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So how do you store your magazine games.

You have:
* a magazine,
* a game board/map,
* a set of rules,
* bag(gies) with the counters in.

What do you put them all into for storage?
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I pull the rules out of the mag,
wrap them around the map, and put
'em in a folder by time period.

The counters go in baggies, labeled by
game, sorted by time period.

Magazines go in a stack somewhere once I read them.
Before that, they would sit in the bathroom.
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If they don't have a big baggie to go in, I put the whole works into a manilla envelope, and thence into a plastic tub. They're generally not in order within the tub...this was more of a problem when I had hundreds of magazine/ziploc games rather than a dozen.
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I get a 1/2" 3-ring binder, and (4) clear sheet protectors. Magazine goes in one protector, map goes in a second one, rules (pulled from mag) goe in a third, and counters (once placed in a ziplock baggie) go in the fourth protector. I photocopy the magazine cover and stick it in the clear cover sleeve of the binder, and make a spine insert for the binder as well. I'll take a few pics later to illustrate. Works great and allows me to readily view the games without digging through stacks of magazines!

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alfredhw wrote:
If they don't have a big baggie to go in, I put the whole works into a manilla envelope,


Ditto. I store them in boxes and they are sorted by topics.
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Currently sitting on a shelf with map, rules and counters inside the magazine. Magazines sorted by issue number. I have to be a tad careful when pulling them out.

I just this week determined that happiness would be a few filing cabinets with hanging files - again sorted by issue number. I could use the tabs to help locate the issue.

I have (I think) six shelves worth (some are still in boxes so I am not exactly sure) so maybe three filing cabinets?
 
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Magazine bag/s (sometimes take two) for the magazine and map, then small ziplocks for counters, placed inside the magazine bag.

It's not that expensive, easy to see what's inside, and looks nice.

You can even get magazine boxes to store them in.

Mag bags and boxes are available at comic shops.
 
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Mostly I keep mine in oversized ziplock plastic bags, but if a magazine game has a lot of pieces that I want to sort in a tray, then I put it in a box. I've been thinking about putting them all in boxes.
 
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desertfox2004 wrote:
I get a 1/2" 3-ring binder, and (4) clear sheet protectors. Magazine goes in one protector, map goes in a second one, rules (pulled from mag) goe in a third, and counters (once placed in a ziplock baggie) go in the fourth protector. I photocopy the magazine cover and stick it in the clear cover sleeve of the binder, and make a spine insert for the binder as well. I'll take a few pics later to illustrate. Works great and allows me to readily view the games without digging through stacks of magazines!



Here are a few pics to demonstrate what I'm doing with these:



Some might say it's a bit OCD and maybe it is, but I find that by making the games more visible on my game shelf, they are much more likely to be remembered and get played. It's not really all that expensive either. The 3-ring binders are about $4, and you can get a package of sheet protectors fairly cheap as well. I'd say all in all, a magazine game can be stored like this for about $5 per game.
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desertfox2004 wrote:
desertfox2004 wrote:
I get a 1/2" 3-ring binder, and (4) clear sheet protectors. Magazine goes in one protector, map goes in a second one, rules (pulled from mag) goe in a third, and counters (once placed in a ziplock baggie) go in the fourth protector. I photocopy the magazine cover and stick it in the clear cover sleeve of the binder, and make a spine insert for the binder as well. I'll take a few pics later to illustrate. Works great and allows me to readily view the games without digging through stacks of magazines!



Here are a few pics to demonstrate what I'm doing with these:



Some might say it's a bit OCD and maybe it is, but I find that by making the games more visible on my game shelf, they are much more likely to be remembered and get played. It's not really all that expensive either. The 3-ring binders are about $4, and you can get a package of sheet protectors fairly cheap as well. I'd say all in all, a magazine game can be stored like this for about $5 per game.



Looks really nice. But I think I'd need a lot more shelf space!
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Very, very nice, Leo!
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Looks good Leo, I was thinking about doing the same thing with my ASLSK expansion kit since it didn't come with a box. Instead of a page protector for the counters I am going to sort them into the little zip baggies from Hobby Lobby and then put them into a zippered pouch that is used to hold pencils and what not that are made to be put in 3 ring binders.
I'll post pics next week when I get this done.
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Your binders look great, although where do you put your counters once you punch them?

I use FedEx Office paper boxes, and my daughter does the box art. They are a little big, though. I'm thinking of trimming them down to half size to save pace, since I will ultimately have ~100 of them.
 
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My technique:
counters go in GMT counter tray - it keeps them well organized but more importantly prevents the counter-baggie-bulging-out-of-the-magazine-bag effect. Then counter tray, magazine and maps go in an envelope - manilla envelope, plastic envelope, envelope the game came in, anything that can hold everything and is around at that time. Then envelopes can be aligned / piled on the shelf.
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Interesting ideas guys - many thanks. If anyone else has another concept to post go ahead and let us know.
 
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I like to store ALL the counters from all the games
in one big box. It makes the games different every time.
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Neopeius wrote:
Your binders look great, although where do you put your counters once you punch them?

I use FedEx Office paper boxes, and my daughter does the box art. They are a little big, though. I'm thinking of trimming them down to half size to save pace, since I will ultimately have ~100 of them.


The counters, once punched, go in a ziplock baggie, which is then placed in a sheet protector that has a top that closes, so that the baggie doesn't fall out. I get those sheet protectors from Staples.
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The counters if punched go into small ziplock bags, and the whole then goes into a large plastic bag.

These are then arranged on the shelf in topic order.

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