At the gaming convention there were a couple of sellers that were focused on inserts/organization/player mats/gaming accessories. Some of them used lasercut thin wood or plastic/acrylic, but some of the inserts were foam-core. I am not about to spend twenty, thirty, or forty dollars on something I can make with less than $5 in supplies. I mean, yes, my time, but I think it's fun to make things. To be honest, to have something so tangible after only 2 or 3 hours of work is kind of nice after stitching and not having a finished piece for many, many more hours
I liked the idea of having inserts that kept the bits organized (vs the gazillonty little baggies that make up so many games), and I also liked the idea of all of the time it would save to break down and set up games once they're organized (never mind the fact that many of these can be stored vertically without becoming disorganized).
I started with Codenames because it was a pretty small box and it didn't need an insert, but I wouldn't be ruining anything, either. I even have a whole side of extra space for expansions (yes, Target has an "adult" Codenames version, but it also uses gender slurs and I won't support that). It might work for Codenames Pictures if I decide I need it.
|I accidentally got thicker foamcore, and had to use some of the stiff cardboard as a divider because my dimensions were off...|
I decided to do Rattus next, and this also holds the Pied Piper expansion. That means I can toss out that extra box, too, so bonus on saving space! Rattus has more expansions, but I seriously doubt I'll get any of them. It was my first try with a removable tray, too. And this game isn't big enough that anyone had already posted pictures. Winging it worked!
|ignore the white not-set glue ;)|
|There's a lid that snugs down over the legionnaire pieces|
|The empty slot/section is for the expansion we don't have yet.|
|After looking at this picture I realized I was missing a blue meeple - he was safely recovered from underneath all of the bits of foamcore left on the table.|
The new (smaller) box is on the left and the original box is on the right. So much space saved!
|I'm far more proud of this than I should be.|
My partner seems to be buying into the inserts, too, because he pointed out more games that can use inserts or smaller boxes ;)