Hello! I am Richard from Mini Foam Studio, makers of the LCG foam box insert and Cosmic Encounter foam box insert, and I'm excited to introduce you to our new insert for Dead of Winter! This foam organizer holds all the cards for Dead of Winter along with player sheets, location cards, tokens, dice and all the standees. There is enough room in the card bays to configure them however you want - you can have a special bay just for Crossroads cards, and one bay for the item cards for each location - it is up to you. Also, with our Dead of Winter inserts, no assembly is required - installation is optional and takes less than 10 minutes.
The insert also works with Dead of Winter: The Long Night's larger location cards - see the video above for details!
I am taking this product to Kickstarter to raise the up-front money for tooling and the first production run. We at Mini Foam Studio would love your help to bring these inserts to gaming tables across North America and beyond!
Our Dead of Winter box insert holds all the components included in either Dead of Winter, or Dead of Winter: The Long Night - they can even fit the cards and sleeves if you choose to sleeve them. There is room for more than just the base game though; if you are like me, you have combined the two games into one box to bring some of The Long Night's modules over to the base game. I wouldn't recommend cramming everything from both boxes into one insert, but there is ample room to supplement cards, tokens, and survivors from both games in one insert. If you just have to have all the components from both games, however; I would recommend taking advantage of the discounted two-pack backer level to accommodate all your components.
The Dead of Winter inserts also feature "Standee Slots" around the perimeter of the insert. During setup, I like to separate out the survivors from the zombies - with this insert, you can place standees into the slots around the outside of the insert. Use it for quick access for survivors, additional zombies, special infected, or however else you choose.
Finally, similar to our Cosmic Encounter Insert, our Dead of Winter 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 should you prefer, 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:
Having a box insert for your components not only keeps everything safe for transit and storage, but it also speeds up the setup and breakdown processes. We believe our inserts are an inexpensive way to protect your components and help you get the most out of your gaming time. As mentioned before they come with no assembly required, and if you choose to do so, they install in minutes; requiring no messy glue.
Production Inserts and Timing
Production inserts will differ from the prototype insert shown in the video and pictures. The foam will be a 'charcoal' colored polyurethane (PU) foam, the same material used on our LCG and Cosmic Encounter inserts. The prototype insert shown in the video was made on a prototyping laser by cutting multiple layers and adhering them together, but the production inserts will be one continuous, die-cut piece of foam. I hope to have the Kickstarter campaign run through the month of February; then assuming we reach our funding goal I will kick off the production run in March after the campaign concludes. The manufacturer's lead time is generally 4-6 weeks from receiving the order, so I expect to receive shipment of the inserts around April to May. From then I can start fulfillment. Please note, these are all estimates and are subject to change.
* I am proud to note that all of our products are 100% Made in America *
Risks and challenges
This is our third 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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