On Season 1, Episode 12, we discuss game master hacks … and the Plano tackle boxes that I use to organize my on-the-go game supplies like dice, wet-erase markers, templates, miniatures, and more. I call it my “box of holding” (in a nod to the classic Dungeons & Dragons magic item, the bag of holding) but in polling others online, the tool goes by a number of different names:
- Dungeon Master Box
- Dungeon Master Toolkit
- Gamemaster Toolbox
- Gamemaster Toolkit
- The Bags
- The Books
- The Game Crate
Regardless of the name, they all serve a similar purpose:
- If I’m running a game at friend’s house, it ensures I have all of my essential gear with me .
- If I’m running a game at a convention, it helps focus what I needs to bring to the con and cuts down on extraneous gear.
- Home or away, they keep me organized.
I have two game master boxes:
Both come with modular storage trays that can be re-arranged to accommodate different-sized fiddly bits for games and are large enough to hold a few rulebooks for their respective games.
Looking for more inspiration about how to organize your gear? Check out these websites.
- DM David: Dungeon Master’s Tools – DM David uses bento boxes, compartment cases (like the storage trays featured in our photo galleries below), a status markers box, and the obligatory dungeon master’s screen.
- Reddit: The DM’s Tackle box. My new organization and carrying system – A game master who uses a similar tacklebox-based approach to organizing their game resources.
- The Learning DM: How I Learned to Stay Organized: The D&D Box – The Learning DM uses a similar concept (Plano tackle box) but with a different style and configuration. It’s focused around D&D 4th Edition, and features a respectable amount of storage and flexibility for tokens, dice, and such.
Savage Worlds Campaign Box
The smaller of the two boxes is dedicated to Savage Worlds and is filled with tokens, templates, cards, and other tools acquired through the Savage Worlds Adventure Edition Kickstarter.
Dungeons & Dragons Campaign Box
The Dungeons & Dragons box is larger so that it can accommodate the larger rule books. The larger storage cases are also nice for organizing dice, pens, minis, and other essentials. Photos credit: Ken Newquist.