Recently I was given the opportunity to check out a product from Go7Gaming. That product was the ASCEND-001 Insert for Ascension. The insert came in a flat rate box. Inside there were a couple of laser cut wooden sheets inside a large ziplock bag. This also came with the ASCEND-DIV-002 dividers. After looking for the instructions inside the package, I realized that I needed to go online for these as there were none included. After reading over everything, I was then ready to assemble the product.
First, let me explain what this product is and how it is used. To begin with, it’s an insert for the Ascension deck building game. This insert will hold all of the contents of several boxed games and expansions. It will also hold the Honor tokens and any other tokens that might be used in the game. Once it’s been assembled, the insert makes it possible to keep all of the cards and tokens that come included in the box separate. The insert looks really nice once it’s finished. Now then, let’s go ahead and get into how to assemble this insert. We’ll start off by separating out all the different wooden sheets. Each piece is cut so that you can easily punch it out from the main sheet that it’s attached to.
If you’ve read any of my reviews for Go7Gaming inserts, you already know that glue is pretty much a staple for building these things. It’s not an absolute necessity as you can use other things like tape, but it’s definitely the best option. With this review I won’t be telling you each time when to add glue to your pieces. Just be aware that if there are 2 pieces being put together, you’ll want to apply glue between them both. With that said, let’s begin the assembling process starting with the trays for the Honor tokens.
As you will no doubt note, there’s not a lot of assembly to be done with this product, so this won’t take a long time to complete. To assemble the trays, we start by placing the base down on the work station and attaching the two longer walls and the two shorter walls to the base. Once you’ve got these pieces attached, it should look something like this.
You will repeat this process for the second tray. Once it’s assembled you can put the two together and place the Honor token lid on the top, like so.
The next part we’ll need to assemble is the card tray organizer. To get this assembled, we start by placing the two cross dividers into the right side of the long card organizer pieces, like so.
Next, we will attach the two dividers to the other long organizer piece, like so.
Once that’s together, we place another cross divider into the outer side of the constructed pieces and add the left wall for the insert, attaching it with the other pieces, like so.
Once that’s together, we can add the two short walls along the top and bottom of the construction, like so.
Once it’s ready to go, you can place this construction inside the game box and place the Honor token trays together between the two cross dividers that we placed into the long wall piece earlier, like so.
Once that’s done, you can add the card dividers however you’d like and place everything together inside the box. This is how I’ve got mine arranged for the moment.
You can also place the Honor tokens inside the Honor token box, like so.
Placing everything in the box including the board, it looks like this. This completes the assembly process.
In this section I would normally cover the different components of the game and how they look. However since this is an insert and not a game, I’ll describe the packing and insert instead. Everything came prepackaged in a flat rate shipping box. Inside the box, everything for this insert was placed inside a large zip lock style bag. Everything looked very nice and there were no problems with anything. The wooden sheets are nice and thick and are very easy to punch out for each of the different pieces. If you decided to use glue or tape, you’ll need to supply your own as the organizer does not come with any included. Assembling the product wasn’t all that hard and I’m pretty sure I could have figured it out, even without instructions. The simplicity of the insert made it possible to finish the assembly fairly quickly. Overall the materials look great and everything is strong and durable. I’m very pleased with the overall look and feel of this product.
9 out of 10
In this section I would normally explain the rulebook of the game, going into detail about the different sections. Since this is an insert I will cover the instructions that came with the insert instead. This part is actually quite simple. There were none. Ok, done. Basically I had to go online to the website, find the product and use the instructions found on there to be able to assemble the insert. As I mentioned earlier, I think I could have probably figured it out without the instructions. After all, it is pretty much only 2 sheets of wood. The parts are almost self explanatory. That said, thankfully there was a detailed process on the website that walked me through each step of assembling the insert. There are pictures to help you as well. Everything on the site was explained very well and I didn’t find it difficult to figure out what went where. Overall, I’m quite pleased with the instructions online, but I really wish I’d not had to go looking for them to assemble this. In this instance I will give a double review. The first for the lack of instructions and the second for the actual instructions online.
0/7 out of 10
In this section, I would normally be explaining the game and how it’s played, along with my thoughts on the whole thing. Instead, I’ll give my thoughts on the assembly process and anything else that I feel is important to note. As I already mentioned, this didn’t take very long time to put together. That was due in part to the small amount of pieces that came with the product. Most everything was easy enough to figure out where it went, even without instructions. One thing to mention is that just like with all Go7Gaming inserts, this one is a bit loose around the joints and connections so be you’ll need to be aware of this and make sure that you have some glue or something to hold it all together. I did notice that there were a few problems, as you no doubt noticed in the pictures above. For some reason, the pieces didn’t fit quite right so everything wound up being crooked, even when placed inside the box. Speaking of the box, I had to go through several of my game boxes to find one that the insert would actually fit in. The first couple that I tried were too small and so I wound up finally getting it inside the Realms Unraveled box. Not sure why there was a difference, but I couldn’t get it in the Gift of the Elements or Dawn of Champions box, which looked the same size. Oh and before I forget, since the insert was crooked, I had a hard time getting the Honor token box in the space where it’s supposed to go. I pretty much have to shove it in there while trying to straighten the insert out with my other hand. It’s a bit frustrating. Still, it does hold everything fairly nicely even with the crookedness. As you can tell from the pictures, there’s still a lot of extra room inside the insert. I have a ton of dividers and lots of empty space. There’s basically 4 large box games inside this insert with lots of room for future expansions to be added to my collection. Overall, this is one that I feel isn’t quite as well designed as some of the other inserts and organizers that I’ve used from Go7Gaming. Maybe it was just this particular insert, so your mileage may differ. Anyway, I will say that it holds a lot of cards and tokens pretty nicely. I’m still happy to have this as it should make future game play quicker to set up and take down. In this instance I would still recommend this insert for anyone that owns lots of expansions and core boxes for Ascension.
7 out of 10
The Go7Gaming ASCEND-001 Insert for Ascension is a nice product that helps to organize your expansions and core boxes. It also includes lots of extra room for other pieces like the character boards found in Dawn of Champions. The organizer has plenty of room for everything that comes in a single core box and will hold several expansions as well. The materials are good and sturdy. They hold everything in a compact and organized way. The only problem that I found was that my pieces were a little bit wonky and so I had a hard time getting the Honor trays in the box. I’m guessing that I just got a bad insert, as I’ve never had problems with any of their organizers before. I also note that I had difficulties finding a box that it would fit inside. So you might want to check the measurements first. The assembly process was slowed a little bit due to the lack of instructions as well, which was a minor frustration. I did find great instructions online after a bit of searching. Once assembled, the insert looks pretty good and it gets the job done with plenty of extra space. I would recommend this for owners of any of the Ascension games, especially if they have several box sets. This also makes things a little quicker for setting up and taking down the game. Overall I’m pleased with the insert, even with the minor issues.
7 out of 10
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