Hello! I am Richard from Mini Foam Studio, makers of the Dead of Winter and Cosmic Encounter foam box inserts, and I'm excited to introduce our new insert for Terraforming Mars! This foam organizer holds all the components from the base game, and includes separate bays for hex tiles, cards, and cubes. As with our other organizing inserts, no assembly is required - installation is optional and takes less than 10 minutes.
I am taking this product to Kickstarter to raise the up-front money for the first production run. We at Mini Foam Studio would love your help to bring these inserts to tables across North America and beyond!
Insert Design Details and Benefits
Board game organizers and inserts can dramatically decrease the time it takes to set up and break down games. They can also make playing the game easier by keeping game components segregated and close-at-hand when they are needed, eliminating hunting for the right token or going in and out of zip-top bags.
Our Terraforming Mars box insert organizes all the components included in the base game, and has several special features:
-The card bays have enough room for all the base game's cards to be sleeved if you use sleeves. Together, the bays can store 240 sleeved cards (120 cards per bay, times 2 bays).
-Our insert allows space for the base game's board and canalso accommodatethe Venus Next game board.
-The insert has 6 dedicated hex bays for the hex tiles, divided by type.
-Our insert has 8 bays for the different cubes used for Terraforming Mars, which will significantly assist players in keeping the cubes all separated but close at hand for convenience during games.
We are also including in this campaign an Expansion box insert that comfortably fits into the Terraforming Mars expansion boxes. This expansion insert fits over 225 sleeved cards, and has a large bay to accommodate tokens and additional game pieces contained in the expansions. The expansion insert is compatible with the Venus Next, Colonies, and Turmoil* expansions.
*Early indications are Turmoil will ship in the same size box as Venus Next and Colonies, but Kickstarter reward version and/or retail versions of Turmoil may differ from the current Venus Next and Colonies box sizes by the time it ships.
The expansion box insert has three card bays holding 75 sleeved cards each, and includes the scrap foam for the bays, so you can use only the bays you need. As your expansion collection grows, you can pick out the scrap for the unused bays and fill them with cards.
As with our recent inserts, the Terraforming Mars Base Game and Expansion Box inserts come with adhesive on the bottom; a unique feature to Mini Foam Studio inserts that allows you to fix them to the bottom of your box. This is permanent, but makes the insert more firm and rigid, and it will stay in place as you pack and unpack your game components. Alternatively, you can use the adhesive on a piece of cardboard, poster board, or any other material you choose. This will make the insert removable, but adds a little more time to the installation.
But of course, using the adhesive is completely optional; there is a liner covering the adhesive, so you don't have to use it if you don't want to.
You can see how the adhesive can be used on the Cosmic Encounter insert below:
Risks and challenges
This is our fourth Kickstarter campaign. I have a very good relationship with the manufacturer, so I do not expect any surprises with the finished product cosmetically or with their delivery reliability. Fulfillment could become delayed depending upon the amount of interest generated and the number of orders received, but there are various options for overcoming those issues should they arise.
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