Games with Problematic and/or Useless Inserts [Please Add]
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Sometimes it's just better to ditch that insert. Other times, you can see what the factory was going for, but it didn't quite work out.

This is a list of games with problematic and even useless inserts.

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1. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:59]
Board Game: 7 Wonders
Shane Larsen
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The 7 Wonders insert looks really nice and most people wouldn't complain. However, I noticed a problem with it right away. Rulebook warping.

Everything in the box fits into one of the pockets of the insert, except the rulebook. Over time, your rule book will warp and become an annoying "W" shape--if it hasn't already.

My solution was to grab a punched punchsheet from another game and lay it on top of the insert before I put the rulebook in the box. This provided a flat surface for the rule book. It's not a perfect resolution as over time, the insert wall will get smashed, but it's working for me for now. Once the insert gets so smashed it's no longer presentable, I'll probably just chuck it.
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2. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:76]
Board Game: El Grande
Shane Larsen
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I threw out my El Grande insert to (1) make space for my Plano Box and (2) because it was torn and smashed when I opened it originally. I really wanted this insert to work with the artwork and all. But I've been all the more happy about my Plano organization.
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3. Board Game: Dominant Species [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:62]
Board Game: Dominant Species
Shane Larsen
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The image to the left is one Geek's storage solution for Dominant Species. Dominant Species is a big game. It comes in a big box. However, there's an insert that takes up a lot of that space. The insert's only advantage is a nice place to lay your un-sleeved cards. This benefit doesn't even matter to me since--once punched--the components don't fit while the insert is still there.

I wanted to keep it. I really really did. But after trying several times to make it all fit, I tried it once without the insert and the decision was easy.

I just got this game today and I'm way thrilled. Not thrilled to throw away an insert, though. But some things must be done.
 
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4. Board Game: Chaos in the Old World [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:122]
Board Game: Chaos in the Old World
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Whenever I start putting Chaos back into the box I think I'm not going to get it all in there. It usually takes me a try or two. But I eventually do and have not thrown the insert away...yet. I know some people will ask if I'm using the space underneath the insert on the sides, but I don't like doing that--I think it's annoying. If the insert weren't so pretty and didn't add even more flavor to this highly-thematic game, I would probably have already thrown it out.

The image to the left might have inspired me...
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5. Board Game: Alea Iacta Est [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:1613]
Board Game: Alea Iacta Est
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The insert was apparently not made for this game, and it shows. Its possible to make it all fit, but it's definitely less than ideal.
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6. Board Game: Lords of Vegas [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:408]
Board Game: Lords of Vegas
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Poughkeepsie
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The box insert is not made for this game..trashed it in order to fit in the poker chips anyways
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7. Board Game: Nuns on the Run [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1680]
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The insert for this game doesn't allow the box to close completely. Plus there is no place for most of the pieces, just generic spaces.

As soon as we find a better way to store it, this insert is gone.
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8. Board Game: Maharaja: The Game of Palace Building in India [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:688]
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A generic insert that I could not use at all until I saw this creative solution in the picture.
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9. Board Game: Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:254]
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Completely useless insert. I tried flipping it upside down and trying to put it to use before getting disgusted and tossing it.
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10. Board Game: Mission: Red Planet [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:966]
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There's whole instructions and diagrams on how to try to put this thing to use. Again, I ended up throwing it out, since it was more trouble than it was worth.
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11. Board Game: Metro [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:1801]
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Seriously? Did they even look at the components before designing the insert?
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12. Board Game: A Game of Thrones [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:460]
Board Game: A Game of Thrones
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My go-to answer for bad inserts.

Board Game: A Game of Thrones


Having all of the different spaces for the different tokens might look nice, but it's a pain to sort, a pain to get in and out, and transporting the box always manages to mix up everything inside. This is the first insert I ever threw away; I replaced it with simple hobby ziplocks.
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13. Board Game: Thunderstone [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:689] [Average Rating:6.94 Unranked]
Board Game: Thunderstone
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Well, it's not useless, but it is problematic. I like that you can separate the general types of cards, but why not go another step and allow players to separate the individual cards? (Ok, you can separate them with the separater cards, but they aren't labeled, so you still have to dig through them all to get what you want.)

IMHO, Dominion set the standard for deck-building game inserts. It's easy and quick to pull out cards one group at a time. The setup for Thunderstone takes at least 5 minutes longer than it needs to because I have to dig through the cards. For that reason I just don't play it as much as I otherwise would.
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14. Board Game: Dixit [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:275] [Average Rating:7.26 Unranked]
Board Game: Dixit
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Nine tenths of the volume of this box is taken up by the insert.

Board Game: Dixit


 

It didn't bother me much more than all the wasted space on my shelf until I bought Dixit 2, which under no circumstances would the additional cards fit in while the insert was either right side up, or upside down. So I folded in the flaps, and filled most of the space with packing peanuts in ziplock bags.

I don't throw out inserts or game boxes. But if I did the box and insert for this game would have been in the recycling along time ago. At least Dixit 2 didn't come with an oversized box.
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15. Board Game: Ubongo [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:1042] [Average Rating:6.71 Unranked]
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This is a great game. It's really just a set of puzzles, but the game is a race to solve your puzzle. The game comes with 36 two sided puzzle boards. The puzzle boards are very thick. I don't know why they made these so thick. Maybe they wanted you to think you get a lot (you do because it's effectively six puzzles per side on these cards). The majority of the weight of this game is in the puzzle boards. The insert has these boards all sitting in one spot. The insert is very thin plastic. The plastic is thick enough for most games, but with a big heavy weight in one part of the box, this insert inevitably cracks.
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16. Board Game: Ra [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:177]
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My wife and I got the Rio Grande Games version (not the Alea big box series...my wife was a little disappointed it didn't have the number on it, as we already had PR and Princes of Florence). It has little cubbies that appear to be made for the victory point "tablet" tiles. I always set them in, but they don't fit very well - too tall. Strange, indeed.
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17. Board Game: Lords of Waterdeep [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:66]
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This is what happens when you try to waaaaaaaaay over design the box insert. The thing gripped the board so tightly one of the corners was warped. I feared over time it would shred the corners. And once I sleeved the cards there was no way to ever fit them back in the box. So both the base game and expansion inserts are headed straight for the trash heap.
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