I received two bits of game-related mail in the last couple-four weeks, one of them markedly more welcome than the other. The first, which arrived sometime ago, shortly after the start of the new year, was a letter from Wizards of the Coast. Dated December 27th, it came in response to the physical copy of the email in which I originally expressed my displeasure with the warping tiles found in the new printing of Betrayal at House on the Hill — and yes, that date stamp is correct; I sent that email-letter combo back on October 25th.
Sadly, the letter didn’t have much to say, beyond apologizing for the problem and that they hoped to get the replacement tiles sometime in the first quarter of 2011 — i.e., now. Elsewhere on the web, namely Boardgamegeek, one European player reports that the customer service representative with whom they spoke said the tiles were available for shipping. So if Europe’s getting them, that’s a good sign for the US.
The much cooler piece of mail was Christian’s new handwritten zine, One Square Equals Five Feet. It’s a neat, two-sided, one sheet zine with adventure seed material to plug into one’s fantasy campaign. What I really dig about this is it really is handwritten the whole way through. Christian says that’s in part because he needs the deliberate process involved in making a zine, as opposed to bashing out blog posts as so many of us do.
Once again, Christian’s example gives me ideas and wishes that I’d like to live up to. As that happens, I start to perceive what may be a part of what Christian describes: in writing blog posts, you don’t do as much as you might have.
Thank you so much for the kind words. It is my pleasure to scribble and send mail. While I love writing my blog, there’s something about creating a physical document and dropping it into the post that really helps me. It’s like a familiar ritual that helps to mark the passage of time.
Take care and be well,
Thanks for that original warning about the Hil House tiles. I got the game for Xmas and, being properly forewarned, I was able to immediately place heavy weights on top of the tiles after popping them out of the cardboard sheets. Leaving the weight on for three days seems to have arrested the warping before it started.
(Unfortunately, I didn’t think to do it for the character sheets… and those are now character domes.)
I’m glad to hear anti-warping precautions worked for you. I’d heard these tiles are resistant to it, so it’s good news that it worked for someone.
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