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Ryan Ahr
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I've had a regular game night group for about four years now, and in the early going one guy brought most of the games, though I started pitching in shortly after. He eventually went on to found a board game company with his wife and some friends, and I ended up becoming the primary game supplier. This means that I've purchased a number of games to keep things fresh, but the more games I get, the more unwieldy transporting them becomes. Any advice?
 
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'Bernard Wingrave'
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I assume you are playing games at a location other than where you store your games. A few possibilities:

A. You could invite people to your house for game gatherings.

B. You could ask people to let you know in advance if they have game requests (i.e. want to play games they don't own). We do this via Facebook group and it has met with some success.

C. If you are going to a gathering by car, you could take a medium number of games in two sets: a smaller number could go inside with you in a plastic storage bin with handles, and the rest could stay in your car unless someone requests one of them. This would seem to work well with I Don't Know, What Do You Want To Play? -- it would take a bit of time to set up initially, but you could have the "IDKWDYWTP" cards for just the games you have in your car, so people would know what's available but out of sight.

D. You could also try bringing just a few games that are of great interest to you, along with a filler or two, to each gathering. Just because you have been bringing a lot of games doesn't mean you need to continue to do so.
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Ryan Ahr
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bwingrave wrote:
I assume you are playing games at a location other than where you store your games. A few possibilities:

A. You could invite people to your house for game gatherings.

B. You could ask people to let you know in advance if they have game requests (i.e. want to play games they don't own). We do this via Facebook group and it has met with some success.

C. If you are going to a gathering by car, you could take a medium number of games in two sets: a smaller number could go inside with you in a plastic storage bin with handles, and the rest could stay in your car unless someone requests one of them. This would seem to work well with I Don't Know, What Do You Want To Play? -- it would take a bit of time to set up initially, but you could have the "IDKWDYWTP" cards for just the games you have in your car, so people would know what's available but out of sight.

D. You could also try bringing just a few games that are of great interest to you, along with a filler or two, to each gathering. Just because you have been bringing a lot of games doesn't mean you need to continue to do so.

Eh, A doesn't work. My living situation is less than ideal. I like the rest of those, though.
 
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Mike Jones
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It's good to have variety, but you don't have to take them every week. Just take three or four and then you can carry them in your arms. I do have an Ikea bag shoved in my saddle bags, but rarely use it.
 
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Kathleen Nugent
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The blue zippered (or unzippered) bags from IKEA. They cost only $3 or so. They hold enough games so the bag is very heavy when you pick it up.
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I bought this bag a few months ago and think it works great. It's a little pricey, but easily holds 8+ games. There are similar bags without the strap or with less padding for cheaper.

Prior to this I had tried both plastic bins and square shopping bags. Both of those work and are cheaper, but I found the cajon bag to be a much better solution.
 
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Ryan Ahr
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VaultBoy wrote:
I bought this bag a few months ago and think it works great. It's a little pricey, but easily holds 8+ games. There are similar bags without the strap or with less padding for cheaper.

Prior to this I had tried both plastic bins and square shopping bags. Both of those work and are cheaper, but I found the cajon bag to be a much better solution.

Huh, that looks really cool. I'm particularly concerned about damage to my games, so this is something I'll have to look into.
 
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VanillaCokeMule wrote:
VaultBoy wrote:
I bought this bag a few months ago and think it works great. It's a little pricey, but easily holds 8+ games. There are similar bags without the strap or with less padding for cheaper.

Prior to this I had tried both plastic bins and square shopping bags. Both of those work and are cheaper, but I found the cajon bag to be a much better solution.

Huh, that looks really cool. I'm particularly concerned about damage to my games, so this is something I'll have to look into.

Yeah, the cajon bag from Amazon is the absolute best board game bag around for $20. There are a few different models to check out.

I like the ChromaCast CC-CBAG-L Large Padded Caon Bag with Carry Handle and Shoulder Straps. $21.95 and you can open it as it sits vertically to make stacking games easier.
 
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If you shop for cajon bags on Amazon, the "Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought" recommendations are a mix of drummers equipment and board games.
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Mason Rouser
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I use two large Aldi canvas bags and one Cool Stuff Inc. canvas bag to bring a selection of games. The CSI bag is full of filler games that are popular games, one of the Aldi bags is used to bring popular gateway games, and the other games I want to play. Sometimes I bring a second CSI bag as well. I find they work well for my purposes.
 
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There is a Kickstarter for something called The Game Canopy that looks good, but it's very expensive. Not sure if you can still get it on it or not, but could be worth looking into, depending on your budget.
 
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Pete
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I have a minivan.

Pete (could probably transport the entire collection)
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Shane Hockin
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Catapults and trebuchets work better than cannon. Less damage to the game, though range suffers.
 
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Ryan Ahr
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plezercruz wrote:
I have a minivan.

Pete (could probably transport the entire collection)

Hahaha, car space is not the issue, man, but thanks.
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Kyle
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If going to my friends by car I toss a few games in one of these. Cons and such generally a large duffel bag. (Hint: The box is there to protect the game, it doesn't matter)
 
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