I recently purchased the Midgard Creative Studio Twilight Struggle Game Organizer and wanted to write some thoughts on it. The insert/organizer is the same vein of the products produced and offered by The Broken Token and Meeple Reality I have The Broken Token’s insert for Terraforming Mars, which I reviewed here (Spoiler Alert: I loved it) but haven’t purchased anything from Meeple Reality…yet. I stumbled upon Midgard Creative Studio when looking for a Twilight Imperium 4th Edition organizer (which they produce and I bought; more on that in a future post) and was impressed with what items they had available. They were also local to me so I was able to arrange a local pick-up which helped save on shipping! Just to note, shipping wasn’t exorbitant however for the weight and size of the products. Pretty much in line with other companies.
After unboxing the item, I was met with the pieces wrapped in bubblewrap. The instructions for the project are available on the website but honestly, everything is labeled with 1A or 2B and this piece was not difficult in figuring out how to assemble it. I will be using the instructions for the TI4 insert though (the box for which can be seen in the background of several of these photos. That thing is a beast).
One of the biggest differences between this and The Broken Token is that these pieces are already punched out and organized in order of what goes where. This saved some considerable time as you didn’t have to gingerly cut/punch out each piece, worrying that the wood would splinter and if you wanted to, you could get right to staining the entire set. I did not stain this set as I wanted to see how easy it was to assemble before deciding what to do with the much larger TI4 insert.
The pieces were all cut perfectly and there was no “pre-work” that I had to do to ensure that the pieces fit together. Not that there is for other organizers either, but you never know when working with a new brand.
Assembling was relatively easy. I worked on the insert off and on all evening so while the total time was around five hours, it’s really just a matter of how long it takes the glue to set. Laundry, Fortnite, and two dogs diverted my attention which made the assembly time balloon.
The pieces do need to be glued. Whereas The Broken Token has molds that you can set with a hammer and some force, Midgard requires gluing. I honestly don’t have a preference on which I prefer. Being glued means they’re permanent and I have nothing to worry about whereas not gluing means I can take them apart for storage or travel or whatever. I used regular hobby glue and besides some sticky fingers, there were no issues. Since they’re also housed in the actual games, it’s not like they’re taking up additional storage space either being left together.
After completing the project, we loaded it up with tokens and placed it in the box to see how it worked! There’s less than a centimeter of space between the edge of the insert and the short side of the box edges. I’m unsure if this is because of my box (it’s an old box with some wear) or the design of the insert. There’s some slight jostling when moving the box due to that small open space but it doesn’t end with components being spilled. The insert does not have a lid or cover for any of the compartments so storing this game horizontally is really your only option. I knew that going in and was fine with it, but it is worth noting ahead of time.
My cards are not sleeved but I experimented with like-size sleeved cards and the three holders do fit them. The open side of the holders allows the cards to be easily picked up either for shuffling or for when players are being given their starting deck(s).
There’s ample space above the insert for the rulebook and the game board. Our board is actually in two pieces due to the amount we’ve played (ripping) and even with the wonky folding of the board, the box still closes snug. This is a marked improvement because with the baggies and condiment containers that we previously utilized, the box lid would stand half an inch or more higher than it should have.
Everything is also neatly organized and we no longer need to go searching for a ‘3’ token. The five through eight tokens all occupy the same compartment but as they are used sparingly and are limited in number, I have no issue with it. The entire organizer is four distinct pieces so it is not an overwhelming table presence when the game is being played either.
The iconography and print that was laser-inscribed does show some burn around the letters but as this is covered 99% of the time, it doesn’t bother me in the slightest but it could cause issue with someone looking for something cleaner.
Overall, I’m very happy with the insert. It makes set-up and clean-up much easier and is a much more efficient solution compared to the bags that we were using. We also tend to play Twilight Struggle a lot so an organizer was high on our list of priorities. If you’re only playing it a few times a year, I’m not sure an organizer is needed but honestly, that’s true for any game.