Why Is This Box So BIG!?
Kenneth Stuart
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Riverside
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There are some games that come in boxes so big that you wonder what the producers were thinking when they designed their storage solution. We can count on being hard pressed to run out of storage space for these games, but oh, our poor gaming shelves.

This is a list devoted to those lovely wastes of cardboard. Please add your finds. Try to use an image that emphasizes this waste of cardboard atrocity!

I repeat: Please try to find an image in the gallery that represents the oversized box and use that image in your geeklist addition. Thank you.
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1. Board Game: Rush n' Crush [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:1993]
Kenneth Stuart
United States
Riverside
Ohio
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Rush N' Crush has hardly any pieces at all. The box only needed to be big enough to hold the track and driver pieces with a little bit of extra space for the other components. Instead, this is what we got. Fortunately, I know the size of the box will help keep dust from settling on my shelves.
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2. Family: Dominion
Kenneth Stuart
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Riverside
Ohio
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Great setup for keeping my cards from touching each other. I wouldn't want any of them to see the abilities of their neighbors and try to change their ability text. I suppose the size of the box is perfect if I want to store everything in a single box, but that leaves 6 other boxes empty. Should I throw the other boxes away or keep them in case I ever want to sell the games? At least I know they will all look pretty as a single stack on my game shelves.
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3. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:107] [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked]
Kenneth Stuart
United States
Riverside
Ohio
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A great game, and worth it to purchase all the expansions in one set. So I looked at the Big Box and well, the box is too big. Wow, sure its got good amounts in it but the use of space is awful. What where they thinking? The box is huge yet offers no room for future expansions. Yeah, I can throw the insert away, but then I have an even larger waste of space. I can only hope that enough expansions will be released to use this entire cardboard volume.
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4. Board Game: Caylus Magna Carta [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:444]
 
Kenneth Stuart
United States
Riverside
Ohio
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Just look at this photo. Someone put a huge chunk of plastic in there yet the pieces will still rattle around. This box only needed to be a little larger than the deck of cards, but look at all that cardboard padding. Come-on, really?
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5. Board Game: El Caballero [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1371]
Canada
Montreal
Quebec
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Poster child for this type of thing.

The box is (edit:almost) the same size a the El Grande box.

The components for El Caballero fit in my El Grande: König & Intrigant box, except for the instructions.

This picture probably shows it best.

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6. Board Game: I'm the Boss! [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:640]
United States
Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
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to be fair there are about 200 cards in this game, but apart from what's in this image you get a board and rules.
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7. Board Game: Hey, That's My Fish! [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:475]
United States
Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
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This one is funny because the box has a nice space to store all the hexes neatly, and then a giant hole to store the 16 player markers which take up almost no space.

Hey, that's my shelf space!
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8. Board Game: Chinatown [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:306]
United States
Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
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The dark red is the indented ares for storing components, the middle part holds the components well, but there's about 2/3 of the box going to waste on either side.
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9. Board Game: Chicago Express [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:264]
United States
Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
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There's very little in this box (trains/money/stocks), but worse than that the box is nearly 4 inches deep! you can comfortable fit all components in the bottom this box.
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10. Board Game: German Railways [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:1318]
United States
Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
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Another Queen games 4" deep box! this one has the SAME components as chicago express (trains. stocks, money) except in this one you get cardboard coin money over paper (A+).
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11. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:20]
United States
Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
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If you think Caylus Magna Carta is bad, you should look at Caylus. The insert offers about 70% of the box to be used, you can turn the insert upside down and use the 30% just fine to store the components.
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12. Board Game: RattleSnake [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:2920]
John Crawford
United States
Renton
Washington
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A board, 1 die, and 12 magnets. I guess the insert is there to keep the magnets from touching, but is it really that much of a problem?
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13. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:24]
United States
Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
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Another box that uses about 30% of it's space. a couple hundred cards and a handful of point markers. worst of all this box isn't really good at holding cards as the sides are kind of sloped on the insert. This game fits much nicer in one of it's expansion's boxes.
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14. Board Game: Antiquity [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:150]
United States
Overland Park
Kansas
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Antiquity came to my mind right away when I saw this list. Granted, there are a lot of bits and pieces, but there is no gameboard, only tiles and medium sized platters. The largest item in the box is the rulebook and player mats, which is about all the box needs to be sized for, but instead you end up with one of the larger games boxes out there.

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15. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.87 Overall Rank:19]
Stephen Allen
Australia
Newcastle
NSW
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The picture on the back of the box shows ALL the components.

It's all cards and chits. But the box is 12" square.
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16. Board Game: Cthulhu Rising [Average Rating:5.21 Overall Rank:10371]
United States
Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
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just look at the image. shake
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17. Board Game: Qwirkle [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:498]
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Canada
Saskatoon
Saskatchewan
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Why does this game need that inch of cardboard around each side? Do the sturdy wooden tiles really need the protection?
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18. Board Game: Thurn and Taxis [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:258]
Evil Brother
Netherlands
Enschede
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Thurn und Taxis: Big Box. Everything in the box fits into a Agricola: Farmers of the Moor box which is 1/8 the size of the big box.
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19. Board Game: Samurai: The Card Game [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:3032]
Laszlo Molnar
Hungary
Budapest
Hungary
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It's a card game, but the box is still not too small. What's more, it's a lot thicker than the original!

But actually... the contents fit in one third of a Kosmos 2-player box... (here it shares space with a cardgame and Pickomino)
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20. Board Game: Keltis [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:1023]
Laszlo Molnar
Hungary
Budapest
Hungary
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Keltis AND its expansion fits in the box of the expansion which is half as thick as the box of Keltis!

(Well, at least the 2012 new release includes the expansion as well.)
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21. Board Game: Around the World in 80 Days [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:1000]
Kevin Duffy
United States
Phoenixville
Pennsylvania
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There is a board of course but the box could have been 1/2 deep.
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22. Board Game: Core Worlds [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:323]
Rich Chamberlain
United Kingdom
Nottingham
Nottinghamshire
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I threw away the insert because it was too small for the included player boards (?!) so now there's loads of room in there.

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23. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:215]
Ian Noble
United States
El Dorado Hills
California
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A deck of cards and some gold (butterscotch) pieces don't need to be in a box this big. Let along with a really slippery insert!
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24. Board Game: Cable Car [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:1563]
Patrick C.
United States
Milford
New Hampshire
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The folded board slides around in this huge box.
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25. Board Game: The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:73]
Jestin Jund
United States
Rapid City
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This one always bothered me. I understand that the expansions start filling up the extra space but the box should be better constructed to handle them. When you buy the base game, you get a deck of cards, a few chits, and a threat meter all in a big empty box.
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