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Seven Unexpected Wounds

Posted April 11th, 2013 at 10:02 AM by Sylvano the Wasabus
I wonder sometimes if we play Scape too much. Is that even possible? On Sunday we played three games and oddly enough I won each one. I should have gone out and bought a lottery ticket, because that definitely doesnít happen every day for me.

The more I began to think about the ... oddness.... of the day the more strange occurrences I came up with. Now I know life is filled with odd fellows and odd balls and UFOs, but surely there is a limit.

Here is my list of seven unexpected wounds, unlimited, from last Sunday:

1) Snatter kills Taq Torgus.

The snatters are small magical constructs that are summoned by First City mages. They have an attack of 1. Theyíre a bit like Reavers actually. In this case there was a pack of Taq Torgus heading into the fight. The lizard men on dinos are feared in melee, so I was trying to delay their arrival by cluttering their path with odds and ends. My snatter rolled his one dice and got one skull. The Taq Torgus whiffed and went down. Heads were shaken all around.

2) Broken terrain pieces

Has this happened to you? We have a fair bit of terrain, and some of it just seems a little.... rotten. The plastic cracks and snaps and it feels brittle in your hands. When handled it breaks. Itís kind of a nightmare- imagine all your terrain slowly breaking apart. Will we still be able to play in ten years? What the heck is going on?

3) Castle hand eaters

I did not include a picture of this wound because it was just too graphic. Some castle pieces slide together nicely. But sometimes fitting them together is like bear wrestling, and if a bit o skin should somehow get wedged in there just as the slide is happening.... screaming. Blood everywhere. Worst wound of the day. Take me now Jandar.

4) The gold dragon takes out Benito Mazmadar

Benito is a vampire. You know the sculpt and you know the type. He has double attack, five attack dice, life drain, stealth flying and heís pretty much hated by everyone whoís not using him. Most of us have a soft spot for dragons, for some reason. I like the gold dragon. Heís my custom and heís a weak and affordable dragon. His area of attack special is no good against one figure.

Somehow Benito and Goldy found each other at the top of a tower in the middle of a battle. For the rest of the game the dragon told hot lava stories while Benito went chop chop. Logically Benito should have won, but they fought for the entire game and at the end it was the gold dragon who flew away. It was a lucky day for me to be sure- except for the nasty bloody chunk of hand Iíd lost building castle earlier.

5) worn out dice

Does this happen to you, or do we truly play too much? Maybe my family has some sort of strange defect- acid hand sweat or something. How many games have I played and lost and then found out that one of the shields had vanished- gee Iím shaking a lot of blanks today.... Perhaps by careful inbreeding we can develop the acid hand sweat into a devastating special attack.

6) Grandma taking pills
My mom is a sweet heart. Kind, silly, and almost eighty. Her mindís going and she canít remember where she left her memory. On Sunday I heard a cry of fear from the kitchen- I rushed in- my daughter was trying to stop my mother from swallowing one of the wound markers. She thought it was one of her pills, which she couldnít remember taking. Maybe they were playing a trick on me?

7) Numb legs and floor slivers
Our house is old and full of hardwood floors that are becoming slivery. Floors that keep on giving! We play on the floor because the house is small and we only have one small table and itís just more comfortable. Except Iím getting older and when I sit for a bit my legs start to get numb. I guess thatís when I get the slivers- when I canít feel them slicing up under the skin. Iím stupid I guess, for usually I wait until my legs arenít numb to take the slivers out. Ouch!
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Tornado's Avatar
I have also broken terrain. The castle pieces can be harder to take apart than to put together. Most of my dice are also worn out. I repainted most of the blue and red dice but then started playing C3G that uses the white dice. Looks like I need to get the paint back out.
One nice thing about the Flag Bearers is that their Valkyrie dice hold up better because the symbols are recessed. Too bad I own none. Besides I hate the Valkyrie symbol.

I also have old hardwood floors. You have to be careful and never slide your feet. I did get a good splinter in my pinky toe recently. Amazing how something so small can cause so much discomfort.
Posted April 11th, 2013 at 10:24 AM by Tornado Tornado is offline
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Posted April 11th, 2013 at 11:14 AM by chas chas is offline
greygnarl's Avatar
Some of my die are getting worn and it's bothering me. Looks like I need to get some flagbearers or win a Season of Online Scape.
Posted April 11th, 2013 at 12:52 PM by greygnarl greygnarl is offline
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My red and blue dice have worn beyond recognition. Thankfully my lone set of Marvel dice is unscarred so far, but I imagine it won't be too long before they wear out too.

I always play on the floor too. It's more comfortable (for me at least).
Posted April 11th, 2013 at 06:15 PM by Arch-vile Arch-vile is offline
Rexmax2's Avatar
I have broken water tiles EVERYWHERE! they break almost every time I use them!
i keep my worn dice seperated because I have 6 or 7 sets of dice, and ironically the worn dice often roll the best.....
Posted April 14th, 2013 at 08:16 AM by Rexmax2 Rexmax2 is offline
Mossman's Avatar
My water tiles started breaking after I moved from Georgia to New Mexico. I wonder if the dry climate has anything to do with it?
Posted April 14th, 2013 at 02:53 PM by Mossman Mossman is offline
BiggaBullfrog's Avatar
My dice have gotten pretty worn as well (luckily, I still have a small stash of yet unused dice I can fall back on when I need them).

My tiles haven't started breaking yet, though. For those who have, how old are your pieces?
Posted April 14th, 2013 at 04:26 PM by BiggaBullfrog BiggaBullfrog is offline
Sylvano the Wasabus's Avatar
The area I live in is renowned for humidity.
We've lost lost of water tiles and now the grass tiles are starting to go.
I'm not sure of their age since much of it is second hand.
Posted April 16th, 2013 at 03:58 PM by Sylvano the Wasabus Sylvano the Wasabus is offline
Sock's Avatar
I posted your terrain problem here at Yahoo answers. I'm not sure if it'll get answered but it's worth a shot. (Also, the thought of losing my 'Scape pieces terrifies me)
Posted April 16th, 2013 at 06:28 PM by Sock Sock is offline
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Here are some sample answers you might find useful:

Many kinds of plastic will become brittle over time from exposure to heat and/or to UV light (sunlight, flourescent lighting, etc). It's also possible I guess that they've been near or touching certain kinds of materials with solvents or even vapors from them that will degrade plastics, and so have been losing some of their ingredients.

I guess you could try at this point to glue the pieces back together then coat the whole items (as well as yet-unbroken ones) with a water-based polyurethane to give them more lifetime and strength. Several coats or even dipping would give even more strength, and at that point (after coating with polyurethane), you could even use a 2-part (clear) epoxy resin for more-more strength.
You'd want to use a water-based polyurethane directly touching the plastic to avoid any problems with being on plastic, and you might want to find one that says it's UV-resistant. My favorite brand is Varathane and the gloss version has both UV protection and something called IPN which gets way down into the surface, but you could choose the brand and the finish you wanted (gloss, satin, matte).

The flat pieces you showed could also be backed with something sturdy and flat just glued or taped on, or also used under the polyurethane or resin.

I've never had a problem with broken tiles, but mine don't see much use. How often do you handle your terrain, and how exactly are they broken(ie: Stepped on, smashed, etc)

Have you ever spilled anything acidic or chemical on them such as carpet cleaner, bleach, alcohol, stain remover, etc.?

Are they regularly exposed to the sun for long periods of time(ie: placed near windows or left outside)?
Posted April 17th, 2013 at 10:13 PM by Sock Sock is offline
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