I’ll be running my Joust for The Fun of It game in our club’s upcoming Saturday Game Day later this month. I’ll be putting on the big knight version, with the Schleich Knights and associated accessories.  This game presents special challenges given the over-sized figures, the way that they are posed, and the size and number of customized bits I fabricated for the game.  Being retired, I’d like to take this particular game „on the road“ to several US conventions in the upcoming year, so I’m using this opportunity to put together a system to efficiently and safely transport and set up this game.  With conventions in the US consisting of participation games, it is not unusual for your table to be occupied in the time slots prior to and after your game. Convention organizers do allow for setup and take down time, but it can get quite hectic if the game ahead of yours runs over, and equally hectic in the aftermath of your own game as you visit with players while trying to pack up and get things back into boxes (which never seem to fit back in the way they came out).  So in this blog post, I will share my solution to this challenge. As usual, you may clix pix for BIG PIX in this post. 

I started off by getting a pack of 24″ long letter sized banker’s boxes. These are an elongated version of the standard banker’s box.   

I then put 2″ Pluck Foam sheets into the boxes (two 12″ x 12″ sheets fit into each). 

I then plucked out (as the name suggests) bits of foam to create custom spaces for each fig. This is not a new idea: it’s quite common among fantasy/sci gamers in particular. I managed to get all 24 of my knights into two boxes. 

I put the heralds, characters, flags, and herald and royal reviewing stands in one box.  The reviewing stand (above right) goes over the heralds. 

I put together a „logistics“ box (above left) which contains all the non figure stuff that goes on the table (the score board, the lists, the list markers, etc). This way, I pull things from each box in turn while setting up.  I also put together a „game master“ tub (above right). This has all the stuff I and players use to actually run/play the game (the reference sheets, cards, tracking mats, dice, pencils, clip boards, etc, etc).  

The devil is in the details, of course, with customized storage. You want to not only be able to easily tell which box is which when setting up, but the real challenge with customized storage comes when you try to put things back–particularly under a time constraint. Not only do you need to get the right figure into the right box, but it also has to go to its own spot. To help with this, I put a picture on each box lid, a one-brain-cell solution that anyone can follow (even players who want to help  take the game down). 

Above: the complete game system compartmented into four bankers boxes and one tub, a fairly compact and easily transported configuration for such a large layout. The figures and foam are not heavy, so those boxes are an easy lift. The game master tub has a bit of heft, but is easily managed.  Most of all, when I want to hit the road, all I have to do is load things into their pre-designated spots and go. The only thing not included in the boxes are the three game mats that I put down (one under each list). These are Fat Mats (Grassy Field) that each come with a own carrying case (and sling); so they are equally easy to bring along.  

Some may think this is all a bit „over the top.“ But my experience has been that this kind of work done up front allows me to focus on other things once I’m at the convention. I also generally prefer to run convention games as opposed to playing in them, so I think of this sort of preparation as being as much a part of the hobby as painting figures. 


Powered by WPeMatico

Dieser Artikel stammt von einer der angeschlossenen Quellen. Bitte honoriere die Arbeit der Autoren indem du ihren Webseite besuchst.

Artikelquelle besuchen
Autor: Ed M / Ed M’s Wargames Meanderings