Hi fellow Boardgamegeeks,
I've had Arkham Horror for 2 years now and I own all published (german) Expansions. And as anyone who owns this and similiar complex games I have thought about many storage solutions. I want to show you mine.
All Arkham Horror stuff fits into these two suitcases.
If you open them up, you will see that there is more than just the gameboard and some cards - we will come to that in a moment:
Storing while not playing
All investigators, ancient ones, ancient-side-kicks (dont know the right name for them in english ) fit into this box.
Info on the box: Its the box of a chocolate (Ferrero), it fits all of them perfectly with almost no movement while transporting them
All investigator markers, their story-background and quests are found here:
Info on the box: Ikea, 3 pieces for 2,99€ or something, I use them for other games as well
I use a small box for setup. It only contains markers that are used in special scenarios (e.g. some expansions, side-kicks or ancient ones) and are not needed during a game (if they are, they are transferred to the big box just for that game):
Info on the box: bought at a local hardware store for around 2€. I use them quite a lot for many games.
The big setup box is the game bank and is used for all the stuff you always need: markers for money, clues, health, ... dice, stands for gates and monsters and so on.
Info on the box: bought at a local hardware store for 2,49€. They were on sale and I bought only 2. I would really like to have more of these.
All the cards are stored in these 8 boxes. The big one contains every card used in all the games (encounter cards, gate-cards, myth-cards, items, train-tickets, and so on...). The little boxes are containing an expansion set each (3 big ones, 3 small ones in Germany at the moment) and some misc stuff (e.g. epic battle with the ancient).
Info on the box: the big box is some kind of tupper-ware and is used in other games of mine (e.g. Starcraft), too. I don't know the price. The small boxes belong to a series of boxes coming in different sizes. This size costs about 1,49€ at a local office supplier ("Staples"). They fit the big cards perfectly. There are even smaller boxes which would fit the small cards, but I didnt think it would be necessary to get them. I don't really miss them.
Storing during play
I'm really proud of this storage solution. I asked my stepdad if he would like to help me and sent him some specifications on what I had in mind (mostly inspired by stuff I had seen on BGG.com). Not knowing the amount of work it would take, he agreed and came up with these card-holders:
On this picture you can see 4 groups of stands:
1. Ancient Card Stand
Here you see the Ancient One overlooking everything! I wanted him to pose a threat, so he had to stand up
The stand is bend metal with a piece of wood glued to the back. It's magnetic so little magnets fixed on the markers hold on the Ancient One. Its really nice having the big boss standing next to the Arkham Board. Gives you the chill
2. Gate and monster marker
The gate holders were the first thing I did for my Arkham game back in 2008. I used cork to form a molding blank (if this is the correct word?) and press it into the clay, so the gates would fit perfectly. It's simply colored with some acryl paint
The monster holders are from a game named "Stratego". I just bought it for this purpose on the "SPIEL" in Essen. I asked around in hall 4 for some kind of stands and this was given to me. Because I just needed the stands I got it for about ~7-8€. There are over a hundred of these things in the box. So I have many to spare
The monster-bag is from Ikea and it's evil because its green!
3. Big Card Stands
Myth and other world encounter
This is the card stand we use for the myth-cards and encounters in the other worlds. You can remove the walls in between to allow different setups. For example you may want to play with 3 expansions and want one big myth-pile. On the other hand you could use the walls to do 3 separate cardpiles.
I have 2 of these stands so you could even separate myth and other world encounters completely.
These card stands are used for the Arkham encounters. I have one 9-slot and two 6-slot stands so you can choose which ones to use depending on how many expansion boards you play.
Here you can see a filled 6-slot stand:
4. Small card stand
With a total of 30 different sized slots this card stand can hold all of the small cards you want to use in a round of Arkham Horror.
I did an example to show it in "action":
John Di Ponio
Great job! This is one of those game that take a LARGE area to play even without the expansions!! You have given me plenty of ideas!
Thank you! That was my intention
Thanks to this storage solution, we play Arkham on a table (coincidentally also made by my stepdad back in my childhood about 15 years ago ) from which you can remove the table-legs and we put it onto a low livingroom-table. So its easy to sit around. All the components (aside from the charakters and ancient one which are on the table) are on a little side-table to be handeled by 1-2 persons.
If anyone would like to reproduce this stands I would be happy to take some detail-pictures and ask for any specs my stepdad has for them.
Your suitcase idea was pretty cool.
and all I did was use foam core to make a grid in one of the Arkham boxes to store almost all the cards and then use an 2nd large expansion box to store all the chits. It worked pretty well.
- Last edited Wed Dec 15, 2010 5:31 pm (Total Number of Edits: 1)
- Posted Wed Dec 15, 2010 5:30 pm
Really awesome! Darn great job! Wish i had the time to do that!
A big for you!
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That is totally awesome! you have really managed to get this monster of a game under control. Very creative solutions here.
However, you did remind me that I have been neglecting this game myself, so now I think I may have to play a game or 2 and perhaps "borrow" a few of yur clever ideas, so as to make my Horror experience a bit more manageable.
So far the only thing I have done for Arkham is get a bag for the critters and print up a smaller map and laminate said map. so I can play on small table, it is great for solo games.