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Into the Vaults: Using Foamcore Parts 1, 2, and 3

I wished him alive again… forever!

In this new irregular series, we take a look back at some of the more popular Esoteric Order of Gamers videos.

After almost five years of the Esoteric Order of Gamers, I’ve made a lot of videos – 182 of them, in fact! And some of them I’m quite proud of. So very occasionally I might draw your attention to them again in this new series, which I’ve called … Into the Vaults!

As soon as I descended into the vaults, one series of videos immediately cried out for another moment in the spotlight: the Using Foamcore videos. These three videos were made soon after our move to New Zealand, back in June of 2013. Between them, they’ve been viewed 245,269 times. That really makes me think I should be getting some kind of kickback – or at least a trophy – from the foamcore manufacturing association!

I don’t know how many actual boxes of games I have in my collection – many hundreds – but almost all of them have a foamcore insert I made myself, so I’ve gone through a lot of the stuff over the years. Not many games include custom inserts anymore, so a good foamcore one is a must, in my opinion. Not only does it keep the game and its components in good condition, but it speeds setup and packup times immeasurably. And there’s something about opening a game with a well-organised insert that makes everything about playing the game more enticing. In fact, sometimes I don’t think I really get to know a new game until I’ve made an insert for it.

So if you haven’t seen these videos before, I highly encourage you to check them out, and make your own first steps on the endless journey of foamcore insert designing and making. All of the tips in these videos are as good as when I made them five years ago, and in fact there’s very little I think I need to add.

It’s all very well following plans – there are some on this site, and I really do intend to make more of them available – but it’s also surprisingly easy and enjoyable to make your own on the fly.

Trust me, once you make your first insert, you won’t look back!

Using Foamcore: Part 1
Using Foamcore: Part 2
Using Foamcore: Part 3

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