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#11894
Smoke and Fog Effects 8 Years, 5 Months ago  
Well, I'll be honest, I'm a fanatic when it comes to detail in the "environment" of the game, and I was looking for an inconspicuous way to throw some dry ice and water into the dungeon without damaging my DF pieces. I'm pretty much looking for suggestions if anyone else has any experience in the subject.
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#11895
Smoke and Fog Effects 8 Years, 5 Months ago  
Well, water is on it's way, if you can wait until June. Dry Ice, uhhh, how about a small aluminum pie pan, or just a multiple-layer piece of aluminum foil to contain the dry ice until it evaps? You're not going to want a huge piece of it anyway.

Just a suggestion.

See ya!

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#11896
Smoke and Fog Effects 8 Years, 5 Months ago  
I've done both the Dry ice method (having acess to it from work, heck we got a shipment in yesterday with about 5 lbs of it, took 2lbs to the game just to goof off with and not even use for the game, just took a big pot filled it with water and had it flowing over the table... yeah we are geeks) and the Method used for the DoE pictures.

For DI i found you need a well insulated cup with warm water in it to get the best results. A small bit of dry ice, in a cut down styrfofoam works good, places in like the dead space of passage pieces etc. Be carefull of the amount of DI you put in and the amount of water, i have frozen bowls, cups etc to tables, and would worry about doing it to the DF as well. We tried filling the floor vents from Sci-Fi Alpha with lots of warm water and dropping in a small pellet and it works ok, but the water splashed out with the bubbling.

I have found a more dependable way (if you can't get the dry ice) is the wizard stick from ZeroToys
www.zerotoys.com/newsite/products/wizardsticknohead.htm
hook a house up to the end where the smoke comes out and you can direct it where you want, that's what i have been using recently. It was the product that Jeff/admin used for the DOE promo shots, the Wizard stick, and it really does make a nice smoke effect for in the set ups, and freaks out the cats far less than the DI. If you want atmo in the room dry ice is better, becuase of the way the two flow. the WSsmoke will fill the DF set ups nicely, but disapates in the air pretty quck, the DI being heaver than air will flow over the table and pool on the floor if you get enough. We had one whole corner of the room last night full of a white cloud of CO2.

For the $15 or so that it costs you get a decent bit of the smoke effect, used it in about 1/2 of the games iv'e run since i had it and haven't even gone through the pack of fuel they sent with it.
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#11897
Smoke and Fog Effects 8 Years, 5 Months ago  
My son and I picked up a fog machine after halloween at our local target store for about $10. We then did an online search on how to make the fog "heavy". We ran a hose from the end of the fog machine to a styrofoam cooler filled with ice packs and then ran an exit hose out the other side. It worked! It made a fog, denser then the surrounding air that would "fill" up our dungeons. Wicked Cool!

I'll have to check out the Wizard stick! It looks much more practical.

Did anyone using the wizard stick have trouble with the fog floating up?
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#11898
Smoke and Fog Effects 8 Years, 5 Months ago  
Yeah I did, the reason i added the hose to the top. The pictures of it in action on the Zerotoys webpage are pretty much on the money for how it works, it just flows out, But it is i think naturally a little denser than air.
you can fill up cups, etc and pour out the smoke, no problem, but it was kind of hard to direct it where i wanted to go and it was a pain in the butt to fill the cup and pour, so i just took a section of some cheap (like $3 garden hose from wal-mart) attached it to the end, and now it flows out of that and it can bend it direct it where ever i want it to go. works really well. I used the bend in the hose that was there already to make it so i rest the thingy on the table press the buttons, and it flows out and up the tube then down into the DF, works pretty well. You kind to need to catch it in something in the lay out to get it to hang around.
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