Packing a game box with more games
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I have just three shelves for all my games.


I'm now in the habit of packing my game containers with more games than they were designed for. This is also convenient for travel, which is about the only way I play face to face. And I enjoy solving puzzles of this sort.

I also pack generic containers with games, such as rolling vinyl boards into tubes which were sold as drink mix, but they don't look very interesting. I have a several card games in a wooden box. That's too boring even for me. But multiple games inside a container designed and sold for a specific game, now you're talking excitement. Other examples that meet these criteria are welcome, hopefully with photos.
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1. Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1095]
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Here's my Backgammon briefcase packed to the gills.


Proceeding more or less from right to left, we have Equations with pencils, blank paper, and a one page rule sheet:


Next is a homemade Universe board and original pieces, which fit very neatly in an old On-Sets box. I have the original rules sheet, an index card which shows how to pack the pieces, and a rotating first move selector:


Finally we have Othello and 13x13 Hex, which use the same pieces. Some small purely white tokens are added for Hex, with the idea that white uses these first until they run out, then white uses the Othello tokens. Some card decks, a loop of string to make string figures, and a Rubik's Magic Puzzle are added because they all fit:

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2. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:421] [Average Rating:7.09 Unranked]
 
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Here are five full-size cloth-backed vinyl rollup boards with the pieces. Clockwise from the left we have Shogi, *Star, 14x14 Hex, Go, and Chess. Hex and Go share the same stones. *Star has its own smaller stones. In the center is a Chronos chess clock.


Everything is packed in, ready to be zipped up. I need the manual because the Chronos has so many features, it's difficult to remember how to do everything.


It all fits! I have been very happy with this "Chess Traveler" nylon case I got from the US Chess Federation. It has withstood over 20 years of abuse without even starting to fall apart. But they don't sell good ones like this any more, or so I hear.

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3. Board Game: Ingenious: Travel Edition [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:870]
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I picked this up recently at the Savage Mill in Maryland, and was delighted to discover I could add two of my favorite games just by removing the paper insert! BY GOLLY I'm living on the edge now. The lid comes close to closing all the way, but not quite, so two rubber bands hold it in place.


In addition to Ingenious, the box now contains a magnetic Drueke Chess set which originally came in its own case. I removed the metal board from the case and glued it to a square of plywood. Then I glued my own checker pattern color scheme on top and laminated it. The bishops have nail polish to make it easy to distinguish them from the pawns:


The flip side of the chess board is a Lego base plate which is 24x24 minus the corners, exactly what you need for standard Twixt. The pegs are also Lego. The links are pieces of red & white wire with the insulation stripped from each end and the ends bent down to fit in the holes. I have 47 white pegs & links, and 46 red pegs and links, 186 total pieces, which should be plenty. The paint job is really messy, but acrylic comes off easily, so I can always try again. I'm just amazed how the Drueke board, the Lego base plate, and the Ingenious box seem designed for each other. One drawback of this set is, it's difficult to remove the pegs. Good thing they don't move during play. The yellow dots are intended as a visual frame of reference on this large grid, so the board position is easier to read. The two square grey pieces are for row handicapping. You ARE clicking on these images aren't you?

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4. Board Game: Shogi [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:1086]
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Here is a nice magnetic Shogi set with standard Japanese ideogram pieces. The pieces fit in a clear plastic case, and the case and lid can be used to hold pieces in hand during play. Note that the hinge runs "vertically" or pointing at each player. This orientation is necessary in order to benefit from the perspective-adjusted board. The "squares" are actually a little longer in the vertical direction, so that they will appear more square to the players. Go boards have this feature as well.


This is the same set with home made foam Westernized pieces.


These are home made foam Tablut pieces.


These pieces are for 2-player Ploy.


The clear plastic case and the mini baggies all fit in the back of the board, which closes like a box.


There are lots of other abstracts for a 9x9 grid. You could even play on the intersections and thereby gain a 10x10 grid, which is suitable for Amazons for example. It's usually easy to cobble pieces from other games together to play these abstracts, which is unfortunate for those who have tried to market them. Here is the closed Shogi board and its original box.

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5. Board Game: Tactics II [Average Rating:5.33 Overall Rank:15085]
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I think I spilled milk on my Waterloo box, so I packed the game in with T2. I put the unnecessary HQ pieces for Waterloo in paper packets. I cut a corner out of the T2 board to make room for the die. I plastered the box lid, bottom, and insides with board games for other games, but they look either too dirty or too cheesy to photograph. For example you can see part of a checkered 9x9 board which is the top lid. What a mess.



 
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6. Board Game: Zendo [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:700]
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More Icehouse pieces could arguably all be used to play Zendo, but I wanted to show off my nine different color stashes, plus the book "Playing With Pyramids" which all fits nicely in the box. Some day I will cut up a cereal box and put a 5x5 Volcano board on one side, and a Hextris board on the other. It should fit easily.

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