Descent 2nd Edition Foamcore Plans v1.1

Descent Foamcore

My sincere apologies, a slight error in the height of the main box in the Descent 2nd Edition plans has been detected and fixed. My only excuse is that these are quite complicated and errors may creep in, so as I say on the title page, I recommend checking all measurements before starting your build. However I’ll double my efforts to make sure these little teething errors don’t slip through from now on! The error has been fixed and the file updated to v1.1.


  • Phil Collins says:

    These foam core inserts are a fantastic idea and I’m already picking out the things I need to do this on Amazon. Keep up the great work!

    (just a heads up, the link below the image in this article errors out. It ends with descent-2nd-edition, but should be descent-second-edition)

  • Howard says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for not only the awesome game references that you put together, but now the great videos and these foamcore files that you’ve put on your website. I plan on donating as soon as I get some money.

    This is the next project I plan to do once I complete my Netrunner suitcase. I was wondering how you stored your boxes? I’m assuming that you always store them flat given the design of these inserts. Any perspective on how these would handle o their sides? I have to put all of my games on their sides due to my space and I’m wondering if I need to modify these somehow to accomodate this limitation.

    • Universal Head says:

      Thanks Howard. It’s great fun to share all my slightly obsessive game-related stuff with other gamers.

      Yes, very good point that I should have mentioned—I always store my boxes flat, and indeed the whole idea of foamcore boxes wouldn’t really work if you stored them sideways. It’s not a good idea at the best of times as, over time, components (especially game boards) can warp if stored resting at an angle in a box.

      You can have a relatively high pile of game boxes if stored flat, remember, as long as you don’t put smaller boxes in the middle of the box lids of larger ones. If the box corners are matching (ie, the boxes are the same size), then the lids won’t be damaged as the corners take the weight.

      So I’m afraid if you absolutely must store them on their sides, a foamcore insert won’t be very helpful.

      • Pierzasty says:

        Ah, and here I was wondering what use would that box serve. “Isn’t it bad design? The moment you turn the box everything falls out o.O” It never occurred to me someone’d store the box flat and not take it anywhere ;P

        • Universal Head says:

          Well, I sometimes do transport my games, in which case I still hold them flat – I never just throw them into bag and chuck them around. But otherwise, you can often still store components in bags in the different spaces of the insert. Not really in this one, of course, because it has lots of figures and components and there is not a lot of spare space in the card and counter tray part.

  • Salim Khoury says:

    I just wanted to report back that with your adjustments to the walls I completed my first foamcore box assembly. I’m thrilled, thanks again for the efforts. Pumped to see other games…Agricola, Keyflower, Bora Bora, Terra Mystica, I could go on. Donation forthcoming!

    -It’s much easier than it seems
    -Very functional
    -Looks great
    -Pretty inexpensive (especially compared to something like a custom battlefoam solution)

  • Covert-Ops says:

    Thanks a lot for this. I just got the game two days before you posted so I couldn’t be more excited. This will be my first attempt of many to pimp out my game boxes.

    Keep up the good work

  • HyeRoler says:

    Thanks so much… just finished the Main Box and outside of Figure Tray this evening. Hope to finish it all tomorrow. So far so good for my first ever foam core boardgame insert. I noticed that the map tiles really need to be organized well in order to fit everything and avoid putting the Figure tray out of alignment with the top lip of the Main Box. Perhaps folks aren’t storing every tile in the box?

    • Universal Head says:

      Yep, can’t deny you really have to organize those tiles well, but there was no other way to do it considering the amount of stuff in the box. It’s not too hard once to get the hang of it. Alternatively, you can experiment with reducing the height of the tray above the tiles. Good luck!

  • Mr.abott says:

    It’s a good work what you did here.
    Just one question, what is the thickness of the foamcore?

  • David says:

    Nice work! I am curious what program you use to design your inserts?

    • Universal Head says:

      SketchUp. But there’s no ‘make a box and explode it into pieces’ function, this is all created piece by piece using the program’s 3D tools.

  • Ben says:

    Silly question – I’m guessing this won’t work with sleeved cards. They take up quite a lot more room

  • Joe says:

    Wow, this is amazing! Just finished mine today. It works so well and makes the game even more enjoyable to play. Thank you for designing this!

  • Sam says:

    Just want to say thank you for designing these inserts!

    I put mine together last night. I wish I saw your foam core tutorials first though. This was my first time working with stuff and I could have used your pointers to make mine look as clean and tidy as yours!

    Oh well, it looks good enough 😛
    Thanks again! 😀

  • greg says:

    Hey there,

    do any of the expansion fit with these designs? or are they purely for the contents of the base set?


    • Universal Head says:

      No, it would be impossible to fit all the expansions in the original box. This is just for the base set – and even then it all just fits!

  • Seamartin00 says:

    Am i blind or are there no dimensions for the small compartments on the top tray? This looks like a fun project, thanks for taking the time to make these!

    • Universal Head says:

      You know, you’re right! No one’s mentioned it before now, and really, I’d just wing it using the photo of the finished tray as a guide. The width of those compartments don’t have to be exact, as long as they fit the counters.

  • Seamartin00 says:

    Ha, no problem, i was just thinking i had to be missing something since no one else had said anything, glad to know i’m not goin blind. I built one out of wood for a buddy but i’m diggin your design a lot more, mine ended up being a bit on the heavy side and wasnt quit as stream lined. I might try to make this one for him tomorrow it looks like a good snowy day project. Thanks again for the great info and keep up the good work!

  • I finished the inserts for my copy of Descent 2nd edition some time ago and just wanted to report that they are a great success! Set-up time is cut in half if not better, looks great, keeps everything separate and protected. Well done!

  • Batto says:

    I wanted to thank you

    I created my own box based on your description. Because i have the base game and the next 3 add ons i had to modify it a bit. You can see my result on these pics here:

    The picture was taken before i got the trollnest so you wont find the monsters on the picture. But they all fit into the remaining empty field perfectly. But by the next add on i have to build another insert.

    (english isnt my native language so please be a bit tolerant then it comes down to grammar and spelling :))

  • pir8rbrts says:

    does anyone have a “pack plan” for the map pieces? I suppose I could spend an afternoon playing Tetris with the lot, but I was wondering if anyone has a pack that already works and keeps the figure tray from jutting over the main box.

    • Universal Head says:

      It seems very fiddly at first, but trust me, it gets faster to put them back as you get used to it. 🙂

      • pir8rbrts says:

        Actually I finally settled on a pack that works and simply photographed each layer. Now it’s a sure fit each time!

  • Sjeng says:

    Fantastic design! Would you mind if I used this as a basis for a design of my own? I plan to make a 3mm wooden lasercut insert for this game (and the expansions), and have those produced. I plan to make a few minor changes, perhaps make room for sleeved cards.

    • If you’re going to use my design for personal use, go right ahead. If you plan to use it as the basis for something you are going to produce commercially, then I’d prefer you come up with your own original design, or we have a chat about what percentage we will agree on for my work. 🙂

  • JCWilliams says:

    Thank you for this amazing design. I am not a very crafty person, but went out the day after Christmas and bought all the supplies and tools I needed and BAM before I knew it I had a completely contained game. I might try to design my own for the next expansion…..once we get there.

  • Ray Phay says:

    Fantastic design and holds everything from the core set perfectly. I finally got around to building this insert and I am so glad that I did. Now all of my Descent game is nice and neat and easy to get to.

    I am one that stores my games on there side and after building this insert I did the shake test and NOTHING fell out of place.

    The only thing that I may have to do is a small redesign as I want to also include all of the conversion stuff so that I can add my 1st edition stuff to this box as well.

    Thanks again for the amazing insert.

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