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This is a list for different common shapes/sizes of packages commonly used for board games. I thought that it would be interesting, and it would be nice if I could also contribute toward our common jargon. You'll see what I mean later.

For each item, I'll pick a representative game for that box size, and I'll try to include some other games in the post itself. Feel free to mention other such games. Also, if you call the box something else, mention that, too.

As of right now, I know that this list is incomplete. I'm going to add more to it later.

NOTE: This list is not for unusual packages, like the hexagonal box for Yahtzee (sp?) Free For All or whatever it's called, or for those pentagonal boxes for that one sentence-forming game.

NOTE: It would also be nice if there was an easy way to edit my sublists to link them to the games mentioned.
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1. Board Game: Whack a Catgirl [Average Rating:5.65 Overall Rank:11146]
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Card Wrapper Box

This is my tentative name for boxes that are basically cardboard wrappers around some standard cards. They generally resemble tuckboxes.
The rules will tend to be pretty small.

Other games with this box type:
Fluxx (and its variants)
Chrononauts
We Didn't Playtest This at All
Gang of Four
 
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2. Board Game: Girl Genius: The Works [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:4213]
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Split Deck Box

This is similar to the Card Wrapper Box above, but the deck fits in by being split in two, making the box twice as wide and half as thick as it would be otherwise.
Once again, rules will tend to be small. However, the profile can afford to be a bit bigger.

Other games with this box type:
Uno
Dead Money
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3. Board Game: Three-Dragon Ante [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:2026]
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6.5"x3.75"x1.125" Box

I can't think of a real name for this. Maybe it should be "Beer & Pretzels Box". I don't know.

Other games with this box type:
Inn-Fighting

The Inn-Fighting box is nicer than the Three-Dragon Ante box (slightly sturdier and with a much better closing tab), but the Inn-Fighting game also has more errors and ambiguities.
 
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4. Board Game: Arkham Horror: The King in Yellow Expansion [Average Rating:7.63 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.63 Unranked]
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Small Box

This box is definitely being used for the Small Box expansions for Arkham horror.
This might turn out to be the same as Bookshelf Box (see below).

Other games with this box type:
Curse of the Dark Pharaoh
Black Goat of the Woods
 
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5. Board Game: Gem Dealer [Average Rating:5.54 Overall Rank:11996]
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Bookshelf Box

This is apparently a well-known box type.
There's a 2009 Gryphon Games series that uses this type of box.

Other games with this box type:
Money!
Roll Through the Ages
For Sale
High Society
Incan Gold
Looting London
Birds on a Wire
Masters Gallery
 
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6. Board Game: Munchkin Cthulhu [Average Rating:6.25 Overall Rank:2082] [Average Rating:6.25 Unranked]
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Munchkin Box

"Munchkin Box" or "Munchkin-sized Box" is probably the easiest way to refer to this kind of box.
This might turn out to be the same as the Bookshelf box (see below).

Other games with this box type:
Munchkin
Star Munchkin
Munchkin Bites
Super Munchkin
The Good, the Bad, and the Munchkin
Munchkin Fu
Munchkin Booty
Munchkin Impossible

 
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7. Board Game: Augsburg 1520 [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:2049]
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"Augsburg Box"/"Race for the Galaxy Box"

Bigger than a Munchkin Box (which is itself bigger than a Small Box) and smaller than a Big Box, the thickness isn't always consistent, but they seem to have gone for consistency in two of the dimensions.
 
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8. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:237] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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Big Box

This is a common box size for Fantasy Flight Games.

Other games with this box type:
Dunwich Horror
Kingsport Horror
Innsmouth Horror (we assume)
Call of Cthulhu Living Card Game starter whatsit
Order of the Stick: Dungeon of Dorukon
Niagara
Revolution!
... and many more ...
 
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9. Board Game: StarCraft: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:341]
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Huge Box

Even bigger than the Big Boxes, Huge Boxes are reserved for the biggest, longest games out there.

Other games with this box type:
Twilight Imperium 3rd Edition (yes, I did that on purpose)
 
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