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Daribuck Supporting Member of TMP04 Dec 2014 5:21 p.m. PST

What do you do? In Wine cases? In Beer cases? On the nightstand? Bookshelf? I find I have lots of rules sets, of many different sizes. Some are spiral bound, of course, and some are soft cover. Some are hardcover. Some have charts. There seems to be no consistency

What to do? Or more specifically, what do YOU do?



Personal logo Doms Decals Sponsoring Member of TMP Inactive Member04 Dec 2014 5:24 p.m. PST

Most of mine are in magazine files.

Oh Bugger Inactive Member04 Dec 2014 5:35 p.m. PST

Book shelf for me but you know box files would do it nicely.

tberry7403 Inactive Member04 Dec 2014 5:41 p.m. PST

"Staples Economy Storage Boxes", bookshelves, nightstand, desk drawer.

After almost 40 years of gaming you collect A LOT of rule books.

Dynaman878904 Dec 2014 5:46 p.m. PST

Mine are laying all over the place in untidy piles.

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP04 Dec 2014 5:53 p.m. PST

I also use Magazine Files: inexpensive and easy to keep organized.

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP04 Dec 2014 6:16 p.m. PST

On Ebay?

Personal logo Florida Tory Supporting Member of TMP04 Dec 2014 6:33 p.m. PST

All of the above.

But I would only use a wine or beer case if it was empty.


53Punisher04 Dec 2014 6:39 p.m. PST


Rich Bliss04 Dec 2014 6:57 p.m. PST

This is why I am growing increasingly fond of PDF rules.

Daribuck Supporting Member of TMP04 Dec 2014 7:24 p.m. PST

PDF rules? How hand are those when you are playing?

Magazine files sounds like the way to go. Thanks!

Desert Fox04 Dec 2014 7:33 p.m. PST

Placed inside a one gallon ziplock freezer bag for protection and then placed on the bookshelf.

You will not be able to zip the ziplock bag shut, but at least the rules will be protected from shelf ware.

You can use sheet protectors to protect the individual pages of pdfs. I always use sheet protectors to protect player aid sheets.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP04 Dec 2014 7:59 p.m. PST

They are on the top shelf of the book shelf where my uniform references are – the other four shelves are reference books

raylev3 In the TMP Dawghouse04 Dec 2014 8:29 p.m. PST

Normal bookshelf

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP04 Dec 2014 8:31 p.m. PST

Hanging files in plastic file crates. Crates on bookshelves. But then I have a HUGE rules collection (500+ rule books at last count).

Personal logo Pictors Studio Sponsoring Member of TMP04 Dec 2014 9:31 p.m. PST

I have mine on bookshelves. I don't have many rule sets but I do have a lot of supplements.

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP04 Dec 2014 9:43 p.m. PST

Mine are laying all over the place in untidy piles.

Pretty much.
Goodness Geracious, do you want me to be ORGANIZED????

ordinarybass Inactive Member04 Dec 2014 10:02 p.m. PST

Magazine files for most and just-on-the-bookcase for the rest. Magazine files are super cheap at Ikea and while they aren't super sturdy, how often do you need to retrieve them anyway. They are especially good for my Battletech books which aren't the most rigid of books, but I have alot of them. All this is in the attic "Library" except for a small batch on a bookcase in the bedroom for evening reading.

As for PDF rulesets, I print what I use, so if I play them fairly often, they get their own binder or folder, if not, they go into one HUGE tabbed binder.

Mako11 Inactive Member05 Dec 2014 12:54 a.m. PST

I've done bookshelf, magazine files, countertop, and inside a desk drawer.

I find the latter, if you have the space, to be best, and I like to lay them flat, so they don't get all bent up. Less dust that way.

Martin Rapier05 Dec 2014 5:45 a.m. PST

They go on my bookshelves wedged between heavy objects (such as scenario books and painting guides) to hold them upright roughly grouped by period (so the WW2 section is an entire shelf of its own…)

Some of the older ones live in boxes in the attic.

Cambria562206 Dec 2014 6:25 a.m. PST

The more flimsy rulesets I own sit in magazine racks on the bottom shelf of the bookcase and the rest of the shelf is full of rules and supplements in books; softback and hardback. All stand upright but are held in place by their neighbours. (+1 or +2 for flank support?) The one shelf isn't quite enough for them all so the 'in use' rules tend to sit on top of the file boxes of the relevant miniatures.

YogiBearMinis Supporting Member of TMP06 Dec 2014 10:18 a.m. PST

Magazine files, organized by period (though a few, like Piquet, are kept all together in one file because i have so many sets).

Mute Bystander Inactive Member07 Dec 2014 5:04 a.m. PST

The ones I play or read most reside in hanging file folders (They were excess – about to be trashed – and put to use) which are in four second hand milk crates (plastic) with eleven built-in file folder slots/dividers each:

Pink – Wessex/Wings AT (not OF) War Aerial, Pulp, WW2 land combat

Blue – Dungeon Crawl, Fantasy, Apocalypse, Science Fiction Army, Science Fiction Space ship

Red – Historical pre-1900 Land

Blue – old FRPG Modules "just in case" (needs winnowed)

Less used, reference, and need to be sold rules above the flood line of the worst flood line so far on a 2nd shelf in a excess bookcase from the great "Library winnowing" event.

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