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Subject: Dealing with zillions of components...? (Grr at Arkham Horror!!) rss

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Eilidh Hyslop
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I just picked up Arkham Horror, and was rather irritated to find that it came with 200 or so tiny cardboard components but with no divisions whatsoever in the box!

As I expected, after carefully putting the components in piles by type, as soon as I re-opened the box, they were all mixed up and everywhere.


This seems like a particularly bad example, but, in cases like this - what do you do to organise your boardgame bits?

Homemade crappily constructed bits of cardboard dividers? or possibly small plastic bags? - no elegant solutions have come to mind...



(Also, boardgame publishers who do this - SCREW YOU! - it is annoying as all hell, and I honestly don't see why you're too lazy to just make a nice box! Especially given how beautifully divided up the boxes are for Dominion and Small World - it can obviously be done. And given that Arkham Horror was a pretty premium price already, I didn't expect the box to be so shitty. yuk )
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I use small plastic bags, like minigrip or similar, that can be easily closed and opened.
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you can get fishing tackle boxes with little dividers which you can adjust as you wish.. ebay has them
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For games with many parts like this, I use Plano plastic fishing boxes to hold everything. They make like, a bazillion different sizes and shapes with just the right compartment to hold your particular game parts right.

Makes everything much easier. Although sometimes you've got to remove the game liner. Just keep it in the closet in case you need it later (for selling/trading the game)

I've got Plano boxes for games like Runebound, Doom, Space Hulk, etc....
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I definitely recommend the "tackle-box" style of organization.

Funny that you mention Small World.

The Small World box looks awesome, until you get the expansions and realize that you have to hack the bits into place somehow.

I solved that one with this Plano 3750 box just a few days ago:

You can get those online or at places like Walmart pretty cheaply.
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Because with something like Arkham there are TOO MANY pieces to be able to make a box that actually fits in the box. I made a separate carrying case for the pieces and I keep the people and GOOs and boards in the box...this includes expansions.
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For AH, remove the included component holder, and go to Walmart's craft section... pick up some of the baggies there and also one or two of the "craft accessory" holder cases. With two of those cases and several bags, I can fit all of the base game, all of Innsmouth's stuff and some other cards/components from other expansions in the base game box, and it's relatively easy to get it all setup and put away.
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Yep, the little bead sorter boxes and/or tackle boxes are the way to go for Arkham. If you want it to all fit back in the box, self-sealing baggies from a craft store with beading supplies will do the job
 
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I often go with bags. For AH, I use a Plano case. It's a great way to go!
 
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For AH, remove the included component holder, and go to Walmart's craft section... pick up some of the baggies there and also one or two of the "craft accessory" holder cases. With two of those cases and several bags, I can fit all of the base game, all of Innsmouth's stuff and some other cards/components from other expansions in the base game box, and it's relatively easy to get it all setup and put away.


I think this is a really nice solution.

On every trip to Wal-Mart, I stop and pick up some bead sorters. I have a bunch of 7, 12, & 20 section ones on hand for all "new arrivals" to the game collection. (I just have base AH, so the 7-compartment one works fine for the little tokens that you are dipping into throughout the game. Monster and gate tokens are in baggies.)

I think if you give these cases a go, you will be pleased. I must have about 30 of them now in various games. Stone Age, Agricola, Hannibal, Middle Earth Quest, Kingsburg....anything with tokens just about gets one of these cases. (Just organized Tikal this morning into one of them.) At less than $2 a pop, I don't think you can go wrong.

Good luck.

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Nowadays, I use ziplock bags and small tupperware-like boxes.

The tupperware boxes contain the common resources for a game. Money, the clue tokens, hearts and brains in AH, and so on. You can just take them out of the box, open them, put them on the table, and they're ready.

Other stuff goes in ziplock bags. If there is stuff that the player needs at the start, I try to put everything for one player in one single ziplock bag. Just hand the players their own bags, and again you're ready to go.

I found that this storage method generally leads to a shorter set-up time.
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Another possibility is to go to a drugstore (I forget how to say that in British) and get some of the "weekly pill organizer" things with 7 or 14 small plastic compartments. You might also check in the wargame forum; wargames are the ultimate in lots of small cardboard components.
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Varus wrote:
Another possibility is to go to a drugstore (I forget how to say that in British)


Chemist?
 
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Like many others, I have my AH and Dunwich expansions pieces on a "small" plastic-organizer with plenty of compartments.

To be honest though, this hasnt helped as much as I wanted it to. Setup and cleaning after is still extremely tedious and I find myself not so keen to play it very often. soblue
 
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For just the arkham horror base game, I throw out the insert and use a chessex counter tray (I've got a load left over for wargame pieces so I'm using them all up). Fishing tackle boxes/craft boxes with lots of compartments are also useful

A couple of quick uploads later (forgive the lighting - it's after midnight here),

Arkham Horror Base Game in Chessex Counter Tray- thinner, lighter and more likely to fit into smaller boxes, even when you stack 2 or 3 trays on top of each other. These ones in particular are love it or hate it forms of storage so to start with only buy one or 2.



Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear in craft box(thicker pieces, also useful for games with wooden cubes or the like such as power grid)
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As you're in the UK you can get storage boxes with 4 trays, with 15 slots in each from Argos (about £11). I use these for most of my games. They are heavier duty than the stiff plastic fishing boxes but they are great for storage as I have a few of them stacked. I just pull the tray out for the game I'm playing. The lid also locks into place which stops any components getting damp or whatever.
 
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Didn't see you were in the UK - those craft storage boxes are £2 each from 'The Works' stores (who were stocking them 3 months ago)
 
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I'm from Dundee - I think we still have a Works store just along the road! Thankyou kindly

(And thanks all for the multitude of ideas!)
 
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* As an erstwhile CCG player, I use plastic deck holders for cards and even dice. I tossed out the insert, and use one deck holder in each corner of the box, which helps store the board flat.

* The monsters go into a good-sized drawstring bag.

* Counters go into a 15-space tackle box.

* Remember to buy more dice. 15 dice is a good number for this game.

* Personally, I only play one expansion at a time. The big box expansions should have space to store a smaller one. I also move bits around (eg. AO's with special cardboard bits get moved out of the main box).
 
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gandalftheking wrote:
you can get fishing tackle boxes with little dividers which you can adjust as you wish.. ebay has them


Wilkinsons £3.99
 
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I'm amused you held up Small World as a standard. That little divided box made me CRAZY! I finally dumped out the bits and put them into very small ziplock bags I found at a craft store. It was $6.50 for 250 bags, but would have been $3 if I'd remembered my coupon.

The pile o bags is not attractive inside the box, but the second I lifted the lid off, my equally frustrated gaming friends gasped, marveled for a moment, and then lauded my solution. In this case, at least, function beat the living daylights out of form.

I'm using the same small bags for the button-pawns I'm using for a homemade game, where they curiously look much more attractive. Five clear bags in a draw bag of tiles are far more aesthetic than several dozen crammed into a box!

I am so anti-bits that I refuse to play Cleopatra, and heave a long sigh over Small World. Small World is sufficiently wonderful to justify the absurd number of cardboard chits, but it certainly makes me appreciate the simplicity of Ticket to Ride, Carcassonne, and their ilk!
 
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Go to the files section and download the tuckbox pdf. Problem solved. I have the original AH and all expansions but Innsmouth in two boxes.

 
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It seems that everytime I buy a FFG game I also head out to Academy for a new tackle box. Just did that with Descent and RtL, in that games case I got two.
 
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