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GeekElite's Foamcore Inserts
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I've built and posted enough custom foamcore inserts now that I thought I'd collect them into a GeekList. I'll continue adding more as I make them.
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1. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:37]
Luke Matthews
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I put together this simple foamcore insert to house 7 Wonders, Cities, & Leaders all in the same box:


I didn't make space for Babel because I have no intention of buying it.

Cards are divided by age and set. Money, conflict tokens, and debt tokens all have separate tuck-boxes. Score sheets sit underneath the conflict tokens. Here's a pic with the tuck-boxes removed:


This is one of the simpler foamcore designs I've worked on recently, but I'm really happy with how it turned out.
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2. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:14]
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I'm not sure if anyone else will think this is cool, but I like the way it turned out so I figured I'd post it.

I'm not convinced I'll be able to work out a full foamcore insert for the Agricola box that will accommodate sleeved cards, so I started by just creating this resource tray. It's built to house the resource board, but I didn't want it to be permanently attached, so the resource board can be removed while still leaving the tray itself functional.

The whole thing fits just snug into the game box.









I'm hearing that this resource board may not actually be universal to all copies of Agricola? In my copy, it's on the backside of one of the player boards.
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3. Board Game: Lords of Vegas [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:329]
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I've just started making foamcore inserts, but this is the first one that I think is really decent and worth posting pics: my insert for Lord$ of Vega$, containing both the core game and the Up! expansion.

The box:


The first layer:

Like many, I've added mini poker chips to my copy to replace the paper money (although the paper money's still in the box).

The second layer:


The components, removed:

Pretty much everything's in a removable tuck box, to make setup easy. The risers from Up! are in the back of the casino tile box. The cards can stay in their own box for easy stacking and drawing. Originally, I just had a block in the extra space in the riser box, but it turned out the money fit just perfect, so I tossed it in there.

A player box, in detail:

I wanted to do something unique for the player boxes. I tinkered with a few different designs, and this is what I landed on. Seems to work out really well.

Anyway, that's my Lord$ of Vega$ insert. If I make any other noteworthy inserts in the future, I'll post them.
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4. Board Game: Lords of Waterdeep [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:49]
Luke Matthews
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I finally finished my latest insert, this time for Lords of Waterdeep. Building the angled card-boxes was probably the most challenging part, but over the course of this build I confirmed something I sort of already knew: the Lords of Waterdeep box is one of the crappiest quality board game boxes of any game I've owned. Cheap, flimsy chipboard and a mildly interesting design that's used to mask a shitty build.

The insert turned out pretty decent, though.















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5. Board Game: Suburbia [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:78]
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This is my 7th foamcore insert, and the one I am - by far - the most proud of. This one uses a combination of foamcore, 2mm black artboard, and some colored card-stock.

All of the boards nest into a sort of secondary lid.

Lift the scoreboard to reveal the player cheat-cards and Real Estate Market.

Lift the Real Estate Market to reveal the secondary boards.

Once the boards are out, you can lift the secondary lid out of the box.

Rule pamphlets sit on top.

The player boards fit nicely on top.

Everything has its place. Base game tiles run along the top, expansion tiles and goals along the left side.

Lift the 1 More Round tile to reveal the start player marker.

Suburbia, Inc. borders hem in the player boxes.

Money box lifts out and is sized to sit next to the Real Estate Market during play. The metal coins are pachislo/skill-slot tokens.

The most unnecessary (but fun) player tuck-boxes of all time.


This is easily the most complex insert I've created so far. I'm likely working on Lords of Waterdeep next.
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6. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:109] [Average Rating:7.48 Unranked]
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We have a ton of Ticket to Ride expansions, and we were tired of the extra boxes taking up our shelves. Due to the boards, it's impossible to make TTR fit into a single box but here's my solution.

This is the first box, containing five game boards:


It's a pretty straightforward solution: just blocks in the corners:


These hold the boards fast so they don't slide around in the box, and stagger them to make them easy to remove. Here's a closeup:


This is the second box:


The rulebooks sit on a carve-out on top, with the warehouse cards from *Europa 1912* in a carve-out just beneath them. Here's the box with the rulebooks removed:


All the destination tickets and terrain cards are housed in the row at the top, with dividers. The center channel holds the wooden team-play card-holders from the *Asia* expansion. The player-piece box and train-card holder are removable:


I originally wanted to make individual tuck-boxes for each player, but sleeved cards, the wooden card holders, and including the nine extra trains (for team play) and depots from 1912 meant there just wasn't enough space, so I opted for a single box. I thought it was more important to get everything in the box than to have player-specific holders. The front of the player-piece holder comes off to make removal easier:


All-in all, this pares everything down so that the base game pieces, five boards, all the rulebooks, and all of the cards and pieces from Ticket to Ride, Ticket to Ride: Europe, Asia/Legendary Asia, India/Switzerland, Heart of Africa, USA 1910, and Europa 1912 all fit into two boxes:
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7. Board Game: Keyflower [Average Rating:7.94 Overall Rank:36]
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It's been a while since I've had the time and impetus to make a new foamcore insert, but after getting my copy of Keyflower and both expansions from the Keyflower Is Awesome! Kickstarter, I decided I had to put one together.

A good chunk of this design is inspired by user [geekurl=https://boardgamegeek.com/user/colinmarsh]Colin Marsh's[/geekurl] design. I made a few modifications, but the overall idea is still the same. This insert fits base Keyflower, Keyflower: The Farmers, Keyflower: The Merchants, and the Pig Shelter promo tile.

The closed box:


The rulebooks on top:


The first layer:


I modified the player screens so they'd stack smaller:


The second layer:


Extension tiles:


Cabins + Stand:


The cabin box acts as a stand for the extension tiles:


The whole lot:


Thank you for the inspiration,
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Portland
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