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The Onion makes light of your nightmares:


Negligent Oaf Sloppily Packs Away Board Game Without So Much As A Thought To Future Players
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True story related to me by my kids:

"We were at so-and-so's house and there were too many of us to play video games so we asked what board games he had. He mentioned Arkham Horror and since we'd all played before we told him to go get it! We gathered around the table and people started calling dibs on different characters. He returned with the box and set it down—someone slid the top off to reveal an UNSPEAKABLE MASS of all the cards, bits, chits, markers, and cardboard nib-nobs all mixed up. No insert, no baggies, no containers or organization of any kind—just a sanity-shredding technicolor soup.

"No one said a word as we closed the box and walked away."
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HiveGod wrote:
True story related to me by my kids:

"We were at so-and-so's house and there were too many of us to play video games so we asked what board games he had. He mentioned Arkham Horror and since we'd all played before we told him to go get it! We gathered around the table and people started calling dibs on different characters. He returned with the box and set it down—someone slid the lid off to reveal an UNSPEAKABLE MASS of all the cards, bits, chits, markers, and cardboard nib-nobs all mixed up. No insert, no baggies, no containers or organization of any kind—just a sanity-shredding technicolor soup.

"No one said a word as we closed the lid and walked away."

Sounds like Cthulhu won that round.
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One day we had played 7 Wonders and after the game I spent a long while organizing my friend's copy so that the next time we played at his house we didn't have to paw through just a giant pile of bits to find what we needed. Fast forward a week and back at his house and he opens the box to get the game set up. He looks at all the highly organized bits, says, "Someone hyper organized this!" and upends the box creating a giant pile of bits for us to paw through. angry shake blush

I made him bag the components after that.
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Vospire wrote:
One day we had played 7 Wonders and after the game I spent a long while organizing my friend's copy so that the next time we played at his house we didn't have to paw through just a giant pile of bits to find what we needed. Fast forward a week and back at his house and he opens the box to get the game set up. He looks at all the highly organized bits, says, "Someone hyper organized this!" and upends the box creating a giant pile of bits for us to paw through. angry shake blush

I made him bag the components after that.
And I bet that moments later he said, "Someone hyper kicked me in the nuts!"
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Sort of related. When I was neatly and carefully packing away one of my games after a game day, one of my friends said her family (uncle or something, not important I guess) just throws all the components blindly back into the box.

That sentence caused me physical pain.

Edit: oh god there are other stories like this in this very thread
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WetRock wrote:


I mean, it's not like anyone's ever going to play that game again anyway, so...what's the big deal?
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boardgamesdotEXE wrote:
Sort of related. When I was neatly and carefully packing away one of my games after a game day, one of my friends said her family (uncle or something, not important I guess) just throws all the components blindly back into the box.

That sentence caused me physical pain.

Edit: oh god there are other stories like this in this very thread


Some of the new games (Gloomhave,KDM etc) boxes are big enough these days, that I can throw the person in behind the components if they do that.
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I got my kickstarter copy of Wendake today and I spent about an hour punching out all the pieces, sorting through them, setting up each player's starting pieces, and bagging everything. And I felt like it was perfectly normal to spend an hour "prepping" a new game for the first time you play it.

But it now occurs to me that a non-gamer might think this was weird.
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I got my kickstarter copy of Wendake today and I spent about an hour punching out all the pieces, sorting through them, setting up each player's starting pieces, and bagging everything. And I felt like it was perfectly normal to spend an hour "prepping" a new game for the first time you play it.

But it now occurs to me that a non-gamer might think this was weird.

It also explains why the non-bbgs tend to dislike the games with lots of bits. If your experience of a game is based on having to sort through all the bits just to set up it is likely not very positive. On the other hand, all those bits just add immersion when the game is properly bagged and ready to go.

To balance the thread a little. Anyone who played the big-wooden-box premium Small World edition will know that the opposite trigger is true as well. Oh the joy of just that extra level of neatness with race specific boxes and box inserts for everything.
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WetRock wrote:


Reminds me of my shipping pet peeve ... when you buy a game secondhand and it arrive with the lid sitting at an angle ... because there is a massive lump of loose, unsecured, unbagged, unboxed components piled at one end.

Seriously, people?

A couple have arrived with loose components floating around outside the gamebox whistle

Most shippers are more thoughtful. But there are a few careless souls who I assume are not actual gamers, only carrion birds, trusting that pixies will keep those bits secure through the post ... if they ever even opened the box while processing it as inventory.

(Sad to say, some of the offenders have been gamers shake )
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aesthetocyst wrote:
WetRock wrote:


Reminds me of my shipping pet peeve ... when you buy a game secondhand and it arrive with the lid sitting at an angle ... because there is a massive lump of unsecured components piled at one end.

Seriously, people?

Most shippers are more thoughtful. But there are a few careless souls who I assume are not actual gamers, only carrion birds, trusting that pixies will keep those bits secure through the post ... if they ever even opened the box while processing it as inventory.

(Sad to say, some of the offenders have been gamers shake )


The only box I have this issue with is Cave Evil: Warcults. Once everything was sleeved and bagged there was just no way to get the box to close properly again. It didn't come with an insert either so I can't even toss that to increase space.

I had the same issue with Lords of Waterdeep once I sleeved everything, but I pitched the insert and now everything fits fine.

Pax Porfiriana is another that's difficult to organize all the bits so that the box closes properly, but can be done.

I will say, my group went to go play Age of Gods for the first time in about 18 months and that game turned out to be pretty jumbled. My friend just looked at me and goes, "You should bag this like all your other games."
 
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