Ah, the age-old question... how the heck do you put these things away when you want to put them on the shelf or in a backpack?
The big thing I've run into this time around is that I'd like something which doesn't take long to get the pieces out of or into, yet is still relatively rectangular and space efficient. I'm trying to find Eeyore's page on paper stash boxes but it seems to have been buried in the depths of old mailing list posts or something, so a link would be nice.
The tubes themselves were a great fit in most regards, but still a little tricky to get into and out of. In particular, the only way to get all the pieces back in is to hold the stack upside down and lower the tube backwards over it-- something not a lot of people at my game night seem to figure out on the first try, leading to a bit of fumbling trying to get everything back in the game box before everyone leaves.
I'm particularly interested in any solutions that don't involve a wood shop, laser cutter, or 3D printer. I'd love to be a fancy craftsman like the rest of you, but lately all I've had in reliable supply is cardstock and old boxes.
I've certainly had fantasies about a custom wooden box or 3D-printed box with rectangular compartments to hold stashes analogous to the plastic tubes... :)
It seems like it might be relatively easy to make a box with separate stash compartments by accordion-folding a long sheet of cardstock and laying it across the box, so that its cross section looks like this:
and then stashes could be laid in each rectangular section. Perhaps glue the cardboard in place to stabilize it. But I've not yet gotten around to trying this.
I did recently handcraft a very simple cardboard thingie with a dozen slots to organize and hold Kingdom Builder tokens, since I got sick of having so many little plastic bags to rummage through, so maybe I'll try handcrafting a pyramid storage solution sometime soon... :)
I've tried stuff like this. It's not easy to get the flaps to stand up though-- that sort of fold tends to flatten itself really easily.
If I can find a good way to stabilize it, though, you can bet I'll make a volcano board out of it too.
In years past, I kept my pyramids in the stash tubes. They were a great way to store them in the stashes that I was likely to use them in. They were translucent so I could see which stashes I was looking for. They were rigid and kept my pyramids from being crushed in my heavy game bag. They were long and narrow and often fitted in those little places where nothing else could go.
Unfortunately, as the years went by, the tubes began to wear out. The caps no longer fit tightly, and popped open, scattering pyramids in my bag. The edges of the tubes began to crack, and the plastic began to fade into a dim yellow. I still have the tubes, but don't use them regularly anymore.
Since the Treehouse Revolution, it is less important for me to keep my pyramids in separate stashes. Since I'm going to need multiple colors for games, it's actually convenient for all my rainbow colors to live together in one box and my xeno colors in another box (with grays, electrics, and pinks in there too).
In my search for a practical container, I've tried keeping my pyrarmids in ziplock bags, toddler-size shoeboxes, and even a box that once contained little jars of novelty jams. I've had good results with 300-count CCG longboxes.
I went out to a hardware store, and found a container most people would use for nuts and bolts and things like that. It had 6 compartments, and each holds a monochrome stash. I placed the six colors for World War 5 in there, since it's the most common game that my group plays with pyramids. I also bought another box, and keep volcano caps, Zendo stones, black, electric yellow, and dice of all kinds in there.
I have a box a little like that first one, but the dividers in it are all wrong-- all I have are full-length horizontal dividers and the smallest size of vertical divider. I've tried a few arrangements but ultimately it was still too much of a pain to get everything in and out. Currently I'm using an undivided box I found at a general store... it's only 6x8x4 so it fits much easier in my backpack than a tackle box style thing, and I just dumped some pyramids into it on top of my bandana and dice. I'm starting to think maybe there's no way to get around the clean-up time and still sort the pieces in any meaningful pattern. I'd still like to try dividing up the box though, maybe I can cut some cardboard down to fit the slightly sloped edges...
This also looks like an interesting option. Looks like the vertical pieces come out.
Yes, but that has the same problem as mine-- the horizontal pieces are effectively fixed. Not so great for sticking little rulebooks into the "leftover" space.
I'd also like to point out that I've never felt a need to carry all 10 colors around. Really, I think 6 is enough for almost all purposes-- Red, Blue, Yellow, Green, Black, and either Clear or Pink according to preference and availability. That's enough to play anything from the Black Ice era, including Volcano. If I could get a small box that just holds six rows of five nests, plus maybe a little space on the side for dice and tokens, that'd be perfect.
Thinking about the pros and cons of sorting/nesting versus just pouring all the pyramids into a single big sack/box/etc:
Although sorting and nesting the pyramids during clean-up takes more time, I generally like doing it:
1. It helps verify that none are missing (fallen on the floor or whatever) and should be looked for
2. Nests make it possible to store them more compactly.
3. I worry about loose pyramids being more likely to get broken/chipped/cracked. (Has anyone who carries their pyramids mixed in a single box/sack/etc had problems with this, or am I needlessly worried?)
I store mine neatly, and I have seen others which are stuffed in a bag or box. Mine, which are stored neatly, look much nicer still. Pyramids stored in a loose box will tend to get more scuffs, more rough edges,and less shininess.
I'm not saying my solution is better -- they are meant to be used, and battle scars are sexy -- but sorting them and storing them neatly has a demonstrably positive effect on the life of the pyramids. Also you risk looking like an anal retentive weirdo, sorting out a million bits of plastic. Choose your path, I suppose. =)
Or, take the middle path, and buy two complete sets. One set to store neatly in organized rows and columns, and one set to throw in a bag. Then, see which set you use more often. =)
I used to carry a full set of pyramids in a large drawstring bag I stole from a set of bedsheets (not sure why it came with one, maybe they expected me to actually store my sheets neatly rather than just folded on a shelf?), and I can assure you they never cracked... although they did get pretty scuffed up, and I did lose a small at a party once. I agree that knowing you have everything is one of the big advantages to sorting them.
Oh, by the way, I finally found Eeyore's paper tube designs again. They don't seem to be linked from his main site, so I'm not sure how long this link will work.