Runebound Second Edition - Foam-Core Insert
last updated August 8th, 2018 — created August 8th, 2018
For each insert we create, we have a few standard design goals:
- Reduce setup time as much as possible
- Have separate component trays for "setup components" and "gameplay components"
- Allow for vertical box storage without components crushing each other
- Fit sleeved cards
For this one, we had a couple extra design goals in mind. First, we wanted to be able to have each game pull a maximum of 2 boxes. What this means is that for a game of basic Runebound 2nd Edition, all we need is the base game's box. For an expansion game we'd only need the base game's box as well as that specific expansion's box. It was a bit challenging to fit all the base game components as well as our custom components into the base game's box, since it would need to house the entire market (with all market expansions), as well as the entire base adventure (with all base adventure expansions).
This insert design doesn't actually house all the market cards. We have culled our market a great deal, primarily due to our variants. We have found that we like to keep it thinned to having just the cards we find useful. This includes most of the highest level cards, as well as some mid-ranged cards. We've found that with our market and leveling variants, there is no need for the lower level cards. The un-used market cards, as well as a few PvP base adventure cards, can be seen in acrylic deck boxes in The Island of Dread and Midnight expansion boxes.
We have made deck boxes for each Adventure Variant Expansion and for the Character Decks to replace the tuck boxes they came in. For each Adventure Variant Expansion we also designed an accordion-style, card-sized rulebook layout.
How To Build Foam-Core Inserts
We learned how to make foam-core inserts primarily by watching the videos from The Esoteric Order of Gamers. He has created these wonderful tutorials that will help you get started. We have tried a few methods and prefer his practices over any other. Pro tip: Although it is tempting to skip gluing when building inserts to save time, we really REALLY recommend that you don't. We have built a couple inserts using only dress pins to hold them together and they don't last very long.
Runebound Second Edition
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