Foam Alone

Bitten by the foamboard bug, I’ve spent a bit of time over the last few days housing a couple more games in foamboard inserts.

Carcassonne, with Inns & Cathedrals and Traders & Builders expansions

The cardboard insert for Carcassonne is actually very good, with a perfectly sized channel for the tiles and a well for meeples, etc. It will actually happily hold at least one expansion in there, as well as the tile bag from Traders & Builders. However, just in case I feel like getting another expansion or four in the future (and in order to get some more foamboard practice in), I decided to go all foamy on it.

The standard base game box.

The standard base game box.

Lid off, rules (for base game and expansions) and score board are underneath.

Lid off, rules (for base game and expansions) and score board are underneath.

Under the score board, an inner lid holding the starting tile in pride of place (and the hole when you remove the tile acts as a useful handle to get the snug lid out). Take the lid out and...

Under the score board, an inner lid holding the starting tile in pride of place (and the hole when you remove the tile acts as a useful handle to get the snug lid out). Take the lid out and…

Normal meeples top-left, expansion parts top-middle, tile bag top-right. Next row down is the base game tiles (and 50+/100+ score tiles on the right), then the two expansions in the next row. Plenty of space for more expansions should I ever want them.

Normal meeples top-left, expansion parts top-middle, tile bag top-right. Next row down is the base game tiles (and 50+/100+ score tiles on the right), then the two expansions in the next row. Plenty of space for more expansions should I ever want them.

Suburbia with Suburbia Inc

I took strong influence from a foamboard design by Redditor Belryan and tweaked it slightly to fit the components in slightly differently.

The box.

The box.

As with Carcassonne, the rulebooks and boards sit just under the lid. This time, they act as the lid for...

As with Carcassonne, the rulebooks and boards sit just under the lid. This time, they act as the lid for…

...pretty much everything! Across the top we've got money and player bits. Lower down, on the left are the borders from the expansion, then round Goal tiles (split into base and expansion) and Bonuses and Challenges from the expansion, then three columns of hex tiles. Each column contains (top to bottom) the base game tiles, expansion tiles and the green/grey/yellow starting tiles for each suburb.

…pretty much everything! Across the top we’ve got money and player bits. Lower down, on the left are the borders from the expansion, then round Goal tiles (split into base and expansion) and Bonuses and Challenges from the expansion, then three columns of hex tiles. Each column contains (top to bottom) the base game tiles, expansion tiles and the green/grey/yellow starting tiles for each suburb.

Turn the box ninety degrees and lift out the tile and money trays to reveal the player boards (right) and player aids (left). Once you know the game, the player aids aren't even necessary, so they could stay hidden for a long time.

Turn the box ninety degrees and lift out the tile and money trays to reveal the player boards (right) and player aids (left). Once you know the game, the player aids aren’t even necessary, so they could stay hidden for a long time.

Again, I’m really pleased with how these inserts turned out. The Suburbia insert suffers a little from some slightly shoddy measuring on my part, so the lift-out tile tray is more of a wrestle-out tile tray and the borders are a tight fit, but it works. Plenty of room for future expansion tiles in A, B, C, Bonuses, Challenges and Goals. Just have to hope there aren’t any more borders.

I’m feeling adventurous now, so it might be Mage Knight next…

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