Broken Token Custom Inserts

Sometimes, the game insert that comes with your new board game just doesn’t seem to hold all the cards and bits in the way you want. In the past, I’ve made my own custom inserts for my board games that needed better storage options, but thanks to the generosity of my buddy Josh, I was able pick up a Broken Token custom insert for 7 Wonders Duel while I was at Kublacon earlier this year. You can help me thank Josh for his generosity by checking out Pocket Meeple.

What if my tokens are not broken?

The package calls it an organizer for Dueling Gods and says that it’s compatible with 7 Wonders Duel with Pantheon. This is slightly confusing since there is no game called Dueling Gods. I’m assuming that’s due to the same legal mumbo-jumbo that also allows companies to market generic “Butt Flame Begone” hemorrhoid medicine with something like “compare to ingredients found in Preperation H” written in small but easily seen letters on the box. It’s not really made for 7 Wonders Duel. It’s made for an imaginary game that’s exactly like it.

Taking a quick look at the box insert for 7 Wonders Duel, I see that it has a perfectly adequate box insert, so the Broken Token insert better be pretty amazing. Being able to fit the Pantheon expansion into the same box as the base game is a definite plus, so I’m excited to put this thing together for that alone.

The Broken Token inserts are made from thin sheets of plywood that have been cut with some kind of giant laser that’s probably hidden far away in some inactive volcano. It’s probably killing a secret agent right now. I figure that’s what giant lasers do on normal days. On off days, they are used to create these Broken Token inserts.

I try to assume the best at the start of any project, so I dive right into assembling my new insert. The pieces are cut with amazing precision, which makes me feel a little bad for those secret agents, but it really makes it pretty easy to fit the wooden joints together. Who needs tools? Not me! I can put this together in no time. I do notice that sometimes I don’t like how difficult it is to get the pieces out of the sprues and maybe it would be nice to have something to convince the joints to come together. Hmmm.

You may need some tools

One quick trip to the garage later, I have an X-Acto blade and a cutting mat so that I can get the pieces out nice and clean without damaging my table. I also grabbed a small hammer with a plastic and rubber head to tap in those joints that are somewhat argumentative. There’s something wonderfully tedious about taking a small knife and trimming through the small area of flashing that holds the pieces to the sprues. It takes herculean effort to keep from going back out in the garage to get a small file to so that I can smooth out the tiny bit of wood that remains.

I soon realize that some of the joints are a little loose, and so I got some glue. I didn’t need it for most of the joints, but it was necessary in a couple of spots. It’s important to note that Broken Token has included markings on the pieces that indicate where things are stored. I was finishing up the coin holder tray when my son said, “Hey, that’s cool. They labeled where to put the coins.” I realized he was looking at the underside of the tray as I was holding it, so I quickly flipped the piece over so that it was facing up. Thanks son!

The rest of the project came together pretty quickly and I have to say that I was impressed with the end result. It’s very well designed and features pull out trays for coins and tokens. I especially like how the card dividers are labeled with the card groups. The whole thing just looks cool and I definitely feel a sense of satisfaction after having put it together.

I transfer all of the bits from the old insert into the new one, and it looks great! Everything from the Pantheon expansion easily fit in with the base set. Of course, I will keep the Pantheon box and the original for the base game because I’m totally bananas and can’t bring myself to throw something like that out.

What do I think about this?

After all is said and done, I give this product a big thumbs up! It’s very well designed and the giant spy killing laser cuts the pieces perfectly. Not only am I able to get all of the game bits organized, but I can remove some of the trays for easy access during the game. I love it! Just building the insert gave me a certain amount of enjoyment that reminded me of building models when I was a kid. Do you need a custom organizer for all your games? Of course not, but it’s fun to customize your games with things like this. On the other hand, some games are really enhanced with a good organizer. I played Terraforming Mars a few months ago, and that had the Broken Token insert, which I think is a must have for that game. There are so many bits in that game, you better have way to keep them organized.

What do you think? Is it worthwhile or is it just a bedazzled license plate holder? If you have one, did you enjoy the building process like I did, or was it a frustrating chore? Feel free to share your thoughts below in the comments.