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Mike B
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I keep my collection down in the basement on some Ikea bookcases. With hurricane Irene, my basement flooded (due to the loss of electricity) but I made sure to bring the collection upstairs (along with everything else) the night before. I am fixing the basement now and should not have this issue again (putting in water powered back-up sump pumps - very exciting), so my games will be heading back downstairs. I do have some games that I will not be playing but holding on to for collection/nostalgia/board game hoarding/etc and I was thinking of putting them up in the attic. I was just wondering what other people do with their games.
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Wade Nelson
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Make sure wherever you place the games is cool and dry. If it gets hot or humid in the attic it could damage the games.
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Steve Vondra
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You could store them in MY basement
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I see you are in New Jersey. My SO lives there and would be more than happy to store your games for you
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Andy Andersen
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As your next door neighbor, be reminded that it gets very humid in attics around these parts. whistle

Mine are stored in the living areas of the house and I have a dedicated game room for many of them.
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Matthew Taylor
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I would suggest storing them inside a structure of some sorts. I've found storing them out doors decreases their value.
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Paul DeStefano
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You mean Hurricane Irene, right?
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Prakash Madhav
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Most of ours are in an armoire on the main floor. This does two things: gives a finite amount of space to keep games (so we don't go nuts with our collection) and the doors on the armoire keeps things hidden and clutter-free.
 
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robert martin
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Mike , fixing the sump pump problem should make storing you games in the basement ok. That's where mine are. My basement stays at about the same tempature all year round. Attics are a bad place to store them because of the heat up there.
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Digren K
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Safety deposit box at the bank.
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Matt Riddle
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Basement shelves here but I have a dry basement
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Mike B
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Not Katrina.. Irene.. corrected.. posted before my morning coffee.
 
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AdmiralCrunch wrote:
I would suggest storing them inside a structure of some sorts. I've found storing them out doors decreases their value.


Is this true? My game library is fairly small, so I just keep all of them in my car since I pretty much only play outside of my home.

I don't live in a particularly humid place, but I'm just wondering what other factors would make it so I shouldn't just leave them in my car.
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Mike B
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Thanks for the posts.. the attic is out. I also will make sure I store them inside and if I run out of room, will store them in other BGG member's basements If I store them in a safety deposit box, I will have to embed the number and location under my skin so if I lose my memory I can recover them.. kind of like Jason Bourne except I wouldn't have people chasing me for them.

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clone288 wrote:
kind of like Jason Bourne except I wouldn't have people chasing me for them.


Now that you've given yourself away I think it would be wise to start training in mixed martial arts, as well as misdirection and evasion. You should probably learn at least two foreign languages as well.

Really, it's for your own survival.
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On at least one slightly serious note, keep games out of direct sunlight. Wouldn't want the pretty pictures disappearing or changing colors whistle
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wadenels wrote:
clone288 wrote:
kind of like Jason Bourne except I wouldn't have people chasing me for them.


Now that you've given yourself away I think it would be wise to start training in mixed martial arts, as well as misdirection and evasion. You should probably learn at least two foreign languages as well.

Really, it's for your own survival.


And if they are out of print, run for your life. devil
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If you have a dehumidifier set that running in a small and/or poorly ventilated room at a comfortable temperature, 15 - 25 deg C, so that it can take the atmospheric water down to a relatively low level like 30 - 55% at that temp. Leave the paper based components set out for at least two days for coated paper, but longer with card, to help condition them then pack them. Store the paper at the same temperature. You can also do all this then pack them in a light proof, airtight box with a desiccating agent to help mitigate humidity fluctuations as well as avoiding damage from spills and leaks and atmospheric pollutants. Don't store them in cardboard boxes as acid from those boxes will leech into the game boxes over time.

Bear in mind that everything but archival quality paper is going to deteriorate over a period of decades. Acid from the manufacturing process as well as your fingers is going to dissolve the cellulose, the paper will fox, the glue will decay. Even archival quality paper is only likely to last a few centuries at best.


As for the guy who's leaving them in his car, you don't have to live in a particularly humid place as:
temperature variance
humidity variance
are the two key factors leading to paper degradation. Cycling of these is known to damage paper.
Then physical damage from someone putting something on them that shouldn't go on them and exposure to acid forming agents in vehicle exhausts.
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I'm lucky to have a dry basement and an understanding wife meeple
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