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My latest Dungeon Tiles storage solution

buzz

Adventurer
I've recently been cleaning up (and cleaning out) my collection of gaming paraphernalia, trying to get things organized. One of my goals was to find a storage solution for my Dungeon Tiles that would keep them both handy and portable. I was poking around OfficeMax today for ideas, and I spotted these:

InFile Hanging Storage Case (link removed; looks like this product is no more)

I remembered that I had a portable filing box sitting mostly unused, and figured that there was a solution here. So... I bought a bunch of cases.

I punched all the tiles (yes, they were sitting unpunched on my shelf) and started sorting them by size into separate cases. Trial and error showed that you can stack tiles about 7-8 tall and still have the cases close securely. The hinges on the cases are not that strong; they popped out of the sides on one case while I was packing it. I think a little superglue would remedy this, though.





Then, I placed them in the file box. This is an OfficeMax brand file tote; it can fit eight of the hanging cases with a little room left over. I was able to fit all of the tile sets released to date in this one tote, with some space left to add a set or two more. File totes like these come in all kinds of sizes, so one could fit more or less, depending.



Voila! Packed up and ready to go.



The total cost of this solution is probably around $55. The hanging cases were $5 apiece, and the tote about $14 or so. I just lumped tiles together by size, but you could probably sort them thematically, too. And, of course, you could use these for any company's tiles/counters/maps/whatever.

Anyway, just thought I would share. This seemed about the best solution I could find. Not to mention, it cleared space on my shelves for more D&D books. :)

(I'm not sure if any other companies make these hanging cases. If someone knows of similar products, please speak up.)
 
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Asmor

First Post
Beats my solution.

I've got a gallon ziploc baggie for cavern pieces, a gallon ziploc baggie for city/sewer pieces, and several baggies and boxes for regular dungeon tiles sorted mostly by size, though I do for example have a baggie that's just doors...

I thought Office Max went out of business?
 

Thanee

First Post
Nice. I just have them scattered into four small boxes, seperated by size, roughly. Takes forever to find something. :lol:

Bye
Thanee
 



buzz

Adventurer
I thought Office Max went out of business?
OfficeMax has neither gone out of business nor filed bankruptcy. I know because I work for them. :)

You're maybe thinking of Office Depot, which recently closed about 120 stores and laid off over 2,000 employees.
 

Ktulu

First Post
Pretty cool. I've got mine in plastic baggies separated by theme (indoor, cave, streets, etc..), anything larger than 3x3 gets separated by size.
 

JoeGKushner

First Post
Thanks for sharing.

When I point out some of the things I don't like about the D&D mins/counters, it's because people are well, forced to come up with solutions like this. It's like a fire and forget strategy for WoTC instead of supplying the solutions to problems that long term buying of their own products would create!

Anyway, that's pretty neat.
 



thalmin

Retired game store owner
Me too. I have over 20 sets. I'ld need 4 - 5 totes now! Ouch!


Still- it would be quicker to find individual tiles than my Baggie in a box method.

Kewl.
I just picked up some of these. The tote holds 8 files, and it looks like each file will hold 1 set. But they also have some larger stackable boxes. I picked up one that will hold 15 files, and it is on sale for $7.50 and even comes with one of the files in it! No carrying handle though.
 

Holy Bovine

First Post
Thanks for sharing.

When I point out some of the things I don't like about the D&D mins/counters, it's because people are well, forced to come up with solutions like this. It's like a fire and forget strategy for WoTC instead of supplying the solutions to problems that long term buying of their own products would create!

Anyway, that's pretty neat.

Yeah - imagine how these would sell to gamers with a dragon painted on the side!
 

JoeGKushner

First Post
Yeah - imagine how these would sell to gamers with a dragon painted on the side!

You joke but Games Workshop and other miniature companies seem to think that these things have value and price them accordingly. Which in turn lead to other miniature companies making their versions.

I'd like to think that WoTC, knowing the exact dimensions of the products their making, could make specialized compartments for the handling, sorting, and ease of retreiving specific pieces.
 

buzz

Adventurer
I'd like to think that WoTC, knowing the exact dimensions of the products their making, could make specialized compartments for the handling, sorting, and ease of retreiving specific pieces.
The question is whether they could do it profitably.
 


Holy Bovine

First Post
You joke but Games Workshop and other miniature companies seem to think that these things have value and price them accordingly. Which in turn lead to other miniature companies making their versions.

I'd like to think that WoTC, knowing the exact dimensions of the products their making, could make specialized compartments for the handling, sorting, and ease of retreiving specific pieces.

But those things also cost way more than what the OP is talking about. I've seen the stuff GW does and it is crazy expensive. Really I use clear crafting boxes and pay very little.
 


larrycormier

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D&D Dungeon Tile Organizer and Storage Case Available!

Hi all,

I'm new to this site, but I just wanted to let you know that the Dungeon Tile Storage Issue was what got me here in the first place. I was looking for a way to store D&D Dungeon Tiles myself, but couldn't find a good solution. So I made one. I have designed a D&D Dungeon Tile Organizer and Storage case to address the problem, and have placed a prototype on eBay if anyone is interested in taking a look at it. It can be found under D&D RPG Mapping Tile Terrain Organizer Storage Case. Take a look, and see if it might be the Solution you were looking for! It was for me!

Thanks! :)

Talk with you later,

Larry Cormier
 


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