The main board goes under the inserts and the player boards and rules go on top.
The most awesome aspect of this design is that once you have all of the components inside and the box closed, if you put all of the random tiles face-down in the trays, you can shake the box to randomize them and they will stay face-down, making setup a breeze! Part of the top tray lifts out so that you can keep it on the table to give everyone easy access to the worker tiles and silverlings.
I will definitely be experimenting with other inserts in the future!
Here is my custom foam core insert for Agricola. This is my second attempt at an insert.
The bottom tray hold the cards and tiles as well as the Bielefeld Deck expansion. I sorted the occupation cards into 1+, 3+ and 4+ player stacks. Since I mostly play only 2 player games, it makes it easier to get to only the cards I need.
The top tray holds all of the individual player tokens and fences, including 2 additional colors I picked up at Gen Con 2014, as well as all of the animals, food and resources.
The resource section of the tray lifts out in order to easily set it on the table.
The box with the player boards.
The box with the bottom tray over the player boards.
I used this design as inspiration for this insert, but changed some things up.
The bottom tray holds the coins (which have a lift out tray), the cards, tiles and dice. Since this game doesn't contain a lot of components, the bottom tray is free to be open for any future expansions.
The top tray holds the board tiles, rubies and player tokens.
The player token trays and the ruby tray lifts out for ease of play.
I hadn't found an insert designed for Myrmes, so since I like Myrmes and own it, I thought I'd give it a shot.
Top and bottom trays. The top tray holds all of the individual trays for the player pieces. The bottom tray holds the tiles, dice, insect tokens and resource cubes. This is another game that doesn't have a ton of components, so the center section on the bottom can be used for any future expansion(s).
Here's my take on making an insert for Bora Bora and the orange god expansion.
The player trays and the tray for the offerings, shells and building materials are removable.
The player boards and the main board go in the box first.
Then, the inserts.
I wanted to experiment with different colors of foam board for this one to give it more personality, so I went with a light blue. I think it goes really well with the Bora Bora theme and the white foam board.
I decided to try out some coral foam board for Rokoko/Rococo. I really like the color.
In the bottom tray, I put 2 stacks of cards - the player starting cards and the rest. Beside the cards, I put the dress tiles and starting player tile. Next comes, the dress tile bag and player boards. A small removable tray that holds the yarn and lace goes beside these. Next, are the player token trays that come out individually for each player to have their own tray. The lower portion holds the coins and victory point tokens in one long tray. This also lifts out so that you can sit it beside the play area while playing.
Most of the components fit on the bottom tray, so I used half of the top tray for the resource tiles so that they can be mixed up fairly well and picked from during play. The rest of the top tray is empty, but will allow for future expansions.
I knew I wanted to make an insert for Luna as soon as I got it. I couldn't find any other examples of Luna custom inserts on bgg or online, so this one is completely original (for better or worse). I used some extra blue and coral foam board with the white to make it unique.
For the bottom tray, I used the insert that came with Luna as inspiration. Since the temple border and isles fit in the default insert, I made the bottom tray be as wide as that, but cut out the Luna logo from the original insert and glued to the bottom for a little extra flair.
Here is the finished top tray, just to show the colors:
I have some removable trays in the top tray, so the temple boards go in the top section, the "standies" go in the next section, then the smaller pieces (books, time tokens and favor tokens), and finally, the removable player trays.
I made a tray to hold the temple tiles that fits on top of the temple boards. A tray to hold the influence point tokens goes over the smaller pieces.
I've been wanting to make an insert for Shipyard for a few months, but kept putting it off. Well, no longer. It is done! I went heavily off of another insert (view it here), with just some minor changes.
It starts off with some raised platforms on the bottom. For some reason, most games that have an astronomical amount of components seem to be the ones that have the most unused box space. Go figure.
Next come the tiles.
Now, the rest of the small components.
As you can see, this really helps to streamline setup for a game that normally takes forever to setup if you're using plastic bags.
I wanted to make an insert for Tzolk'in and the expansion, Tribes and Prophecies.
This one was a tricky one to make an insert for, particularly because of the board pieces.
The board pieces go in the bottom tray, which takes up most of the box, leaving very little room for everything else. There were a few extra resource cubes that wouldn't fit in the top tray, so I have them in a bag with the boards, as can be seen here.
Lords of Waterdeep + the Scoundrels of Skullport expansion is another one of those that seem to have plenty of content and components, but once you build an insert for, there seems to be a lot of empty space in the box.
I mixed up the insert colors for this one a bit. I used black foam board for the bottom tray and white and navy foam board for the player piece trays and the top trays.
I started with making the bottom tray hold the cards, buildings and player pieces.
I made the card section be just a little shorter so I could put the expansion boards on top of it and it still be flush.
The top trays hold the resources, coins and player mats.
I wanted to make a custom insert for Castles of Mad King Ludwig, but I wanted to wait for the expansion. Since I just got the expansion in the mail, I thought it was time.
I started with an insert that holds the barbicans, moats, foyers, cards and starting player marker.
On top of this insert, I have 4 smaller inserts that hold the money, staircases and hallways, swans, secret passageways, player markers and player aids.
Stacked in the box:
For the remainder of the box, I wanted to create an easy way to keep each room size separate (and King's Favor tiles), but allow plenty of room for any other expansions. Although I really like some of the other inserts I've seen of this game, I opted to go for the sideways option. Since the tiles are of different size, I put some risers in the bottom for the smaller rooms so that they will all be at the same level for ease of viewing and access.
One of the games in most need of an insert. I didn't even attempt to design an insert for this one. I simply built one based on other designs (here and here). I didn't have 3mm foamcore, so I used 5mm, thus making a much tighter fit for everything.
Bottom layer of player pieces trays:
Player boards go over the player pieces layer:
Tray for terrain tiles:
Town tiles (I left room for the extra town tiles that have been released, but I haven't gotten them yet):
Really tight fit, and a few mm above the top of the box, but the lid will fit.