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Jason Larabell
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Has anyone done any? I currently have a reusable cloth grocery bag that is big enough to carry four 12" by X" games but I have seven games I like to take with me that so far other players I've met up with don't own or don't bring with them. That got me to thinking could I make something to take these games with me that works better than my current bag four two trip to the car.
 
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I use one of these FRAKTA Trunk for trolley
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I use a cajon bag: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M7RJH6B/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_dp_ge... for e.g. Mine actually looks a lot like this one except without the brand labelling. Works amazingly well - as if it were designed for the purpose.
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In my search for ideas I discovered this at home depot. At 21x25 inches and 40 inches high at the sale price of under $30 I don't think I could have made something similar for less. 21x25 should accommodate just about any game with room to spare and at 40 inches high up to 10 games stacked and maybe even some placed upright.
 
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StoneRyno wrote:
In my search for ideas I discovered this at home depot. At 21x25 inches and 40 inches high at the sale price of under $30 I don't think I could have made something similar for less. 21x25 should accommodate just about any game with room to spare and at 40 inches high up to 10 games stacked and maybe even some placed upright.


You can get similar ones on amazon and walmart for a bit cheaper i think

 
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How much effort do you want to put into it?

I've made a couple of padded game carrying cases for myself. Here's a couple of photos of my first padded one:





I modeled it after a soft sided cooler.
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pawnpusher wrote:
How much effort do you want to put into it?


I didn't think that far ahead. I was just looking for ideas that made carrying 8-10 games around easier at a reasonable cost. Given the reasonable price of the cart I linked I think that gives me a good start assuming I need to do anything more than just stack my games in it. Up until finding the cart thing I was seeing bag options that weren't quite what I was looking for. I was considering a home made bag with wheeled bottom as an option if anyone had made anything like that and would have advice on how to make. I'm pretty sure the cart thing I linked will do what I needed. In the odd chance it doesn't I'll still be looking to do a homemade bag on wheels thing.
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I've thought about how to add wheels, but I don't know where to get a wheel set I could add to a bag like the one I made.

Someone mentioned using a folding two wheel dolly and adding some kind of strap on the back of the bag to secure the bag to the dolly.

I have a folding two wheel dolly, and the bag is almost too deep for the dolly. I added D-rings to the front and back of my second bag. With those I can secure that bag to a dolly.
 
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I use milk crates

Those padded Cajon bags sure have my interest though.
 
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We travel with games a lot (two groups per week on average, pus 6-8 weekends per year). I have tried many options and there is no perfect solution if you want to carry more than one or two games. Specialised bags for gaming are ludicrously expensive when compared to padded dufflebags or parachute bags. Bags and boxes are heavy and generally need a trolley, but stairs are still a problem...

90% of the time I use a cajon bag and a folding trolley. The bag is excellent but when filled it is quite heavy: I don't trust the handles are strong enough. Hence the folding trolley. I added a couple of cheap spring clips to stop the bag falling off when the ground in bumpy. For vehicle transport the bag comes off quickly and easily. It isn't perfect but it's the best option I found. Upgrading to the Meinl pro bag might be the next step.

For conventions or trips away, I have added a wheeled dufflebag. This has a fabric-covered board added as bottom protection. It holds 12 big boxes (i.e. TTR or Small World size) and weighs far too much for regular use, but to get stuff to a con it is helpful. Of course it also gets used as a piece of regular luggage.

We usually have a Drõna folded in the car in case we buy games while we are away. These are cheap cargo organisers generally so they get a fair bit of use.

We used to like folding trolleys, including canvas ones (i.e.) but they fail after 12-18 months. We also have a variety of plastic crates and a garden cart to shift them, but they are hardly ever used. Too heavy and difficult. Firewood carriers are super strong and carry lots of games, but there is no rain protection and if you fill them, they weigh a ton. Unfortunately, I can't stop myself packing every last nook and cranny.
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pawnpusher wrote:
I've thought about how to add wheels, but I don't know where to get a wheel set I could add to a bag like the one I made.

What if you made a frame for the bottom out of PVC tubing, then cannibalize the wheels/axle off an old Weber charcoal grill?

Use T's instead of L's for the back (axle) end, with the open side of the T pointing to the left and right. Cap the ends, then drill out the caps to house the axle. A wooden dowel plug might be more durable than a drilled PVC cap.
 
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Or mount regular casters to a bit of plywood the same size as the bottom of the bag. Then cover the plywood with similar canvas, add velcro patches to the top and the counterparts to the bottom of the bag. Also make a thin card/hardboard/whatever base the same size with the same canvas and velcro as the wheels, but little rubber feet instead of wheels - so you can detach and switch out the base depending on where you're going and how you're going to get there.
 
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pawnpusher wrote:
How much effort do you want to put into it?

I've made a couple of padded game carrying cases for myself. Here's a couple of photos of my first padded one:





I modeled it after a soft sided cooler.



This is a really great game carrier. If you don't mind me asking, how did you go about making this and how much did it cost?
 
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I got one of those wheeled folding crates from Staples (or was it Office Depot?). Works reasonably well. The cajon bags have my interest. This is one place that DIY seems like a lot more hassle and expense than just grabbing one of the many manufactured options noted already.
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