Carcassonne: Stored!

Carcassone? Love.

Carcassonne cardboard boxes? Even with illustrations of dragons and villagers and towers? Not so much.

Wooden boxes? Antique wooden boxes? Love more.

We, as in the family we, have been playing Carcassonne for a decade or more, since we picked it up because the box looked kind of cool (ironic, I know) at a game store in Newport, Rhode Island. Instantly hooked, the game has grown to several expansions and while that’s awesome, there is this tower of boxes involved every time we want to play.

Let’s stop here for an aside about Carcassonne. LOVE this game. If you already play and have an iPad, the Carcassonne app is exceptionally good, allowing for networked multiplayer games, solitaire, scoring, and table play. It’s very well done. Someone has an Android version but I can’t speak to it. If you don’t know Carcassonne, find someone who has it and check it out!

About 25 years ago, at a neighborhood garage sale, I bought this beautiful, damaged, missing-pieces, artist’s paint box. It was made by Winsor & Newton, sold by a supplier in Philadelphia (long gone) and I’m working on dating it. It has a lovely locking hinge, slots, pieces that must have held palettes or created an easel, and lots of moving parts that I can’t figure out. It’s pretty beat, but I like it, and it’s been sitting nicely in a stack of other wooden boxes, moved from house to house. Until I had the brainstorm.

How about that! Carcassonne, neatly stored! One favorite thing meets another favorite thing! It’s perfect! I’m such a nerd!

This makes me so happy.

6 Responses to Carcassonne: Stored!

  1. Very nicely done!

    We are late to the Carcassonne scene (extensive detours through the lands of Catan and Arkham, you see) and just acquired our set last May. We bought the Carcassonne Big Box, which is, well, a BIG BOX containing the basic game and all of the expansions except the one with the catapult. The best thing is that the box is very well designed, with (labeled!) compartments for all the different parts. So when you’re setting up a game, you can very quickly locate the bits you need for the expansion(s) you’re using. If I didn’t have such a well-designed box, though, I would totally copy your solution!

    • Very good! Now the challenge is….I can’t toss these empty boxes. Yet. I’m going to just hide them away in the back of one of the game cupboards for a while. I’ve yelled at my kids for this for years, so let’s hope they don’t read comments.

      • Could you maybe deconstruct those empty boxes and use the images to decoupage the lid of your wooden box? That way you sort of get the keep the old boxes without actually having them take up space.

  2. Yeah, I was gonna ask whether you had the heart to throw out the old boxes. They are nice sturdy, good-sized boxes. Maybe decorate them and use them to contain holiday gifts?

  3. These are all good ideas. For the sake of the game, I’ll probably keep them intact and use them to corral other games or homeless game pieces. We have lots of lots of cards games floating around that are just rubber-banded decks, so they could use a home. Look, now you guys are giving met yet another project: the game cabinets. Blogging that would turn my nice little journal into a horror story.

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