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Does anyone have any idea of a realistic way to protect the dungeon tiles from scratches and other blemishes? Playing on a hard surface like a table they sometimes get nudged on it or pulled along it one way or another and this leads to scratches on the black surface of the tiles from rough spots or minuscule pieces of whatevers. It's really hard to avoid, and I consider myself pretty careful with them. Here's a photo of probably my worst scratched tile.



The scratches are on the black parts. They are kind of hard to see in photo form, but in person, they are visible, and rather annoying to a guy like me that likes to preserve this stuff.

So, any tips or ideas?
 
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Bryce K. Nielsen
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Don't play?

I honestly have no other suggestions. Mine's getting pretty scratched too, mainly from shuffling, but there's not a whole lot you can do to avoid that other than not playing the game.

You could maybe put some Decoupage on all the pieces, but I'd be afraid of ruining them. Experiment with the leftover cardboard?

-shnar
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Andrew Hayford
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Buy a second set to be preserved. I'm being serious. I think any efforts you took would end up either making the pieces a pain to play with or end up costing as much as a new copy.
 
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Shnar beat me to it - I was going to say I protect mine by playing Claustrophobia. devil
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I just figure they are dungeon tiles, the more beat up they look, the more authentic the dungeon.
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Hugh G. Rection
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Use Ziploc sandwich bags as sleeves.


Or, more seriously, use rubber shelf liner as a game mat.

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Hugh_G_Rection wrote:
Use Ziploc sandwich bags as sleeves.


Or, more seriously, use rubber shelf liner as a game mat.



Rubber shelf liner is actually a good idea. Doesn't help with shuffling, but I don't really "shuffle" per se. I'll probably go this route.
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ronster0 wrote:
I just figure they are dungeon tiles, the more beat up they look, the more authentic the dungeon.


I agree Ron, even with cards (for example, my Memoir'44 cards are so beat up that they look like they came straight from the battle field).



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Go buy a couple yards of felt. It'll set you back maybe 10 bucks. It'll minimize scratches to the tiles and it makes picking up cards much easier.

No matter what board game I'm playing, I always cover the table first.
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Would spraying them with some spray shellac or some other similar sealant perhaps help?
 
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Can't protect against other tiles, but my table has yet to scratch my tiles. Maybe if you ensure the table is clean...and perhaps if you played on a glass top table or something like that?
 
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I use a table cloth when available or I wipe off the table with a damp cloth before play. We wash our hands before and don't eat or drink while playing. This keeps our games in great condition. Sorry, house rules!
 
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we play all games that have cards on a neoprene cover made for poker. it protects cards by allowing them to be picked up more easily, and certainly won't scratch your tiles.
 
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jody wrote:
I use a table cloth when available or I wipe off the table with a damp cloth before play. We wash our hands before and don't eat or drink while playing. This keeps our games in great condition. Sorry, house rules!


Washing hands before and no eating or drinking? Okay, that's going too far for me! I can see my grandma making me do that before playing crazy 8s or something, haha.

Different strokes, I suppose . . .

The black cloth idea I like the most so far. I wouldn't want to spray the tiles with anything in fear or melting them or ruining them in some way.
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I tried out Shellac on my Betrayal at House on the Hill tiles. Getting a nice even coat without orange peeling is hard to do. Have a second copy of the game on hand unless you're really good with the stuff because you're bound to mess up on a few tiles.

It help with the scratching problem but I wish I'd been more skilled at applying the shellac.
 
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Re: How to protect the dungeon tiles from scratches?
You can try this...clear wallpaper, avaliable at any home improvement store and even Walmart, if you're lucky enough to find it there; about $10 a roll and the roll will do the tiles and more. The clear wallpaper will have to be cut after application (it's self adhesive), will have to be trimmed with an craft knife. Hope this helps. I'll be trying this on my set and I've used the clear wallpaper on other games over the years to protect them and 20 years later a lot of them are still in mint condition.

Warning, don't buy the frosted clear wallpaper, you can't see through it.
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Vince Palomo
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Hey Everyone,

Here's a way not to worry about scratched tiles ever again and the game is so much more fun with these kool dungeon sets from a webstore called www.ShowcaseTerrain.com I've picked up a set of each and some accessories and they are amazing. :D
 
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Morbious wrote:
Hey Everyone,

Here's a way not to worry about scratched tiles ever again and the game is so much more fun with these kool dungeon sets from a webstore called www.ShowcaseTerrain.com I've picked up a set of each and some accessories and they are amazing.


And 3D terrain would negate the need to shuffle the tiles how?
 
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Jon Kolman
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No eating or drinking??

That is going a little too far.

That's half the fun....
 
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