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Giacomo Peroni
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Hello,
I've bought some days ago a used copy of Horus Heresy, and even if the game is in in very good condition for everything else, the gaming board is slightly deformed and concave.
This is already quite annoying by itself, but in this game there are perforated areas under which you introduce platic fortresses. The fact that the board is so deformed leaves an unpleasant space between those fortresses and the gaming board itself.

What do you suggest me to do to resolve the situation?

Thanks.
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Pete Belli
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This might be helpful:

The Surgery: Board Game Repair Tips

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Gadi Oron
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I know of 3 techniques to fix that

1) (I tested this one and it works)
Use a rolling pin to straighten the board. You need to use a slightly soft backing surface for this technique to work - something like a thin carpet.

2) (Did not try this one)
Put your board in a microwave oven so the glue will soften a bit. Sounds risky

3) (Fully tested by many)
Contact FFG and ask for the board to be replaced

Good luck
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Jake Staines
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The first thing to try is simply placing the game board, folded up if it folds, under a big stack of very heavy and already-flat things, on top of something rigid and already-flat. If you have a large book or two, then place your game board on a tabletop, place the large book over the top of the board, then pile other books on top of that until the board is forced flat. Then leave it like that overnight, maybe for a day or two, and see if that has flattened it.

If that didn't work, then lightly spray the board (from the back only, if you want to be really careful) with water from one of those misting sprays that are used for plants, then repeat the steps above. If it's a folding board, place sheets of greaseproof baking parchment/wax paper between each 'leaf' of the board when you fold it up, so that there's no chance of moist surfaces touching and the print sticking. Stack it up as above and then leave it a day or two 'til it's completely dry.




The reason for this is that paper is commonly made from pulped-up wood and similar organic fibres - those fibres swell when they become moist, much like the doorframes and doors in your house will swell and stick when it's more humid. Warping is often caused by the fibres on one side of the board swelling, and therefore making that side of the board slightly longer than the other side, meaning that the board curves so that both sides can retain their corresponding lengths without coming completely apart.

Sometimes flattening for a period can stretch the fibres back into the right position, sometimes you need to re-moisten to ease the stretching of the fibres so that when they dry out, they dry in that pre-stretched position and maintain the flat shape you forced them into with the books.
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john guthrie
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regex wrote:

2) (Did not try this one)
Put your board in a microwave oven so the glue will soften a bit. Sounds risky :)


i tried this once. it didn't do any damage, but it didn't fix the issue either. did make the board rather warm for a while though
 
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