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#1 Zogwort

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 10:25 PM

Hey question for you all.

I am curious as to the best way to store all of my Descent components in such a way that setup and breakdown of the game is as quick and hassle free as possible. At the moment I only have the base game and Lair of the Wyrm expansion, plus I am collecting all available lieutenant packs. Of course, I would also like to eventually have all of the expansions as well.

 

At the moment I have all of the tiles in the LoW box, and all of the tokens/cards in various bags, the minis, and the dice floating in the main box. 

 

I am hoping for a "cleaner" solution. For example, I also own Twilight Imperium and both its expansions. I've been able to store each color of minis from that game in its own small box, and the race specific tech/racial cards in a 2nd similar sized boxes, and all of the game tokens in a box as well and it all fits snugly inside the main game box. When it comes time to play TI, each player simply grabs a box of minis and the box corresponding to the race he drew. 

 

I am hoping I can come up with a similar setup for Descent, but for the life of me, because SO many pieces are for the general play area and vary so greatly in size and shape, I'm just not thinking of a good way to store my bits and pieces that doesn't make Descent's setup and breakdown a big hassle.

Help? :)

 



#2 rfisha

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 10:39 PM

I have gone with three big containers and stored all the minis with foam encasings.  In one side of one of the containers, I store the board pieces and documents.  The cards all fit in another craft box which can fit in the side area as well.

 

The rpoblem is that I am carrying these three big containers around, but it's easy to set up and pack away



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Posted 16 January 2014 - 12:07 AM

Plano 3700 series deep + core box. Tokien, dice and small/med figs in the tackle box, tiles, cards and dragons in core box. The biggest issue is always searching tiles. I have everything available + an extra dice set.
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Posted 16 January 2014 - 12:54 AM

Plano 3700 series deep + core box. Tokien, dice and small/med figs in the tackle box, tiles, cards and dragons in core box. The biggest issue is always searching tiles. I have everything available + an extra dice set.

 

The constant searching of stuff and the fact I want to paint the mini's made me move to the bigger boxes.  I bag my tiles in each group of ten numbers, and the doors and joiners all separated in smaller bags.  It's so much easier to find now, and we are setting up our games in several minutes vs 30+ we were before!



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Posted 18 January 2014 - 01:03 AM

Plano 3700 series deep + core box. Tokien, dice and small/med figs in the tackle box, tiles, cards and dragons in core box. The biggest issue is always searching tiles. I have everything available + an extra dice set.

 
The constant searching of stuff and the fact I want to paint the mini's made me move to the bigger boxes.  I bag my tiles in each group of ten numbers, and the doors and joiners all separated in smaller bags.  It's so much easier to find now, and we are setting up our games in several minutes vs 30+ we were before!

That bag idea is a fantastic idea. I'll have to get some zip locks together and do that. I imagine some big tiles still float free though.
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Posted 18 January 2014 - 05:31 AM

I only have the base game, but I build a custom insert in foamcore, based on this one. All my cards are sleeved though, so I had to build one that fits all the sleeved cards, meaning my final design is very different than the one from the Esoteric Order of Gamers.

All the components fit, and everything is very easily accessible.


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Posted 18 January 2014 - 10:19 PM

I only have the base game, but I build a custom insert in foamcore, based on this one. All my cards are sleeved though, so I had to build one that fits all the sleeved cards, meaning my final design is very different than the one from the Esoteric Order of Gamers.

All the components fit, and everything is very easily accessible.

 

That looks fantastic!  Great paint jobs on the minis too.  I am trying to store everything Descent from 1E everything 2E, so it won't quite work for me personally, but I think it's overall a better path than I have gone down.



#8 rfisha

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Posted 18 January 2014 - 10:22 PM

 

 

Plano 3700 series deep + core box. Tokien, dice and small/med figs in the tackle box, tiles, cards and dragons in core box. The biggest issue is always searching tiles. I have everything available + an extra dice set.

 
The constant searching of stuff and the fact I want to paint the mini's made me move to the bigger boxes.  I bag my tiles in each group of ten numbers, and the doors and joiners all separated in smaller bags.  It's so much easier to find now, and we are setting up our games in several minutes vs 30+ we were before!

That bag idea is a fantastic idea. I'll have to get some zip locks together and do that. I imagine some big tiles still float free though.

 

 

I actually keep even the bigger ones in the bags too (They fit beautifully in the larger zip lock bags), but I don't think I get whole lot of benefit out of it considering the limited number of tiles that size and how easy they are to find.  Smaller bags with free balling tiles would work fine too.



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Posted 19 January 2014 - 02:09 AM

My whole thing was portability & speed of setup. Hunting around for tiles in the box was taking too long; it was eating into play time & people have to get up early for work etc. We can bust out multiple quests in a night now.
 
So I picked up a Plano 7771 tacklebox. It works pretty good, is secure, and unlike the game boxes I can see where everything is without opening the trays. The only downside I can see is if you are all about painting up your minis to a high standard, with grasses, sand etc, you may want them individually slotted in foam or something. I've only finished a few like that and keep them up top; the rest are still unpainted so it's all good.
 
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The map tiles are in labeled ziploc folders inside a big D-ring binder.
 
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#10 Maikacir

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Posted 19 January 2014 - 04:23 AM

 

I only have the base game, but I build a custom insert in foamcore, based on this one. All my cards are sleeved though, so I had to build one that fits all the sleeved cards, meaning my final design is very different than the one from the Esoteric Order of Gamers.

All the components fit, and everything is very easily accessible.

 

That looks fantastic!  Great paint jobs on the minis too.  I am trying to store everything Descent from 1E everything 2E, so it won't quite work for me personally, but I think it's overall a better path than I have gone down.

 

 

Oh, sorry - didn't quite make it clear enough: the one in the link isn't mine. The one I've made is based on the plans I've linked to (Agreed, his minis are pretty nicely painted). I'll post some photos, whenever I have time to take some.


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Posted 19 January 2014 - 08:11 PM

Ha nice storage solutions guys! A month or 2 ago they asked the same question on the youtube channel: "watch it played"; they had a ton of great video replies. I happened to like one which was cheap and allows me to keep the basic games in their boxes but have everything organized in small plastic containers with lids. I really suggest you guys check the video out.

 

http://www.youtube.c...dulfdq&index=28



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Posted 20 January 2014 - 11:17 AM

So, here is my custom build storage solution, made from foamcore:

 

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Pros:

Fits everything from the core box, including doors on stands and sleeved cards.

 

Cons:

Probably not so great for painted minis, especially the large ones.


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Posted 20 January 2014 - 09:46 PM

Oh yeah, should add mine's holding everything currently available, including a good amount of offical & proxy conversion kit figures



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Posted 20 January 2014 - 11:58 PM

Wow, a lot of great information being posted. Thank you everyone for the great advise. So far I am now finding simply putting sets of tiles in groupw of 10 in a zip lock bag helps tremendously. I think as my collection of expansions grow, I will definitely consider a plano box.

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 03:17 AM

That is simply awesome Maikacir

 

That plano solution looks brilliant too evilhead, it makea my solution look like the dirty hack that it is.  Are you worried about the moving around of the mini's that are painted, or have you found it's not much of an issue?  Is it storing all the D1E figures as well?


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Posted 21 January 2014 - 07:36 PM

I should have worded it better; I meant it's holding all the 2nd edition stuff available. So far it's got 11 Conversion Kit groups figures in there too.. room for more, currently looking for a Ice Wyrm proxy

 

And yeah they seem to be holding up fine, I do use that dullcote spray when the painting's done. Maybe it's helping. But realistically all I do is make sure they don't touch the lids. The box just goes from tabletop to car trunk to tabletop, doesn't really get moved much at all when I travel.

 

Hey I just got all the quest guides soaking wet. Is there really no way to get them replaced, even with the little Proof of Purchase tiles I held on to?


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Posted 21 January 2014 - 08:49 PM

Oh damn. That sucks, sorry I don't know how to help you, but how did you manage to do that...?

I don't let people with liquids near my stuff much less a board game. And generally I'm the only one that cares for the guides.

I know the instructions are up as a PDF but besides that and the errata, nope.



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Posted 22 January 2014 - 02:56 AM

I should have worded it better; I meant it's holding all the 2nd edition stuff available. So far it's got 11 Conversion Kit groups figures in there too.. room for more, currently looking for a Ice Wyrm proxy

 

And yeah they seem to be holding up fine, I do use that dullcote spray when the painting's done. Maybe it's helping. But realistically all I do is make sure they don't touch the lids. The box just goes from tabletop to car trunk to tabletop, doesn't really get moved much at all when I travel.

 

Hey I just got all the quest guides soaking wet. Is there really no way to get them replaced, even with the little Proof of Purchase tiles I held on to?

 

Maybe take a photo of them and inquire in the replacement parts section on this website - it is worth a try.



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Posted 22 January 2014 - 07:19 AM

Hey I just got all the quest guides soaking wet. Is there really no way to get them replaced, even with the little Proof of Purchase tiles I held on to?


Definitely ask FFG if they'll send you replacements. I don't know if they will but it's worth a shot.

Also, hang up the guides on a laundry line or something and let them dry out. The paper is pretty glossy, the damage may not be that bad in the end. As long as they don't get torn while they're wet...

As far as other sources of replacement, no, there aren't any that I know of. There is that Auggie's online gaming store that is known to sell Descent for bits. You could check if they sell the quest guides separately.

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 10:07 AM

I also use the Plano 7771 tackle box.  I've got all the 1st Edition figures, including promos, the base game and all expansions, including all the currently released Lt. Packs, and all the game manuals and tiles all in there.  Plus all tokens and dice.  Everything fits.  Most of the tiles fit in the tall white box that goes into the lower right corner.  I have cards sorted into plastic card boxes that fit in the lid on the right side.

 

One small note is that i had to cut out the dividing walls on one of the smaller white plastic boxes to allow for the large tiles to lay flat.  I also removed one of the 4 white boxes to allow for the rule books to just sit inside the box along the bottom (i put a few large tiles there as well).  I use one of the white boxes for the player, and the other for the Overlord.  I just hand the box to the players and take the Overlord one.

 

This notably does not work for painted minis as they are jammed in there pretty tightly.  But otherwise, it's a one stop shop.


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