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I've noticed many of you having trouble organizing all your Traders & Barbarians pieces into the plastic insert of the box (the same insert as all the 4th edition boxes).

Well, it's taken me many long months contemplating how to fit the pieces in the box, and after writing many computer programs to figure out the optimal organization, I have finally happened upon the correct set up.

First, set up your bags as seen in the following picture:
http://img.imgcake.com/Epyo/bagsetup.jpg

Big Bag 1: Commodities and wagons for T&B scenario.
Big Bag 2: Camels.
Small Bag 1: Fish Tiles.
Small Bag 2: Coins.
Small Bag 3: Catan Chits.
Small Bag 4: All 12 bridges.
Extra Sandwich-size Ziploc Bag: All knights and barbarians.

When placing your bags in the box, put all the pieces in the bag to the bottom, then roll the extra space in the bag around the pieces. If there is too much air in the bag, let it out.

Now, for the actual setting up process:

Step 1:
http://img.imgcake.com/Epyo/org1.jpg
Simply lay the Harbormaster in the giant rectangular pit, and the Poorest/Wealthy Settler cards in the corner of the long pit.

Step 2:
http://img.imgcake.com/Epyo/org2.jpg
Also in that long pit, place the little bag of bridges, little bag of catan chits, and little bag of coins. Place them all next to each other. Place the little bag of fish-tokens in the deeper pit inside the hexagonal pit.

Step 3:
http://img.imgcake.com/Epyo/org3.jpg
Place the long frame pieces in the long pit. They should be able to rest perfectly flat over the bridges, coins, and chits, with no problem.
Also, place the giant Ziploc bag of Knights+Barbarians on top of the Harbormaster. Also, place the pointy fish harbors in the middle hexagon, pointing towards the knights+barbarians.

Step 4:
http://img.imgcake.com/Epyo/org4.jpg
On top of the long frame pieces, place the big bag of commodities+wagons, and place the big bag of camels next to it too. They shouldn't need to protrude out of the plastic case, as long as you pat them down a little. In addition, place the box of cards on top of the knights+barbarians+harbormaster. And finally, place the new hexagons in the corner-hexagon-pit, on top of the lil-fish-chits.

And here's the final product!
http://img.imgcake.com/Epyo/finalorg.jpg
Just lay the long river hexes on top, and the instructions on top of everything. Simple as that! As long as you've patted down your camels properly, everything will fit absolutely perfectly.

Doesn't that feel better?
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Robby Timmermans
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The imagecake.com server cannot be found. cry
Can you host the pictures somewhere else ?


EDIT: Back online
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Lauren Stein
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Thank you!
 
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Steven Williams
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Isn't it just easier to remove the insert? Non-insert works fine for all the other Settlers boxes
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Ryan Sturm
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Operational wrote:
Isn't it just easier to remove the insert? Non-insert works fine for all the other Settlers boxes


You clearly underestimate some of our irrational love for inserts and how much it excites some of us when everything goes in its own little compartment precisely!



Thank you!
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My lovely wife just gave me a copy of T&B for my birthday, and I'd been wondering how to organize it -- thank you for your help!

I made a couple minor modifications to tighten things up:

1) I keep a stack of bags the same size as the small ones on hand for new games that need them. I added two here, replacing one of the bigger bags (which I'll use elsewhere) and the sandwich bag.

2) I folded up a piece of card stock to keep the two stack of cards separate inside their box.

Brilliant work, and thanks again for the protips and the easy-to-follow photo guide!
 
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