Big Damn Crate
Is it getting a little crowded in your sky? We swear by our pretty floral bonnets this will end your organizing woes. The Broken Token presents the Big Damn Crate, an all-in-one organizing solution compatible with Firefly™: The Game and all of its expansions, published by Gale Force Nine™.
Aim to misbehave sooner with more than a dozen shiny removable trays for all your cards, tokens, and ships. Each removable card tray is stackable, with a draw and discard slot, allowing you to play the game right out of the organizer. Two identical token trays means each player can access their wares for their perfectly legitimate business enterprises with ease, without slowing down the game. Do your jobs and get paid easily with the removable bank tray. Also includes felt pads to protect your table surface. Supports sleeved and unsleeved cards.
This organizer supports sleeved cards and holds all current expansions, with at least a little room to spare! When you can’t run, you crawl. And when you can’t do that, let The Broken Token carry you.
NOTE: All new Big Damn Crate kits INCLUDE The Broken Token Crime & Punishment Upgrade Tray.
This product is a kit that requires assembly. . We recommend a high quality wood glue, soft mallet and clamps for assembly (each sold separately).
Firefly™: The Game is a trademark of Gale Force Nine™. This is a third-party accessory designed by The Broken Token. All product names are trademarks of their respective owners, which are in no way associated or affiliated with The Broken Token.
- 21.375" x 13.1875" x 5"
- 12.4 lbs
Accommodates the following expansions:
- Crime & Punishment
- Blue Sun
- Pirate & Bounty Hunters
- Artful Dodger
- Breakin Atmo
- promo cards
Acrylic will arrive with protective paper backing on both sides and should be removed before assembly. Having trouble removing all the paper backing from the acrylic sheets? We recommend Simple Green to get any residual adhesive off.
by Christopher Rau
I finished staining and assembling my BDC this morning and I am thoroughly impressed and happy. The crate itself is very high quality and the pieces fit so well that I did not even use glue on 90% of the parts (the ship trays needed a little glue). Everything was packed and protected for shipping very well. Plus there are very nice instructions and construction diagrams so assembly was trivial.
Now, I have not actually played a game yet but I have one set up in a couple weeks and am eagerly anticipating using the crate for the first time. I already know that the dual token boxes will be very awesome. Plus, it appears that one of the card holders is designed to display the three current wanted crew members, so that will be useful.
All-in-all, this crate will make the entire game very easy to set-up, play, and tear down.
That being said, there are a few MINOR (frankly nit-picky) concerns I have about the design:
1. There are seven supply decks which provides a design challenge for organizing the decks. In the end, one of the supply decks has to share a spot in the card tray with the Wanted and Misbehave decks. We will see how that plays during a game.
2. My vinyl map fits VERY tightly. I am considering trimming down the plastic tube by about 1cm.
3. I'm not sure where to put the cardboard Alliance/Reaver contact cards.
4. The ship cards simply sit on top of everything. It works but my OCD wants a slot or holder or something.
In summary, this is the item I have been waiting for and I am completely satisfied. Well done Broken Token and thank you.
Response: Thank you for the review! We definitely recommend wood glue and it is a necessity for the exterior box or you risk it coming apart when loaded with all the weight. Look for loose joints and if you spot any, glue them up before it becomes a bigger issue. Thanks!
Incredible! Absolutely incredible, but pricey!
First off, I would just like to say that the Broken Token makes amazing products. I've purchased 7-8 organizers from them and I've been mostly happy with all of them. A good organizer will make your game nights so much better. They will save on setup/take down time and will make overall gameplay more efficient and, well, organized (duh). Saving time and making things easy is (in my opinion) what an organizer should be about.
The Big Damn Crate organizer for Firefly: the Game is absolutely amazing! It perfectly organizes everything the game has to offer, including all of the expansions. You can play the game right out of the organizer, which severely cuts down on setup/take down time, which was a huge problem with the game (in my opinion). My friends and I love Firefly: the Game, but the setup/take down time, combined with the lengthy play time, kept us from playing it very often. Now with this organizer, everyone seems much more willing to play simply due to the massive amount of "saved" time.
Now as you can clearly see, this organizer is not cheap... In fact, its so expensive that I almost didn't buy it, but I'm glad I did. Unfortunately, the price will probably keep most people from buying it, which is too bad because this thing is fantastic! Its money well spent if you love Firefly: the Game and want to play it often.
The organizer comes with 2 identical token trays, which are very helpful. No longer do you have to dig through a ton of plastic bags to find the tokens you are looking for. The simple fact that there are 2 trays allows you to keep a tray on each end of the table, so you no longer have to pass tokens around. Each deck of cards (and as you know, there are many decks) has its own slot and area for discards, and since you can play the game straight out of the organizer (watch the video), your game table will no longer be filled with these cards! So not only do you save a ton of time by using this organizer, but you save a ton of space!
I gave this organizer 4 stars (instead of 5) solely due to the price. I understand that a lot of work went in to the design (thats obvious) and I'm sure between the production, manufacture, paying employees, etc. that it probably needed to cost a lot, but $160 is incredibly expensive. When I first saw the organizer, I thought it was going to cost about $100 and I was hoping it would be a little less than that. The $160 price tag blew my mind and almost kept me from buying it. If I didn't love Firefly: the Game so much, there is no way I would have even considered an organizer this expensive. To be honest with you, I still can't believe I spent the money on it, but I can honestly tell you that I'm sure glad I did.
As I said before, this organizer is simply awesome! The main flaw with Firefly: the Game is the lack of organization and this organizer addressed that problem on all fronts. Again, if you play the game a lot or want to play the game a lot, then you need this organizer. It nearly cuts game time in half and it definitely cuts the needed table size in half.
by Timothy Lewis
We like this organizer!
Although pricey, it is still the same quality product we have learned to appreciate from TheBrokenToken.
Packaging was great and assembly simple and straight forward.
Parts were so meticulously crafted that many of the assemblies required no gluing.
I wanted to stain it, but my wife likes the blonde finish better, so so I am just going to seal it with the original finish.
The card racks are an excellent addition, They reduce the game footprint on your table a great deal!
This is the fifth organizer we have purchased from TBT and we look forward to acquiring more.
Perhaps they will develop one for Small World in the near future. ;D
by Patrick Odell
I'll try not to cover what the previous reviewers have said as I agree with almost all of it. I decided to finish mine with a polyurethane stain. It turns out that I'm not particularly good at that sort of thing. I stained the parts while still on the sprue which resulted in some of the polyurethane getting into the seams, making them difficult to remove. I had almost no fit issues, but the ones I did have were the result of the stain collecting in puddles. I scraped the area free of stain and fit was no longer an issue. The wood of the box seems to be of higher quality then the thinner interior pieces in that the finish came out much smoother with less sanding. Again, probably my fault, I started the staining process on Sunday evening and the box was finally assembled on Wednesday night. I added some brass corner pieces for the top and feet for the bottom which added a nice touch. I think I might need to add some latches for the lid as it is only held on by gravity and friction at the moment, but that would make playing out of a vertical box difficult, there is not much room on the sides for the kind of latches I'm thinking of.
In the end I'd say well worth the time and effort overall. I'd complain about the price, but I paid it with only minimal grousing because the game needed this pretty badly, and it looks very nice on the shelf, and the table. Thanks Broken Token, you've never let me down
If not a "Must Have", then definitely a "Should Have"
by Alan Bell
If you are considering buying this, it's because you already know and love Firefly: the Board Game. There may be some other reasons, but I'll wager the majority fit that description.
The other reviews tell you how well it works. That's not to be disputed either. It does what it's meant to do and it does it well.
So what I'm going to review is my experience, from purchase to play, in an apartment with no real outdoor work area, and on a table just slightly larger than the Whole Damn Verse matt.
Lead time from purchase to Ship was less than 24 hours (and I purchased on the weekend)!
Ship time was 2 days (I'm fairly close to Escondido, so that's no surprise).
There were several issues with the contents of the package. Like another of the reviewers, one of my acrylic covers arrived with a broken tab. A quick email to TBT and they sent out a new one. The broken one still worked, but it was looser than I was comfortable with. Also my box did not contain any instructions, or the felt. The Instructions are available on this website, so no loss there. I wasn't intending to use the felt, so I did not contact them for replacements. I'm sure if I did, they would have been just as prompt and professional as they were about the cover.
I wanted to stain the box to give it some character. Without adequate outdoor space or ventilation, I went with a water-based stain. Two 8.8 oz tubes of Minwax Express Color Wiping Stain and Finish was enough to do a single coat of all the pieces. If you want more, purchase accordingly. I recommend using actual cloth painter's cloths/ shop rags. The paper based ones tear and leave debris. I was able to finish the stain in a single evening (4-5 hours of work). I used the spray lacquer and technique from the TBT video. I did it on my tiny balcony, and used a great deal of plastic drop cloth to save my windows/furniture.
Assembly went well enough. Get yourself a knife or some other way to score or cut the parts out. If not you run the risk of splintering and ruining your stain. I also recommend having some method of getting into the nooks and crannies to clean out excess stain, and to wipe off excess glue. I used a set of picks for the stain, and Q-tips to reach the corners where my hands could not reach to get the glue. Full Assembly took two evenings.
I also added some brass corners I found on Amazon. The screws were too long on those, but that was nothing a Dremel couldn't solve. The finished product looks Amazing sitting on my shelf.
One of the reasons I bought the BDC was to save on table space. My coffee table is the only readily available table space I have for gaming. With all the expansions, there is only room for the map. I've played several games now straight from the box. If you put the rack with the bounties at the top of the stack, then you can still use the slots to display the bounty cards. because the cards sit at an angle I've found that putting the box on a lower surface than the table helps for quick identification of decks. The money tray does not function well inside the box either, but it's easy enough to take it out and put it on top of the box. It has significantly streamlined setup and break down, as well gameplay.
$160 is a great deal to spend on a box for a board game. And you can certainly play the game without it. But when I think back to the tuck and tackle boxes I was using before the Big Damn Crate, to the 30 min setup times, it is not with any fondness.
RESPONSE: What an awesome review!! I love all the tips! Have you sent us a picture already? I'm really curious about the brass corners!! And yes anytime you need anything I'm here for ya' :D
I love this box. I waited forever for this box to come out and now that I finally have it I wish I had another complete set of the firefly game so I could get another box. It was an easy build. Staining the box was the only time consuming part but well worth it in the end.
The only issue I have is that one of the clips on the acrylic glass top, for the token tray, broke as I was sliding it back into place after only the second use. I was pretty devastated by that. Otherwise it's perfect.
RESPONSE --- Contact us , we'll replace the acrylic lid. No devastation allowed :D
big but worth it
Firefly is my favorite game. We rarely played it though because of the setup time. This box take care of everything relation to that problem. Putting it together was a snap (I do recommend finding a rubber mallet though, that outer box was tough to fit together.) and required a surprisingly little amount of glue. The price tag can be scary no doubt about that but you are getting a real fine quality product.
Wonderfully detailed design with a spot for it all
This box is beautifully designed to hold everything Firefly: The Game. I'm very impressed with the organization and utility. Having the stackable card holders makes for a much better contained play space, and having two trays for play pieces makes managing tokens much simpler for multiple players.
Staining it can be a chore if done yourself, so you might consider buying it pre-stained. I opted to apply a varnish, which brought out the natural beauty of the wood wonderfully.
I would love if The Broken Token supplied a map of where to put game elements, though figuring it out isn't hard. Some tips for people that have never assembled something like this would also be nice in the box.
Thank you for your wonderful review and your excellent feedback. I'm passing on those suggestions to the design team! Game On
I'm a leaf on the wind
I have purchased a number of broken token inserts over the past couple years, and this one did not disappoint. If you are a big fan of Firefly and Firefly the Board Game, I'm assuming that you probably already have all the expansions or are currently getting all the expansions. This is a definite must have for your Firefly Board Game experience. Do not let the price of this product sway you to turn away. It is definitely well worth the price. It is very well made and goes together very well. I even put my own stain finish and laquered mine, and it looks lovely. Thank you Broken Token for creating an organizer that was long overdue! You guys are amazing!
The Perfect Organizer
by Andrew Hochmuth
The assembly of the box was pretty simple. There are a lot of parts so it will take some time, but overall it was pretty easy and quick. The organizer looks great and stores everything safely and easily. I love that the crate can be used to play from. The amount of cards is an issue with Firefly, however, this crate helps to alleviate that issue some.
I was begging for something like this to be made! Firefly took a lot of table space and with all the expansions, was a chore to transport and set up. Didn't quite make it to the game table as much as I'd like, however this Big Damn Crate solved every bit of that!!!
Was pretty straight forward to assemble and being able to play the game straight from the box is just awesome! And it looks really cool as well!
If you have the Firefly board game, this is without question a must have!
Now, I can only hope that Broken Token makes one for my favorite game now....Arkham Horror!!! I'll buy it ASAP if they can give that game the same treatment!!
Quite a few parts to put together but used it today and what an amazing way to play the game! I am an organizer freak and this is the greatest!
Best Damn Crate
by Anthony McConnell
This was the 5th organizer i have purchased from The Broken Token. I also have the King of Tokyo, Caverna, LCG organizer for Netrunner and the LCG organizer for Game of Thrones 2nd ed.
I had been hoping TBT would release an organizer for Firefly The Game for some time now. It's a great game, but setup and tear down were always problematic. I was thrilled when this was first announced, but I balked at the price point. But after buying, staining and assembling I can tell you The Big Damn Crate is well worth the price.
Assembly was actually easier than I expected and everything went together perfectly. In all I think I spent 7ish hours staining, assembling and putting the components into the crate. This was actually less time then I though it would take. All the components fit like a dream. Setting up, playing and putting away the game are now a breeze, which for a game that takes 3+ hours to play is important.
I can't wait to see what The Broken Token comes up with next.
Just one last thing to buy
by Joy Cohn
I was already tired of making tuck boxes, and of the length of time it took to setup a game. Another Browncoat had this on her at Consimworld Expo 2016. Boy, was it shiny. Everything was organized. It didn't take up as much space as before. It even has a stand for the dinosaur token!
This crate is not optional. It is required. The only mistakes I found were my own construction techniques.
Gotta get it. Fast shipping, excellent product, clean assembly, great instructions. Maaayybe the parts could be numbered a bit better, and for them to actually match the part numbers in the instructions.
Seriously, this thing's so damn good you won't complain. Big Damn Yeah!
Response: Thank you for the feedback! We haven't yet heard of any issues with the instructions so if possible, could you please contact us with details?
by Andrew Campbell
This product takes a game which was previously one of my favorites but playable only one I was willing to dedicate an incredible amount of time to the effort and makes it playable one thar is easily playable in almost any situation. The physical real estate needed to play becomes considerably less given the clever way that the crate organizes the pieces and provides places for them to rest even on a small table. Miniatures are held securely during transport, and the way the card holders are set up, it is easy to organize them geographically around the board so that when you do play on a large board the cards are near the planets thet represent. Extremely well done product! I'm a huge fan of broken token, but to date this is their best offering I have yet seen, bar none.
Wow! Thanks for the awesome review. It makes everyday a little better knowing we make games more playable and accessible, it's why we do what we do!
Fantastic quality, but time consuming
by Scott Thompson
If you're going to stain and assemble this yourself, give yourself at least a full day of time to get it done. I did this over two days. It turned out beautifully. I really just wanted to buy the finished product, but it was way out of my price range. If the stained an assembled version every drops to like $250, then buy it in a heartbeat. There's a lot of stress in assembling a $150 product on your own, but I'm glad I saved the money!
I'm very impressed with the products made by thebrokentoken. This is the second item I have purchased from them and just like the first, this is of excellent quality. Well planned and well executed.
I am so pleased that someone has taken the initiation to provide this service for all of us. It was very much needed.
This product in particular is well worth the money. I can't recommend it enough.
RESPONSE: Just made my day!!! :D
Great Damn Crate and Great Company
by Matthew Weeks
Storing my Firefly game was a hassle before I got this crate, and because I like to sleeve cards in my games to extend their life many of the other organizers I found wouldn't work because they didn't fit sleeved cards. I couldn't be happier with how well this crate works for storing all the components of the game. Plus the instructions were fantastic and made assembling the product a breeze.
The only hiccup in the whole process was that I was missing an entire section of pieces when my order arrived, but the customer help center was really prompt about responding to my message and rectifying this issue by getting the missing parts sent out.
Great company. Great product. I'll definitely look here again for future game organization needs.
RESPONSE: Thanks so much Matthew! We think you're pretty great too :D
Excellent design and craftsmenship!!
The was so easy to put together and so well crafted. All the components were sized so precisely that everything fit together just as it should. Nothing was too loose or too tight. Once constructed the modular pieces fit into the larger crate with the same precision. There is very little to no wiggle or sliding around of the pieces once they are in their spot. Every fits together so well!! I've purchased several kit-build products, such as bookcases, beds, etc, from various box store companies, this product was by far the most enjoyable one I've ever put together.
RESPONSE: Thank you for sharing this! We really appreciate hearing this!
Best "Expansion" for Firefly Yet
by Sam Rau
Being that it is made from the Broken Token, I knew this organizer would be high quality and clever, but this takes it to a new level. Not only has this dramatically reduced setup time and overall foot print, it makes has made it more enjoyable to play. Something about seeing the quality made wood tray when drawing NAV cards, takes some of the sting out of the Reaver's killing my crew.
Amazing work guys! Can't wait till I can get the Biohazard Containment Unit for Pandemic!
Thank you Broken Token!
I'm terrible at writing these things, but they went so much out of their way to help me I just had to! I had an issue with some of the parts for this and worked with customer service to get a replacement!!
I have bought many of these and the first time i had an issue Broken Token stepped up and made this customer very happy!
This is a huge set and it works amazingly (just as they all do!)
RESPONSE: Thanks for taking the time to write a review! I am so glad we were able to get everything worked out for you! Game on my friend - Aninda Customer Service Meeple
Big Damn Crate ... Best Damn Kit
by Fred Jandt
Here's the secret about Broken Token and especially the Big Damn Crate ... don't buy from Broken Token if you want an insert. No seriously. Gamers for centuries have been contriving ways of slapping everything in a single box to make it easier to carry all their stuff.
But if you want something that is aesthetically pleasing with well-thought out functionality ... now you're cooking.
And the Big Damn Crate has that in spades. It has all the little touches and thoughtful items (like leaving room for future expansions) that show they care about this product as much as you do about your game.
For me the best part was the customer service. From the how to videos, to the email responses I received when I asked about how their expert built something, Broken Token is top notch.
This is a wonderful product you will be excited to not only use, but display in your gaming area!
RESPONSE - Thank you so much kind sir! This is why we do what we do!
by Francisco Eguiguren
It was the best impulsive shopping i had done in years. Everything fits perfectly and the quality is very good. I would have loved to paint and finish the box before putting it together but i was too exited !!
Amazing attention to detail and user needs
by Daniel Dionne
I was reluctant to spend the money for the Big Damn Crate, but the storage and playing requirements for Firefly, as well as the setup, made it too hard to transport and use the game. So I broke down and ordered the Crate. It took most of two days to put it together on breaks, but I was amazed at the clarity of instructions, the ease of the assembly, and finally the utility of the completed Crate. Everything was carefully thought out, everything fits, and the results are beautiful and utilitarian. Clearly a labor of love for the designers. Congratulations on a truly astonishing product!
A joy to behold
Box arrived in New Zealand just over a week, all the bits and pieces intact.
Took about a day to construct, all the parts fitted perfectly. stained with a nice Rimu Colouring and added a deep purple felt matting to the bottom of the box. Looks amazing.
The parts and design are made by those who love games and have an attention for detail.
Worth every damn penny.