Longtime readers will know that I’m obsessed with gaming widgets, especially little boxes and other containers. Office supply stores are dangerous places for me; to a lesser extent, so are craft stores, housewares stores, and the like.

I recently dropped into Pier One to kill some time, and wouldn’t you know it: I walked out with a new gaming widget. Behold the false tome of holding!

Why a false tome, you ask?

I thought this might make an even awesomer dice box than the one I posted about a little while back (my cigar box GMing screen), so I prowled the store and found the smallest one they had — it’s the perfect size, about 9x6x2.

They also had several other larger sizes, and those looked even more like cool fantasy tomes than mine, but they were too big to be easily portable.

When I brought it to our Star Trek game for the first time, my whole group thought it was just a cool book — and when they found out it was a box, they all perked up.

Two of them made plans to check these out for storing Warhammer: Invasion cards, which got me thinking: You could easily use the larger versions of this box to store all sorts of gaming-related stuff.

The size I bought was $15. It’s lined, so dice don’t clatter too loudly when I roll them in there; some of the larger sizes were unlined. I didn’t price the larger sizes, but I’d guess they climbed into the $30 range. If you go looking for them, walk the whole store — they use them as accents in different places, rather than putting them all in one spot.

If you share my obsession with dice boxes, storage solutions, and other widgets that can be repurposed for gaming, get thee to a Pier One and check these out!

Update: Razjah pointed out in the comments that he’d suggested false tomes — “fooks” — in the comments on the cigar box GMing screen article that I linked to. Five months is an eternity when you have a two-year-old, and I’d forgotten all about Razjah’s suggestion when I wrote this article. Sorry about that, Razjah — and thank you again for the suggestion!

Razjah also noted the magnetic closure, which I forgot to mention here. It’s small but strong, and does a great job of keeping the tome closed when you want it closed.