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Necessity is the mother of invention. I was curious if any of you have some gaming "hacks" you'd like to share? If you have a good idea, maybe other people can use the same idea to make their game days a little better or easier.

I wanted some containers to hold chits, dice, spare minis, etc., etc., etc. I went to the dollar store (Dollar Tree around here), and found these plastic souffle cups. Three for a dollar! They work PERFECTLY!!!



Also, at the Dollar Tree, I found a cup with a bunch of toothbrushes in it. They hold my paint brushes nicely!



What are your cool "hacks"?
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I don't have a pic, but my fiancee hit on the idea of putting a big piece of felt on the game table. Dice don't fly off as easily as when they are bouncing on wood, nor do components slide off as easily, and of course it is easier to pick up cards too! It cost us about $3.00 from michael's to purchase a piece of green felt the size of a tablecloth. I recommend it to anybody.
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LordObsidian wrote:
the idea of putting a big piece of felt on the game table.
Good idea! I'll try it soon. Does the felt slide around on the table top due to people's shifting elbows? If yes, I imagine it would work better with a layer of those rug stays underneath.

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A bit lame perhaps but I find for wargaming, using a few difference sized IKEA frames with glass to be perfect for both play and storage. Pop the map(s) in the back and enjoy. With my 17 x 11 maps I just swap the 5 or 6 and leave them in the frame.




I even have Strike Force One map in one that cost just €1.79 and gives great peace of mind.
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Cheap plastic business card holders are great for decks of cards.


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deadeyedshooter8 wrote:
LordObsidian wrote:
the idea of putting a big piece of felt on the game table.
Good idea! I'll try it soon. Does the felt slide around on the table top due to people's shifting elbows? If yes, I imagine it would work better with a layer of those rug stays underneath.



Maybe get some really thin plywood or particle board, cut it to the size of your table, and glue the felt? I guess you'd have to store it somewhere when you weren't gaming, though.
 
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voodoochyl wrote:
Maybe get some really thin plywood or particle board, cut it to the size of your table, and glue the felt? I guess you'd have to store it somewhere when you weren't gaming, though.
Much easier just to roll it up
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A long time ago I bought four of these:



They're supposed to be battery trays. They are just about the most useful things in my basement.

The large transparent desk protectors are pretty awesome too... especially when playing modular games like Catan.

Pete (is glad he bought four of those trays back then because he hasn't seen them lately)
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I have three:

First, I made origami boxes to serve as containers for tokens, etc.

Second, to create a dice tray, I took an old mouse pad, cut it around the corners, and placed it against the bottom and sides of a small box (that I got from an online order).

Third, I placed a soft koozie in another koozie with a firm base. I use it as a dice cup. The koozies were random tchotchkes from conventions over the years.

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plezercruz wrote:
A long time ago I bought four of these:

They're supposed to be battery trays. They are just about the most useful things in my basement.

The large transparent desk protectors are pretty awesome too... especially when playing modular games like Catan.

Pete (is glad he bought four of those trays back then because he hasn't seen them lately)


Ok, Pete, WHERE did you buy these? (Inquiring minds want to know.)
 
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Ok, time to chime in. One of my pet peeves is baggies. Not only are they fiddly and difficult to open, but also impractical and look messy in the box. So, I searched for containers that could double as trays for use during the game.

I use small containers with lids purchased at Dollar Tree (rectangular - some lids don't stay on as well as they should) and Dollarama (round and stackable). Travel soap containers are the right size for the tiles in Hawaii, but are kinda cheap. Below you'll see The Castles of Burgundy and Hawaii.

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deadeyedshooter8 wrote:
LordObsidian wrote:
the idea of putting a big piece of felt on the game table.
Good idea! I'll try it soon. Does the felt slide around on the table top due to people's shifting elbows? If yes, I imagine it would work better with a layer of those rug stays underneath.



We haven't had any problems with it unintentionally shifting around. I have seen other groups turn this "bug" into a feature by folding the felt so that only the game board is on the felt and then using the underlying felt to shift the board around the table smoothly so larger groups all have access to the board.

We use our felt basically as a game room tablecloth and it doesn't shift round though.
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I use a card holder for some games with reference cards that I need to be view-able by the everyone at the table.



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VolleyGame wrote:
plezercruz wrote:
A long time ago I bought four of these:

They're supposed to be battery trays. They are just about the most useful things in my basement.

The large transparent desk protectors are pretty awesome too... especially when playing modular games like Catan.

Pete (is glad he bought four of those trays back then because he hasn't seen them lately)


Ok, Pete, WHERE did you buy these? (Inquiring minds want to know.)
The older I get, the more I forget.

Pete (hasn't a clue any more)
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Totally agree. I go an extra step:





Basically I put a sheet of styrofoam either under the existing insert or encased in a color printed page, then shove the little tubs in. They stay put that way, and you can pop them out if you want to.

Pete (loves those little ten cent tubs)
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VolleyGame wrote:

I use small containers with lids purchased at Dollar Tree (rectangular - some lids don't stay on as well as they should) and Dollarama (round and stackable). Travel soap containers are the right size for the tiles in Hawaii, but are kinda cheap. Below you'll see The Castles of Burgundy and Hawaii.



I like to sometimes use jewelry boxes for this purpose.

They come in all sizes and can be bought in bulk for around $0.25 or $0.30 on Amazon (search for "bulk jewelry boxes").

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Cool, Pete.

Michael (can't be bothered putting that much effort into it)
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plezercruz wrote:
A long time ago I bought four of these:



They're supposed to be battery trays. They are just about the most useful things in my basement.


Those look a lot like divided plates for kids. They can be found lots of places.

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jjpuzzles wrote:
plezercruz wrote:
A long time ago I bought four of these:



They're supposed to be battery trays. They are just about the most useful things in my basement.


Those look a lot like divided plates for kids. They can be found lots of places.



Ah, but the good thing about Pete's is the rounded edges inside which makes it easy to get cubes out.
 
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VolleyGame wrote:


Ah, but the good thing about Pete's is the rounded edges inside which makes it easy to get cubes out.


Well, you can quickly add a piece of tick paper to each space and make one yourself
 
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capricorn_tm wrote:
VolleyGame wrote:


Ah, but the good thing about Pete's is the rounded edges inside which makes it easy to get cubes out.


Well, you can quickly add a piece of tick paper to each space and make one yourself


I've googled 'tick paper' and can't find it. What is it? Typo?
 
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VolleyGame wrote:
jjpuzzles wrote:
plezercruz wrote:
A long time ago I bought four of these:



They're supposed to be battery trays. They are just about the most useful things in my basement.


Those look a lot like divided plates for kids. They can be found lots of places.



Ah, but the good thing about Pete's is the rounded edges inside which makes it easy to get cubes out.


Well, there are many styles of divided plates... some more rounded than others.

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We use silicone muffin cups for tokens/chits:

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VolleyGame wrote:
capricorn_tm wrote:
VolleyGame wrote:


Ah, but the good thing about Pete's is the rounded edges inside which makes it easy to get cubes out.


Well, you can quickly add a piece of tick paper to each space and make one yourself


I've googled 'tick paper' and can't find it. What is it? Typo?


I would call it "tack paper" but google isn't too fond of that either. It's paper with a light adhesive on one side, usually used to line the bottom of drawers or shelves.
 
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dcclark wrote:
VolleyGame wrote:
capricorn_tm wrote:
VolleyGame wrote:


Ah, but the good thing about Pete's is the rounded edges inside which makes it easy to get cubes out.


Well, you can quickly add a piece of tick paper to each space and make one yourself


I've googled 'tick paper' and can't find it. What is it? Typo?


I would call it "tack paper" but google isn't too fond of that either. It's paper with a light adhesive on one side, usually used to line the bottom of drawers or shelves.


I've always known it as "contact paper". That term is very googlable.
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