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Viking Goat
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Has anyone ever seen any publishers that sell their games without the box?
Like say for example I wanted to make my own container, or just didn't want another game box that 90% air, but wanted the game.
 
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I've seen expansions sold boxless, mostly on kickstarter.

Feudum is an example.

I think Castles of Mad King Ludwig: Secrets is sold boxless as well.
 
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In the old days publishers like Cheap Ass Games or Steve Jackson Games sold their games in paper envelopes or zip-lock bags, these days it still happens occasionally for expansions. Russian Railroads: American Railroads is one example
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Russ Williams
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Many wargames come in plastic ziplock bags, or give the option of a (cheaper) plastic ziplock bag version or (more expensive) box version.
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Joe Salamone
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In some cases I'd rather have the box than the game.
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joe_salamone wrote:
In some cases I'd rather have the box than the game.


Good, because that may be the most expensive part of the game you're paying for!

Back in ye olden days, Microgames, which were "hex and chit" wargames with a paper map, were sold in plastic envelopes, as were some miniature wargame sets, including SPI (?) and a Star Wars Miniatures game. Old staple-bound roleplaying rulesets, like Metamorphosis Alpha, were sold in ziploc-style plastic bags. Roleplaying game modules were (are still?) sold in shrinkwrap, and roleplaying books are usually sold without a box. Miniatures are sometimes sold in blister packs, and Mantic uses cheap cardstock material for its boxes, since they know the boxes won't be used for storage. Same reason why FFG has cardboard inserts which protect contents more than organize them.
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John F.
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Small Box Games has done this before.
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Bryan Carpenter
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Victory Point Games (https://www.victorypointgames.com/) do this with several of their titles. Some titles are only available in polybags.

I bought their rather excellent Astra Titanus which is only available polybagged and I've never felt the need to put it in a box!
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Chris Laudermilk
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I see my two off-the-top-of-my-head examples have been mentioned: Cheapass and Victory Point.

I still have a file box mostly full of Cheapass white envelopes.
 
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Flash Point: Fire Rescue – Honor & Duty is sold without a box
 
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Tasty Minstrel Games had a few "envelope" games, including Coin Age, Burgoo, and This Town Ain't Big Enough for the 2-4 of Us

Edit: Also, old school/WWII common board games came with the board separate from a small components box. My grandfather had several of these, including Monopoly. The box was just big enough to hold the title deeds in one pile, the money in another, and the wooden houses, hotels, dice, and metal tokens.
 
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