I have always created storage solutions for my games, typically from foam core / card stock / tape & glue, with my copy of Runebound I even used a ‘velvet esq’ material (because 80% of the time velvet lined game boxes get you the girl 100% of the time; ) as well as to customise some of its individual components.
In November 2012 I fell in love with Thunderstone, buying many of its expansions. However I was not satisfied with the original insert which the game came with to accommodate the vast number of cards which the expansions introduced; whilst sleeved. Messing around with some foam core and card I came up with a method which I was happy with.
Attending a local gaming club early 2013 I encountered an individual who was able to recreate such a solution using MDF through the use of his company’s machinery.
Sharing some photos online it became apparent many gamers wanted a commercially available product to store our games how we wanted. Speaking once more with the manufacture we came to a ‘gentlemen’s agreement’ in that he would manufacture such products in between his day job (running said company as a priority which was (understandably) his primary focus) and I (when able / in between my own day job etc) would make them available to the community and look at ways in which new products / designs may be required to support gamers needs through closely working with the community to understand our storage requirements.
Over time this has led to the creation of a variety of storage solutions / products, however it also led to a slight divergence from our original ‘gentlemen’s agreement.’
Following a very successful Kickstarter by a similar / non-affiliated company, the manufacture was eager to run a similar campaign; this was contradictory to my previous understanding of his company and their intentions regarding the manufacturing of board game related products. I did however agree to proceed with the Kickstarter campaign, which was perhaps unsuccessful due to unrealistic time scales available to effectively launch and maintain such a campaign.
The termination of this campaign led to a further divergence from our agreement and has resulted in a decision to go our separate ways, I wish him luck with whatever he now decides to do and express my thanks for the opportunities which this experience has brought; I will of course continue to design such storage solutions for my own games (all be it from using foam and glue again.)
To clarify Mr Craft is no longer affiliated to any manufacture; I will no longer be providing such products to the community and I am in the processes of finalising all associated paper work which once complete will result in the closure of all associated Mr Craft accounts.
The past year has been phenomenal and without it I would have not been able to go back to university, I am forever grateful to the community for your support and passion through it all.
I will not forget one day of this...not one day, I swear...I will always remember when Mr Craft, was me.