Gear Boxes 2.0
What is a GearBox?
Each ship in X-wing comes with a number of things you have to gather before play. To make this easier just build a GearBox for each ship, where you can store everything besides the miniature (which belongs in the MicroHangar). The GearBoxes are simple tuckboxes of (roughly) the same size and of course they are completely optional, it’s no problem to use only the MicroHangars.
Each GearBox holds the corresponding ship’s base and pegs, the ship tokens (namely the ones listed on the box) and the maneuver dial.
I had some reports about difficulties when packing the GearBoxes, it’s really easy, only the sequence is important:
- Place the peg (sticked together) diagonally into the box.
- Push one ship token into the base, place the other one(s) on top of that.
- Place the maneuver dial beneath(!) the base, this way the plastic knob fits into the free space on the underside.
- Put everything together into the box with the dial next to the peg (which creates a little space for the other plastic knob of the dial).
Got it? If not, let me know!
2nd Edition changes
The GearBoxes have undergone a few more changes with 2nd Edition than the MicroHangars, most of them based on feedback from various fans. Here’s a list of changes:
- Added the ship name to the box sides.
- Replaced “GearBox” on the lid and bottom with the ship name.
- Added a faction symbol on lid and bottom (seems reasonable with 7 factions…).
- No more dumb b/w ship graphics from the net, all new MicroHangars will get selfmade ones.
- Found a way to add quotes to the pilot names.
- Some box outlines have been updated with trapezoid shaped tabs.
Starting with the Scum faction (because reasons) there are seperate files for each faction’s Conversion Kit. Those files include only(!) GearBoxes, but a freaking lot of them (71 in case of Scum). How do you know which to print? You don’t, just print and cut and glue them all! Muahahaha… Joking aside, that’s fairly easy, I’ve tried to stick with the “one box per dial” approach, but tried to take into account that not everybody owns as much ships as there are dials.
Therefore: Simply count how much ships of any given kind you have. If you have for example only one 1.0 M3-A you should look for the “1 ship version” GearBox. You’ll find this description on the print sheet. Furthermore, if you use the PNG files, the “1 ship version” has a “1.1” at the end. Read as “1 ship version, 1st (and only) box”.
Another example: Let’s say you have 3 Z-95 from X-wing 1.0. In this case you look for the “3 ships version”, which features – yes – 3 different GearBoxes. The file names end with “3.1”, “3.2”, “3.3”.
Did I make myself clear? If not, feel free to ask!