Firefly storage solution

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts on the game, Firefly can have an enormous footprint when fully deployed, and the expansion packs just make it more so. With up to seven Captains at the table each with a ship card and crew/upgrades, and seven Job decks (with discards), and six Supply decks (with discards), and Misbehave deck and three Nav decks (and their discards) and and and…well, it’s a lot of space needed.

Having noted this issue when playing Arkham Horror a few years back, Craig came up with a solution that is brilliant and effective, and when he saw Firefly’s footprint he used the same solution. Hot glue and foamcore board make for a sturdy set of carriers and covers, allowing easy transport and blazing fast setup. The footprint of the whole system, packed up, is barely larger than the folded board. Unpacked, it’s about twice that size.

Storage container with covers on

The entire system, covered and stacked for transport.

The first pic shows the entire game, covered and stacked up for transport. The covers go over the two stands, which sit back to back on top of the box, which holds the other trays.

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The entire system, unpacked and pretty much ready to play. Job cards in the stand on the back left, Supply and other portrait-display cards on the back right. Not shown: drawer on back of Supply deck stand.

Unfolded, the system looks like this. Note that short of distributing money, this game is now pretty much ready to get into the startup procedure of placing things on the board. If the decks are shuffled up before putaway, you can be choosing Stories, Ships, and Captains within five minutes.

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The Jobs stand from the top: note the inherent discard containers, in front of each deck and slightly lower (so that the identity of each deck can be seen). Internally, this stand has six levels. Also the storage within the box for Warrants, Goods and Passengers, and the various ships.

The multi-level design allows for clear identification of the Job decks and their discards (including room for Lord Harrow and Mr. Universe). It’s harder to see here, but this tray set has a deeper compartment to the right, where the ships and dinosaur are kept, and shallower compartments to the left, where the Goods, Passengers, and Warrants are.

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The Supply deck stand from the top, showing the drawer extended (at top of picture, showing Disgruntled markers) and the discard holders for each Supply deck. Again, six levels internally, to make it easier to see both fresh and discard decks. Lastly, the bank – a tray that fits into the carry box, and opens out to provide a simple use solution for the money.

And lastly the Supply deck stand and bank. The stand repeats the multi-level design of the Jobs stand, while the bank helps keep the money tidy throughout a game where it’s coming in and out constantly.

The box, in which the trays stack, also has a compartment at the bottom to contain the various rule books. All told, the entire game comes to about six pounds (2.7kg), so it’s easily carried.

I’ll be trying to prevail on Craig to write up his plans, so we can post them here for anyone else who wants to use it. If there’s interest, I’ll see if I can get the same look at his Arkham Horror setup.

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34 thoughts on “Firefly storage solution

    1. fullmetalfeminist Post author

      Wow, there are a lot of people saying that! I’ll try and poke Craig tonight when he gets home from work. The short version is that it’s made from 1/4″ foamcore board, which you can get at an office supply store, and held together with hot glue. Unfortunately, having Craig make them for people would be prohibitively expensive (and if it’s not for you, why aren’t you donating some of that money to me? πŸ˜‰ ), given it took him something like 15 hours to build. Any kind of reasonable hourly is going to make that A Lot of Money, never mind shipping for a lot of air. I suspect the build time could come down some with mass production, but Craig already has a job as a part-time chef in the daytime, and is an independent filmmaker at night.

      However, I will point him to this post tonight. We took the setup to a local Games Day last week, and it was a big hit with the players and passers-by. Thanks for the comment, and sorry for the slow reply. I’m gonna keep trying to get better at that.

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    2. fullmetalfeminist Post author

      Second reply to this, having talked to Craig: he thinks if we’re producing a few of them, we could make them for about $75 Canadian (currently about USD60, EUR55, AUD75), plus shipping. For another CAD$25, we could put graphics on it (copies off the box graphics most likely, printed and glued on). Both of us have worked as graphic designers, so we know how to do that properly.

      If anyone’s still interested, just let us know and we’ll get in touch.

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  1. Gabe

    Any chance we can get some instruction or help to make our own? I’d especially like to know about the tiered deck organizers.

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  2. Laszlo Toth

    “I’ll be trying to prevail on Craig to write up his plans, so we can post them here for anyone else who wants to use it.”

    Oh, please do that! Definitely interested!!

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  3. g2-fa5a2297c1f1050cd02e6a3b904ae9e5

    Please, please, PLEASE do write up the plans and share them here. I need this, like, yesterday!

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  4. Dean

    That is very awesome! Would definitely make life a lot easier when setting up. Please if you can post plans, that would be extremely appreciated!

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  5. Gail

    oh goodness! Please yet either post plans or offer these for sale. My Firefly board game NEEDS this and no way can I figure out how ot do it without step by step instructions. πŸ˜€

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    1. fullmetalfeminist Post author

      Hi Cam – sorry to be so wretchedly slow, still working on the depression thing. We’re talking about the possibility, but thinking that if demand is great enough, it might be worth looking into the possibility of sourcing local manufacturing (laser-cutting of wood), which might allow us to make a kit that people could put together themselves. Anyway, we’re looking into the possibilities.
      Temporarily, we’re looking at offering them for about CDN$75 plus shipping, where “shipping” could be the tricky part. Weight-wise it’s not much, but it’d be bulky unless shipped only mostly-assembled. Mind this space for more. πŸ™‚

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  7. Trine

    Love it! Would also love to see a plan on how to do this myself as it will be expensive to have it made and sent to the UK

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    1. fullmetalfeminist Post author

      See my reply to Cam just above for the update – I should write another post about it, be more easy to concentrate the discussion. We’re looking at about CDN$75 to make one, plus shipping, and the shipping’s the tricky bit. More in a post shortly. For some value of shortly. πŸ™‚

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  8. ian pinch

    i would love to buy one i live in the uk if you’d let me know what shipping to there would be i was considering attempting to make something like this but far less awesome which is how i found this

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