Why Is This Box So BIG!?
Kenneth Stuart
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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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51. Board Game: Guerilla [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:2884]
J.L. Robert
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This isn't a new phenomenom. This game is just a double deck of cards, a small sheet of counters, and a 6 or 8 page rulebook, all in a bookcase box.

After punching out the counters, I was able to fit the entire game, including rules, in a single 100-count card box.
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52. Board Game: Bargain Hunter [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:1371]
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Houston
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A completely unnecessarily large box for a deck of cards.



Especially considering the original Schnappchen Jagd came in a box the same size as No Thanks.
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Erik Leppo
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Baltimore
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Can't believe this one isn't already on the list. Some of those other games (box and all) would fit inside any of of the Gamemaster series games. All but one, Broadsides and Boarding Parties, don't even take up half the box. Broadsides and Boarding Parties actually needs a box that big once the ships get assembled. Granted all these games have large tri-fold maps that just fit the box. But Formula Dé figured out how to fold large map boards.

The boxes are HUGE as well (20*14*4 inches). Nothing else fits on the shelf with them (except others in the series).

I have 2 games in each box and there is still empty space in the box.

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54. Board Game: Dark Tower [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1795]
Erik Leppo
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Baltimore
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Another 80's huge game box. The box does need to be that wide and deep to fit the tower but the board doesn't take up much of the rest of the box.
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55. Board Game: Alhambra [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:304]
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I know Queen games has been mentioned a couple of times, but here is a pic of Alhambra. WHY IS THE BOX SO BIG!?!? It could be half the size.

The only reason the box is so big, that I can determine, is to hold the S.O.U.S. (Scoreboard of Unusal Size... and when I say "Unusual Size" I really mean, "I have actual game boards that are smaller!")
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56. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:82] [Average Rating:7.53 Unranked]
Leslie Taylor
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I wanted to include this, but then I remembered back when I had all but three expansions (Mediterranean, Pacific, and Breakthrough)inside the original box. As a matter of fact, I was storing the rule books and boards in the Air Pack box.

Considering the game is as much a system as it is standalone, I like how big the box is. Also, the insert was fantastic, even though it took up so much air.
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57. Board Game: Corps Command: Dawn's Early Light [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:2699]
Christopher O
Canada
Toronto
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I love this game. It is quick, intense, flavourful and evokes the "feel" of modern combat.

The box is 75-80% bigger than it needs to be.

The rule and scenario book is less than 20 pages, the map is 17" x 22" and folds by quarters into 8.5" x 11" with a four sheet of paper thickness, and there are very few counters, all of which could easily fit into a single counter tray with 2" to spare in the bookcase-sized box.

Great game. The box is waaaay too big.
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58. Board Game: World at War: Eisenbach Gap [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:917]
Wulf Corbett
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Shotts
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Must be a LnL thing - with a slim rule/scenario book, a small map, and a really small countersheet, this would be a small magazine game (albeit the map would have to be thinner paper). In this box it gets lost down in the bottom...

Fortunately, it is damn good!
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59. Board Game: Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation (Deluxe Edition) [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:158]
Left Hand Reviews
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Atlanta
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Im surprised this didn't make the list yet!

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60. Board Game: Origins: How We Became Human [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:1699]
Brian Pilnick
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This one is just absurd. The box is huge and has very little in it, even with the expansion (which is a small deck of cards). It's asking for dishing.
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61. Board Game: Carolus Magnus [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:591]
Peter Varholak
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Actually the box of CM serves as a storage solution for mine small size games. Besides the CM components I managed to put there also following complete games in their original boxes:
Citadels
Citadels: The Dark City
Zeus on the Loose
Wizard
Die Säulen der Erde: das Kartenspiel
BANG! - with all expansions I posses in mine collection...
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62. Board Game: 7 Wonders: Leaders [Average Rating:7.85 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.85 Unranked]
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Why does the expansion need a box when it fits so easily in the basic game box?
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63. Board Game: Genoa [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:273]
Dani M
Austria
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New Filosofia edition, lot of unused space, but the new print has a much larger board...
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64. Board Game: Fürstenfeld [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1294]
Jeroen van der Valk
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This is the last one that really offended me. Besides the gameboard, everything is way smaller than the box. And what annoyed me the most was that the 5 player gameboards DON'T fit in the larger space, and CAN'T balance on the ridge in the middle because there are no ridges at the sides.

Awesome game though.
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65. Board Game: The Resistance [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:81]
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This will only fit in the front pocket of my jeans. I want it to fit in the BACK pocket of my jeans!
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66. Board Game: Unspeakable Words [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:1930]
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A deck of cards, a d20 and a bunch of mini Chtulhus. Apparently a Cthulhu sized box is needed to keep it all contained. Even with a card tray poached from Mille Bornes the box is greatly oversized.

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67. Board Game: 51st State [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:593] [Average Rating:6.98 Unranked]
Byron Olson
United States
Ramsey
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One of the worst offenders I own.

Plus, they decided to save valuable space in the vast, expanse of a box by making the chits (even the first player token) the size of pollen spores...
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68. Board Game: Stalag 17 [Average Rating:6.00 Overall Rank:6262]
Ian Smith
Saudi Arabia
Dhahran
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This one gets my giant box of air vote.



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69. Board Game: Core Worlds [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:310]
James Van
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this game box is about the same size as Runebound or arkham Horror but it only needs a box about the size of Bohnanza or forbidden Island. its pretty funny to see for the first time.

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70. Board Game: Scrabble Flash [Average Rating:5.87 Overall Rank:5369]
Richard Smeltzer
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This is a see-through box. Those five square things and a small set of rules are all that you need to play. The box also contains a carrying case so you can ditch the packaging:
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71. Board Game: Pirate King [Average Rating:5.80 Overall Rank:6723]
jimmy ryan
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Jamestown
Ohio
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The original box for this was twice as deep as the standard 12" square boxes out now. However, the components didn't fill the entire base of the box itself! Why was this box so flippin' deep!
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72. Board Game: Pirate King [Average Rating:5.80 Overall Rank:6723]
jimmy ryan
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The original box for this was twice as deep as the standard 12" square boxes out now. However, the components didn't fill the entire base of the box itself! Why was this box so flippin' deep!

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73. Board Game: The Spirits of Niagara [Average Rating:6.86 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.86 Unranked]
Andrew Miller
Wales
Swansea
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The entire expansion can fit into the large compartment in the lower right corner
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74. Board Game: Airships [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:1157]
Craig.
United States
Ohio
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Another offender from Queen Games due to their "standardized" game box. The necessary box could be 1/3, maybe 1/4, the height! The insert included is useless and not specific to the game.
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75. Board Game: 300: The Board Game [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:4905]
Mr. Wink
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Fochabers
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You could fit a million Persians in there.
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