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Jered Biard
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Greetings fellow hunters!

In response to the massive call for large boxes to store all of our incredible forthcoming game components, I have decided to move forward with plans to hand craft custom wooden boxes for this game. Vampire Hunters is going to ship with an extraordinary amount of content, including tiles, cards, minis, tokens and so much more. In all likelihood, these items will ship in several small individual/set expansion boxes. Much of this content is Kickstarter Exclusive as well. Further, with all of the add-on content available, many of us will wind up with a myriad of small VH boxes on our shelves.

I have been creating fine custom wood crafts for years, to include everything from card trays to boxes to shot glass racks and even furniture. I've been looking for the perfect opportunity to do more of this type of work, and this game has given me the incentive to do just that.

This thread will be used to discuss thematic design, features and any other aspects of such boxes. Please feel free to comment and discuss. Between your creative ideas and my woodworking skills, we are sure to devise the most effective and impressive vault possible for this game.

My current plan is to spend the time between now and delivery discussing ideas and developing several designs. Once we receive our game, I will finalize those designs using the measurements I am able to take from the actual components. I am all in on the KS campaign, so I will have at least one of every item.

Thanks in advance for any and all contributions to this thread.

- Jered
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Brandon Tack
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That's definitely something I'd be interested in...

We'll talk more later!
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Adrian Roberts
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Make it coffin shaped and you can help yourself to my wallet.
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Dustin Rhoades
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^^What he said.
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I'm starting off with the assumption that this game and all the add-ons, etc will take up basically an entire shelf on a standard bookcase. Given that, I measured a couple of mine here. Shelf opening width is 27", and they are 15" deep. Height is adjustable, but I figure a standard book height of about 9.5" for the box as a starting point. So, the maximum exterior dimensions can be 26x15x9.5. This should give clearance on top and sides.

If it is to be coffin shaped, it needs to be gothic or something you would associate with vampires and this game in particular. I would lean towards an angular side wall design, something akin to what is pictured here: http://gallery.yopriceville.com/Free-Clipart-Pictures/Hallow...

Now, back to the overall dimensions. I would want to maximize the interior capacity of the box without having it protrude from the front of a 15" shelf. This means, we probably don't want to angle the long lower section in too steeply, maybe down to 10-12" width at the end from 15". Same or less at the head end. This will make for a short, slightly squatty coffin when looking at the closed lid.

This would leave around 2 cubic feet of interior capacity. Maybe a little less.

I would like to make the coffin slightly more proportional than the above if some space can be sacrificed. This will remain to be determined after I get some measurements.

One big question I have is this. Will most people prefer to store each of the VH boxes inside the coffin, or will they prefer to take all components out of those boxes and store them in the coffin. This will factor into the interior capacity requirements, and it will also affect whether and how many inserts such as dividers/grids and trays need to be made to drop in and stack.

Any thoughts on these topics?
 
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Joseph Sharkey
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lilbandit74 wrote:
Make it coffin shaped and you can help yourself to my wallet.


Ughhh *drops wallet on the ground and backs away slowly*
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Justin Fox
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Coffin would be cool, but I think an antiqued look would be more appropriate. Think of an old wooden box with weathered leather straps that would have been used by van helsing. Here is a link to a vampire hunter kit... I am all about the red interior.. could have compartments or drawers. Also, could have a cross on the top of the box.

http://theghostdiaries.com/real-vampire-hunter-kits-from-the...
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Justin Fox
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By the way, if it looks good I am in all the way.
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I generally prefer to store components divided up into trays for easy setup. If spacing is an issue, having both a hunter's case for some components and minis and a coffin for the other minis would be cool.
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Jered Biard
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Justin,

I agree, and it is possible that I will build more than one style. The red interior is a must, regardless of the type of box I think. Good inputs!
 
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Mike,

I'm on board with the trays. I prefer this method as well. I just wonder how people will feel about storing the original boxes separately. If that's not a real concern, I'll happily drop it as it will provide for many more functional design aspects.
 
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Ken M
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jbiard wrote:
Mike,

I'm on board with the trays. I prefer this method as well. I just wonder how people will feel about storing the original boxes separately. If that's not a real concern, I'll happily drop it as it will provide for many more functional design aspects.


Not a fan of parting with the original boxes, but the value of having a frickin' coffin on the game shelf will more than make up for it.
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Justin Fox
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I generally store my boxes separately & store all the game pieces in one location (usually a custom box). So I agree that there should be trays to support the game & all the optional expansions that they added in the KS campaign. I bought everything on this game.
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wow!!! +1

if I could add, my 2 cents would be directed to: if you can make some of the main gameplay components storage in trays; so that they can be put in and out easy. speeding set up and brake down.

kind of like daegalous does with most of their inserts
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Thanks for the note Chang. My current plan is to take measurements when the parts arrive. Then, I will aim for a layout that allows the primary game components to be accessible from the top center. Expansions would be underneath or to the sides or both. Trays/inserts are definitely in order here. They will need to have a snug fit so that crawlers don't go jumping into Emma's tray at night.
 
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oh no EMMA!!!
cool..
btw this is what I was talking about. Mage Knight (which I own) and EH are my favs; they no only look great, they help setingup/brakedown and make the table look soooo neat

http://www.daedalusproductionsinc.com/product-category/game-...

 
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Hey everyone. I just wanted to post a quick update to let everyone know that I just acquired 14 church pews that are about 20' long each. They were in a church in a neighboring town for 33 years, so the wood is thoroughly blessed to be sure. The ends of the pews have a white veneer with a dagger-style cross cut into them. Not sure if I will use them or not, but they just seemed to fit the theme and would make good inlays for the coffin lid. I mean a friggin' church pew cross on your coffin. That's a great way to keep all those vampires in the box! These would be limited, of course. Probably 25 or so boxes max. The main body of the pews is solid oak, and I am considering that for the coffin proper as well. Obviously, I will be working the wood and it will be finished in a much darker color. What do you guys think?



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Jered Biard
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Looking at those armrests just gave me another idea for a limited run upgrade for these boxes! A wooden stake (or two) carved out of each armrest!!
 
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That is pretty crazy. Wish I was one the lucky ones that could afford such a box. I'll follow along and admire though.
 
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Dan Weber
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Shut up and take my money!!!
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I would definitely buy one
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I am definitely interested. When will these be completed and what are you charging for them?
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Since they will be made to suit Vampire Hunters, I will need to wait until I receive the game. I have an all-in pledge and then some, so I am hoping to make it large enough to fit everything. Cost will be determined by final materials cost and construction time. I suspect something in the neighborhood of $200-$250 each.

It will likely be fairly hefty, so I suspect shipping will be costly as well. The good news is that this wood was far cheaper than it would have cost to buy all new lumber.
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I plan on folding much of it in the core box and one of the expansion boxes. I won't know until I get the game. If it turns out the two main expansions an all fit in part in the core box and one of those other boxes then I will do that, and say the vampire unicorn model, and a couple others fit in there too, then so be it that is also what I will do. I won't know until I get it.
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