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#12675
storing... to bag, or not to bag 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
Just getting started with DF, mostly sci fi but expanding, and I had a quick question for those who've been using this for longer. Do you put the pieces back in the plastic bags before you slot them into the styrofoam containers when you're packing up, or do you just ditch the bags. I don't want the paint jobs on my pieces to get screwed up, and have some concerns about the paint rubbing off on the styrofoam containers, so I'm curious if anyone could tell how the pieces hold up if you don't use the plastic bags.

I dunno, maybe a silly question, but it's been on my mind.
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#12676
storing... to bag, or not to bag 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
first thing we did was chuck the bags, but if you're a die hard "original" collector then you would want to keep em. the pieces are pretty resilient. we've been playing with ours steadily for a couple years and we're yet to scratch or break any. welcome to the addiction!
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#12677
storing... to bag, or not to bag 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
Now with so many sets i don't even store them in the Styrofoam in between uses, had mine (Sci-fi) since they came out and for the first year or so did store them in the Sytrofoam with out the bags and saw no real wear or tear on the Sci-Fi bits. In the end it just got to be too much of a pain pulling them out every week to use them so we stopped putting them in the boxes. Set up time was cut down quit a bit not having to open the boxes and pull them all out.
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#12678
storing... to bag, or not to bag 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
For years I kept my pieces in both the bag and the foam.
This was so because I would get a transfer sometimes with as little notice as 16 hours.
Since then, I have placed the bags off in their own big bag in the event of future moves of 2,000+ miles.

At my current quarters, most are in the foam and boxes, but there is a representative sampling out available.
At the just prior quarters, all of my pieces were out on shelving, and the boxes and their foam were stored away.

I never get rid of any of the packaging simply because, if all else fails, I at least have somewhere perfect for my Master Maze.
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#12679
storing... to bag, or not to bag 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
Shade -

Welcome to the club! May all your mazes be a-maze-ing (groan!).

IF you will NEVER have to move your DF farther than from the basement to the second floor (or vice versa), then by all means, ditch the styrofoam, as well as the bags.
BUT, if you will EVER have to move your DF, then, unless you keep the styro, you will curse yourself, me, and everyone who has suggested you can get rid of it!
I regularly take my DF to conventions, to run a game there, so for me, well, you'll get my DF styrofoam when you pry my cold, dead fingers off it - or you give me something better, at no charge! Because I HATE styrofoam!

See ya!

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#12680
storing... to bag, or not to bag 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
Ditto what Jim said. I keep mine in the original stryo packing. I did ditch my bags however. Didn't see a need for them with all of that foam around them. Even though I've had a dedicated gaming space in our last house and our new house, it's nice to have them stored safely and securely--away from the prying, inquisitive hands of my 3-year-old son. ;-}~

Welcome to the club.
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#12681
storing... to bag, or not to bag 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
I take my Dwarven Forge sets on the road all the time. Keep the boxes, ditch the bags. That's my advice.
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#12682
storing... to bag, or not to bag 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
I agree with DungeonDelver. The bags are just too fussy for my tastes. They slow me down too much when I'm building or putting away.
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#12683
storing... to bag, or not to bag 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
Not only did I keep the bags, but I also use the little piece of paper that protects the felt. And I tape the bags closed before I put them in the styrofoam. And I...

...can't keep this up anymore. I threw away the bags as fast as my grubby hands could unpack the pieces - and that was pretty fast.

I also have a dedicated gaming space in my house, so I keep all the pieces neatly organized on a table. The styrofoam boxes are stashed in a closet, in case I need to move them - either playing at someone else's house, or, heaven forbid, moving.

By the way - I'd be a little concerned taking the DF stuff to a Convention - Have pieces left by themselves, or do you generally leave with everything you brought?
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#12684
storing... to bag, or not to bag 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
Not only did I keep the bags, but I also use the little piece of paper that protects the felt. And I tape the bags closed before I put them in the styrofoam. And I...

...can't keep this up anymore. I threw away the bags as fast as my grubby hands could unpack the pieces - and that was pretty fast.

I also have a dedicated gaming space in my house, so I keep all the pieces neatly organized on a table. The styrofoam boxes are stashed in a closet, in case I need to move them - either playing at someone else's house, or, heaven forbid, moving.

By the way - I'd be a little concerned taking the DF stuff to a Convention - Have pieces left by themselves, or do you generally leave with everything you brought?

I haven't lost a single piece thus far. I know the convention organizers, all of my stuff is labelled with indelible marker on the bottom, and I'm pretty much the only one who shows up with it, and when it's not on the table it's locked in my hotel room.
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#12685
storing... to bag, or not to bag 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
Last year I bought two large suitcases filled 80% with DF to Origins in Ohio (I'm in California). No pieces left by themselves and the players in the games I ran seemed to enjoy it.

However, they were WAY cubersome to lug around, so I don't think I'll be able to do so again this year. I think I'm only going to bring them to Gen Con SoCal...
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#12686
storing... to bag, or not to bag 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
Those foam-padded minis "war chests" as I call them seem like them might work for toting DF pieces around from con to con (if you do that sort of thing). Charon Productions makes a couple styles that might work (if I'm remembering correctly). GW has a couple of smaller sized cases that could work for one--maybe two sets(?). I'm sure you guys know what I'm talking about.
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