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Eric Engelmann
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I run board game conventions, and my library of games gets a bit more than its fair share of use, with box exteriors taking the most abuse. I also sell board games I buy from liquidations of gamer estates, many of which are old, out of print, un-punched, and valuable, but often with badly damaged boxes. I've been looking at engineering some transparent "sleeves" for common box sizes that cover the box snugly. Turns out this is more complicated than sleeving cards, because of the variable box height. Still, it's doable. Before I do a kickstarter, I'd like to gauge interest. What's your educated guess as to the percentage of active gamers who would pay $2 each for a nice plastic sleeve for some of their board game boxes? Looks like factory minimums for the design I like are 3000 per size.

If any game publisher reads this, any possibility you would want to make your game even MORE expensive by including one of these with the box? I think not, but many games HAVE gotten pretty fancy lately.
 
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<1% total market, maybe 10% around here.

Personally, wouldn't ever bother or care. The box is just there to keep the game contained, I play games not collect them.
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Davej360 wrote:
I'd rather buy a roll of clear contact paper if I was concerned about box scuffing. If anyone was really concerned about their boxes they'd probably store them in hard plastic boxes that would protect from crushing.


That would be like laminating game cards. When the laminate wears out, you have a real mess.
 
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darthain wrote:
<1% total market, maybe 10% around here.

Personally, wouldn't ever bother or care. The box is just there to keep the game contained, I play games not collect them.


Thanks for the estimate. About what I figured. As for bother and care, that's exactly how I felt until my game boxes failed from heavy convention play and I before started buying/selling old/rare games. Now I understand why book publishers offer "Library" versions whose covers and binding are extra sturdy.
 
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Eric Engelmann wrote:
I run board game conventions, and my library of games gets a bit more than its fair share of use, with box exteriors taking the most abuse. I also sell board games I buy from liquidations of gamer estates, many of which are old, out of print, un-punched, and valuable, but often with badly damaged boxes. I've been looking at engineering some transparent "sleeves" for common box sizes that cover the box snugly. Turns out this is more complicated than sleeving cards, because of the variable box height. Still, it's doable. Before I do a kickstarter, I'd like to gauge interest. What's your educated guess as to the percentage of active gamers who would pay $2 each for a nice plastic sleeve for some of their board game boxes? Looks like factory minimums for the design I like are 3000 per size.

If any game publisher reads this, any possibility you would want to make your game even MORE expensive by including one of these with the box? I think not, but many games HAVE gotten pretty fancy lately.


I find these boxes cheap and effective.
 
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There are folks who would be interested, but it would be a very niche group. I really think you'd struggle to move 3000 of them.
 
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I always thought adhesive book cover can do the job, but I never care enough to do it, unless the box is breaking.
 
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