Inserts?

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I'm weird about inserts, as in, I want them. Cardboard trenches and baggies do nothing for me. I want to be able to set up a game and play as quick as possible. That said, what do you do for inserts?

I've made foam core ones before, and they're fine, but they just take so long.

On the other hand, buying them online feels like a waste of money because I could just make them myself?

What are y'all's go-tos, if any, for inserts?

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12 months ago

I use baggies. I have large baggies filled with more baggies. I bag may cards, components, and anything else that will fit. It's mostly so when I shelve my games vertically I don't have an explosion when I open it. It's worked well so far. I'd love Broken Token-type inserts, but just can't justify the costs.

Supporter12 months ago

When I started in the hobby. I rubber banded all my cards. (confession time)

12 months ago

GASP! Actually, I've always had rubber bands on some card games. Knowing better now, I have since rectified that, but I am horrified at my past self.

Supporter12 months ago

Yes I am too. 

Supporter12 months ago

We need a support group

12 months ago

I'm pretty sure that's what this entire forum is for haha

Supporter12 months ago

Lol good point

Supporter12 months ago

(Me too)

I didn't know any better :(

Supporter12 months ago

Sometimes those inserts cost more than the actual game! Which is just crazy. Baggies work just fine. 

Supporter12 months ago

But, if an insert costs more than the game, that’s probably an indicator that the game doesn’t need an insert :)

Supporter12 months ago

Baggies do work fine, I guess it’s a matter of priority. I got the Folded Space insert for GWT because it cuts down setup significantly, and especially if I’m teaching new players, it can feel like an overwhelming game without the setup.

Supporter12 months ago

This is my default too, but usually a begrudging default.

Partner2 months ago

I like the little 2" boxes that come about 10 to a pack at the dollar store. Easy to flip off the lids and play.

Here are some with colored lids that I used to color-coordinate #504

Those Plano boxes with the long spots are similar to the ones I showed the other day with my #Antiquity bits. Small enough to go in most game boxes

Partner2 months ago

I didn't realize this was an old thread and I pretty much repeated what I said before but this one has a picture.

2 months ago

I've just said this in a different thread. Inserts are expensive. But they are worth it for me. I have a limited amount of time I can use for gaming and thus a limited quantity of games that I can own. No point in having 150 different games if I can only play once a week.

So for me, right now, it is more important to be able to increase the enjoyment I get from my limited collection of games than to purchase new games.

Inserts help me with that. They reduce the time needed to set up and clean up games, sometimes they even help organize pieces better during gameplay. And everything looks so tidy afterwards in the box.

 

Supporter12 months ago

Baggie for me mostly. I have one game with a home designed foam core insert which is ok. But I'll bag all of the starting pieces for each player and everything else. 

Supporter12 months ago

Yes I want them. I'm intimidated by them though lol. I have just one for Kemet that is still in the bag and can't bring myself to make yet. (Time is also a factor). 

Supporter12 months ago

Do it! It is slightly time-consuming, but I think they make a difference.

Supporter12 months ago

I will. Hopefully one of these evenings. I hear that having it for Kemet is good to since you have all of those upgrade tiles. 

Partner12 months ago

I like these little boxes from the dollar store - we can flip off the top, and play right out of the container. They're small enough that some configuration will fit in most boxes. I did a color-coordinated setup for 504.

Here's some right on the Le Havre board.

Some Plano and Flambeau tackle boxes, especially the 5-compartment kind, because that gives room to maneuver our fingers, and be small enough to fit in a box.

Sometimes a larger Plano/Flambeau box that stores on top of the game box. Another example. The yellow lift-out kind can be had for a reasonable price at our local tool supply place. 


Supporter12 months ago

Thanks for these tips. I'm going to look into those boxes

Supporter12 months ago

Gosh, I always forget about Plano/tackle boxes. What an easy solution.

Supporter12 months ago

The used copy of A Feast For Odin I picked up had a tackle box included from the previous owner. I was very grateful. 

Supporter12 months ago

I used a plano box for Axis and Allies. It kept everything nice and neat but the one issue is that it doesn't fit back into the box. Maybe I should have gotten many smaller ones instead of one large one. 

Supporter12 months ago

Amazing. Did they switch out the trays the game comes with? The lids of mine are a little flimsy, which makes me nervous.

Supporter12 months ago

No, they just added a small little plastic box to store some more bits in. 

Supporter12 months ago

I'm impressed, if I had the time and energy I'd definitely make my own inserts.  Having said that, I have one game (Clans of Caledonia) that I spent $15 on an insert for, the baggie situation was just too much.  And I have to say, I love the insert.  Set up and tear down are such a breeze.  However, most of the time I stick with baggies because it means I have more money to spend on games.  If I had the brain to think of shapes and the materials I'd definitely make my own.

Supporter12 months ago

But, don't get me wrong, if I had all the money in the world I'd get all the inserts.

Supporter12 months ago

If I had all the money in the world I’d spend it all on board games and wouldn’t have any left over for inserts. Lol. 

Supporter12 months ago

I've actually thought about this more and I was thinking, do I really want all the games in the world?  Or just the best of the best I like, probably the latter.