Last week, I opened up a game I hadn’t played in years, and it looked like the game components were having a coed sleepover during spring break. Nowadays, many games come with plenty of appropriately sized zip bags to store various game components. That is still a reasonable amount of work to set up and put away, but it’s much less than having to sort through a box full of jumbled game components—like I did last week.
Wouldn’t it be nice to just open a game box, set out the containers for various tokens, unfold a board, and start playing? That’s exactly what The Broken Token offers with their storage-solution organizers.
Big Damn Crate
One game that is in particular need of organizing is Firefly: The Game with its galaxy of expansions and game components. The removable card trays let you put each deck wherever is most efficient, and while you might expect you’d need to set aside the storage containers for gameplay, you’d be wrong. The Big Damn Crate’s card trays have slots for both the decks and the discard piles, so no stack of cards ever needs to touch the table. Even better, if you don’t have room to spread out a bunch of decks, just stand up the entire box on its side to create a shelf with all the decks and in-game currency presented clearly.
The game’s tokens pile up in a pair of twin containers, each sorting the myriad of tokens for the game. It may seem redundant, but for a game that takes up so much space, having all the tokens available on both sides of the table is just shiny.
Even the ships are kept secure during transit with the three ship trays. Slots in the wooden trays hold the pieces by their bases, creating a pretty sweet display when choosing your model.
Holding all the base game’s components and expansion materials is no small feat, however, the Big Damn Crate achieves this task only by replacing the original box. So if you don’t want to carry around multiple cardboard liabilities, and if you don’t mind beautiful, quarter-inch Baltic Birch, check out the Big Damn Box for Firefly: The Game.
Just like Firefly: The Game, Lords of Waterdeep is a game with an expansion that just doesn’t fit in the box. Replacing the box with a nice wooden organizer makes for easier carrying and sorting, and it doesn’t hurt that the Broken Token’s Deepwater Storage Co. game crate looks so classy.
The crate includes space for the game board, which happens to also lock all the components in place so there’s no shifting during transport. The player pieces are separated out for each player in individual trays, giving everyone easy access to needed components throughout gameplay—and that includes the scoundrel sixth player. The game’s core meeples, money, and other bits of cardboard sit in the central, removal tray that can sit anywhere in or outside the box.
The side areas of the organizer fit the building tiles and cards, sleeved or unsleeved, and offer several dividers for keeping the skullduggery out of the commerce.
I have to admit: I’m not much of a crafty person. Most of my creativity goes into pushing pixels, so when I first encountered an unassembled Broken Token design, I was a bit intimidated. A few flat sheets of wood with laser-traced lines were presented to me, and I started punching. The interlocking bits fit together much more snugly than I expected, which is actually great because it means no glue is required to keep the pieces from falling apart like a picked-up puzzle.
The assembly instructions were much easier to follow than many game rule books I’ve tried to find my way through, and it was on par with Lego instructions I used as a kid.
Zip bags, little plastic bins, and chicken cups are great for holding components during gameplay and perhaps for storage, but they don’t come close to offering what The Broken Token does. If you want to breeze through setup and tear-down to get to the gameplay, these game crates are just what you need.
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