I received Arkham Horror through the Dice Tower Secret Santa last year and I proceeded to play the absolute heck out of it. At one point I even managed to get my wife to play! As my ability to play the game grew I bought expansion after expansion until the impossible happened: I stopped playing. The setup time was killing my enthusiasm for the game. Finding time to play was hard enough but at times I found myself almost not wanting to play by the time I had everything set up.
So taking a lot of inspiration from the very creative people here on the 'Geek I set out to do whatever I could to speed things up. What I ended up with is this three box solution. Not only does it hold everything for the base game, Kingsport Horror, Innsmouth Horror, Dunwich Horror and The King in Yellow but it allows me to play out of the box.
The first box with all of the location, gate and mythos cards. I have spare dividers to separate the gate/mythos cards by expansion when/if I wish to remove them.
Here's the biggest time save for Arkham Horror ever, in some lighting conditions I struggled to tell the difference between the colours of some cards (eg green and brown). Initially I'd place the cards near their locations on the board but that just took up more space on the table. So putting the cards back in the box and using location tabs with the street name solved all of that. I don't worry about shuffling the cards every time I simply grab a card from the back and place it in the front when finished with it.
The second box has all of the small cards as well as the sheets for the characters and GOO's. Tucked up in the corner are the character tokens and the plastic bases. I also find it easier to flip through the cards when looking for a specific card, it's probably no faster than looking through free standing piles of cards but I no longer run the risk of cards getting knocked over or a pile of sleeved cards shooting out of my hand across the table.
Like the large cards I haven't put in any fixed dividers so adding extra cards is a breeze. There's also plenty of room for the other expansions in here too, although I haven't looked at the amount of cards in the Miskatonic expansion yet. I should be ok... right?
The rules, reference sheets and flow charts all sit on top of the cards in the second box.
Lastly in box three we have all the game boards and the ever important token box. Still enough room in the box for a bigger token box which I'm sure I'll need by the time I get the other expansions. Eventually I think I'll replace it with a number of smaller boxes that hold groups of related tokens.
So all in all I've reduced the clutter on my table down to a couple boxes and a counter box which makes more room for the player sheets and cards. It's nothing revolutionary but it has made a huge impact on my games without resorting to building one of the wonderful looking wooden suitcases.
So what's next? I'm thinking a dice tower and maybe some of those custom dice.