Making a No-Hope Chest for your Gloom cards
Fans regularly ask us when we’re going to produce Gloom-themed durable storage boxes. The fact of the matter is that we just don’t have the warehouse space for the number we’d need to make to get them to a reasonable unit price. We’re well aware, though, that the retail boxes (especially for the expansions) don’t hold up to the frequent use our Gloomians put them through.
So here are do-it-yourself directions for making a more durable Gloom storage system. It’s affordable, easy, and customizable. Each box holds up to six 55-card decks, so you can put the original Gloom core game and its four expansions in one box, and Cthulhu Gloom, Fairytale Gloom, and Munchkin Gloom in another box, if you’ve got the full set. The only thing that doesn’t fit is the Cthulhu Gloom expansion Unpleasant Dreams, but it’s easy to get a box with larger dimensions.
Let’s get started! You’ll need these supplies:
- 200-count 2-piece card box, sized for American poker-size cards
- 2-pocket poly folder
- Avery Ink Jet clear Easy Peel shipping labels, 3 ⅓” x 4” (six to a sheet)
- colored card sleeves, American poker-sized
- permanent marker
- clear packing tape
- color printer
Step 1: Making the dividers
Remove the lid of the box. Cut the poly folder into four 3 ½” x 2 ½” (8.89 cm x 5.08 cm) rectangles.
Step 2: Sort and sleeve the character households
Store each group of characters in a card sleeve of the same color (Yellow for Dark’s Den of Deformity, Red for Castle Slogar, etc.). This keeps them together and makes them easy to distribute. You may wish to give the Residence cards in Unhappy Homes their own matching sleeves. You may also want to store all the Unwelcome Guests together in a single sleeve.
Load cards into the box.
Step 3: Label the box
Load color printer with clear shipping labels. You can download the PDF for the correctly sized Gloom logo right here. Print and apply the label to the top of the box; you may want to rub it down with the edge of a library card or other straight edge.
That’s it! You’re all ready for many unhappy hours of Gloom. There’s lots of room for decorative touches, like lining the box with patterned paper or adding stickers--make it your own! You may want to secure these items (especially those inside the box, showing out) with clear packing tape or contact paper, so moving the cards in and out of the box doesn't scrape them off.
Now you can travel easily with your Gloom collection, or give them as a gift in style!