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So I've picked up the Battlestar Galactica: Exodus expansion, and now have the base game, the pegasus expansion, and the exodus expansion. It has reached the point where it is near impossible to fit all of the components/cards/boards/pieces in the actual box, whilst retaining any semblance of organization. Does anyone have any recommendations on the best way to build a custom case for this game? It would have to fit the main board, the New Caprica board, the Pegasus board, the Cylon fleet board. Ideally, it would have a means to store the 6 different small-sized card decks for the skill cards seperately so that they could be easily stored and retrieved. Also, if it had small trays for segregating the various ship types (raptor/viper/mk7 viper/raider/heavy raider/basestar/civilian ship) and all the various tokens (damage/trauma/ally/etc) that would be great. It'd also have to have space for the hundreds of crisis cards, the loyalty cards, the new caprica crisis cards, the super crisis cards, the secret agenda cards, the trial cards, etc. These tend to be more standard-sized cards, being slightly slimmer than Magic cards but about as tall.

My initial impulse is some kind of modified tackle box. Are there any better solutions?

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I was able to fit all three into one of the boxes, just barely. It did require removing the insert, but it fit. –  Todd Jan 24 '11 at 4:56
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+1, this is a common problem, and not just for BG. Great question. –  Kristo Jan 25 '11 at 2:34
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In general I try to do as little box customizing as possible, but here's some tips I've developed for storage:

Check out the fishing section of your local department store. Not for whole tackle boxes, though. You want the little plastic divided trays. There's a lot of different sizes available and most brands even have repositionable dividers for further customization.

So that takes care of the organization. And by the way, even if everything does fit back in the original box, I recommend getting these trays to organize bitsy games.

For storage, if you can't fit it into the original box (and if you're using a few tackle box trays you probably won't be able to) then you need a new box.

There are a lot of plastic tubs you can get (think halfway between a rubbermaid leftovers box for the fridge and a giant put-it-in-the-basement-and-forget-about-it box). Some places even have decent looking storage solutions. I was at walmart the other day and they have canvas-covered storage boxes in a variety of sizes that could be repurposed into game storage.

I don't really decorate my storage boxes, but if you wanted to there's plenty of images available for download from boardgamegeek.com for the particular game you're storing. You can print them out on full-page stickers and cut them out with an X-acto for an easy way to label what's in each storage box you make.

Here's a picture of what I did for Dungeon Lords: Dungeon Lords storage

Luckily the box was big enough that everything fits back into it. You can see the tray has moveable dividers; some of them are in place for smaller bits, some are removed so I can fit the decks of cards in. You can also see there that I decided to use one big bag for all of the wooden bits. They could be broken out by type, but they're easily divided up come game-time.

Hope this helps!

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Man, I totally need a storage solution for Dungeon Lords! It takes a LONG time to set up from everything just being mixed up in the box. Upvoted you for giving me some impetus to solving that particular problem :D –  thesunneversets Jan 24 '11 at 21:11
    
I use the same answer for Dungeon Lords as for other games - plastic baggies. I have a baggie for adventurers (it's easy to keep the silver / gold backed ones in separate piles in a snack sized bag), a baggie for rooms, for monsters, for tunnels. The cards are either in one baggie or two, I can't remember right now. It's a great, flexible solution that costs very little and works for a huge number of games. Setup is fast and teardown is easy. –  gomad Jan 27 '11 at 21:15
    
I second the baggies idea. If you've got a source for free or cheap baggies in a variety of sizes, go for it. I use them for lots of games too. Choosing a tackle box tray is more of an aesthetic choice for me; I think it just looks better and is more organized. It's also good for pieces you have to pick out individually rather than dumping out and using all of. –  Keith Twombley Jan 28 '11 at 14:18
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