The Manhattan Project Organizer
This is an officially licensed organizer compatible with The Manhattan Project by Minion Games. Minion Games, The Manhattan Project and their logo are trademarks of Minion Games, 6550 S. Lovers Lane, Franklin, WI 53123 www.MinionGames.com
Worked for both original Manhattan Project and Manhattan Project Energy Empire!
For 2016 Black Friday, I order 2 Manhattan Projects insert. I wasn't sure if it would work for the new Manhattan Projects: Energy Empire but since the boxes for both games are same size, I went ahead and gave it a try. It actually worked out. It took a little while to get it put together. I didn't use any wood glue since the main sides pieces fit together very snugly. The inside pieces through for the pull out tray was a bit hard to put together since it was very loose. It kept falling out while I try to put the outside pieces on.
Here's the result for both game:
by Lucas Winchowky
I've purchased 4 or 5 separate inserts from BT, and this one was on the lower side of the quality curve. Didn't fit quite as snug, and doesn't end up being as nice with the expansions. Still a good buy, but not as essential as it has been for me in other games.
Unusually Frustrating but Rewarding
by Zack Murray
I have several Broken Token organizers under my belt at this point, ever since my first organizer I have become an avid fan of their products; I have purchased every organizer they make for the games I own, and I've started planning my future game purchases on what organizers Broken Token makes or is planning to make. So it's safe to say that I've gotten pretty good at assembling the organizers, and let me tell you, this is the most frustrating organizer I've ever put together.
My first organizer I put together on a table at GenCon with no tools or glue, and it went very well. Since then I always have wood glue handy, because it makes everything much easier, but has never felt like a requirement until now. None of the pieces of this organizer wanted to fit together at all, every step I had to glue and wait until it was dry, it was the only way it would stay stable so I could assemble it. The instructions felt particularly less helpful than usual too, not really showing a good image of what the layout of the removable tray should be.
Once you get it put together though it is an amazing organizer. Everything is laid out well, the removable tray is very convenient, and there's room for expansions. I highly recommend this organizer to anyone who owns this fantastic little game, just as long as you have some patience with it, because it's an unusual struggle to put together.
Good, but not great
Not sure if The Manhattan Project was shipped with a slightly smaller box in other markets, or in other printings, but the organizer did not fit as snugly in the box as other organizers I've gotten from Broken Token have. I can't fault BT for wanting only one organizer pattern for all versions/printings of the game (because, if they didn't, then you'd get into the issue of which size do you need, and all the headaches that would generate), but if it's not a case of them having a moving target to hit, then they could've done a better job snugging the organizer up to the box. Given their track record, my guess is they did the best they could under the circumstances (i.e. they had a moving target to hit).
That said, this organizer didn't seem to hold together quite as well as the others I've gotten from them (Dominion, Suburbia, and Mad King Ludwig). This one definitely required quite a bit of spot gluing, whereas the others needed only occasional gluing or none at all.
But if there was a game that needed organizing, it's this one, especially if you have Nations and Second Stage, which I do, and this organizer definitely keeps things neat and tidy. I would have preferred if the individual player bins were removable so they could be handed to each player, and also that the main space beneath the removable tray was large enough for the Rocket Construction Factories and the Available Bombs displays. But there's a place for all the pieces and all the pieces stay in their places, even when you tilt the box to put it on the shelf - there is an unnerving amount of component noise that occurs during said tilting, but nothing migrates out of it's intended bin.
Turns Manhattan Project into Manhattan Project Deluxe!
by Daniel Henson
This thing is awesome. It's my first insert from The Broken Token but I'm sure it won't be the only one I end up buying.
MP is one of my favorite board games, so the lack of any kind of insert in the box to hold components was a bummer. Just a bunch of little plastic baggies. Those work, but everything bangs around and it just isn't..."nice." This insert let me toss all those baggies. Win. And I didn't even know until I was putting it together that it holds the expansions as well. Awesome.
The only little bit of an issue I had during construction was that some of the sprue connections weren't quite cut well enough, and since this is plywood, I had a few instances of a layer splintering down the center of the piece. This only happened on a few pieces and none of them were terrible, but it did happen. I'm not taking a star off since it doesn't impact construction or use really.
I found the instructions pretty easy to follow, but I've been building stuff off of similar sets of instructions since I was a kid. They definitely aren't as hard to follow as a master grade Gundam. :)
All in all, super impressed. I'll probably be getting the Eclipse insert next.
Great conceptually - not so great construction
The finished product should be phenomenal and when I bought this, I thought it would be one of my favorite organizers yet. But, and this is a big "but," putting the organizer together was a nightmare. The removable tray was nearly impossible to hold together and even now that I have it taped out the wazoo it still wobbles and feels like it will disintegrate if I so much as look at it funny, let alone pass it around a busy table as it is meant to be used. I've lost track of how many Broken Token organizers I've purchased (close to ten, I believe) and this one was the first misfire for me. With components that fit snugger and a better set of directions, this could have been my favorite organizer yet, but after two hours of hair-pulling, teeth-gnashing difficulty and with the finished product falling below the standard of all BT's other organizers, I can't give this one a glowing review in good conscience.
Response: Possible you received a kit that was cut incorrectly. We would sure love to be contacted via customer support because we are happy to replace it or provide a refund if given the chance!
Another excellent organizer
This is a great organizer, and holds my base plus expansion materials.
I use super glue for all of my organizers, but the pieces for this one were tight enough that you could probably get away with not gluing it if you really didn't want to. I glue all of my organizers as I build them and then never have to worry about them coming apart when I use them or store my games sideways.
Warning two boxes
Apparently the first printing of mp has a little bigger box so this insert is too small to fit as snugly as the others. The tray was difficult to assemble but improved once I used a box band and glue.
Another great addition making set up and clean up a snap.
Love the Manhattan Project game and while it setting up and breaking down wasn't absolutely awful, this box insert makes things a breeze. Only reason that it's not 5 stars is that some of the additional components from the Second Stage expansion (like the rocket tracks) don't really have a great place to live, so they simply sit on top and slide around a bit. Otherwise, no complaints.
Really solves a lot of problems with storage, but left a few things out...
by Ben Wenger
this would probably be more like 3.75 stars, but broken token isn't that specific, and I'm rounding up lol. pros and cons!
1) this solves a lot of issues with the box. before I was using a tackle box that barely fit inside, now this fits perfectly.
2) The pull out "bank" of coins and resources is a must have, and really makes setup a breeze.
3) I can't stress enough how much better this helps with component organization. that's a really big pro.
1) assembling the bank was... difficult. I eventually gave up on trying to do it dry and busted out some elmers glue. with that though things became infinitely easier. I'd use that or a wood glue for sure.
2) there's a gap of about 1-2 mm on one side of the box. this isn't really that big a deal, as long as you've glued your insert together. the first time that I went to play it after I had assembled and installed the insert it had popped apart because of this wiggle room. things were still pretty much in place, but glue is kind of a must.
3) Some of the components don't get any organizational love. the Rocket tracks don't have a particularly good place to go, and the reference cards can only really go under the bank. these are minor issues but still.
This is worth the cost. the small issues you might have in assembling it or keeping it together can be solved really quickly, and then they're issues you're only going to have once. I hate it when expansions cause you to require multiple boxes to store a game in, so these inserts are a life saver!
Response: Sorry that the this organizer does not make it clear where some of the components go. Space was reserved on top of the player markers for the player reference cards. The rocket tracks can be stored in two places: under the removable tray, like you indicated, or if you put the main board in first to lock all the components in place then pile the player boards in one corner of the box there is room along the two sides for two piles of the rocket tracks.
By far the fiddliest one yet.
If this had been my first purchase from the Broken Token, it would have been my last.
Pieces did not fit well. Instructions too short and incomplete. Far too easy for it to fall apart during construction.
This is a step down from earlier products.
Response: We're really sorry for the issues, contact us via email so we can help.
as usual very good!
I have bought several inserts and as usual the quality and functionality is top notch.