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The Castles of Burgundy foamcore storage solution available

Eric Gerdts
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Roanoke
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Hello!

Here are some images for the storage solution I designed and built for The Castles of Burgundy. The image quality is not the best here, but you can get the idea.




I also made a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPSzk7IvZ1g


While my time and interest lasts, I'm making copies of this storage solution for people for $25 plus the cost of shipping. A few things you might like to know:

1. If you put all the pieces back in the box face-down (as shown in the pictures), you can very effectively shuffle all of them before your next game by holding the lid on tight and shaking the box vigorously. Neat!

2. All the expansions/promos can be accommodated.

3. I don't claim that the item is actually worth $25. The materials involved don't cost much more than about $5. If you'd like to make one yourself, great! It's not too difficult and it's even kinda fun. But this option is available for those folks (and I know you're out there) who would rather spend a little money than a little time. And as long as you recognize that you're receiving a non-professional, homemade item, I believe you'll be satisfied with the overall quality.

Let me know what you think, and if you'd like to purchase a copy for yourself, just send me a geekmail and I'll let you know how to paypal me.

Thanks everybody! Game on!
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Wed May 21, 2014 2:09 am
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Foamcore Terra Mystica storage trays available

Eric Gerdts
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Hey Terra Mystica fans!

Here are some pictures* of the trays I designed and built to store/organize Terra Mystica:


Notes:

1. All the items in the larger tray (deeper, actually...the one with the removable compartments for player pieces) are for game setup. Once you've finished setting up the game, you can set that tray aside to keep your table uncluttered.

2. The smaller tray has a couple setup items, but is mostly "bank" items, including the different colored priests and bridges.

3. The box does close all the way, and can be stored/carried in any position and (as long as the lid stays on) the pieces inside will stay in their own compartments.

4. Here is a youtube video* which shows more detail of everything: http://youtu.be/KVQPXuqZXiY.

So while my interest and energy lasts, I'm selling sets of these trays for the oh-so-affordable price of $35.00, plus whatever it costs for me to ship them to you. Notes on this:

1. $35 is not cheap, I admit. I just can't really offer to make them for less, given the hours and materials that I have to invest to make them.

2. If you're wondering why this is $7 more than the Caverna trays I am selling, it's because these take considerably longer to make, and also use more materials.

3. They look and feel very nice (I think), but of course they are still a homemade item so they won't be completely without blemishes. And they are quite sturdy.

4. If you're so inclined, you could always make them yourself. Assuming you have the tools already (knives, glue, pins, foamboard, cutting board), it will be quite a bit cheaper. (Search for Esoteric Order of Gamers in youtube for some primer videos about working with foamcore.) But I offer this option for the geeks out there who'd rather spend their money than their time.

5. To purchase, send me a geekmail and we'll confirm everything and set up a paypal payment.

Thanks everybody! Hope you like them. Feel free to hit me with questions if you have any. Game on!

*Edited 2/1/14. I've changed the layout of the trays slightly. I realized that during play, it was often necessary to grab another of the "X" hexagonal markers. I didn't like that when this came up, we had to dig out the "setup" tray (which we often keep off the table or out of reach). So I moved that compartment to the "bank" tray, which required shifting things around a tiny bit. The first 2 pictures in this blog post show the updated layout. If you have received trays that had the old layout and are not sure where an item goes, let me know. Also, note that the youtube video was published some weeks ago, so the old layout is what can be seen there. Thanks!
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Caverna foamcore organizing trays available

Eric Gerdts
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Hey Caverna lovers!

If you've been following the Caverna forums, you've no doubt seen some pretty sweet storage solutions for the game. Here is the one I built:


Notes/features:

1. Neither the idea nor the design is mine. Credit to the Esoteric Order of Gamers for demonstrating how to work with foamcore, and to Kevin Duffy (BGG user Grildensnork) for posting pictures of his tray designs, which I made only small changes to.

2. The lid does close all the way, and as long as it stays on (if you rubber band it, or just hold it on) you can orient the box in any direction you like, or even shake it, and the bits will all stay in their own compartments.

3. It's made of foamcore and glue, and held together with pins while drying. The end result looks nice, but of course being a homemade item will not be completely without blemishes. It is very sturdy though.

4. Here's a link to a video I made which gives a little bit more detail: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOsHlAEM6lM

So...while my time and interest lasts, I'm willing to make you a couple trays just like these, for the low low price of $28 plus whatever it costs for me to ship it to you. A couple of things...

1. OK, that price isn't so low, really. I won't promise that you'll be blown away by the value when it arrives. It's just that I'm not really willing to do it for less, given the amount of time and materials that I need to invest.

2. You certainly could make one yourself. Assuming you own the required tools already (knives, ruler, cutting board, glue, pins), it wouldn't cost you nearly as much. I'm offering this option for those of you out there who'd rather spend your money than your time.

If you have more questions, I'll be happy to answer them. To purchase, send me a geekmail and we'll set something up using paypal.
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