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Is there a consensus on the best way to store your games? Mainly to prevent warping of the boards and tiles.

I used to think for sure the best was laying them vertically on the long side or vertically on the short side for bookshelf games. This is by far the best for space. I do store some larger games flat (horizontal) on their bottom side. Storing them this way is fine but it takes up a ton of space since I don't double stack because dishing can occur on the box tops.

I am mostly concerned with the possibility of some slight curving of the boards and tiles within the boxes. Gravity is the main culprit and short of having a zero gravity room installed, what do you think is the best way?
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What do you think is the best way to store your board games to prevent warping of boards, cards, and tiles?
Vertically laying on one of the box sides
Horizontally flat laying on its bottom side
I don't think it matters
I like my boards warped.
This doesn't make any sense I think I need a picture.
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I don't think that the board will be effected by the boxes orientation in storage but the box itself may. If boxes are stacked horizontally they appear to get really jacked. My boards haves only warped when I left them in the car too long and the heat got to them.
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I try not to store them under water. If I have too, plastic wrap is my friend.

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I have several Avalon Hill games, which I have stored by stacking them upright in a bookshelf, and they have been there for close to 20 years...as I have gotten back into boardgaming, I have revisited them, and the boards are all fine..

thus, my choice is "I don't think it matters"
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Redward wrote:
I don't think that the board will be effected by the boxes orientation in storage but the box itself may. If boxes are stacked horizontally they appear to get really jacked. My boards haves only warped when I left them in the car too long and the heat got to them.
I agree. I don't think gravity is really the culprit here. It's moisture and humidity. If you've got that under control, the bits should be strong enough on their own to resist gravity.

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freddieyu wrote:
I have several Avalon Hill games, which I have stored by stacking them upright in a bookshelf, and they have been there for close to 20 years...as I have gotten back into boardgaming, I have revisited them, and the boards are all fine..

thus, my choice is "I don't think it matters"


This makes me feel better!

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Redward wrote:
I don't think that the board will be effected by the boxes orientation in storage but the box itself may. If boxes are stacked horizontally they appear to get really jacked. My boards haves only warped when I left them in the car too long and the heat got to them.
I agree. I don't think gravity is really the culprit here. It's moisture and humidity. If you've got that under control, the bits should be strong enough on their own to resist gravity.


Yes, I agree moisture, heat, and stacking; are all real bad. I do store my games in a climate controlled environment. I noticed the slight curve on a 7 wonders board that wouldn't lay completely flat, and also on some unpunched Catan boards. Now we are talking a very small amount of curve. I am just a stickler for the condition of my games.

I know that some warping of boards and chits can come from the factory like that. I never forget the time I unboxed my copy of Duel of Ages Set 1: Worldspanner that included a message telling me to flex the boards in various ways to get them to lay flat (didn't work).

I have used books to get smaller boards and cards to lay flat again, but what about larger game boards?

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With a humidifier and/or dehumidifier in the room.
 
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With a humidifier and/or dehumidifier in the room.
Thanks for sharing.
 
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Store your boxes vertically, but take the boardgames *out* and store them flat. Stick a post-it on the box to remind you to not leave the house without the board!
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have any1 tried storing it for prolong period of time vertically but instead of standing up its stored with the longer part facing down? eg: for power grid

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my reasoning is the force will be distributed over a larger area n therefore less pressure on the box.
I been storing my boardgame in boxes(cos i dun live permanently atm) so have to maximize the box space.

Not sure how it would turn out though
 
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If the boards are manufactured properly they should never warp unless exposed to extreme humidity. A lot of manufacturers know how to do it totally right and will never have a problem... while some others do not.

Our very first production of a game (Space Junkyard) had some warping issues. Now we have a very high-quality factory and it is no problem at all.
 
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Jumpshelf wrote:
I have used books to get smaller boards and cards to lay flat again, but what about larger game boards?


a larger book. I've seen some that would cover my entire coffee table surprise
 
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anyways, I'm in the "it doesn't matter" camp. I've played on board games my dad had as a kid that weren't "stored properly" at all and they still weren't warped. The games were much worse off due to the affects of old age and sunlight on paper products.
 
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I seal all of my games hermetically within an individual environmentally controlled glassed chamber. I prefer helium over argon as I believe the former to be more inert.cool

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