Fluffy, soft, and yet durable..

Review: ‘Game Plus Products – Gaming Bag’

Hey, hey! Its that time again! A moment to give credit where credit is due! Where might it go this time, you ask? An affordable and practical gaming/storage option for Warmachine/Hordes (Grymkin being this example!)

DISCLAIMER: I have not been asked to write this review, nor am I affiliated with any parties mentioned, nor have I been paid to create this post. I simply want to share the knowledge and my opinions as there was little available regarding this product.

Insert ‘Game Plus Products’ and their Gaming Bag distributed by Minituremarket.com Now, I know what the average player is thinking… “why not the other guys foam?” I’m trying to give a review from the affordable approach, that will work just as good as some ‘battle’ tested products out there. Also consider that Grymkin owners are either new to the game and have a larger buy-in or might be getting into them as a secondary faction. Either way, let’s move along with the show!

A quick TL;DR for those who will benefit from it. Yes, this Gaming bag and the associated Pluck Foam Tray(s) are totally worth it. DON’T forget to read the captions below the photos at the end for extra information before you buy! For the price, it cannot be beat!

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Game Plus Products – Gaming Bag (Dimensions: Size: 13″ x 18″ x 7.5″)

 

Taken from Minituremarkets website directly, “Features: 6.25″ x 9″ x 2″ Velcro Side Pocket. 13″ x 10″ x 2″ Velcro Front Pocket. 12.5″ x 12″ x 2″ Zippered Back Panel Pocket. Side Mesh Water Bottle Holder with Pull Cord. Thick Foam Interior Padding. 3-sided Zipper. Adjustable Shoulder Strap: 48″ x 1.5″. Clear ID Window: 4″ x 2.5″. Holds 14.5 inches of Foam Trays. Tray dimensions: 7.5″ x 13″.”

The bag itself is ordered empty/separate from the foam(s) themselves for an MSRP of $39.99 + tax. It can be had in an array of colors, most bright and easy to identify among the other bags during your tournament of choice. Keep in mind most colors will attract marks/grime easily, hence my decision of black (I really wanted Blue or Green!)

 

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Plenty of room for accessories and the beverage pocket on the opposite side (not shown,) can easily hold my pick of Nalgene bottles! (Note: The padded & adjustable shoulder strap for easy carry.)

So the bag itself…well its a bag. Lightly padded, not enough to stop a direct blow from a baseball bat or a angry opponent (kidding,) but enough to keep its form and resist normal bumps during regular transport. Craftsmanship is what you would expect for the price. Seams seem rugged enough to resist normal use and the materials used keep cost down all while making the satisfactory ‘cut’ to accept the charges and resist the test of time. I can easily see this bag lasting me several years.

Lets move on to the real reason your here….FOAM! Fluffy, Soft..yet surprisingly durable foam! (MSRP of $7.99 + tax, per Pluck foam Tray) Let me show you a loaded version with room for an extra tray (1.5″, being taken up by my storage box you’ll see.)

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Six Trays, with obvious room for seven! (While the official description read 14.5″ of foam, the reality is itll fit 15.5″ of foam..woohoo!)

 

During a recent sale, I bought two cases and enough foam to fit it all. (Should indicate the next sale wont be until the November shopping kick-off post Thanksgiving…good for some, for others your not saving too much!)

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With “MY” layout choice for the 15.5″ of foam trays, I choose not to haul the last 1.5″ Pluck Foam Tray. (I have no need for it as of yet.) In its place is a nice Plano StowAway Utility Box full of Dice/Widgets/Tokens!

The Foam Trays are made of pre-cut pluck foam, available in various sizes. The foam is cut very well, so no blade/knife will be needed unlike other brands/options available on the market. Its easy to remove what you dont need…and easier to pull a little extra if your going quick. I recommend a little spray adhesive ala Elmer’s Spray Adhesive (I used this as I had it handy, works great and did the trick for mispulls or rearrangement of foam/spacing issues. Be sure to see my extra photos at the bottom for some ideas regarding the spray!)

The Trays overall have a soft yet defined feel to them. Additionally the red baseboard foam creates a wonderful sturdy foundation for the models you will fit in each tray. This allows for each access/unloading without fear of the foam buckling to the weight of your models be they resin or metal. These Pluck Foam Trays mean business!

The point is made that this fits a good amount..but how much exactly? Well….I bought into Grymkin. I was easily able to fit the entire “recommended” purchases from the first wave, as follows:

Grymkin Models I own/Shown in this Gaming Bag Review:

  • QTY: 2 – Grymkin: The Wicked Harvest (All-in-One’s)
  • The Child (Warlock)
  • Lady Karianna Rose (Solo)
  • Death Knell (Battle Engine)
  • Glimmer Imp (Solo)
  • QTY: 2 – Cask Imps (Solo) (Blister Pack)
  • QTY: 3 – Crabbits (Lesser Warbeast) (Blister Pack)
  • Skin & Moans (Heavy Warbeast)
  • QTY: 4 – Gremlin Swarms

They all easily fit in the Following Foam Assortment Layout I chose to equip with the allotment of 15.5″ of foam trays the Gaming Bag in mention, holds (as Shown in this review):

  • 4″ Pluck Foam Tray
  • 3″ Pluck Foam Tray
  • 2.5″ Pluck Foam Tray
  • 2″ Pluck Foam Tray
  • QTY: 2 – 1.5″ Pluck Foam Tray(s)

**NOTE: One additional 1.5″ Pluck Foam Tray can/will fit with the sizes mentioned above. I chose not to put it in, due to the abundance of space I still have available until future releases.**

Below, is my “everyday carry…” so to speak which is a solid amount of goodies I carry when im tournament ready! (Even a Nalgene bottle fits in the Beverage slot, not shown!)

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My Gaming bag contents, unloaded. Includes my entire Grymkin inventory, iPad, Rings, Rulers, TWO Battery Banks, Snacks, Physical Cards, Dice Tray, Token/Dice/Widget Box…the works!

Its clear, this gaming bag can hold a good amount! Actually even more if your an organized packer such as I…as it prefers slim/narrow items over bulky options. Talk about storage! Heck, its not even unreasonably heavy when fully loaded. I can still hold it in front of me with one finger!

So we are basically at that point. The run-down has been given and you have a solid idea of what is what regarding this Gaming Bag and the Pluck foam tray options!

Something to note…below my conclusion there will be additional photos of each tray with helpful captions assisting with your purchasing decisions!

CONCLUSION:

I mean…at this point it really speaks for itself. The Bag is great. Has a nice feel to it and you cant really make any complaints for the price-point.

The Pluck Foam Trays come in a variety of sizes which is helpful if you so wish to purchase a few extras for swapping lists out before you head out for a game or two.

The price is on a budget, but not to take away from the quality you gain..essentially you can save some cash and invest in some more models……dinner/entertainment for the “S.O.” since you just invested in ‘another army,’ or keep that pocketbook a little more filled for the time being.

Whatever you choose, this option is uncontested for the price in my humble opinion. Sure there are better options that will ‘battle’ for your cash, but honestly…sometimes keeping things basic is okay. Be it Grymkin or a secondary army/faction…the Gaming Plus Products Gaming Bag & Pluck Foam Trays will do the trick!

PROS:

  • Budget Friendly – Allows for a great entry level solution, or appealing for a secondary faction/army.
  • Pluck Foam Trays feel great, and their sturdy base make for easy/quick access between them.
  • The Gaming bag itself has plenty of room, and is made of solid materials and nice stitching..price considering.
  • Sleek/Slender overall case design allows for easy storage in a closet or in the vehicle during transportation.
  • Less models/accessories, the weight is nearly non-existent.
  • Availability/Shipping is reasonable.
  • Nice oversized/adjustable beverage pouch.

CONS:

  • No handle, less the shoulder strap. At times id rather much carry the case than shoulder it. Personal preference, yes…so time to get a little crafty.
  • Foam is fun/easy to remove…sometimes too easy, so be careful!
  • No Zipper Pulls/Tassels. Nothing a trip to your local Camping Store/Walmart can’t fix!

Thanks for reading. If I missed anything please comment. If you can share some criticism/ideas/knowledge..feel free! If you enjoyed it, tell me so via a comment or like! I appreciate the time you took to read this!

-N.P.

ADDITIONAL PLUCK FOAM TRAY PHOTOS/HELPFUL CAPTIONS:

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3″ Pluck Foam Tray: Room for some larger models to boot!

 

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2.5″ Pluck Foam Tray – Id suggest a little warm water to ‘ween’ the maces/spears of the Piggybacks down a bit. They just miss perfect clearance by an 1/8″

 

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4″ Pluck Foam Tray – Death Knell, Two of Three Skin & Moans, and Two Cage Ragers find their home perfectly. No clearance issues at all. 2″ Pluck Foam Tray – Plenty of room for any number of upcoming units/models. 1.5″ Pluck Foam Trays – A little moving around fits the Hollowmen one tray…and small based models in the other as shown. I actually moved the ‘walls’ a bit in the lower tray, and put them in their new place via Adhesive spray, recommended in the review. No Issues otherwise. **See the un-housed Dread Rots? No worries..obviously I still have plenty of room…AND another Tray not in this Gaming bag, yet…hehe.

Grymkin: A day of updates and “education.”

Why losing isnt a bad thing… *Insert Smiley Face Here*

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Moments before the mighty Trolls concede to the Child….their last warbeast will fall to a “Crabbit who could,” dealing the final blow needing to roll a boosted 16 to kill…when the dice lords provide!

Today was a good day. Axe to face was dealt to the child from Butcher3 moments after he removed two fresh Skin & Moans and an unscathed Cage Rager. Awhile later, the Heretic fails to survive a Banshee from Thyros…oh that sidestep..oh that side step.

Sure, I lost….sure I have less than half a dozen games into Grymkin & the Fury Mechanic…sure I have MUCH to learn. It was fun. Ive seen victory (Caption above,) and ive seen defeat. I have some experience (three months with Cryx prior to Grymkin,) and I play in a fairly competitive meta that is extremely welcoming to new players.

Losing with grace and style is something I personally try for…yet admittedly only hit that mark about half the time. The other half? Ill shamelessly admit (in attempt to improve as a player,) that ive had the mopey/sulky aura across the tabletop…and other times ive shared the frustrated/annoyed attitude. Ive never tilted, but have had some moments where ive been very disappointed with myself and frustrated with the decisions I made on the table…that to my opponent was probably a very “passive” version of a player they probably dont fully embrace playing with. Truth be told, im working hard with this fresh start and new faction to improve on a few things…including the way I express myself across the table.  Now enough about me…back to the point at hand!

So why is this all important? Losing. Thats why. How can it be good? Especially to a novice/newcomer? Ill tell you why…

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Butcher3 charges & “one-shot’s” the objective…about to cast ‘Impending Doom,’ and one round a bunch of models including three untouched heavies! Talk about rough!

As a good friend reaffirmed to me today…this is a simple game of dice. Accepting that variable, and welcoming the taste of repetitive defeat and countless games of ‘education,’ will be the best place to begin your journey.

Why is this discipline and acceptance a good thing? Well..first off, your blood pressure and mental state will be more stable! Secondly, itll be very welcomed from the other side of the table. Thirdly…itll promote a good social practice and (in my experience,) encourage more experienced players to invest the time necessary to share their wealth of knowledge and experience with you.

There are several types of players in this hobby…and by types I mean personalities. There are various write ups capitalizing on the truths and ‘comedy’ of those truths..from the “rager” to the “whiner” and all the ones in between. Yet this topic is about losing, and the correct way to lose.

Accept losses, welcome them. Every loss is an opportunity to learn. Will you walk away from every loss with a lesson learned? No. We are human and sometimes dont see the lessons that are being given to us. Its human nature….its okay to wish you had done better. That shows you want to improve. To be better than where you are. The point I want to make is that your opponent just invested time they can never recoup to play and share an experience with you. Honor that time..respect it. If you lose your cool…address it, recognize it and apologize for it. Your opponent will respect you as an individual and your reputation will flourish within the community. Again..youll be human, and make mistakes..yet being an adult/mature about it will speak leagues about who you are.

Try and remember that your playing a game. You’ve made a decision to get into a hobby to have fun, enjoy yourself and maybe express a little bit of a competitive nature in a great and healthy way! So why not try and have the best outlooks and acceptance of all aspects that come with the hobby? From winning, to losing. From meeting new players, to forging lifelong friendships. Its just a game!

So again…have FUN! Enjoy the times you play…the experiences and all the outcomes! Those EPIC outplays and ‘jank’ moves will come…the moments you have to share with everyone will be created over time…the amazing “you had to be there” memories will be forged, trust me….between now and then, though? Keep your cool. Respect the time you get to play with someone, their investment of time, and remember enjoy the lessons (loses,) you have.

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Talk about a difficult deployment! “Into the breach, these wicked things move forth to…”

Stay fresh my friends…cool headed, and strive to improve not only your game, but the personality you bring to the tabletop and share with your community of wargamers!

(P.S. You know this part…I hope you like this. Leave a ‘like,’ or a comment of criticism. Ill be making another review blog post, similar to the widget one ive done regarding a storage solution option for the Grymkin faction!)

-N.P.

It goes without saying…

Origins:

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“…coming up after the break: Aggy1 gets Force Bolted down, a path is cleared by tractor beam and she takes two fists to the face from Helios.” GGWP!

To my delight, I have decided to jump on the wagon and create some content (relevant or not,) aimed towards Warmachine and more specifically the Cryx faction. While I dont know where this is going to go, and I am not discouraged to admit it, I want to be frank to anyone who comes across this and decides to ‘bookmark’ it.

As for the Title, its origins should be credited to a group of close gaming friends..more specifically A.T.. Thank You, and while im sure you will see this eventually, I thought it catchy and something id try to breathe life into.

In the coming days (or weeks,) we will be touching on the very lively CID being held by Privateer Press on their forums (Privateer Press CID) the state of changes to SR 2017, & the undead Pirates that hold dastardly deeds within ready to release it all upon their foes. I also plan to share my opinions on items ive purchased that tie into WarmaHordes & Tabletop gaming.

Thank You for your interests. Please comment with requests and suggestions for content you’d like to see in the future, below!

-N.P.