What’s in the box?! While this reference to a movie from the ’90s might not ring a bell with everyone. The inside of a board game box should be very familiar for all of us! In this article, we want to take a closer look at an aspect of board games. That can sometimes be overlooked in the grand scheme of things. Until the very end when everything needs to be finalised and submitted. We are talking about the inside of the game box.
First, let’s start at the beginning. It is safe to say that the vast majority of game boxes for board game are made from grey board carton. This sturdy material, as you may expect from the name, has a grey color / look to it. That’s no problem, because we will wrap the outside of the box with printed paper. That has beautiful and colourful illustrations on it. However, the wrapping around the game box only extends several centimeters over the edge and into the inside of the box. Thus, this means that the inside of the box will still show the bare grey board material.
After this, it becomes a matter of personal preference. Some people don’t mind the grey board on the inside. Yet some people really dislike it. So what are the options after that?
Printing on the inside
Printing in full color on the inside is a fantastic look for any game. It lets you show of even more artwork on the inside. And the final product will look very high quality. However, there is a lot more labor involved to have printing on the inside as well. And it is therefore a relatively expensive option.
White on the inside
If the customer doesn’t want the grey board to be visible on the inside. But also doesn’t deem it worth it to pay the added costs for full color printing on the inside. Then this is a great option. The entire inside of the box has a clean, white look that compliments the artwork on the outside of the box. And the inner edges. The added cost for white on the inside is minimal, and in our opinion absolutely worth the small added cost.
Designing an inlay/tray to cover everything up to the edge
If neither of the previous options are to your liking. Then you can also design an inlay that goes all the way to the edge of the game box. The inlay can be made from plastic. Or from various types of paper. If you plan to design the inlay so that it covers all the grey board in the game box. Make sure to check with your account manager for exact measurements of how far the outside wraps over to the inside of the game box.