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Since dipping my toe into wargaming, I've acquired a few games that come without boxes, either in ziplock baggies or as part of a magazine. They currently rest in a pile on my games shelf, but I am looking for nicer ways of storing them.

While I'm at it, I'm also thinking about how to sort and store the counters - a full size counter tray is often overkill for these smaller offerings, and I have yet to find half-size counter trays. So I usually go with smaller ziplocks for the counters.

How do you folks store your boxless games? Do you have any suggestions that look a bit more attractive on the shelf than a pile of plastic bags? How do you store counters for these games, particularly less than a decent tray's worth?
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Lady Solitas wrote:
Since dipping my toe into wargaming, I've acquired a few games that come without boxes, either in ziplock baggies or as part of a magazine. They currently rest in a pile on my games shelf, but I am looking for nicer ways of storing them.

While I'm at it, I'm also thinking about how to sort and store the counters - a full size counter tray is often overkill for these smaller offerings, and I have yet to find half-size counter trays. So I usually go with smaller ziplocks for the counters.

How do you folks store your boxless games? Do you have any suggestions that look a bit more attractive on the shelf than a pile of plastic bags? How do you store counters for these games, particularly less than a decent tray's worth?


I don't have too many, so it's not a big problem for me, but I store mine in plastic sleeves in ring binders, something like this:

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Is there a place to by plain white boxes in roughly the same dimensions as a GMT box?
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Is there a place to by plain white boxes in roughly the same dimensions as a GMT box?

GMT sells them. They're not cheap though - I think I paid $6 for the box I bought to house Sweden Fights On (I got a ziploc edition).
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For ziplocked and magazine games I use shelves with cubby holes.
For the counters I mainly use small compartment boxes of different sizes which I store in rolling drawer trollies.


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I keep them in folders in priority mail boxes.

The counters separately in baggies in smaller boxes.

Both sets sorted by era, and then alphabetically within the era.

I used to have a file cabinet to hold them, but couldn't haul that
around, and I haven't found one in the trash recently.
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I don't have too many, so it's not a big problem for me, but I store mine in plastic sleeves in ring binders, something like this:

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Amnese wrote:
Lady Solitas wrote:
Since dipping my toe into wargaming, I've acquired a few games that come without boxes, either in ziplock baggies or as part of a magazine. They currently rest in a pile on my games shelf, but I am looking for nicer ways of storing them.

While I'm at it, I'm also thinking about how to sort and store the counters - a full size counter tray is often overkill for these smaller offerings, and I have yet to find half-size counter trays. So I usually go with smaller ziplocks for the counters.

How do you folks store your boxless games? Do you have any suggestions that look a bit more attractive on the shelf than a pile of plastic bags? How do you store counters for these games, particularly less than a decent tray's worth?


I don't have too many, so it's not a big problem for me, but I store mine in plastic sleeves in ring binders, something like this:



Same here...






I've added more such games to my collection since these pictures were taken.
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Nothing fancy, just a filing cabinet.

Each drawer holds 70-90 games.
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If you don't have too many, these are nice...

http://www.atomagazine.com/Details.cfm?ProdID=60&category=5



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monongahela wrote:


I don't have too many, so it's not a big problem for me, but I store mine in plastic sleeves in ring binders, something like this:



+1.


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I store mine much like Enrico does although I've boxed a few. I have them sorted by there historical era. I have one rather large box with all my ziplock, magazine, eastfront games in. I also print out my own boxcovers on full sheet label paper. One of them is the representative image for Death in the Trenches: The Great War, 1914-1918


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I don't have that many ziplock/magazine games (about a dozen) and I have most of them in large 9" x 12" envelopes and store those in a cardboard file box - the kind with individual pockets that are sometimes indexed. That way I can carry them all anywhere I need to.
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Amnese wrote:


I don't have too many, so it's not a big problem for me, but I store mine in plastic sleeves in ring binders, something like this:




+3, but the counters tend to bulge the binder out if you try and (cheaply, like me) put multiple plastic sleeves/games in one binder.

Wow. I am HUGELY impressed with some of the solutions presented here.


edit to fixed quoted name.
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Amnese wrote:
Lady Solitas wrote:
Since dipping my toe into wargaming, I've acquired a few games that come without boxes, either in ziplock baggies or as part of a magazine. They currently rest in a pile on my games shelf, but I am looking for nicer ways of storing them.

While I'm at it, I'm also thinking about how to sort and store the counters - a full size counter tray is often overkill for these smaller offerings, and I have yet to find half-size counter trays. So I usually go with smaller ziplocks for the counters.

How do you folks store your boxless games? Do you have any suggestions that look a bit more attractive on the shelf than a pile of plastic bags? How do you store counters for these games, particularly less than a decent tray's worth?


I don't have too many, so it's not a big problem for me, but I store mine in plastic sleeves in ring binders, something like this:



Same here...






I've added more such games to my collection since these pictures were taken.


Simply awesome...and inspirational. thumbsup
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I store them in the freezer so they don't spoil.
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I store them in the freezer so they don't spoil.
Just don't put them near the Euros or dexterity games - nothing good can come of that.
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I keep them in the ziplock bags they came in, and stack them with the other games from the same publisher in my collection.

Most of my ziplock games are from Victory Point. But I have some of the minigames from Decision and about a half dozen S&T's.
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I found a company online that sells 4mil baggies of all sizes. A tad more expensive but very sturdy.
If any one is local and wants to go in on a larger order for Magazine sized stuff let me know, it makes a big deal on price.

I'll find the link at some point and post.
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Nikoms wrote:
Prop Joe wrote:
I store them in the freezer so they don't spoil.
Just don't put them near the Euros or dexterity games - nothing good can come of that.


Why would anyone keep compost material in the freezer?
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I found a company online that sells 4mil baggies of all sizes. A tad more expensive but very sturdy.
If any one is local and wants to go in on a larger order for Magazine sized stuff let me know, it makes a big deal on price.

I'll find the link at some point and post.


Those sound great. I sometimes buy old S & T's from a place and the baggies have no seal at the top - just an opening for counters to fall out if you pick it up wrong.

I wish you could get nice 4-mil magazine-sized zips with a reinforced side and holes for 3 ring binder storage. The binder inserts I have found are not durable enough for the magazines.

The ones desertfox2004 has look as if the opening is on the long edge next to the binder spine and they are crimped around the other three edges. They look pretty tough...if you read this post, desertfox2004, at which office supply store did you find those, please?
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InvisibleRobots wrote:
hipshot wrote:
I found a company online that sells 4mil baggies of all sizes. A tad more expensive but very sturdy.
If any one is local and wants to go in on a larger order for Magazine sized stuff let me know, it makes a big deal on price.

I'll find the link at some point and post.


Those sound great. I sometimes buy old S & T's from a place and the baggies have no seal at the top - just an opening for counters to fall out if you pick it up wrong.

I wish you could get nice 4-mil magazine-sized zips with a reinforced side and holes for 3 ring binder storage. The binder inserts I have found are not durable enough for the magazines.

The ones desertfox2004 has look as if the opening is on the long edge next to the binder spine and they are crimped around the other three edges. They look pretty tough...if you read this post, desertfox2004, at which office supply store did you find those, please?


I got everything you see in the pictures (except the games!) at "Staples".
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Nikoms wrote:
Prop Joe wrote:
I store them in the freezer so they don't spoil.
Just don't put them near the Euros or dexterity games - nothing good can come of that.


Of course Euros are kept in the bathtub.
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I keep mine in expandable file folders grouped according to subject matter. The counters I keep in baggies in that folder with the map and magazine.
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Since I have put my C&C:A collection into one of those Plano fishing tackle monstrosities, I have some empty boxes lying about.

I dedicated one of those to hold my zip locked games. Works well enough, but I cannot see them easily.
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