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Shaun
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I went for my second play session today, and noticed 6 out of the 8 markers I tried using no longer wanted to write anything, this of course concerned me.

We hadn't left them out for extended periods of time, and they've only been used once on a total of two maps for about 10-15 rounds.

Is there some kind of trick to getting them to work? (They're definitely not out of ink.)
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-Dried out? Simply store the them on the tips for 24 hours, then horizontally for the rest of time.
-For the pooled markers, flip and do the opposite by storing on the butt end for a day.

Still not working well?
-Flip the tip with a pair of pliers
-Tape string to the bottom end and swing it around your head to let centrifugal forces do the work for you.
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I treat items like these as expendable. https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0006HXJFK/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?ie=...
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shwayne wrote:
I went for my second play session today, and noticed 6 out of the 8 markers I tried using no longer wanted to write anything, this of course concerned me.

We hadn't left them out for extended periods of time, and they've only been used once on a total of two maps for about 10-15 rounds.

Is there some kind of trick to getting them to work? (They're definitely not out of ink.)
Hey Shaun,

That's weird. Send me a DM, we'll get a new set out to you.

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gamesforbryan wrote:
Completely agree with this. Upgrading the dry erase markers is one of the first things I do with a game.

For EFTAIOS, our markers wouldn't last the entire game (they dried out during the 30-40 minute games because people had the caps off the entire time), but they always came back to life the next day. Nonetheless, a simple upgrade to full sized dry erase markers solved the problem.
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Ian Enriquez
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Yup. One wasn't working when I got them and after two 4 player games I have found 3 don't work so thanks for the link to new markers. I might get red and blue markers so I can tell the aliens to grab the red ones and see if they fall for it.
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And thanks for the revival tips. I will try those as well.
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Nathan Ball
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I recently got given this game and experienced a similar problem around 3-4 rounds in. Currently i have 5 working markers out of the 8 that came with the game. This is probably the only problem with the game, which i absolutely love playing!
But there are always replacements that can be purchased
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They also seem to have difficulty as people wipe their board with their hands. The oils prevent the markers from writing on the board.

Make sure people have a napkin or something other than their fingers to clean the board.

Wet Erase Markers have much better stick, but you need a moist napkin to clear the boards of course.
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Vito G
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My markers were dried out from the get go and had to be thrown away. They are cheap pens and I just suggest buying new ones and throwing out the ones in the box.
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