Enjoying a day off when my daughter walked in and asked why the garage was full of water. I entered the garage to find water shooting out of the water heater like a gray whale surfacing for air. After cutting off the water, I surveyed the damage. The biggest problem was a bag and a plastic container, both full of games. Both were also full of water as I had placed them optimally in front of the water heater spray. I mentally wrote them off to a salvage operation and went about getting everything else out of the water.
Then, I dug into the games. The frustrating part is these are the containers I usually keep in my car but had removed as I had family in. Family left and I was slow about putting them back in the car. Sigh…… Both the bag and the container were full of water.
7th Fleet – complete loss – 2 games – a friend had given me a good price on 2. I was able to pull out a couple of maps and a few counters in zips. Zips are the unsung hero here. Anything in zips avoided water damage.
Leaving Earth – Survived as I had stored everything in zips except the rules. I can reprint those but they don’t look to bad. Box went in the trash.
Manoeuvre – sitting sideways in the container it took the full brunt. Pulled counters out in zips and of course the dice. I expect to replace this lite but fun game. Easy to teach and fast to play.
Cuba Libre – the first GMT Box miracle! I literally pulled the game out of the water and after a quick wipe down, everything but the box top survived. The box must have sealed and it is robust enough that it didn’t soak through in the time I waited….. My group puts this on the table often so I am happy it has been saved.
Combat Commander Europe – GMT box miracle number 2. Also submerged in water, neither box top or bottom survived, but the only damage to the contents was a touch of water damage on one map. There was water on the counter tray and on the box my buddy Pat Wells put my counters in – but other wise perfect! My most played game (in a close race with TS – so I am happy!
John Company – Box destroyed – contents saved! Another great box with a tight fit!
Twilight Struggle – Survived in whole as I brought it inside to show my father in law! Random act of fortune? I don’t think so…..
Liberty or Death – the sad part of the story is that my players copy of Liberty or Death did not make it. I removed the pieces as i keep them in zips but the beautiful map did not survive……. ;-(
A few random copies of Strategy and Tactics and Fire and Movement – very absorbent I am sad to say.
Sekigahara – dead
Notes and prototype of Flashpoint: South China Sea – I saved my notes and the wooden pieces but the rest will have to be reprinted.
In summary I expected much worse. My biggest loss was the 7th Fleet. I will replace all the other board games and I will email GMT to buy a few boxes. The GMT Boxes were awesome and held up great – I did not expect that. and anything in zips was fine.
Words of wisdom: This all could have been avoided if i had put the games back in my car on a timely basis. Secondly – don’t put your games on the floor – if you put them in a box that will be on the floor, put a buffer under them. And lastly – store everything in GMT game boxes…..