Okay, this probably seems like a weird/random topic to some.
But, with pretty much all of Sirlin’s games, I’ve noticed that the box for the game is absolutely amazing. I’m thinking especially of the Yomi Round 1/2 boxes, the Pandante Light & Dark box, and now the Codex Starter/Core boxes. It’s one of the things that stands out to me when I think about the production values of Sirlin Games. I’ve literally never encountered game boxes like these.
If you’ve got the physical versions of one or more of these games, you probably know what I’m talking about–there’s a sort of incredible sturdiness to them, and it’s sturdier-feeling than even Fantasy Flight boxes. I’m never worried that these boxes are going to warp, or get squished by other boxes on the shelf.
But then there’s the finish, too. It’s not glossy–which means that it doesn’t have that too-polished feel. It’s not a linen finish, either…it’s some sort of smooth-but-not-too-smooth surface that feels really good, especially when you open/close the box. I think “matte” might be what I’m looking for here. The fact that the games usually have very simple color schemes overall, combined with this, makes them very visually rich.
So I guess that A: I’m showing my appreciation of the production value that goes into these, and B: I’m actually kinda curious about what production choices were made to make the boxes (among other components) feel so good.
I can’t be the only person who’s noticed this, right?