Games that got the inserts and storage trays right.
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The one thing that gets my goat is when you pay a lot of money for a game, but it comes with useless inserts or, even worse, inserts that impede you from putting the game away (i.e. Mission:Red Planet, where you got to cram the cardboard spaceships under the stupid tray).

Recently, I have been suprised at some games that have it done right.

Please add to this list, because I want the makers of games to get kudos when they get it right.
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1. Board Game: Seasons [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:164]
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This insert should recieve an award for how well it puts everything away and keeps them from floating around.
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2. Board Game: Airlines Europe [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:307]
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A great game deserves a great insert. Everything is in its place and a place for everything. A little tough to get the victory tokens out, but that is small potatoes.
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3. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:190] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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After you put this away, despite all the pieces, you can turn this upside down and shake and it all stays togather.
 
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4. Board Game: Dixit [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:199] [Average Rating:7.31 Unranked]
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The insert is the scoreboard. Room for cards an tokens. The cards are pieces of art, so is the insert.
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5. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:231]
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Even with a couple of promo items, everything fits perfectly.
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6. Board Game: Lords of Waterdeep [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:53]
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Big fan of the insert for this. Just wish it didn't have that odd half box design for everything else that makes it a pain to transport in my gaming bag.
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7. Board Game: Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:565] [Average Rating:6.99 Unranked]
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Returning everything to its proper place is a snap.
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8. Board Game: Rum & Pirates [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:1987]
J. Romano
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I'm surprised no one's mentioned Rum & Pirates yet. Its storage tray holds all the little square cardboard counters, each type in its own little compartment.

But what's even cooler is that the plastic cover is molded in just the right way as to sink deeper in the slots above the top-most counter. This really helps in determining if you have all the counters in the right slots before putting everything back in the box.

(Hmm... it's difficult to explain without actually showing the plastic covering. But trust me: It's really neat that it was done this way.)
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9. Board Game: Colosseum [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:360]
Adam Alleman
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A place for everything in this insert.
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10. Board Game: Tobago [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:397]
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This is a great insert. The insert is molded to protect the resin components (statues), keep the cards organized, and still has room for personal storage containers.

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11. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:116] [Average Rating:7.55 Unranked]
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Memoir 44 has a great insert and everything for the base game stays in place. The problems occur when you decide to start buying the inevitable expansions.

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12. Board Game: Lord of the Rings [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:720]
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Not only do the insert keep everything nicely organized, but you can also fit every single expansion into the box and still use the insert to keep things tidy!
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13. Board Game: Mall of Horror [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1295]
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This one!
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14. Board Game: Summoner Wars: Master Set [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:150] [Average Rating:7.57 Unranked]
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Now this is how you do an insert. Enough room for all 16 factions, reinforcements, and while thin sleeved.
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15. Board Game: Survive: Escape from Atlantis! [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:235]
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At least the 30-year anniversary edition has spots for the tiles and pieces. One of the few inserts I kept.
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16. Board Game: Takenoko [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:216]
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great bits and nicely shaped storage container to hold them all
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17. Board Game: Tikal II: The Lost Temple [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1443]
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This is my favorite. Proper spaces for everything, including the rulebooks. The wells for the plastic pieces are curved, so that you can easily pull them out.
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18. Board Game: Battle Cry [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:644]
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Not only are there convenient customized wells for everything....

What really marks this in my book as one of the best inserts ever is the card well. You can't see this in the photo, but under the cards, on the left and right there are small angled inclines. So to get the cards out, just press lightly on either end of the deck, and the other end pops up in the air. You grab it, and are good to go.

BRILLIANT! Why have I never seen this in any other insert in all the hundreds of games I've played? Why does no-one else do this?

Yeah thumb-wells work too, but I prefer this, and with thumb-wells more often than not they tested it with a sealed deck and so the thumb-holes don't go all the way to the bottom, which means you have to turn the insert upside-down to get the cards in the first place zombie
 
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19. Board Game: Pastiche [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:1191]
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Pastiche

Strong plastic that doesn't bend. Spaces with nice finger cutouts so you can remove the stacks easily. Spaces sized exactly to fit cards, tiles, and paintings. Amazingly strong outer box.
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20. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73] [Average Rating:7.66 Unranked]
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Only box inserts I ever keep.
 
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21. Board Game: Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:148]
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Here is one that got it dead on right. The pieces all fit pretty well and the icing on the cake is the places for the PC markers is contoured to the hexagon so they fit in perfectly.

 
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22. Board Game: Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear! (second edition) [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:475]
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This is a nice insert too. Everything is held in place by the boards. There is no particular space for any one type of unit so there is tremendous flexibility in how you can organize this. Plus, it has plenty of room for expansions. (My insert below contains the wrecks and destruction expansion and also includes an extra set of counters (in espanol) sent to me by mistake. Still plenty of room...

(Note my custom dice! I'm very excited to play with them. Ordered from DiceShop in England.)

 
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23. Board Game: BattleLore [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:258]
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First ed. I fell in love with how this game looks in the box. I have not played it yet so cannot comment on the functionality of it but it looks very nicely done.
 
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24. Board Game: Pass the Pigs [Average Rating:5.31 Overall Rank:15815]
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Everything fits in, even a pair of pencils.
Need I say more?
 
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