Laser-Cut: Dominant Species Insert

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Rise to the Top of the Food Chain

I’ve heard great things about the strategy worker placement game Dominant Species and I knew even before I got it from images from Board Game Geek (best board game site ever) that it would be in great need for an insert.

Here’s how it stood shortly after one of my little joys in life of unboxing a new board game:

Dominant Species organized as the core game intended. Not a big fan
Dominant Species organized as the core game intended. Not a big fan

I could already foresee a little wood bit tumbling out of its pile during game play and falling victim to either the vacuum or a curious dogs digestive track.

My Goals

  • Sideways storage safe and passes a medium shake test.
  • Individual player faction bits trays.
  • Room for everything to fit even after that MAMMOTH sized board is placed in the box.
  • Bits box trays designed so my fingers could actually remove bits without feeling like I’m playing a drunkin game of Operation.

The Result

Easy setup faction boxes make setup fast and organized
Easy setup faction boxes make setup fast and organized

Mission accomplished! I took a couple of revisions and prototypes bit it all fits.  Removable faction trays can be place board side with the hex tiles and game can be up and going in a quick and easy manner. Goodbye little plastic baggies, you will not be missed. It also passed my sideways storage and a medium shake test simulating a journey in a backpack from Point A to point B.

ROUND 1: Big Fingers Vs. Wooden Bits

And the winner is!…..Wooden bits. Come on people. I’m not a miracle worker here. Until I invent a insert that causes your tiny wooden game cube bits to hover in a slowly rotating sphere above the table top for the universe’s easiest access, the wooden bits always win. But I made the battle tilt a bit more in our favor through the power of angles! two simple little angled sections allow the cubes to tip for easier retrieval and not slide one of its 90° sides to nest perfectly and irretrievably into a corner causing the visual appearance of a grown man trying pick up a smooth metal ball bearing with a pair of chopsticks.  (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻)

Dominant Species Player Tray (5) (1024x678)

Dominant Species Player Tray (4) (1024x678)

There is also a removable tray for Hex tiles that also holds the element tokens and cards. I prefer to just leave this in the box and only remove the faction bits boxes but I wanted flexibility for those with alternative preferences.

Hex Tray hold large and small tiles, element tokens in bag and sleeved cards
Hex Tray hold large and small tiles, element tokens in bag and sleeved cards

The final stack up and assembly:

Dominant Species Gif

For Sale: Kickstarter Coming Soon!

If your interested in this insert we plan to be starting a Kickstarter in Late August or Early September so anyone who wants one can have the chance to upgrade their Dominant Species game.

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