Monday, August 7, 2017

Wargaming Wine Dos and Don'ts

This Friday night I set off to Curt's to play out our first table top encounter in the Schnellenbach campaign.   Unfortunately, things did not go to plan and the mini game was scrapped.  Yes there was wine involved.

Having placed my figures and terrain carefully in the car and the messenger bag I use for other wargaming supplies on the passenger seat I set off.  After half a block, the car's idiot light came on to tell the passenger to buckle up.  I figured my bag was heavier than normal and lifted off the seat to move it to the back seat.  It was then they I found that the bottle of  red wine had lost its bottom and spilled its contents into my bag until it overflowed onto the car seat.

Full damage report as follows.

  • One IPad cover in the bin - fortunately my IPad appears unaffected
  • One bound copy of Sharp Practice 2 in the bin.  I could have salvaged it potentially but wine had hit every page and the front cover was do badly soaked that if curled into a tube.  Luckily I have an ebook form do can get a new copy printed.
  • One deck if SP2 cards in the bin -  I tried to save these but they were wet enough that the laminations were separating.  Not a huge loss, as we tend to use wooden chits instead of cards.
  • One upcoming trip to the auto shop to get the seats thoroughly cleaned so the car stops smelling like stale wine.


So, don't do what I did.

  • Don't put your wine bottle sideways in the same with stuff you value.  Do keep the wine upright in a separate plastic bag
  • Don't put your wine on the front seat.  Do find a secure place in the trunk.
  • Don't put the bag containing your wine down in your concrete driveway while loading other things.  Do put if safely and gently in the car first.


20 comments:

  1. Cringing even reading this.

    Ow.

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  2. Eek! I feel your pain. The thought of red wine spilled on the pale leather in my car will keep me awake tonight!

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    1. Fortunately our budget doesn't lend itself to leather.

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    2. Only 'cos you spend it all on wine....

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  3. I hope you didn't lose a superior vintage at the same time!

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    1. Fortunately it was only wargaming wine! My wife limits me to a low price tag for those bottles.

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  4. Add:

    When camping, don't store your bottle of wine in the same bit of the car-boot you drop your large metal tent-peg mallet into.

    We take wine when we go camping. Don't judge us :)

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  5. Are there people who don't take wine with them when they camp?

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  6. Rule #5: Never carry the plonk on the seat that belongs SWMBO! 😁

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  7. The real lesson is that Curt should have bought the wine

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  8. Oh dear! At least no figures were drowned.

    Reminds me of the day I learned not to carry those plastic bits-drawer cabinets​, full of metal 15's, by the soft plastic handle when walking to a friend's house for a game.

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