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Posted on Friday 8 August 2014 at 3:54 pm

Game Box Inserts - Small World

I've got a new craft to go with an old hobby: making game box inserts to organize all the pieces. My first project was Small World. Small World is a game with lots of little bits and pieces to represent the many different fantasy races and their powers that players can be and they all need to be kept separate for ease of play.

The original box came with an OK insert that largely kept things separate, but I've bought so many expansions that everything can't fit in the original box and has problems even with the expansion box. I wanted to see if I could get it all back into the original box.
Box for Small World

The two inserts I made out of foam board with some of my build plans and tools visible around the edges. Ignore all the mistakes, please. It was my first go!
Empty Inserts for Small World

The finished product in the box with all the pieces in their places. I'm really happy with it! It all fits in one box again! I want to replace the pullout string with ribbon but that's all that needs changed.
Final Inserts for Small World

You can click any of the pics for a bigger version, if you're so inclined.

I should be able to go through the Lego pics and get some up tomorrow.


Unsentimental Fool
unsentimentalf at 9:17 pm on 08 August 2014 (UTC) (Link)
Very nice! I've dropped an appropriate hint to the co-owner of my sets :-) We've got a couple of the expansions and you do end up with bits all over the place.

I have a beautiful custom made Dominion case for the entire set, my birthday present this year. It weighs a bit but it's much better than the card boxes I was using.
bratty_jedi at 10:09 pm on 08 August 2014 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I'm debating what game to do next...

Sounds like an excellent birthday present!
I have the first three Dominion sets (original, intrigue, and seaside) and have them stored in the original game's box without the insert in. I used card stock paper to create three divided sections then folded an index card around each card type and wrote the name of the card on the top to separate and label them. It works well enough for what I have and could probably hold another one to two expansions, but not all of them. I'm on the fence about getting more. I always like Dominion at first then after maybe four or five rounds of any game it feels like everyone's just sitting in a circle going through motions with no decision making or interest left. Some of the stuff in Seaside is better on this and I've heard some of the later expansions do even more for adding player interaction, continued decision making throughout a game, and encouraging variety in a deck over just get an engine in place and see who can churn theirs into points faster than everyone else, but I don't know if I want to invest more in a game I only sort of like and if so which expansions are the best for my particular wants from the game since I don't think I'll ever play it enough to justify getting all the expansions.
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qwentoozla at 12:02 am on 09 August 2014 (UTC) (Link)
That's very ingenious!
bratty_jedi at 12:49 am on 17 August 2014 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! :)

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