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Subject: Let's talk board game inserts 2018 rss

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Ray Dillinger
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If a game is long, then a box insert that allows the components to be put back in the box in a way that 'suspends' an ongoing game so it can be unpacked and resumed later is a huge win. Hardly anybody does this, but it's worth an extra point on that ten-point scale all by itself.

'Bits Bins' that close securely and hold the bits even if the lid's not tight on the box are a fairly important thing too. Game boxes aren't kept right side up all the time. One of my pet peeves was 'bits bins' that were supposed to be "lidded" by the game board but gapped open and spilled things in the box even with the board in place and the lid tight closed, because the insert sagged in the middle. If you don't have secure bits bins, the players have to mess with baggies and stuff every time they're playing or packing up.

Any bits that serve as an aid to gameplay, or even boxes that serve as an aid to gameplay, are another plus. We usually leave card holders in any game that requires players to keep a hand of cards, so they can sit on the table facing the player and leave hands free. We used to repackage 'scrabble' in a deeper box so people could draw from it blind without bothering to turn all the tiles on their faces every time. A game with a public Tableau of cards that players ought to be able to see, and a box insert that turns over and serves as a card stand, is a winning combo.

Additional space for player-supplied bits. Players will add things to games that they think are helpful. You may provide two dice with a game that will be played by players who think *every* player ought to have two dice so they don't need to pass them around. Players may want to add card stands instead of fanning fourteen cards in their fingers. They may replace your pawns with bigger pawns they can more easily see, hold, or move, when they have color blindness, arthritis, Etc. So there should be well-defined spaces for bits to be added by the players.

Use whatever blank space is available for additional reference material. I really like it when 'game setup' instructions at the very least are printed on the inside lid where they won't ever get lost. Also definitely print somewhere on the box the URL for a website or a place they can get replacement bits or supplements.




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Enough room for sleeved cards, please.
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Ray Dillinger
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Did OP remove the initial post?
 
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I did not see any post before yours. Thought you started the thread abruptly like that.
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Seems to be happening more often lately?
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Ray Dillinger
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Huh. Wonder why, there was nothing controversial or flame-inspiring about it.

I agree with you about leaving room for sleeved cards. I was, in fact, coming back to say that and saw that you'd said it first.

Extra room for cards is also extra room for the inevitable expansion decks.... tho it's hard to imagine 'Munchkin' coming in a box big enough to hold all the expansions, you can at least set them up for the first couple.
 
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