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Tim H
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Hi,

I've recently started building foamcore inlays for my board games and I really love it. Just one problem: I like to store my games vertical, i.e. on edge, and that doesn't really work well with most inlays. If the lid just lifts a little (e.g. by moving the game next to it), parts fall out of their compartments and everything gets mixed up. Same is true (even more so) with transport: I like putting the games in a big bag, of course vertical, so you can image what that looks like after the transport...

This is no problem at all with my previous approach: tons of zip bags.

How do you handle this? I was thinking about some foamcore lid that fits tightly into the top of the box, but this doesn't seem to be a very robust solution...

Cheers,
Tim
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I usually avoid this problem by wrapping an elastic strap tightly around the box for transport (there are really big sturdy ones). As for storage, it's usually fine if the games sit tightly next to each other so the lid can't slide off.
 
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x-bands like these: http://www.euroffice.co.uk/product/x-bands-rubber-100mm-diam...

No idea what the German for these is, but they are perfect for the job.
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enoon wrote:
x-bands like these: http://www.euroffice.co.uk/product/x-bands-rubber-100mm-diam...

No idea what the German for these is, but they are perfect for the job.

Kreuzgummibänder (I had to look this up.)
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Kevin Jonas

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Several ways to deal with it.

Hinged lid for the mini. Partition divider (out of box on left) to keep the card tray and dice in place. Bead containers for bits.

 
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smithlucas wrote:
Kreuzgummibänder

Nooooooo!
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enoon wrote:


For a cheaper alternative, consider bondage tape. It's basically exactly the same thing as "Hugo's Amazing Tape", but it turns out that the particularly-amazing thing about Hugo's tape is the markup. It sticks to itself and to glossy surfaces but without glue - just through surface adhesion or electrostatic forces or witchcraft or something. The same thing that makes card sleeves stick together when you least want them to - so probably witchcraft.

Which, for what it's worth, I'm pretty sure is "Hexenwerk" in German?
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Bichatse wrote:
enoon wrote:


For a cheaper alternative, consider bondage tape. It's basically exactly the same thing as "Hugo's Amazing Tape", but it turns out that the particularly-amazing thing about Hugo's tape is the markup. It sticks to itself and to glossy surfaces but without glue - just through surface adhesion or electrostatic forces or witchcraft or something. The same thing that makes card sleeves stick together when you least want them to - so probably witchcraft.

Which, for what it's worth, I'm pretty sure is "Hexenwerk" in German?


Don't say that... since it's PVC, it's probably van der Waals force that cause attraction between the layers of the plastic. No witchcraft, here!
 
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"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." -Arthur C. Clarke
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enoon wrote:
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." -Arthur C. Clarke


More to the point, "Van der Waals Kräfte" isn't so significantly different to the English, so the joke doesn't work.
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ymd_fallen wrote:

How do you handle this? I was thinking about some foamcore lid that fits tightly into the top of the box, but this doesn't seem to be a very robust solution...

Cheers,
Tim


This is something I always try to do with my inserts -- creating a cover, whether it's with foamcore, chipboard, or the included gameboard (if it's about the same width as the box). If the box lid opens, though, your pieces can still spill all over the place... which is why I go one step further and run a strip of posterboard under the insert, sticking up the sides, and latching on top of the insert/rulebooks/gameboard. It's kind of like building my own rubber band out of paper, but it's inside the box and doesn't show on the outside. This keeps the insert together, so that even if the box cover is loose during transport, nothing will move inside the box.
 
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Bichatse wrote:
enoon wrote:


For a cheaper alternative, consider bondage tape.

It goes by many names. F4 tape. Self fusing tape. Self bonding tape.

Here's an example from Amazon.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002LA2258/ref=oh_aui_deta...
 
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sirpoonga wrote:

It goes by many names. F4 tape. Self fusing tape. Self bonding tape.


That's not the same stuff at all, and it's more expensive.

That stuff will produce a permanent bond - great when you're trying to fix a pipe, not that great when you want to get the lid back off of your board game! Bondage tape (and "Hugo's Amazing" tape, which is the same stuff) sticks well enough to hold a box together but can be peeled apart an indefinite number of times, because it doesn't stick via glue or by any state change in the tape itself.
 
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Be Careful when using Hugo's amazing tape as it's been know to ruin the finish on some gameparts when used.

Amazing Tape Public Service Announcement

The geeklist flipside to that is The Comprehensive list of games tested with Hugo's amazing tape
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