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Half in jest, half because there's no better night to do it, I was planning on playing Pandemic with my girlfriend by candlelight this evening. (Bubonic plague cubes glimmer ever so nicely in the soft glow of the flame.)

My concerns are as follows: a) is there a strong possibility that I will burn myself/the cards/my house down and b) what are the chances a lit candle will spill hot molten wax all over my board/pieces/crotch?

Are lit candles a good idea?



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I have the game Waldschattenspiel and that has a candle as a playing piece. Great game BTW.

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It all depends on whether you want the candle to be "lit" or "unlit"
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The chance of anything so patently absurd actually happening are millions to one. But statisticians have calculated that million-to-one chances crop up nine times out of ten.
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jmsmith2434 wrote:
It all depends on whether you want the candle to be "lit" or "unlit"


Edited OP. Distinction noted.

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The chance of anything so patently absurd actually happening are millions to one. But statisticians have calculated that million-to-one chances crop up nine times out of ten.


So you're saying playing with candles is like putting on Sex Panther?
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My wife like's candles, but doesn't like the smoke, and I typically don't care for the various flavors of candles.

My wife has picked up several fake candles that meet her needs. They come in various sizes and some even flicker like regular candles.

You can achieve nearly the same ambiance without endangering your life, your boardgames, or your residence.
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schm0 wrote:
Are lit candles a good idea?


Yes. One of my best gaming memories was playing Go with my wife in candlelight.
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We commonly use candles. As long as it doesn't go unattended and nobody is holding something over it, you should be fine.
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kmanweiss wrote:
My wife like's candles, but doesn't like the smoke, and I typically don't care for the various flavors of candles.


You guys should try some beeswax candles. If I remember right they actually "clean" the air rather than pollute it like the petroleum based ones.
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I've used a fake candle for the first player token in Arkham Horror, but that has to get passed around so I'd never use a real lit candle. The fake one was very atmospheric though.
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Candles are a rather splendid idea. I must try this myself soon.
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In one game of Caylus I had a small tealight lit near the board for atmospheric purposes ( I think it was French Vanilla scented so it seemed appropriate). I leant over to study what buildings were still available, when my husband calmly pointed out that my hair was on fire!

Thankfully other than a revolting smell no real damage was done.

Still, it always makes me smile when people refer to it as a brain burner!
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I wouldn't put them on the table with the game, if for no other reason than you don't want it to fall if someone gets up during the game and bumps the table.

But it might be nice to put them in other places in the room like a mantle, counter, coffee table, or some other stable surface not in use. Do that and you should be fine.
 
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There are a LOT of companies making "candles" that look and feel like true candles, but instead are battery-powered LEDs. Some even flicker, like a candle.

While REAL candles set the mood, these are safer.

A quick look at Amazon...
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2/177-4650848-8102437...


...and some LED candle pix below. If you go this route, I would seek out ones that are reviewed to be pretty bright. The ones I have seen emit a soft light with a gentle flicker... possibly a bit dim for a game like Waldschattenspiel.


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Don't leave a room that contains a lit candle. Candles account for a significant number of house fires.
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frumpish wrote:
Don't leave a room that contains a lit candle. Candles account for a significant number of house fires.


*gets image in head of numerous friends happening to pop round whilst a candle is lit, none of them being able to leave, and all standing around, a staring intently at, the lit candle, 'just in case'...
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With the right set-up your candles can be not only romantic but also mess free and safe for you and your game.


1) Get high quality "dripless" candles. They do drip, but not much. They do cost a lot more than the cheap ones you get in six packs at the supermarket, but they also last longer.

2) Get some proper candlesticks. They should have a dish at the base of the candle to catch drips and they should hold the candle firmly. Also they should have a stable base so they can't easily be knocked over(use a table that isn't easily rocked as well) and be tall so that the light from the candle is up high enough to light the playing area well. Low candles cast awkward shadows that make it hard to see your pieces/cards etc.

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Pandemic by candlelight? Are you nuts?! Just turn on the tv and enjoy the movie "Outbreak" instead. If you must use candles, consider playing Flash Point. For every new Hot Spot, light another candle...it's much more thematic that way.
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I've had candlelit/campfire-lit RPG sessions a couple of times, it's a nice touch, but you should make sure you don't have to read any fine print at any point in the game.

And besides... You're asking complete strangers whether you and your girlfriend are able to safely handle *candles*... I'd say probably yes, in any case you're most certainly more qualified to answer this question yourself, but just in case I'll assemble a short checklist:

1) Do you keep highly volatile chemicals next to your game?
2) Is your table a giant, table-shaped, gasoline-filled waterballoon?
3) Do you live on a planet with extremely high methane and oxygen concentrations in the atmosphere?
4) Does fire call out to you and tell you to do terrible things with it, such as burning down orphanages?
5) If a candle were to fall over, would you NOT have the following reaction: Immediately slam the fire out with your hand, silently curse about the mess and the (highly unlikely but possible) tiny burn on your hand, clean the wax up, and forget about it?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, you probably shouldn't, otherwise you're probably fine.
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Evil Bob wrote:
Pandemic by candlelight? Are you nuts?! Just turn on the tv and enjoy the movie "Outbreak" instead. If you must use candles, consider playing Flash Point. For every new Hot Spot, light another candle...it's much more thematic that way.


I am a fledgling boardgamer with, alas, only two games to keep us company. blush

Flash Point is on my watchlist, though.



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...but just in case I'll assemble a short checklist:


A questionnaire! I love these!

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1) Do you keep highly volatile chemicals next to your game?


Well I would say that least one of us is smokin' hot, and she can be quite volatile at times. Especially when forgetting to take out the trash.

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2) Is your table a giant, table-shaped, gasoline-filled waterballoon?


That's a no. We sold our last one on craigslist.

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3) Do you live on a planet with extremely high methane and oxygen concentrations in the atmosphere?


Unfortunately, it's mostly nitrogen. Do I get bonus points for trace amounts of nuclear radiation?

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4) Does fire call out to you and tell you to do terrible things with it, such as burning down orphanages?


Ah, I'm all too familiar with this phenomenon. But that's a no for me. That's Uncle Jim. (They say it skips a generation or two.)

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5) If a candle were to fall over, would you NOT have the following reaction: Immediately slam the fire out with your hand, silently curse about the mess and the (highly unlikely but possible) tiny burn on your hand, clean the wax up, and forget about it?


This is probably my greatest fear. I am hoping I would react in such a way, but it really depends on how many player cards are left in the deck.

That was fun!
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schm0 wrote:

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2) Is your table a giant, table-shaped, gasoline-filled waterballoon?


That's a no. We sold our last one on craigslist.


Aw man.. I was asking because I've been looking for one of those...

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3) Do you live on a planet with extremely high methane and oxygen concentrations in the atmosphere?


Unfortunately, it's mostly nitrogen. Do I get bonus points for trace amounts of nuclear radiation?


Only if you live on the planet of the Psychlos, where radiation is apparently explosive.

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4) Does fire call out to you and tell you to do terrible things with it, such as burning down orphanages?


Ah, I'm all too familiar with this phenomenon. But that's a no for me. That's Uncle Jim. (They say it skips a generation or two.)

Lucky bastard, MY parents/uncles/aunts never scurged the earth with the fire of vengeance, so it all falls to me... Or so the master in my nightlight tells me.



One way or another, (here's a somewhat belated) welcome to the site!
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Flamin_Jesus wrote:
By the way, regarding the fledgling thing: I hope you don't take my post the wrong way, I was kidding (and trying to impart the message that it'll be fine, although that might have been buried)

One way or another, (here's a somewhat belated) welcome to the site!


Thanks, and no worries! It would take a bit more to hurt my feelings. We've caught the fever, to borrow a pun, so we're just anxious for the next opening in our budget and get another game.

So many games to buy, so little time/money/decisiveness.
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schm0 wrote:
Flamin_Jesus wrote:
By the way, regarding the fledgling thing: I hope you don't take my post the wrong way, I was kidding (and trying to impart the message that it'll be fine, although that might have been buried)

One way or another, (here's a somewhat belated) welcome to the site!


Thanks, and no worries! It would take a bit more to hurt my feelings. We've caught the fever, to borrow a pun, so we're just anxious for the next opening in our budget and get another game.

So many games to buy, so little time/money/decisiveness.


Heh, my apologies, you know how it is on the internet, sometimes one has to couch one's statements for the humor-impaired.

Regarding the money thing, I just rob people at gunpoint, you can try that, or if you're completely immoral you could become an investment-banker.
 
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Flamin_Jesus wrote:
Regarding the money thing, I just rob people at gunpoint, you can try that, or if you're completely immoral you could become an investment-banker.


Now you've gone and offended me.

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schm0 wrote:
Flamin_Jesus wrote:
Regarding the money thing, I just rob people at gunpoint, you can try that, or if you're completely immoral you could become an investment-banker.


Now you've gone and offended me.


I knew I could do it! I want to thank my parents, and my friends, and Jesus, and that guy who sold me that hot-dog before the post, and... holycrapmygutisexploding!
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