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#56482
Resin Sets and Small Children 11 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
I've looked at DF for years but could never justify the cost. When the kickstarter came up I got 5 sets plus a few add-ons. Now that I have enough base pieces to really build some things I'm looking at some of the resin sets as potential add-on / flavor sets.

I also have 5, 3, and newborn boys, so anything I get will likely take a LOT of punishment over the next 10 years. That's part of what sold me on the 'dwarvenite' pieces.

So the question is, how durable are the resin sets? They'd need to be able to stand up to some pretty determined banging to survive around here. Should I wait a few more years and/or hope they get more versatile in the dwarvenite line?

Thanks in advance for any guidance.
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#56483
Re:Resin Sets and Small Children 11 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
The resin sets are not as durable / unbreakable as building blocks for small children.

Having said this - they are pretty sturdy.

I had my children play with them from 4 years onwards. My son loved to build dungeons and fill them with monsters (use pre-painted plastic - NOT nicely painted metal minis).

And my son is now an avid Pathfinder player (he is 12 now). Later we will have some friends of his coming around and daddy is the GM.

I didn't have any breakage in all the years (caused by the kids). But early on I told them that they have to be careful and at least at the start they were under supervision / I stopped if it got too rough.

I didn't give them any of the limited edition sets though. Especially the Den of Evil seemed much more delicate.

The all the years there have only been four times I had major breakage

a) my wife dropped 2 HA towers in a box that my son already had carried a few hundred meters to the car while 'rearranging' the boot. Totally smashed up.
b) my wife dropped her backpack from a peg in a restroom on stone floor containing my and my sons self made HA DwarvenForge Dice trays
c) my wife dropped an HA ice bridge made from clear resin
d) the only DF damage was several pieces when we got into a car accident and someone smashed into our boot containing 2 set-ups for a convention. The car was a write-off, nobody hurt in the family, several pieces DF worth 1/3 of a set got breakage (<10% of all DF in the boot) - 80% could be glued together again.

I would under no circumstances hand them a big bag and let them play - especially not if they get used to dwarvenite. Kids are smarter as they seem - they can take care if told so. We often give them not enough responsibility and try to protect them from everything. Just be prepared that some breakage could happen and that they can't play with it anymore if this is the case.

At conventions I let children touch and rearrange the sets. They love it as they are often not allowed to touch anything - but off course I'm at hand to prevent the worst abuse. And there are also some small items you should keep apart - not only because they get swallowed but rather because they get dropped and hovered up.

I want to end and stress - MasterMaze ARE NOT child toys.Actually - they would need a much more stringent testing and red tape to qualify. But I hope this helps you to make up your mind.

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#56487
Re:Resin Sets and Small Children 11 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
Bruce_V,

I would probably never allow young kids (less than 10 year old) play with my resin pieces without watchful supervision. If you haven`t seen Tom`s blog, take a careful look at it as he seems to have a blast role-playing with his kids and their friends: www.dwarvenforge.info/lesaventures/aventures.htm
The most telling thing I can tell you is, even though resin pieces are not designed for kids to play with, they are at the same time designed for your kids to pass along too as heirloom when they are old enough. DF pieces, when taken care of, increase in value with time, as repeatedly seen on eBay. These pieces can outlast all of us!!!

Thod,

Have you seen the film "a Christmas story", where the mother "accidently" drops the father`s beloved woman`s leg-lamp? Are you sure your wife likes having so many HA pieces around your home? Joking...
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#56497
Re:Resin Sets and Small Children 11 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
Thod and Biowizard - thanks to both of you for your thorough and thoughtful replies. What a great community you have here, I'm really impressed with the commitment folks seem to helping people out. As I saw someone mention in another thread, finding these forums and the collectors involved really helps me feel comfortable with the product.

Other than kickstarter these forums are the best advertisement for folks like me :).

Anyway, thanks again. I'll be sure to be appropriately careful and teach them good practices with anything I buy!
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