Recently I was given the opportunity to check out a new product from Go7Gaming. That product was the MASM-001 Insert Kit for Masmorra: Dungeons of Arcadia. I received it in a flat rate shipping box. Inside I found a bundle of wooden sheets wrapped together in a large ziplock bag with some full color instructions explaining how to put everything together. After removing the sheets from the packaging and reading through the instructions, it was ready to assemble.
Now then, let me explain exactly what this product is and what it does. First off, this is an insert for the game Masmorra: Dungeons of Arcadia, or simply Masmorra as most people refer to it. Once it’s been assembled, the insert will make it possible to keep all of the many different miniatures, cards and other pieces of the game organized in a nice and neat way. There’s even room for all of the extra add ons and stretch goals that were included with the Kickstarter campaign as either stretch goals or add on purchases. The insert looks amazing and does a great job of fitting everything inside the box. More on that later, for now let’s take a look at everything you get and the basic instruction on how to assemble this insert. We’ll start off by separating out all the different wooden sheets. As you can probably see, there’s quite a lot of sheets. Each piece is cut so that you can easily punch them out from the main sheet that they’re attached to.
If you’ve read any of my reviews for Go7Gaming inserts, you’ll already know what I’m about to say. For new readers, here’s the skinny…you will want to have some glue to attach the various pieces of this kit together with. It’s not completely necessary, as you can use other things like tape or the like. However, to really keep everything together properly, you’ll want to use glue. In this review I won’t be stopping every time to tell you when to use glue. Just know that if there are 2 pieces being joined together, you’ll want to apply glue between them both. With that said, let’s begin the assembling process starting with the token storage tray.
To build the token storage tray, you’ll start by connecting the inner wall to the short outer wall and then connecting these two to the base plate. Next you’ll need to connect the long outer wall to the base and the tabs of the inner wall. Afterwards, you’ll need to connect the short end wall, the short side wall and the long end wall. When you’re finished it should look something like this.
The next thing that you’ll want to build is the player aid storage tray. To build it, you’ll want to attach the long side wall to the base, followed by attaching the two end side tabs on either side. When you’re finished it should look something like this.
Now you’re ready to assemble the hero board storage tray. Make sure that you pop out the middle piece of the base first. What you’ll want to do then is to attach the long wall and the two end side walls to the base. Finally you’ll attach the other long wall to the base connecting everything together. When you’re finished it should look something like this.
The next thing to build is the medium tile storage tray. Simply pop out the middle piece from this base and the two side walls as well. Now you’ll need to attach the end wall to the two side walls that you punched out the pieces from, and onto the base. Finally you’ll add the last end wall to the base and connect it to the side walls. When you’re finished it should look something like this.
Now we’ll tackle the dice storage tray. First off you’ll attach the center divider wall to the base. From there, we’ll add the two end walls that connect to the center divider to the base. Finally we’ll add on the two slotted divider walls to either side, attaching them to the end walls and the base. It won’t hurt if once you’re gotten everything together, you place a divider or two in each of the dice lanes to keep everything at the right distance. When you’re finished it should look something like this.
Our next project is the card storage tray. Simply attach one of the slotted side walls to the curved end wall, connect them to the base. Next attach the other slotted side wall to the base and end wall. Finally attach the other curved end wall to the base and slotted side walls. You may want to place a divider or two to keep the distance correct. When you’re finished it should look something like this.
This time, we’ll have to construct something a little more complicated, the deep miniatures storage tray. You’ll need to prepare the wide and slim rail assemblies for attaching to the supports. These will be placed on the inside of the tray. You’ll need two slim assemblies on either end of both of the side walls, as well as three wide assemblies for the middle of each one. These will need to be attached to the side walls. This will need to be done for both of the side walls. Once that’s completed, you’ll attach the side wall to one of the end walls and attach it to the base. Oh and don’t forget to punch out the handles for the end walls. Now you’ll attach the other side wall to the base, finishing it up by adding the other end wall. When you’re finished it should look something like this.
We’re getting close to the end, so let’s put the small tile storage tray together now. First you’ll need to connect the two center walls to the divider wall. You’ll then connect these pieces to the base. This is a bit tricky. Once that’s done you’ll need to attach the two side walls connecting them to the base and divider wall. Do this for both sides. We’ll now attach the low wall to the base and the side walls. Finally we’ll add the finishing touches to this tray by attaching the two short walls to the front of the two side walls and then connecting the center walls to the center end wall. This will keep the tiles from falling out. When you’re finished it should look something like this.
Finally we’ll assemble the final pieces to make the shallow miniatures storage tray. We’ll start by attaching the two center divider walls to the base. Next we’ll attach the two end walls to the base and the center divider walls. We will then attach the outer divider walls to the base and the two end walls. This will be done for both sides. Finally we connect the two cross divider walls to the assembly going from the end wall through the two center divider walls and attaching on the other end wall for each one. When you’re finished it should look something like this.
At this point, it’s simply a matter of waiting for everything to dry overnight. Once that’s done, you can start putting all the pieces inside. What you’ll end up with will be something kind of like this. Of course I only have the base game and Kickstarter extras. I don’t have the add ons or anything extra apart from those. So you’re finished product may look a little different than mine in terms of where everything is put in the trays. I placed everything where it made sense and it fit relying on the pictures and storage key to help me out as best as possible. This is what I ended up with.
At this point of the review, I would normall give you an inside look at all the different components that come with the game. Since this is an organizer and not an actual game, I’ll describe the packaging and insert itself. Everything came prepackaged in a flat rate shipping box. It was contained inside a large zip lock style bag with all the wooden pieces shrink wrapped together. Everything look very nice and there were no issues. The wooden sheets were nice and thick. Punching out the pieces was very easy. It was a bit challenging to figure out which sheets went with which organizer since there were so many sheets of wood to go through. However after a minute or two of comparision, it became clear. I will say that if you choose to glue or tape, you’ll need to supply your own as the organizer does not come with any included. Assembling the product was not difficult but it did take awhile to finish. Overall I feel that the materials look very good and they are very sturdy too. I’m very pleased with everything.
9 out of 10
In this section, I’d normally cover the rulebook of the game. Instead, I’ll go over the instructions that came with the insert. The instructions came on two sheets of double sided paper. There was a detail processs that walks you through each step of assembly. The instructions had some pictures that help reference the sheets of wood to use as well as showing you how each item should be put together. It wasn’t all that difficult to figure out how everything went together with these instructions. Everything was well written. Overall, I’m very pleased with the instructions and found them to be very helpful.
9 out of 10
In this section, I would normally be giving you my thoughts and feelings on the gameplay of whatever game it was that I reviewed. Instead, I’ll give you my thoughts and feelings on the assembly process of the insert along with any other tidbits of information that I feel are relevant. So, assembling this insert did take awhile. As you can see, there were a lot of pieces and a lot of trays to be assembled. I will say that if you’re familiar with some of the other organizers from Go7Gaming, then you’ll realize that the pieces are usually a little bit looser than those from other insert companies. It’s for this reason that I recommend using either glue or tape to hold everything together with. If you really want it to last, use glue. That’s all there is to it. Once you’ve gotten everything built and assembled, you’ve got to get it all put into the box. I recommend using the pictures from the website or from this review to place everything in the right place. I had to compare what I had versus what the website showed in the pictures to get everything pretty much where it went. As I mentioned earlier, I only had the base game with the Kickstarter extras and so I didn’t have any add ons like the extra monsters dice set or the adventurers miniature set. The insert does add a significant amount of weight to the box but it seems to increase the stability and strength too. The trays are great and they make setting up the game a lot quicker. Sometimes these types of inserts will cause bulging or other issues when the lid is closed. I didn’t notice anything like that with this one. Everything fits together nicely and looks good when it’s all put together. Overall I’m extremely happy with the look and functionality of the product. I would highly recommend this to anyone that has the base game and especially anyone that has either the Kickstarter version or plans to buy any of the add ons for the game. This is a great product and it is extremely helpful to have.
9 out of 10
The Go7Gaming MASM-001 Insert Kit for Masmorra: Dungeons of Arcadia is a great way to get your game organized. It has enough room for all the pieces of the base game as well as all the Kickstarter extras and the add ons. Assembling everything was too difficult, there are a lot of pieces and sheets of wood so figuring out exactly which ones to use did take a bit. The instructions are detailed and fairly simple to follow. I will say that with as many things that need to be assembled, it does take awhile to complete. In any event, the insert is great and it provides plenty of room for everything. Overall I’m thrilled with how nice it is and how well it fits everything inside the box. I highly recommed this insert. It’s amazing just like the people at Go7Gaming. You will be completely satisfied with both.
9 out of 10
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