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Space and board games have a tricky relationship.

Many times over the course of finally acquiring a game I've opened the box to think "This is it?". Not that a game should ever be judged by the sum of it's parts from a design standpoint, but in most instances, I just paid to have shipped to me, and now have to make shelf space for a box of air.

Often I just grin it and bear, but sometimes I say to the game, "Enough is enough, you're not the boss of me, I'll show you!", and come up with more creative storage solutions.

In the interest of this list maintaining the idea of interesting storage solutions for games, please don't post expansions you store in the base game's box. Any time you CAN'T do that, it's a packaging failure of the publisher.
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1. Board Game: Beyond Balderdash [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:1196]
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This box of air was just begging for it! The score track is worthless (you can just tally scores on paper, you need paper to play the game anyway). The only useful component in the box is the SMALLER BOX of cards.

So the only thing you need to play the game is inside of a box, inside of a bigger box!

I actually trimmed the rule sheet so it could fit into the box with the cards.
 
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2. Board Game: Risk [Average Rating:5.58 Overall Rank:16808]
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Ok, so I like Risk. It's not a great game but it's simple, I've never played the 'terrible game of Risk' yet, thankfully. It even comes in a reasonably sized box for it's components.

However the 1987 version of Axis & Allies comes in a monster of a box that's mostly empty!

I had few options for A&A, since it DID have a good number of components, unlike Beyond Balderdash. So I did my best to fill the space.

My 1987 A&A box now contains Risk (including several rule sets and variants), Axis Allies, AND Attack! I like to call it the war chest, it weighs a TON.
 
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3. Board Game: Attack! [Average Rating:5.85 Overall Rank:5030]
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See above!
 
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4. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:49]
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This game's box has recieved a lot of (well deserved) criticism. First, the box it ships in is too big for the base game. Well, if it were designed to later house the expansions, that's totally acceptable.

The problem is it wasn't.

You can take out the insert but then the box is too big and everything can just float around. If you leave in the insert, there's just not enough room for all the chits.

The solution is to house the whole game in an expansion box. Now I'm not saying it's ideal, it's a tight fit, and you have to know how to position everything, but it works for me.
 
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5. Board Game: PanzerBlitz [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:2227]
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Somehow all I have left of my game is this empty box...
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6. Board Game: Panzer Grenadier: Desert Rats [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:5897]
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At one point, AP shipped another game to me using this box as the outer shipping box. Still have it; empty of course.
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7. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:48]
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The 1st edition box for this game is totally useless. My wife found an awesome plastic crafting container that all of the contents plus the leaders expansion fits in. So much nicer to transport that guy now.
 
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8. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:121] [Average Rating:7.55 Unranked]
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I have two of everything, and it all fits in here, thanks to decent Plano boxes, Ultra Pro Deck Holders and sewing machine bobbins boxes.



I have all the boxes in the attic.
 
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9. Board Game: JAB: Realtime Boxing [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:3140]
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The gamebox is not bad at all, but I can fit the whole game sleeved in a large Ultra Pro deck box, which makes it very portable.

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10. Board Game: Advanced Squad Leader [Average Rating:7.97 Overall Rank:251] [Average Rating:7.97 Unranked]
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It was a big day when I realized that my ASL boxes should always go right in the garbage. Saves so much shelf space that way! Counters into Plano, scenarios into binders, and maps in a bin.



My storage solution is hardly the most creative, however. I'm sure you could put up a whole website devoted to different ways to store ASL gear. In fact, someone already has:

http://www.desperationmorale.com/museum/aslmuseum-counters.h...
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11. Board Game: A Game of Thrones: A Clash of Kings Expansion [Average Rating:7.83 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.83 Unranked]
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All of the components from this big box expansion fit very comfortably inside the box of the base game once the insert is removed. This is also the case for the two Battlestar Gallactica expansions, LNOE Growing Hunger, Dominion sets, Thunderstone and a host of others. Because I am a trader/seller of games, I still have the empty boxes in case I am looking to purge them from my collection at some time in the future but it clears up some needed shelf space.
 
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12. Board Game: Case Blue [Average Rating:8.22 Overall Rank:2632] [Average Rating:8.22 Unranked]
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Just have the box.

 
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13. Board Game: Pandemic: On the Brink [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
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Everything fit into the box of the base game, though it was a tight fit.
 
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14. Board Game: Civilization [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:260] [Average Rating:7.51 Unranked]
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I combined everything into the Advanced Civilization box and when I eventually sold it, the buyer didn't want the original box, so it's in the cellar with a bunch of other essentially defunct gaming stuff.
 
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15. Board Game: GIPF [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:837] [Average Rating:7.11 Unranked]
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Giant box with a small folded board, sheet of rules and bag of pieces. It's begging to be cut down to size, but I am going to wait and probably put all of the other games in the Gipf Project into this one box...
 
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