• Hello, I'm New...Dice Masters Storage



    This week on ‘’Hello, I’m New..” we will look at another question that I have seen coming up quite a bit in the recent past. New players often start their collections with just a few packs worth of stuff, or a small box of holding for their dice and a single card binder. Sometimes they upgrade to a plastic grocery bag or even a large tupperware container. But these cards and dice are like tribbles-they start to multiply at an exponential rate.

    The question new players often will ask in regards to cards, dice and a bursting-at-the-seams collection is:

    “How and where do I store all of these dice and cards?”

    ‘’Help, my dice are disorganized and starting to take over my house!”


    Organization is important, and in Dice Masters there are a few things that have risen to the top when it comes to card and dice storage. I started with throwing it all together, but the more stuff I get the more detailed my organization becomes. I wanted to highlight for you some options for dice and cards and I included links to Amazon or Cool Stuff Inc so you can check out the prices and details. That being said, your FLGS (friendly local game store) is a great place to find your supplies and help support the place that lets you come in and chuck dice at each other.


    Dice

    Dice storage is key, and unlike most CCGs, it isn’t as simple as a couple of card boxes and binders to hold it all. Our dice are smaller than average, coming in at around 13 mm. But if you plan to keep a full playset (4) of dice for each character, the main sets will end up running you around 160+ dice. And then you will have extras. So many extras. Dice will end up everywhere, and if you want to keep a happy house they need to find a home.


    Collector Boxes


    Almost every set up to this point has had a Collector Box. The exceptions being Battle for Faerun, YGO Season 1 and Green Arrow/The Flash. These boxes hold rows of 5 dice on the inside and the tray leaving room for almost 2 sets. They will also score you some unique sidekick and basic action dice along with a few packs, a few ‘’nicer’’ dice bags and a promo card for the set. They are pricey, and unless you are a super avid collector this may not be your best investment for storage. It remains to be seen if we will get more moving forward with new sets.


    Plano Boxes


    This seems to be the main source of storage for dice that I see or hear about. These boxes come in various shapes and sizes, and can be found at hobby stores or online retailers. They are stackable, durable and best of all very affordable. You can usually find them in the bead/jewelry section of hobby stores or in a hardware store. I have seen them recently in a general store with the fishing equipment.


    These boxes hold a significant number of dice for each set and being see-through you are able to tell what you are dealing with at a simple glance. You can get one for each set and they have room to spare for the amount you will need to keep a full set of max dice on hand. I have recently been shopping these around in the smaller sizes for possible Team Pack/Annual Starter Set storage.



    Tackle Box/Craft Box


    Similar to the plano boxes, these provide a ‘’fancier’’ way to keep your dice together. They tend to be more expensive, but there are a variety of options available for you to use and customize your collection with. The craft boxes can something detailed or simple but I have seen them used to be more specific in dividing up your sets and individual dice.



    Card Boxes



    Plain, simple, effective. These old-school cardboard boxes can be used to file away loads of dice, cards or a combination of all of them. I personally keep all my extras in these so I can pull them out as giveaways for friends and new players. They are easy to find at most hobby/game stores and can be used to hold all of your dice masters goodness.



    Cards

    Binder



    The gold standard, binders allow you to catalogue your collection and display it in all its goodness. There are 3x3 and 4x3 binders available, and while the standard 3x3 binder seems to be a simple, easy way to go I have seen quite a few of the 4x3 binders become more popular.

    For me personally, I like to sleeve my most played cards along with the rares and super rares. The promo cards usually get a sleeve too, and then they all go in their individual binders. I have a Promo, DC, Marvel, D&D and YGO binder and a smaller 2x2 binder for all my BACs.


    Card boxes


    As above, these are a simple easy way to store your cards. They have the advantage of being significantly cheaper than binders and pages, but of course you lose some of the luster of the display binders bring. But for mass collections and ease of storage, these are a solid bet.



    Hybrid

    Dice and card baggie

    I have seen a few people do this and it is an interesting way to do it. They take a small bag, just big enough for the cards and a playset of the dice and put it together. Then you have a small bag for each character or action card in the game with a full playset of dice that you can store together by set. You can search for all you need easily, and the cards and dice are all together.


    Zen Bins



    Zen Bins ran a Kickstarter back last year and did well as the go-to way to team store your cards and dice together for an event, but they also make deeper units that can hold multiple cards and dice together as well. I personally use mine for events and for keeping all of my ‘’test’’ cards and dice together for when I want to test teambuilding options.


    That covers all of the ways I have seen storage done-how about yourself? Which do you prefer? Did I miss any that you have seen or use? What would you like to see done that maybe hasn’t been done yet?
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. pnkfrankenstein's Avatar
      pnkfrankenstein -
      I think it's time for someone to come up with a real solution for Dice Masters dice storage. I'm thinking plastic formed stackable trays that hold 5 dice per character plus room for OP dice. Something bigger than Zen bins and minus the card storage. Zen bins are great team holders but really need a collection storage solution.

      I'd be willing to contribute time on coming up with a Kickstarter and brain storm on this if there is someone with some manufacturing connections out there.

      Kickstarter would be the way to go.
    1. Lasci's Avatar
      Lasci -
      For dice, I use a "Darice 32-Compartment No-Spill Organizer." They're readily available for order at Walmart, Amazon, and probably available at most hobby stores. This is probably the best hobby container I've found for Dice Masters related things. Most of the 32 compartments hold a total of 18 dice, though there are some smaller compartments at the front and the ones at the corners have curved bottoms that don't let them hold as many dice. I generally purchase a starter and a single gravity feed and then pick up singles to complete a set, and these comfortably fit an entire set unless I get a lot of extras from drafting. You have to double up on characters to fit everything, but most other hobby containers are awkwardly sized; too deep, too narrow, too large, etc. -- these seem perfect.

      I have three collector's boxes. I use one for travel, one to hold my plain white sidekicks, and one to hold my plain white action dice. I haven't tried, but you could probably eschew this solution for one or two Darice containers.

      I'm not really in love with Zen Bins. They work, but don't buy the "base" container - get the trio of stackable ones. I accidentally bought several "base" containers and was extremely unhappy with them.

      For card storage, I store all my basic action cards in a 4-card UltraPro binder for drafting. I store my sets in a 9-card UltraPro binder, which is a very sleek binder that looks and feels way better than a 1-inch three ring binder with clear sleeves. It's double sided and holds two sets with extras at the back for OP's, extras, etc. I wish there was space for three sets, but I love the way these look. I store my extras in card boxes... or leave them lying around haphazardly. I should probably clean up...
    1. Crestfallen's Avatar
      Crestfallen -
      Quote Originally Posted by pnkfrankenstein View Post
      I think it's time for someone to come up with a real solution for Dice Masters dice storage. I'm thinking plastic formed stackable trays that hold 5 dice per character plus room for OP dice. Something bigger than Zen bins and minus the card storage. Zen bins are great team holders but really need a collection storage solution.

      I'd be willing to contribute time on coming up with a Kickstarter and brain storm on this if there is someone with some manufacturing connections out there.

      Kickstarter would be the way to go.
      I'm in the design concept/prototype phase of developing such a solution. Looking to effectively create a custom, injection molded plano-style box with hinged lid and latch(es).
    1. Jeffincredible's Avatar
      Jeffincredible -
      Quote Originally Posted by Crestfallen View Post
      I'm in the design concept/prototype phase of developing such a solution. Looking to effectively create a custom, injection molded plano-style box with hinged lid and latch(es).
      Would be interested in a team storage box that doubled as a play mat. I think I saw one on Reddit a while back.
    1. IsaacBV's Avatar
      IsaacBV -
      I didn't cover team storage in particular, because there are some other options out there outside of these options that are more collection based. Maybe I will write up a team storage article next time. But yes, I saw the mat/team storage unit that a guy on Reddit had built and is making and selling, I think he was at worlds this year.
    1. great_tiger's Avatar
      great_tiger -
      I continue to stand by "Like-It Bricks" as my favorite solution so far. The 11" shallow ones run for $5 a piece and hold a full set of 4x dice each. Fairly space efficient and I've managed to fit all of my dice playsets into a $10 Husky tool bag.
    1. StrangeBrew's Avatar
      StrangeBrew -
      OK. Long time player, disorganized, messy, and broke person. What you didn't mention for 2 or 3 teams (one team if you have money) is a standard deck box for any CCG. Since our dice are small and our number of cards isn't large, I can fit 2 teams, all the dice I need, and a D20 (as a life counter) in one box. They run around $2 for a basic one, maybe less on sale, I've seen fancy ones for $5 or more. Yes, for "real" organizing I like the binders, clear boxes, and long card boxes that you do. In terms of the clear boxes, one of my local discount store chains has been carrying a bin that holds @ 100 dice in several compartments where they are slightly rounded at the top of the case and stack beautifully. My really cheap solution is this, go to the discount store and by any of the disposable plastic lunch or sandwich boxes that come in multiple packs. I can usually get 3 or 4 containers for a dollar. Please keep up this series, including practical "real world" gaming issues like this one.
    1. OddballNarwhal's Avatar
      OddballNarwhal -
      I love my Zen Bins. I have my entire collections stored in them. I have them sorted in a way that I know where every single card and die are... more or less. Sometimes, I play the "Is this the right layer? Nope, two layers down..." game, but everything is stored in a fairly compact way.
    1. Lordfajubi's Avatar
      Lordfajubi -
      For dice I love using just plain ziptop bags from your favorite hobby store. 3x5 I believe is the size, you can place 6 sets of 4 perfectly in them and I further divide them by xpac in some hard plastic tool boxes with dividers. The cases cost me $20 a piece and the bags are like $4 for a 100 or something. I can find anything I need in minutes and restores just as easy. It may not be flashy but for the cost you won't get anything better and I can transport everything easily. The cards are all in 2 MTG gift boxes, the ones with 3 columns, mainly because I despise binders. My entire collection spanning every set and missing only about 100 cards including promos fits on a shelf with a foot print less than 1ft across 2ft high.
    1. Adimantium10's Avatar
      Adimantium10 -
      Quote Originally Posted by OddballNarwhal View Post
      I love my Zen Bins. I have my entire collections stored in them. I have them sorted in a way that I know where every single card and die are... more or less. Sometimes, I play the "Is this the right layer? Nope, two layers down..." game, but everything is stored in a fairly compact way.
      Hear hear! I have two sets in a base/layer stack each, in order of release, by IP. They're easily visible, fairly durable, and the bases can hold a bag, D20, or other odds and ends, in addition to a crap ton of misc dice if it comes to that. Great investment and expandable! Not to mention rather affordable.