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Inside Another Game (Either gut an existing loser game or take the hit for one big one and put multiples inside.)


    Chesapeake-opoly is remarkably similar to Monopoly in all the ways that you don’t want it to be. However, it comes in a taller, wider box with a remarkable amount of space considering its contents. Received as a Christmas gift early in our marriage it sat unused for a period of years until it dawned on me that the inside of that box was valuable volume that was being underutilized. The insides of other game boxes largely fall into two strategy categories – 1) existing game boxes that you’ve already paid dues for that can be pressed into service regardless of their size or shape. These are not as valuable as 2) great big games that you take the heat for buying once and then store as many as six (even eight) smaller games inside of. Savvy game hiders will ask their spouse for the larger game for Christmas to avoid punishment entirely, empty the contents into a plastic bag and drop them on some random kid in a neighborhood at least ten miles away, and then store their smaller purchases like Queens Necklace or Lost Cities in it.

Pros:
1. Storage is in a safe, climate controlled area.
2. Obscenely easy to access to games on short notice by grabbing the big box and heading out the door (“Bye Hon – I’m heading to Glen’s place and I have my game -- we’re playing Talking Battleship . . . again! It was such a thoughtful gift; you’re the greatest.”)
Cons:
1. Game box is vulnerable to inspection if a guest in the house takes interest and asks to see its contents.

    With a bit of care I managed to conceal several smaller games in a Heroscape box for an extended period of time. As luck would have it I still had the contents of Heroscape in a basket on top of the bookshelf when my ten-year-old nephew took an interest in the box. Heroscape has a nasty-looking critter on the box – fully sufficient to scare off most wives but might not be the best choice for husbands.

    I had not considered the nephew until I was nearly found out. An explanation that I couldn’t get the pieces back in the box (true enough) and that it was empty short-circuited the crisis, and he quickly got taken in by the lovely bits and pieces when I pulled the basket down off of the shelf above.

    Big boxes are the most straightforward example of Obscurity which does not depend on Security. If your spouse has no interest in gaming, this is an excellent way to ease a few extra boxes into the house.
 
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This is a good one, and one I actually hadn't thought of. Time to ditch those Lionheart bits, since I think at least 2 Alea big-boxes would fit inside! *the smell you smell is evil plan hatching*

Please, do not tell wife... or I will be execute.
 
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HuckmanT wrote:
This is a good one, and one I actually hadn't thought of. Time to ditch those Lionheart bits, since I think at least 2 Alea big-boxes would fit inside! *the smell you smell is evil plan hatching*

Please, do not tell wife... or I will be execute.


I'll take those Lionheart bits off your hands for a few bucks + shipping.
 
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Looks like "Inside another game" WAS one of your options. Nice!

Mostly, I use this one to save space.
 
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My Carcassone box currently holds:
-Carcassonne plus Inns & Cathedrals, and Builders & Traders
-Castle
-Battle Line
-Citadel

More for traveling than hiding, but it works! Nothing drives me nuts more than games that have HUGE boxes for a deck of cards/tiles and a handful of bits.
 
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kdiddy13 wrote:
My Carcassone box currently holds:
Nothing drives me nuts more than games that have HUGE boxes for a deck of cards/tiles and a handful of bits.


Me too! I live in a tiny apartment so space is at a premium, and I hate the wastefulness of a huge box that is mostly empty.

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I've had more than one small game go missing for months because I couldn't remember which larger-box game I stowed it in.

(This was stowing a small game in a big game for travel convenience, not home storage or concealment).
 
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JVKhoury wrote:
HuckmanT wrote:
This is a good one, and one I actually hadn't thought of. Time to ditch those Lionheart bits, since I think at least 2 Alea big-boxes would fit inside! *the smell you smell is evil plan hatching*

Please, do not tell wife... or I will be execute.


I'll take those Lionheart bits off your hands for a few bucks + shipping.


I have a copy I'll sell you (box and all). Got it as a gift, and never played it.
 
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thatmarkguy wrote:
I've had more than one small game go missing for months because I couldn't remember which larger-box game I stowed it in.

(This was stowing a small game in a big game for travel convenience, not home storage or concealment).



You read my mind! (or did I read yours? )
 
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