Protecting Your Treasures, Part 2.

Last time I talked a bit about different ways to store your games, as well as about some basics of sleeving. Today it’s time to give you my personal sleeving flowchart, and a bit of a story about a carpet. Yes, a carpet.

The flow of sleeving

As I said previously, I am not a compulsive sleever. However, since I like a bit of order in my game collection – and in the way I interact with it on daily basis, I created a simple set of rules for sleeving my games. You can find them below, as a completely unbiased flowchart. Just start from the top and see if a game you love needs some new clothes.

Just to give you a quick example, using the above rules led me to sleeve the cards for my copy of Concordia immediately after I read the rules. They are good quality, they are not shuffled, but they are held and handled by each player throughout the whole game.

Also, the flowchart does not contain any reference to CCG/TCG style games. The truth is that if you play Magic you probably already are used to sleeving pretty much any card you put on the table, unless you’re playing exclusively with Commons (or their equivalent in your collectible game of choice).

Having a pile of sleeves nearby makes me a much happier gamer. However, this particular pile has been lying on my desk for a slightly different reason. One that I will come back to next week – so, stay tuned. For now, let’s take a look at something completely different.

The carpet on my shelf

I own a collection of games that is marvelled by casual gamers and considered “respectable” by the more hardcore crowd. With about 300 boxes inhabiting my shelves, and with space that had to become limited at one point, there came a time when I was forced to find a way to store some extra games, without buying extra furniture.

The natural solution was to place some games on top of the shelves I had. The only problem was that these have some elements that keep them in place – and to performe their function, they protrude through the top surface of the shelves. So, to do away with possible box fraying, I simply bought a piece of carpet, placed it over the top of my shelf, and made a whole new surface for a lot of extra games. Take a look:

A bit of cheap carpeting and a box cutter made it possible for cardboard boxes to take over the top of the shelf. Cheap carpeting can also transform inexpensive shelving – one with which you do run the risk of chafing your game boxes – into a solid storage solution, that works well when you’re on a budget, but still want to preserve your games, boxes included.

Plus, all this actually yielded a bonus. I know it’s a bit beside the point, but an inexpensive photo frame with a leftover piece of the carpet made a dice tray, which I assmebled in about 15 minutes.

In truth, protecting your games is just a step away from accesorising, and since I do love me my sleeves, ziplock bags, and tackle boxes, presenting the above dice tray seemed like a natural extension.

Then again, maybe accesories are something you’d be interested to read more about? Or maybe you have some tricks of your own you’d like to share?

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