Big Boxes that waste space
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One of the thing that people often do is carry games from a destination to another. Unfortunately, game boxes generally takes a lot of space. But what's even worst is that some boxes don't use all the space inside it.

So one of my friend who always travel most of the time by bike transfer the games to carry in ziplock bags because they take much less space this way.

But if the publisher would have selected a box that does not waste space we would not have to do this all the time. But most of the time, each publisher has a series of boxes he reuses for many games and he does not want to create custom sized box for 1 game.

So I decided to make a geek list about game boxes that waste space. Since I don't own every game, this geek list is open for user submission. This geek list will follow these rules:

Game submission rules

- The volume of components of the game must 50% or smaller than the volume of the box.
- All submission must have a picture that shows the box usage.
- All the component must be place on 1 side of the box so that we clearly see that it takes less then 50% of the box.
- Components must not be higher than the height of the box.
- You can remove any useless tray, bonus components (ex: empty cards) or publisher catalog that came with the game.
- The rules of the game must be in the box.
- Pictures must include the front and the back of the box so that we know which edition you are showing.
- You are allowed to include expansion material if it is still less than 50% of the box space. But add a note to specify.

You can add notes to the game submission to explain some details. For example:

- Game has many expansions, so more space is useful.
- Game has a very useful tray that use more space.
- This picture includes an expansion.

'''Notes for publishers''': Please stop thinking that we have unlimited space to store games. Space it expensive and apartments are getting smaller as the population increases.

Thank You
Eric P626
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I mean... look at that! And the box is very fragile, too.

Nice game though.
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Huge box for what is basically a card game with two little game boards.
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There are only 128 cards in this game. I know that there are a few dice and cubes, but still, I think it could have fit easily in a box at least half the size of the above.
 
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My personal record holder for space wasting boxes. Big box for a few cardboard tiles, and what's worse, after punching out the tiles, the tiles don't fit in the box because of the wacky insert.
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This is the big box edition.

The original version waste a lot of space but again there is a lot of expansions.

The tower is empty, so there is a lot of wasted space.
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The worst part is that the box is bigger than the previous box they have used. So why not stick to the old box model.

So I decided to combine this expansion with the seafarer expansion and they both fit nicely in the same box.


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I don't own this game, but the picture below nicely illustrates how 50% of the box is wasted (like many of these large box Queen games...):

 
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The Absolute Worst.
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CV (include: rulebook, table, all content)

box volume: 5392 cm3
content: 589 cm3

rates: 9,15x



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Quite a huge box, for what is in essence just a card game.
I know people like it because it makes it easy to store the cards without them getting scrambled. But they could have done with a way smaller box.
 
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The only thing you get extra in the collector, are 16 (great looking) mini's. Still it was the most empty board game box I've seen (yet).
 
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One of the worst I've seen. Add to the fact the board itself is is 60% of the box size as well... shake
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This game is a huge waste of space. They could have made a box much thinner and still have space for and expansion deck.
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Same reasons as Maul of America.
 
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So much wasted space! Could have easily been a regular-sized card box!
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No way this game needs such a large box. At the very least, the box didn't have to be so deep.

 
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I dont have a picture of the box, but you can see with this picture that there is little components in this game:



It would have probably it in 1/4 of the original box.
 
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You could easily fill the contents 3 - 4 times inside the cubic box. They püronbably made it to get some more attention at the UK games Expo - good marketing, since the cubic "banana crates" appear again in the game - but still some waste of British air!
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