Why can't Fantasy Flight make usable inserts for their games?
Dennis McCarthy
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When I started getting deeper into the hobby and discovered Fantasy Flight Games, I was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOPER excited! All those amazing bits & bobs, beautiful artwork, neat cards, etc.

The first FFG game I bought was Runebound. I still love it to this day, but when I opened the box, I realized that there was nothing but a very basic cardboard insert that would do absolutely nothing to contain the game's majestic pieces. Out I went to the store to get a Plano box and extra Zip-Loc bags.

This was one of their smaller games, I told myself. Maybe they reserved the effort of designing a good insert for those awesome looking giant box games like Descent, The Horus Heresy, Twilight Imperium, and Dust Tactics.

Then I was given Descent as a Christmas present. The parts were even more numerous & amazing, which meant that that crappy cardboard insert was even more disappointing.

I began to wonder if this was endemic to the industry as Carcassonne isn't much different in their basic insert, but the two trenches make it far more usable for keeping components separate. Then I start to see games like Earth Reborn and Dominion really putting effort into making setup of their games easier with a well thought out insert.

FFG's lax efforts in this arena continue to this day and still frustrates me a bit. One of the reason many of my friends disdain from playing many FFG games is the setup time.

Come gripe with me about your biggest offenders in this field. If you have another game company, come throw them under the bus, too!
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If there was ever a game in need of a good insert, this is it. All the cards and bits, and more cards and more bits. They don't even have the excuse that they have with the Descent games that have a ton of large plastic pieces and planned expansions that make an insert difficult to design. A simple insert with bins to store the cards adn bins for the cardboard chits and measuring sticks would have made a huge difference in storing this game. And a little work to make an inser that stores the bits for each detective separately would have been priceless.
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And all its expansions...without an extesive plano solution, I don't know how you would store this without damaging the minis and mixing all the tokens!
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For starters, the box is way too big for the pieces so they all swim inside. There's a lot of different pieces and the game is a $40-50 game yet all they give you is a bunch of narrow little zip-lock plastic bags. The first thing I did was buy some plastic divider trays at Target but that essentially raises the cost of the game and they aren't ideal for the various size pieces.
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Another Plano needing nightmare.
 
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Just no way, with more than the base game..organizational nightmare in anything other than Plano.

I use this bad boy..best 30 bucks ever spent..can hold a game with all its expansions and tuck into a closet somewhere.

http://www.amazon.com/Plano-1374-Rack-System-Tackle/dp/B000E...
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Worst offender since Descent first edition. Come on guys... Even WotC put a usable inset into the D&D Adventure System games. The only reason I can come up with for the cheap cardboard on this one was for trench run scenarios!
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So very much Plano was needed...

4 separate containers for all the ships.
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