This is a simple enough post… we’re just looking for a little feedback on what future projects we might windup doing in the Tinker stable of fun metal gaming oddments (well, all but the potential plastic Tinker Dice). If you’ve a moment to opine for us, we’d love your input.
It’s been a great 2013, with our two Kickstarter projects doing well, thank you everyone! We’re still shipping out the Tinker Decks and the Tinker Dice, but we’re also looking forward to what else we may be able to do. To that end, we’d like to get some feedback from those of you who might be interested in what we’re plotting. (And if you’re one of the kind souls who come here for my other assorted posts about gaming, game design, art and photography, I’ll do more of those, too. I’ve been itching to do some “regular” blogging. Lots of ideas rattling around here. This Kickstarter stuff might just be static, sorry, but we’ll get some more signal in here, too.)
So, first and foremost, we’re planning a new campaign just for the Gearchips that we offered in the Tinker Deck campaign. We do have a few leftovers, but there is some interest in more.
These Gearchips are poker chip sized, ready for play with the decks… or whatever else. My kids just love playing with little metal gears, and they can serve well as tokens in a variety of games. They are 39mm, so they can even stand in as wreck markers in WarMachine for 40mm base units or the like. We’ll fire that up in the next month or so, since a lot of the groundwork is ready to go. We need to run a campaign because we still have to make sure we have enough interest to get a “print run” of the coins. We’re not yet far enough ahead of the curve to just go get more coins and hope the demand happens later.
Secondly, we’re planning a set of Gearchip-like game coins. Specifically, they will be gear-edged coins, all built to mesh with each other, no matter which denomination. They will have square holes in the center for use either as driver gears with a square axle, or to be able to turn freely on a round axle. They can function in any game or situation that calls for coins or chips of different denominations (say, 7 Wonders, Race for the Galaxy or Magic the Gathering), or as parts to a machine, albeit a simple, low powered one. These won’t be highly hardened, tempered, true machine-ready gears, just toys. Still, that’s enough to have fun with.
We have some questions on these, though. What sort of metal finish? How to simplify the sale of them in batches, while still allowing some customizability to allow for use in a variety of games and situations? We’ve been very impressed with the Gearchip coins, and we want to see how we can riff on the idea. If you’ve a moment, we’d love some answers to this survey or comments down below. (For all the surveys, you can select more than one option if you wish.)
Third, we’re looking at producing another deck. We had a lot of fun with the Tinker Deck, and have other ideas we’d like to experiment with, if it’s worth it. We’re not at all sure that we’ll go with Bicycle as the printer again, though. They do good work, no doubt, and they are really good people to work with, but the print run of 2500 or so decks is a significant monetary hurdle. It’s not impossible, to be sure, but there are other options that we’re considering. These, of course, don’t carry the brand name or the instant quality assurance and recognition, which can be a different sort of barrier. If you’ve an opinion (or recommendation) on printers, please let us know.
Also, while we’re brainstorming, how about these options?
We’ve also considered making the Tinker pair of decks available in plastic, though that will definitely mean going with a different printer. We’re not seriously looking at Kem custom cards, as their prices are prohibitive. We’re looking at non-US printers for this (unless someone in the ‘States can compete).
Speaking of reprints, we did order some extras of the Tinker Dice, but if there’s enough demand, we may well do another campaign for those to get another batch going… though we’d spice it up a bit by offering new finishes. We’d simplify the ordering scheme, though, since it was overly complex this last time.
We’re also seriously considering rebooting the initial, failed, plastic Tinker Dice campaign, though we acknowledge that metal dice just seem to fit the theme better… and are in some ways, just plain cooler. Still, plastic dice have their charms, and are less likely to destroy your gaming table. They would be less costly, too.
There’s also a temptation to do some sort of token set for wargaming… but we need to figure out the best approach for that. Some of those templates are big, and might get prohibitively expensive to do in metal.
So thanks for chiming in, and for your support thus far!
…and we’ll get back to a game design post here in a little bit. There’s this one on worldbuilding I’ve had in mind for a while now…
She was one of the historical figures I built this deck’s cast around. Some of the more esoteric inclusions, like Henri Giffard, fit holes that I discovered as I went about building my list, but Ada Lovelace was in the cast from day one.
Just a couple of photos from this morning’s emails. These are the final coins, and they will be going into production soon. We did ask them to do something for vertical stacking of the Gearchips, and I gave them a design that could have worked… in theory. They took a look at it and decided that, for whatever reason, their systems just weren’t going to cooperate. That said, we are getting meshing gears, so that’s a big win, as far as I’m concerned. The Dragon Tinker coins really make me smile. Something about that mischievous Havok & Hijinks dragon face, I think.
I offered these as a base level $1 tier on the Tinker Deck campaign. I don’t have .PDF files for these yet, but these .PNG files should work just as well. (Oh, and we’re still taking orders for the decks for a few days, if you’re interested!) You can print these on 8.5×11 paper to get properly sized cards. The art is centered on the page, so you can try to make them two-sided with the backs, if you have a printer that can register things well. There are two images for each set of six cards; one has the “die cut” lines for where the final cards would be cut, and the other is a clean array of the images.
We’re in the final 48 hours of the Tinker Deck project. It’s a crucial time when we might just be able to pull off the Rusty Tinker Deck as a companion to the original Tinker Deck. It’s close, very close, we just need a bit of a push over the critical $20,000 mark.
Please spread the word and let people know we’re making the core Tinker Deck! We’d love to offer the Rusty variant too, if at all possible.
Some previews of the Rusty Tinker Deck below, as well as the original deck (click on an image to see a bigger version, smaller versions at the end of the post if you want them):
Thanks, everyone! We’re most appreciative of anything you can do to spread the word and help us get to make the Rusty Tinker Deck along with the core deck. It really is a crucial time, with the last, big stretch goal in view. We can get there, we just need some help in getting the word out to interested parties and getting that last bit of funding in. If you’ve been on the fence, it’s a great time to jump in. We have some great extra “Add On” items available, and some really sweet cards.
It’s not final, since we’re asking them to make the edge gear teeth mesh with neighboring coins, and a couple of other tweaks on the perimeter, but I’m pretty happy with what we’re seeing on these so far. It almost makes me want to make a bigger range of coins…
These are 39mm in diameter, 3.5mm in depth. Poker chip size… but with teeth. Literally.
Since the main Tinker Deck is funded, we’re working on stretch goals at the moment. The big one is the Rusty Tinker Deck, of course, previewed a bit here and here.
We’re making PayPal available as an option to use to join the project, via this button:
We’ll add all of the PayPal pledges into the project tally for the purposes of unlocking the stretch goals, it’s just an option for those who would rather use their services than Amazon Payments and Kickstarter.
We’re also introducing the Tinker Dealer Coins, which we’ll offer for $8/each, available in Antiqued Nickel and Antiqued Copper (which can be artificially aged, giving it a nice patina to be a good companion to the Rusty deck). This is the concept art; we’re working with the company now to make sure they have the best source images.
We’ve also taken a little time to clean up odds and ends in the campaign, like unlocking the Gearchips early. There wasn’t a hugely compelling reason to wait to unlock them, so the Gearchip Sampler (5 metal Gearchips in five different finishes) is now available for $7, and the Gearchip Playset (100 Gearchips, 20 of each finish) is available for $90.
We’ll get an Add-On infographic up as soon as possible.
Oh, and Ferrel’s Havok & Hijinks project is winding down, so the window of opportunity to get the crossover coins is closing! You can pick up a pair of exclusive Tinker Dragon coins if you back both projects; his for at least $15 and ours for at least $11.
We made it! Thank you everyone for your support, and for making the Tinker Deck possible! It’s been a great couple of weeks, and we ‘re very grateful for your support.
We do have 12 days and change left, so it’s natural to wonder, now what?
Well, we’d love to get these decks out to anyone who might be interested. Please keep spreading the word. We believe these to be a great design, and it’s been really great to hear others like it! The more the merrier!
We also have a handful of stretch goals in mind, as noted in the main campaign.
First, at $12,000, we’ll make custom seals for every deck. They will look something like this (the Rusty Tinker Deck will, of course, have its own, if we get to make that deck, too):
At $13,000, we’ll make new Gearpunk Gamer Dice sets available as Add-Ons. These are the Gearpunk dice designs from the Tinker Dice campaign, but a new batch in Black Nickel, a new finish. We ordered them in between campaigns for future plans, and this qualifies. (So they aren’t going to be draining funding from the cards themselves.) That finish looks something like this, over on the right side of the image… sorry we don’t have the production photos of the dice themselves yet:
Each Gearpunk Gamer set will have a D4, D6, D8, D10, D10 “decader”, D12 and a D20 and a random color leather pouch, for $40 (just like the other sets we have in the limited quantity pledge tiers).
At $14,000, we’ll introduce the Gearchips, which will come in two forms (unless you’d like us to make a different set available, that is). Specifically, we’ll have two sets unlocked as Add-Ons:
One, the “Gearchip Sampler”: $7 for 5 Gearchips, 39mm chips looking something like this, in five different finishes. (Chrome for white, Copper for red, Black Nickel for blue, Antiqued Bronze for green, Dyed Black for, well… black, roughly correlating with some standard poker chip colors.)
Two, the “Gearchip Playset”: $90 for 100 Gearchips, 20 of each color. (We’ve actually already ordered a production batch of these, too, so again, these are incidentals that we had paid for outside of the funding for this campaign, we’re just making them available.)
The big goal, though, the one we’d really love to see, is what happens at $20,000. It’s a bit of a jump, but it’s something we can get to if we keep getting new people on board.
If we can reach that goal, we can make the Rusty Tinker Deck happen.
This is another fully customized deck, effectively the Tinker Deck after a bit of time in the field, or after spending some time in a machinery warehouse or mining colony. All of the art will be rusted and aged, picking up some nice oxidized green, brown and red tones here and there. The silvers of the Hearts and Diamonds will be closer to the traditional reds, and everything will have a nice patina of age. They will come with their own custom tuck box and seals, just like the main Tinker Deck. We will make uncut sheets available for them as well. You can see some of the preview images over at Max’s website at this link, or in our update on the deck.
The Rusty Tinker Decks will be available as a “deck pick” for any pledge tier. If you’ve pledged for one deck, you can pick either. If you’ve pledged for two or more, you can get them all in one style, all in the other style, or half in each style.
Thank you, everyone, for making this all happen! We’re looking forward to the next week and a half, and hopefully, we can make some more awesome cards for everyone!
Also, please note that we’re still running the cross promotion with Ferrel’s Havok & Hijinks game, presently in its last two days on Kickstarter, where you can pick up a pair of exclusive Tinker Dragon coins if you back both projects; his for at least $15 and ours for at least $11.