I’m pleased to publish a guest article by Simon Jones, a reader of this blog who has a very systematic scheme for organising playing aids.
This is the kind of thing I make up for games we play regularly. I just grab the box and go - they are all labelled.
I complete unit info in Excel and can amend and add info to make new unit sheets easily. I laminate these, and QRFs etc. I can then reuse them with water soluble pens.
The bag contains dice, tokens etc. The box has tape measures (cheap in B&Q, but any other brand will do), other gaming bits and pens.
If I can every now and then I find a cheap extra copy of the rules. It helps when people sit in on games.
You can find extra bits like unit cards on the Internet. I laminate and make up this kind of stuff as well. I have started adding movement bases to boxes as well now.
For Poseidon's Warriors I even have the ships included in my rules box.
So I have boxes for:
- 7TV first (DVD size box) and second editions
- TMWWBK (Rebels & Patriots will probably share this box)
- The Pikeman’s Lament
- Dragon and Lion Rampant (although I do not play LR)
- One Hour Wargames and The Lamps are Going Out early WW1 Rules
- Poseidon's Warriors
- Just started a box for One Hour Skirmish Games and What a Tanker
You can obviously reuse boxes etc when no longer needed. To be honest the cost is not great. I know I have everything to play easily to hand and portable.