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Slightly crafty storage solution

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I’m converting to matchboxes to store my ships, including dials and bases.  I had been keeping them in the original clamshells in a wine case box, but that was really inefficient, and got clumsy to dig things out, and I had to keep dials separately.  My computer skills are not great, but I generated the box templates from templatemaker.nl and then assembled the images using gimp and MSpaint.  The Tie fighter just sits in a snug box within a box, while I made a riser for the peg extension on the bottom of the X-wing.  Both have survived a vigorous shaking by my youngest, who is 18 months old.

 

 

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I’m also working on boxes to store cards and tokens:
 

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The card box is done using scans of the back of the Imperial pilot card, and again some MS paint addition of the Star Destroyer.  http://tuckbox.gameupdates.com/ will generate a printable template with the images already assembled, if you have separate files for front, sides, etc.
The matchbox for focus tokens is done from templatemaker.nl, VASSAL screenshots and MSPaint.
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it does one thing though, keeps all the pieces together with the model.  

 

I do this specifically with the baseplates.  The shields and other stuff I just keep together.  

 

I alos keep only 10 TLs and another 8 rubber band wrapped for easy grabbing.  and only IDs 1 to 11.  

 

Keep the rest of the tokens stored in another box cuz 99% don't need them.  

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The experience that drove me to combine all the pieces into one storage box for each ship came when an informal opportunity to play X-wing came up with my wife and some friends.  We're into games such as settlers,but when this opportunity came up I struggled to set up a game without bringing out boxes and cases of stuff, that I had to direct people in assembling and putting together.  My wife observed that I spent most of the game getting stuff out or putting it away, and since she has a limited tolerance for complicated games, or for my strange hobbies, I fear I missed my opportunity to get her into the game.

 

My goal is to be able to play a simple pickup game by pulling out specific boxes that are self explanatory to newcomers and then being done with setup.

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