The Broken Token: Game Inserts

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The-Broken-TokenSome say if you take care of the minutes, the hours will take care of themselves. I’m sure we all agree that the only thing better than having time to play games is having more time to play games. The Broken Token has made a business out of taking care of the minutes.

For the longest time, game organizing has lived in the realm of plastic bags and rubber bands. There is no shame in the simple things, the cheap and easy. Game Inserts have started rumblings in the designer game scene—in large part because of The Broken Token. Game inserts are usually wooden storage boxes that are styled and sized to fit into an existing board game box to replace the standard plastic molded insert. Usually the standard plastic insert is formed to each game piece and deck of cards with no wiggle room for expansions, card sleeves, or modifications and definitely not constructed with game setup and teardown in mind. The Broken Token: Game Inserts are constructed from a strong and lightweight 1/8″ Baltic Birch. The kits are cut using high-powered CO2 laser cutters and are sanded smooth. Upon arrival you’ll notice a nice set of diagrammed instructions outlining the step-by-step process for constructing the inserts. I haven’t hid my aversion to those three words “some sssembly required”— they make my head hurt just reading them—but there is something different about The Broken Token’s products. I’ve put together five different inserts to date and each one only took a few minutes to build with minimal (if any) glue or tape.

These game inserts not only massage my inner OCD with their logical organization and efficient use of space, they also save so much time during game setup. Tabletop games don’t have the luxury of hitting the power button and pressing start; they require setup, detailed instructions, rules, shuffling, and organizing. When a game hits the table and takes a good 10–15 minutes to get started, your party’s patience starts to wane and the face on the clock begins to smirk. The majority of these game inserts come with removeable trays that shave off a ton of time during setup. Rather than opening baggies and stacking tokens, you simply pull out a removable token tray and you are ready to play.

Here are a few notes about some game specific kits:

7 Wonders

When it comes to expansions to our favorite games, they may start to become unmanageable. In the case of 7 Wonders, the original box insert was clearly not designed to hold any expansions. With the The Broken Token game insert you can store all expansions that have been released up to and including 7 Wonders: Babel (2014) in the original 7 Wonders box.

7Wonders_brokenTokenDead of Winter
I can’t think of a more crucial scenario in which time is of the essence than during a zombie apocalypse. With zombies at your door, who has time to organize tokens and separate decks of cards? This specific insert is perhaps the most effective of all The Broken Token inserts I’ve had the pleasure of using. Not only do the insane amount of bits become manageable during the setup and teardown phase of the game but you also get a custom “Start Player” token. The start player token might seem like a simple addition, but the design is dripping with theme and makes identifying the start player very easy. The inclusion of this little addition says a lot about the folks at The Broken Token and the amount of attention to detail they pour into their products—they truly want to better the gaming experience even beyond organization.

DeadofWinter_brokentokenKing of Tokyo
There isn’t much clean and organized about giant monsters smashing cities in a battle for supremacy, but The Broken Token has done what they can to soothe the savage beasts. This insert makes room for all expansions through the Halloween set. For me, I was most excited about the little tray for keeping track of the energy cubes, which is perhaps the most frustrating part of the game. Keeping a handle on those cubes, making room for the expansions, and leaving a little extra room for a promo character or two makes this insert a must have for any King of Tokyo fan.

kingoftokyo_brokentokenLords of Waterdeep “Deepwater Organizer”
This insert tames the slew of bits included in Lords of Waterdeep and streamlines gameplay. LoW is a game that doesn’t take much setup, but throughout the game bits and pieces are being exchanged and stored all around the board during our hero’s quests. In this case, the game insert not only keeps the gameplay flowing but avoids the likelihood of bit management being a detractor from the theme. And, of course, if you’ve upgraded to the Scoundrels of Skullport expansion, this game insert will accomodate.

lordsofwaterdeep_brokentokenThe Manhattan Project
The Manhattan Project insert allows you to have your cake and eat it too, yellow cake that is. When it comes to building bombs and fending off airstrikes, you don’t need the added stress of keeping your bits organized. This insert not only has removeable trays for easy access during gameplay, but it also has engraved icons in most sections to help keep things in their proper place—a nice touch by The Broken Token.

ManhattanProject_brokentokenThe Broken Token provided The Gamer Nerd with review copies of these products.

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