Mixing/Consolidating Sets, Storage Solutions?
Don't get me wrong, the boxes are perfect to keep it all organized, and really allow the game to flow along quickly, with a place for everything and everything in its place.
Having said that, with two big boxes and another on the way in April, and the characters (and to a large extent, all of the content) being compatible, I would like to consolidate them all into some sort of carry case.
Ideally, I was thinking of keeping all the character building cards together, and then maybe even reorganizing the monsters according to type (undead, goblinoid, human, aquatic, ect), to better suit the locations.
I've looked at some on Amazon and at Walmart and Hobby Lobby, but really just haven't found anything that is modular and perfect for a large number of cards.
go7gaming.com has had storage chests in the past, but they don't seem to have any right now. Here are instructions that sort of show what they looked like. You could try contacting them and seeing if they are going to make any more.
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I find the organizers from Broken Token to be awesome, personally. And they do have artist case organizers which you could keep all the character cards from both boxes and the Class Decks in. Putting everything into 1 container might be too much.
Perhaps keep the sets in each box with organizers and keep the character stuff in its own box?
Ah, my ninja got ninja'd. :p
For me, I have a hard time between storing my sets and transporting them. While I would love to use the base set box and replace the insert with something more practical for those of us that sleeve, I also want to keep the box in good condition. Going from one store to the next is a lot of wear and tear. Plus I got Mike to sign my S&S box. I ended up ditching the idea of storing anything in the base box and have reconciled with myself to simply go for convenience for travel.
So far I've gotten it to work for me plus it makes it very easy to set up and organize everything.
Yeah, I kinda felt a little stalkerish when I tracked him down wandering in the exhibit hall.
How have others been handling storage situations especially if you're running games at different locations? I'm always looking for better ways.
Wow there's some really swanky stuff out there.
Thanks, guys. You've inspired me. If I don't come across something I really love, I may just buy a sheet of plywood and make my own.
I could use heavier plyood and small screws along with wood glue to make the box, then thing wood or cardboard on the inside for dividers, covered in red cloth. I could put the lid on with hinges and a small bolt, and then maybe paint it up so that it looks like a large book.
I could put a pocket on the inside of the lid for rulebooks and character sheets, and design it so that whe you sat it down and opened it up like a book, the cards would be facing you.
Where's my tape measure?
If you make a base too thick, you won't be able to fit the cards upright. I made that mistake when creating a foam board insert for my RotR set. Plus if the wood is too thick then you lose a lot of extra space for the extra dice, etc.
A gaming store in my area sells white cardboard boxes that are designed for storing collectable cards, both sleeved and unsleeved.
Taking a quick look at the bottom of the boxes, they are apparently made by "BCW" - and looking up "BCW Card Storage Box" it appears they're sold by Amazon, among other places.
The "Shoe Box" size has two rows with an integral divider in the middle, and is perfect for holding one game worth of sleeved cards (including all expansion chapters and the character add-on deck. (The rule book doesn't fit, however.) I use the Ultra-Pro sleeves (mentioned because sleeve thickness varies), and I use cut-down index cards for dividers. Be aware that this box's listed capacity is 1600 cards, but with the sleeved cards, it's a good fit (not overly snug) for the approx. 1160 cards (game plus expansions plus character add-on).
The next size up is called the "Super Shoebox." It has 3 divided rows instead of two, and is proportionately larger. I'm expecting it to hold one game plus all add-on chapters and the character add-on deck plus all seven Character Decks - but until everything comes out, I won't be sure if I estimated it correctly or not. It's listed capacity is 3,000 cards, so proportionately, it'll probably hold about 2175 sleeved cards, which is over 200 more than what I estimate to need with the Character Decks added, so I'll probably have a bit of extra space once I get all the sleeved cards in there. Maybe I'll put a dice box in there... And this size is definitely big enough to include the rule book without folding it.
The listed card capacities always seem off to me. The 300-count small box is exactly right for holding two sleeved decks (Character decks, or 2 chapters, or whatever), but it seems like it would hold well over 300 unsleeved cards. Also, be careful about the smallest box (maybe listed as 100 or 150 card capacity) - it's really hard to open and close without destroying the cardboard, so I don't recommend it. But the ones listed as 200 or 300 card capacity work pretty well.
Personally, I cringe at even the thought of storing games anywhere besides an official container. I currently have the overwhelming urge to stone you all.
Especially at the thought of something as generic as a TCG storage box with "makeshift" dividers for a game that has a box of its own. This horrifies me.
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It was a cruel punishment and I fit the crime.
That was #1 reason why I can't use the original box with it's insert. And I'm too old school to toss away the insert that it came with. Second is that I never play at home so I'm always transporting my copies (RotR or S&S) to some place else and again, I don't want to damage the original boxes. So I've taken the collapsed additional deck boxes (adventure decks, class decks, add-on decks) and put those in the original boxes while I use the cardboard box. It isn't an elegant solution but it's a functional one that transports easily, plus I always disliked the way the insert had set spaces for the different card types. With the dividers, it collapses and expands as needed. I keep my extra sleeves in the box along with my container of pawns.
It works for me.
Yes, I collapsed the boxes. I took great care not to rip them.
For my penance, I have sleeved my entire RotR collection with the Pathfinder sleeves, my entire S&S set (so far), and 14 class decks (yes, two of each ... one set for demo and in case someone forgets theirs and one set of my characters). And I have already pre-purchased the sleeves for the rest of the adv decks. :-P
Since I go from store to store, I didn't want to risk my cards getting "stuff" on them so sleeving was a must in my mind. But the original boxes just don't accommodate sleeved sets. I had hoped with RotR that I could fit everything in the box if I swapped out the insert including extra dice and the playmats. I almost got it to work but by then S&S was coming out and I gave up. I had to go with convenience.