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Our group meets at different houses periodically, and never mine as I don't really have space to host people. Consequently, I lug a selection of my games around in a "gaming bag" from place to place, as I am the only person who owns some of the favorites (it makes more sense from an economic standpoint if we only have one copy among people in the group).

Due to to this my boxes get a lot of wear on them, so I spend a bit of time reinforcing the boxes so that they'll stand up and wear down less quickly. I also find myself fixing boxes that were damaged in shipping.

My solution is masking tape, masking tape, masking tape. Usually, I will try to tape over the areas that are trouble spots, or look like they will be, and then follow it with some tape inside the box to help hold everything together.


What are your solutions ?


The best example of fixing is my Cosmic Encounters box, which holds all of the expansions in addition to the box and is always sought after.





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Put the box inside another box. whistle
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DeePee wrote:
Put the box inside another box. whistle


And then you can mail that box to yourself. And when it arrives, you'll smash it with a hammer! It's brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant!
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That's a nasty repair job. I've used carefully applied clear parcel tape on split corners to nigh on invisible results.
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This is hands down one of the best geeklists on BGG.

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Putts wrote:
DeePee wrote:
Put the box inside another box. whistle


And then you can mail that box to yourself. And when it arrives, you'll smash it with a hammer! It's brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant!


Best quote from an awesome movie.

To OP, I use clear tape that keeps the box sturdy and you can't really see it either.
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For the love of Joseph, please don't use masking tape!
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I love when boxes get worn. Marks of love.
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Surely that masking tape looks way more unsightly than the little bit of wear you think you were about to get?
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ReggieMcFly wrote:
Surely that masking tape looks way more unsightly than the little bit of wear you think you were about to get?


I'll admit it is unsightly, and that soon after applying it, you would not be able to get it off without concerns of losing paint.

But, in places the box was trying to split at the seams, and I was trying to bind it back together/ protect the areas that seem to take more friction than anything else.

My Cosmic box has taken the most wear of anything, but I did a repair (much less extensive) on a Biblios box I bought second hand, and have retired my 7 Wonders box from active travel (that also due to group burnout though).

With the Cosmic Board it arrived from the shippers with one corner almost peeling, and the beginnings of a hole in the bottom.

I treat all of my baordgames with care, it's just the ones that travel that get more abuse (I also have an attack wing box that's pretty beat up, but it was like that when I bought it at discount from my FLGS for $20).
 
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A worn box is a sign of a loved game. Wear the badge proudly! All my favorite games have a good amount of wear too. :)
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Box wear? Dump everything in a gallon+ Ziplock baggie. You're good to go!
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Carefully applied wood glue on split corners works wonders, often making the box stronger than new.
 
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Dizzy_Drizzit wrote:
ReggieMcFly wrote:
Surely that masking tape looks way more unsightly than the little bit of wear you think you were about to get?


I'll admit it is unsightly, and that soon after applying it, you would not be able to get it off without concerns of losing paint.

But, in places the box was trying to split at the seams, and I was trying to bind it back together/ protect the areas that seem to take more friction than anything else.
Clear packing tape works just as well if not better than masking tape. And before I'd tape the outside of the box, I'd take the corner from the inside. It's not quite as structurally sound, but it avoids all the unsightly issues with tape while providing almost the same support.
 
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