Yeah, it’s quite a mess. I’ve written in Sharpie on the plastic baggies what goes where. One box is for the Elder Gods and their decks, along with the dopey sideboards, and the other box is for the rest of the stuff. With the labeled baggies, it’s relatively easy for me to set up and breakdown, real estate issues notwithstanding. If I ever have to use the sideboard for Egypt or Antarctica – it’s based on the scenario cards you draw before an adventure or the choice of Elder God – I have to set it up on a separate side table.
Also, I’ve got a few storage solutions to course correct some of the damage their business model has done to the game. For instance, the expedition cards and gate tokens that play to cities have their own baggie where they will continue to live unused. I wish there was some way to take focus tokens out of the game, but they’ve threaded those things into too many aspects of gameplay. I really like Eldritch Horror, but a lot of it is in spite of what Fantasy Flight has done rather than because of what Fantasy Flight has done.
Oh good lord, are you serious? That’s more Shirley MacLaine than H.P. Lovecraft. Way to really flesh out the mythos, Fantasy Flight. Seriously, they have some of the dumbest writers and “designers” over there.