Simple Game Box Hack Keeps Box Stable and Pieces Organized

By Jason Fitzpatrick on December 26th, 2011

If you’re a board game fan you’re all to familiar with how precisely the box components fit when you first unwrap it and how loosely they fit afterwards; use this clever hack to keep things tight and tidy.

When you buy a new board game all the pieces (chits, tokens, etc.) are almost always unpunched–they are still held in a master cardboard sheet. Publishers ship the games cut but unpunched, only when you buy the game and unpack it do you punch out all the little cardboard pieces.

It makes sense from the publishing side of things; it would be a nightmare to make sure that dozens and dozens of little pieces were in each box instead of three unpunched sheets of playing tokens. Here in lies the problem, however. The box insert (which holds all the game gear once it is punched out and ready to use) has to be short enough to accommodate the thick sheets of unpunched pieces. Once you punch them and throw those sheets away the box is loose and pieces often end up all over the place. So what do you do? At GeekDad, gaming enthusiast Jonathan Liu shares a simple hack for solving that problem:

So here’s what I was taught: take all those cardboard sheets, and put them underneath the box divider. It raises the level of everything, hides those cardboard sheets, and helps you save your boxes from damage.

Such a simple hack; it costs no money and takes next to no time to implement. You just take all the box insert(s) and raise them up using the cardboard sheets the original pieces were held in (if you’ve already thrown out the sheets that came with the game you could easily recreate the hack with some thick cardboard). Hit up the link below for more pictures and some great tips on making custom tuck boxes (to hold game cards and small pieces).

Happy (Un)Boxing Day! Tips for Board Gamers [GeekDad]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 12/26/11
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