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Re: [Icehouse] Poll: How Do You Store?

  • From"Ryan Hackel" <deeplogic@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • DateFri, 06 Mar 2009 09:03:35 -0500
> Q1) How do you store your pyramids? Be specific (e.g. stacks of nests in tubes in a Purple Bag; nests upright in a custom wooden box with foam padding; etc).

I store five tubes horizontally in my main game bag, which is about the size of a loaf of bread and weighs much more than a loaf of bread. Each of the five tubes contains one nest of red, yellow, green, blue, black, white... for a total of six nests per tube, 30 nests total. That's enough to play Martian Coasters, Volcano, Zendo, and to use pyramids for scoring other games. One of these tubes holds a Treehouse die, though it's been years since I've played Treehouse.

The other colors all live at home in monochrome tubes. Actually, since the release of Pink, I've left a cyan-purple-orange-clear-pink-with-gray-caps Volcano game permanently set up on my coffee table. The Pink Treehouse box is being used to store my personal blend of Fluxx 3.0+promos+blanxx.

Q2) How did you purchase your collection of pyramids? Be specific (e.g. all mono stashes, over years; some mono, some Treehouse; all Treehouse, except for gray and pink; etc).

I purchased all ten available monochrome stashes from my FLGS over a period of months in 2005. As cyan, gray, and pink became available, I have purchased them from the LL webstore. Thank you LL for keeping new stashes available in monochrome, at least for the initial release.

My FLGS is wary of stocking any pyramid products other than Treehouse, as they don't have the sales velocity to overcome inventory taxes. They currently have 2 Rainbow, 2 Xeno, and 1 WW5 board.. that's all. I'm happy to report that Fluxx and its siblings sell well and are prominently displayed at the front of the store. The other LL games, well, they're hard to find in the back room.

Q3) Do you think your storage solution is impacted by the product package? If so, how so?

My storage solution starts with the product's original package. If that isn't compact or convenient enough, then I look elsewhere for a better arrangement.

I see pros and cons to tubes and to boxen. The tubes have one major advantage that boxen will never have, and that is transparency. It saves me lots of time to see what colors are in the tube before opening it. It's much more convenient than my Altoids tins full of dice, where I'm frequently opening the wrong tin looking for my D20s.

There's another plus for tubes. Since they're not box-shaped, I can fit them where boxes won't fit, making use of marginal storage space in my game bag that would otherwise be wasted.

(And you can't play Drip or Ice Golf without the tube!)

On the other hand, I've already discovered that the boxen are a more versatile storage system than the tubes can ever be. I've already reused the Pink Treehouse box for storing cards. The tubes aren't useful for storing anything other than pyramids, dice, or small tokens, and I'll never be able to store cards in a tube. The box can also hold a rulesheet more easily than a tube can.

I have one minor complaint about the tubes. After four years, the tube caps fit loosely and fall off easily, scattering pyramids among my card boxes. I haven't fixed this yet.

My bottom line on the tube/box debate is that I could go either way. I simply ask that if LL chooses to use boxen exclusively, please keep selling the tubes separately (or at least redirect us to the folks LL buys them from).

---Ryan, pyramaniac since 2005.
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