Gloomhaven has just arrived and I have been trying to work out how to best organise it to get the best use possible out of it. Now there are some inserts like Broken Token and Etsy editions which run to the $80 plus mark and that isn’t including the shipping which doubles (or more) the price. I mean you could always buy the $352 Broken Token organiser from Amazon, it comes with FREE SHIPPING!
Now, if you don’t want to take the really easy route of paying more than double the game cost for an organiser, there are 2 options:
- Punch the cardboard and throw it all in the box because setup time is bonding time. You can spend this time with the ones that you love, searching for the right pieces to make the scenario that you need. This way you can set up a scenario one day and then have it ready for the next! (You don’t work, do you?);
- The Australian variant of the YASS system
The YASS system is the ‘Yet Another Storage System’ solution that was created by BGG user Ryan H and outlines how to use Plano tackle boxes to organise the game so that it is easy to get to the table.
The problem is that the Plano brand boxes are pretty expensive here in Australia and you are looking at around $12-15 times four for the tackle boxes required. Sixty dollars makes this a pretty expensive solution to the organisation of the game, I mean you could easily pick up another game for that price! So what’s the solution?
Jarvis Walker! Yep, that Kmart brand that you bought when you went fishing as a kid and that Rex Hunt shilled like he was relying on his advertising income to legalise fish marriage in Australia. I bought 3 of these from Anaconda, with a member card they will come back to less than $16 for the lot and then a bag of ‘Snack size’ zip lock bags will do the rest of the job for you.
I generally followed the YASS system that was set out in the forums, you will have to cut one of the sections in one of the boxes in order to fit the V-shaped overlay tiles, but this can be pretty easily done with a pair of tin snips or similar. The one thing that you must follow is to ensure that you are labelling as you go, otherwise you will find that you are taking things back out again in order to work out what is where. Labelling makes sure that even new players can help set up and also makes tear down a breeze.
The big difference from the original YASS that I put in place was that I put several types of monster standee in a compartment together. To me, they didn’t all need separate compartments and sorting out 2 types of standee really isn’t going to take too much time at all, so I figured to just go with it. This way I was able to get all of the pieces into 3, rather than 4, boxes.
The advantage that these boxes have over the Plano ones is that they are a bit higher and can take more cards in each of the compartments, this means that you can use the 3 boxes for all of the cardboard, including status tokens and money (you won’t have to buy the 4th narrower box).
There are 2 disadvantages:
- The boxes don’t have as much customisability as the Plano ones, but this is pretty easily remedied – play a few games and when you are happy with how things are, put a few drops of super glue on the dividers to hold them in place – DO NOT have any parts in the compartments while waiting for them to dry!
- The boxes, being wider, cause some issues with restacking. Most of the cardboard will fit, however the game board will be required to rest partly on top of the tackle boxes causing the lid to not sit flush. To me, this is totally acceptable due to the level of organisation, but to others it may bot be acceptable, so keep that in mind.
For a total of $17.32, I think that this is a great solution for Gloomhaven organisation here in Australia. Are there any other options out there? What have you tried?