You have paid retail for the last time.
The human race, to which so many of my readers belong, has been playing at children's games from the beginning, and will probably do it till the end, which is a nuisance for the few people who grow up. - GKC
You could try replacing the minis with small cardboard boxes during the creation process, then put the minis in the spaces where the boxes were.
A very interesting idea!
or wood blocks....