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Richard Morris
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Can someone tell me how to approach the subject of inserts for boxes to stop the components from rattling around? Are there standard templates for these?

The game I am working on is a card game, with a small board. I expect the size of the board to be around A5 (that's about half a 'letter' piece of paper for you Americans). You can buy standard white mailing boxes for that size with a depth of 40 or 50 mm for 30p or so, which sounds to be a decent fit for my needs. As well as the board, I will probably have 3 or 4 packs of cards and a couple of pawns and a couple of dice.

If I just throw that lot in a box the contents will rattle around. So I guess I need one of those little inserts that you put in the box to provide 'compartments' to put things in. Hence the question.
 
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for larger runs, you can go with either vacuum formed plastic inserts, or you can do a die-cut and folded cardboard insert. if it's a low print run, the easiest would probably be to fold and cut pieces of thin chipboard yourself.

if you're only concerned about the rattle and not about the appearance, you could put the non-board components in baggies and tape/glue dot them to the inside of the box.
 
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I think Stone Age deals with this efficiently.



One could easily construct a similar insert with cardboard. Cheap, simple, effective.
 
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Just make sure that any insert is 100% effective or it is 100% trash that cost money.

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most inserts are very specifically to prevent rattle or component damage during shipping- only a very very few are really designed to be useful afterwards. people are often misinformed about this, and so complain a lot about "bad" inserts... when the insert already did the job it was designed to if someone is at the "opening the box" stage of buying a game.
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