Tuesday, March 24, 2009


Here is the new box I'm using for my D&D books. The box I originally bought them in is intact, but in pretty crummy shape. And since many people only have the pdfs and not the original booklets, there is some interest in finding or building boxes to contain such books.

I got mine at Joann Fabrics, which is also a craft store, in the craft section. It's a papier mache box that looks like a hardcover book. Here's a link to the item on their website. (It says they have large and small sizes; I must have gotten the large size since the dimensions they list are too small and my box cost $4.95 whereas theirs lists for $3.99. Whatever.)

Anyway, these three pictures are as follows:

First, the front and "spine" of the box. I've added a sticker on the front, duplicating the front of the fifth printing "white box", and stickers on the spine saying (in case you can't read it):



TSR, 1974

Second, the books inside the box. See how much room is left? And

Third, the three D&D booklets, with reference sheets and Chainmail.

The box can be painted, but I was impatient to put my books in there. But I'd love to see any boxes anybody else gets and decorates.


Jeff Rients said...

That is freakin' sweet! I keep my books in a mailing box, but that may have to change.

kesher said...

Will, that ROCKS!

I, too, may need to change the box I use...

Word Verification: appitic

(now that's a character name...)

Chris said...


That is all.

Michael S/Chgowiz said...

Where did you get the sticker/picture from the front cover of the OCE? I'm about to pick up the LBBs + GH + Ref sheets - the white box is missing, and I like this box instead.

Will Douglas said...

Chgowiz: I'm pretty sure I just yoinked the image from the Acaeum. Then I stuck it on a full-page label and cut to size.

Make sure you get the LARGE size book box. The Michaels craft stores around here carry the medium one and it is NOT big enough (it looks like it -- but we're concerned with the internal dimensions here). I consistently find this one at Joann Fabric, over in their craft section.

Michael S/Chgowiz said...

@Will - I will indeed do so.

I'm about to pick up the 3, plus GH, plus the Ref Sheets for ... $20. Supposedly in good shape and the pic looked good.

You could have knocked me over with a stick.

Michael S/Chgowiz said...

@Will - I knew I forgot to ask... but how did you get a sticker that big? Or is that paper glued on by spray or stick?

Will Douglas said...

Go to your local office supply store (Office Depot, Office Max, Staples; whatever).

Ask the guy for Full Page Labels. They make 'em. 8.5 x 11 inch and it's all one label. Probably Avery, but the ones I currently have are store brand, I think -- and I don't remember which store.

(Or you can just go into the label aisle and look around until you find them.)

Michael S/Chgowiz said...

@Will - huh - never knew those existed. Will they work through a laser printer? Is that how you did the side labels as well?

Will Douglas said...

Yes, they work through a Laser Printer. That's what they're designed for.

I did up one sheet, with the cover and all the side labels on it together. I think I still have it; I could PDF it and email it to you when I get home if you like.

Michael S/Chgowiz said...

@Will - if you do that, I'll owe you big time. Thank you! That'd be cool!