Review – Gamegenic Games’ Lair 600+ Convertible

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Publisher Gamegenic (Asmodee North America)

Price $79.99

As Asmodee continues to add publishers and studios to its ranks, it has also created new ones, including a new brand for gaming accessories, Gamegenic. I’ve alrady used some of their card sleeves, but the Games’ Lair is my first experience with one of their premium accessories. To be honest, I did not know that a box could have so many features, but here we are! Are they worth the high price tag, though? Let’s find out!

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Review

First, let’s just say that this product is not for everybody. It is very focused and aimed a particular subset of gamers, primarily TCG/LCG (Trading/Living Card Game) players, especially Magic: the Gathering players. It can hold 800 sleeved cards, but then has four pull-out drawers, and the magnetic lid converts to a dice tray. This is especially great for “cube drafting,” a Magic format where players draft cards from some of the best in the games’ history (and such a collection is incredibly expensive). So an $80 MSRP is chump change to people willing to spend $100 or more on a single card, but it does need to be a quality product. And I really think the Games’ Lair lives up to its price tag.

Functionally, for a Magic player, the drawers are a huge benefit. Tokens, scorepads, dice or other counters, all easily fit. There’s not much dice rolling (maybe to see who goes first, or a few quirky cards), but the dice tray lid is still a nice tough. What’s more important is the quality of the box and the lid. I do not know the material the box is made of, but it’s not just flimsy cardboard; it’s very sturdy but with a soft felt interior. Talking with other Magic players, their other big concern was whether the magnetic lid would fall off, splattering your expensive collection of cards everywhere. I put some of my Star Realms cards in it, turned it upside down, and shook it violently, and the lid did not fall off, nor did the cards really go anywhere. It really is a perfect solution for cube drafting, and several friends expressed their interest in buying one.

Uh, but what if you don’t play Magic: the Gathering? Well, it’s also a fantastic storage solution for Living Card Games like Marvel Champions or Arkham Horror: the Card Game. Another great use for it is to store several small card and dice games in it while traveling; we just took a family trip to Florida and I wish I had had the box in time! However, I have to admit my Games’ Lair is currently sitting empty. My Star Realms cards sit fine in the Universal Storage Box made by the publisher, I don’t currently play any TCGs or LCGs, and I like to keep my games in the original packaging. But the box is so nice that I’m suddenly eyeing old Android: Netrunner collections for no real reason…

To reiterate, this is a niche product, and a premium product with a price tag to match. However, I would absolutely tell any Magic: the Gathering player, and maybe any serious LCG player, to pick one of these up, when looking for a different type of game from which you can make a profit, read this blog post about the famous bingo numbers. Even though it’s currently empty, I intend to hang onto mine for the next vacation or the next time an LCG grabs my attention. I’m looking forward to what’s coming next from Gamegenic!

The Bottom Line

A premium product with a narrow focus, but totally worth it for Magic: the Gathering and LCG players. 

 

8.5

Derek Thompson

I've been a board game reviewer since 2011. I love card-driven games and party games. I have a Ph.D. in Mathematics and teach the subject at Taylor University in Upland, IN. My wife and kids are my favorite gaming partners.