a lot of experience playing games that have been sitting in the heat for eons.

I have never seen actual game damage, with the exception of Mystic Vale. The heat severely warped the cards, which feel like they're made out of laminator sheets.

Many, many boxes have been severely faded by the sun. But again, all components have been good to go.
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Mat628 wrote:
I'd think that humidity would be a much bigger problem than heat. But ask yourself, if you store things in boxes in your attic, how do the boxes look 5 years later? Unchanged, right? Right.


I would also say that humidity would be a bigger problem than temp.
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Having moved from Northern California to South Florida I had to have conditioned storage. So far so good but what will/would happen in a prolonged power outage?
 
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Some good general guidelines on best practices for archival of books/documents... which is generally applicable to boardgames as well:


https://www.nedcc.org/free-resources/preservation-leaflets/2...
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According to the site that Darren shared "Heat accelerates deterioration: the rate of most chemical reactions, including deterioration, is approximately doubled with each increase in temperature of 18°F (10°C)". That is quite eye opening. I wonder how many years it would take to notice problems at 33C for 1-3 weeks (and 18-24C the rest of the year). The temperature in my downstairs rooms ranges from 10C in winter to 24C in summer, so maybe that would be more suitable. It has less air-flow though but that could be easily solved with a fan on a timer. I also have a dehumidifier that keeps RH at around 50%.
 
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infi01 wrote:
Is 33C (91F) too hot for board games if it happens for about 1 to 3 weeks per year in the summer? Would some glued components start to disintegrate after several years? The RH is not a problem and is pretty stable at 45% - 55%.
I take it RH means relative humidity?

I've left games in my car all year round in humidity levels of 40% to 80%. They were mostly fine. My copy of Race For The Galaxy got "grime and grit" on it, so I sleeved my 2nd copy of the game just to be safe. Temperatures ranged from 8 degrees (F) to 102.


I'm assuming in desert areas where it's really dry, humidity would be even less of a concern.
 
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Remember, most games make a trans-Pacific trip in a metal box that is going to get hot and probably humid. I'm not saying it is ideal to keep them in a hot place, but it's not insta-bad.
 
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If I don't get A/C my games sure as heck don't.
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Sometime around 2003 or so, my roommate burned us out of our apartment. The room my games were in did not burn, but the adjacent room was completely fried, and the games were in a closet adjoining that room. The game boxes got pretty smokey, but they all survived intact, with no visible effect on the contents, and I can only imagine how hot it got in that closet while the entire room some 6 inches away was burning furiously...

Pete (doesn't worry much about heat and games)
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SpaceAlien wrote:
Wouldn't leave Mystic Vale in my car (again).
Must have left it there for a day several cards warped a bit. I'm working on flattening them, but expect minimal improvement.


Mist the cards with a spray bottle. Get the card slightly damp and place between flat surfaces under weight (5-10lbs), for about for 6-8 hours (overnight or while at work). Reams of paper work excellent.
 
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jetcougar wrote:
SpaceAlien wrote:
Wouldn't leave Mystic Vale in my car (again).
Must have left it there for a day several cards warped a bit. I'm working on flattening them, but expect minimal improvement.


Mist the cards with a spray bottle. Get the card slightly damp and place between flat surfaces under weight (5-10lbs), for about for 6-8 hours (overnight or while at work). Reams of paper work excellent.

Mystic Vale has plastic cards. That's not going to do sqiddle squat
 
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