Finding Inner Piece in Your Game Boxes

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I love my games, but I don’t always enjoy the packaging that they come in. Some companies, like Days of Wonder, are really good at thinking about and delivering great packaging that helps game storage and usability. Other game companies seem to use generic packaging that fits cards and tokens awkwardly and leave you wondering why they put a plastic insert in at all (coughMayfaircough).

In our house we have been making efforts to improve what is provided in some game boxes for storage and for me, it really improves the experience. It just takes a little thinking about what is needed. As an example, we picked up Kingdom Builder recently and these are the things we added to the box.

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Kingdom Builder came with a really impractical piece storage solution. Queen Games included really large, half gallon plastic bags that are much too big for anything in the box. Carol has been bringing home these Super Stacker and Really Useful boxes from the store, which we’ve used to hold Dominion tokens and coins, so we went and got four more to hold each player’s settlement pieces. The two smallest sizes we prefer cost about $1 each. The exact brand doesn’t matter as long as it fits the pieces. Here’s the Really Useful Boxes on Amazon (affiliate link).

Reprint the Rules

One of my small complaints with this game is that I had to keep flipping between pages in the rule book to reference goal cards and the location tiles. There is a simple solution to this problem. I went online and found a PDF for the rule book and took the pages I wanted and put them in a separate document. Then I printed it using two-sided printing to have one reference sheet.  Here is a link the the PDF that I created in case you want to print it out for yourself: Kingdom Builder Reference.

Further Ideas

It’s always worth taking a look on the Internet to see what other people have done to improve a game’s storage or usability. When I went looking for what people had done with Kingdom Builder, I found someone had created a nice little storage solution for the location tiles in this game. Here is a link so that you can download a copy and make one for your game box: Kingdom_Builder_Token_Holder. For more ideas on a game whose storage you want to improve, look it up on Board Game Geek and then check in the Files section to see what other fans have contributed.

What are your favorite tweeks to inner game box storage?

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5 thoughts on “Finding Inner Piece in Your Game Boxes

  1. Terry
    January 19, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Great post! I never thought about packaging as part of the game experience before but you are SO right!

    1. Matt McLane
      January 20, 2014 at 6:16 pm

      Having the contents of your game box organized really allows you get get the game setup quicker and get you to the whole point of opening the box faster… playing.

  2. January 20, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    These are some great ideas! I usually use snack and sandwich Ziploc bags for storage of cards and tokens but this goes above and beyond.

  3. Matt McLane
    January 20, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    We use Ziplocs a lot too, but I am quickly becoming very fond of these small boxes. They only cost a buck or so and they make a huge difference. You don’t have little pieces falling all over the place, you just open up the box and set it next to the board.

    1. January 20, 2014 at 7:10 pm

      After we published this piece, I got to thinking: I’d like to find something for the Ticket to Ride trains. Those bastards get everywhere. The 0.14L boxes we’re using for Kingdom Builder are too small, but the the next size up is marketed for crayons and might fit a set of TTR trains.

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