In case you missed it, Tom Vasel of The Dice Tower recently posted a video review that covers our GameChips and VictoryChips products. If you are not familiar with The Dice Tower, it’s primary focus is on producing a weekly podcast that covers topics of interest to tabletop gamers (primary board and card games). In my opinion, its the best podcast currently available for the gaming hobby. If you’re not an active follower of The Dice Tower podcast, give it a try…it is audio goodness. Please note that the 4/7/15 value VictoryChips were a Kickstarter Exclusive. These values will be available for general sale next year.
For those of you who own, or are considering buying GameChips, I wanted to share some exciting news. I’m in the process of making a few design revisions to the GameChips product. Here are some specifics about the changes being made: The 5/10/20 chips will have a redesigned rolling edge. While many customers like the current design, some customers mentioned that the gradient design on the edge makes them sad. The revised design will feature a more coin-like appearance. The edge will now have a pattern that will look like the ridges on the edge of a quarter. It will be uniform with no gradient. The face design will be unchanged. A new set of designs for the 25/50/100 chips will be made available. The new design is intended to look like paper currency. The colors will remain similar (green/blue/black respectively). Although I do like the gem design, I felt that their were too many gem designs in the set. Now the set will be a more balanced mix of designs. I realize that by making some changes you might have a few questions. Here are some answers to the questions I’m anticipating that you might have. When will images of the new designs be made available? Images from the prototypes are attached to this post. When will the new chip designs be available for purchase at the GameKnightStore.com? Likely to be February-March timeframe. These chips will also be available to some reward levels in the new Kickstarter project. Can I
Enter for your chance to win a set of our awesome GameChips worth over $250. Note – the prize will only be shipped to US address. Sorry, please blame the international shipping costs for this restriction. How to enter: Step 1 - Register as a user of gameknight.com It’s easy. Step 2 – Post a comment that tells us what your favorite game is Here’s a list of the chips that will be sent to the contest winner. 50 value ’1′ chips 25 value ’2′ chips 25 value ’3′ chips 50 value ’5′ chips 50 value ’10′ chips 25 value ’20′ chips 25 value ’50′ chips 15 value ’100′ chips 10 value ’500′ chips 15 value ’1000′ chips 10 value ’5000′ chips 1 Slow Player Marker 1 First Player Marker 1 Time Traveller Marker Rules and contest info Prize will be shipped to US address only. Blame the greedy postal services. No purchase is necessary to enter the contest. Drawing of registered users of the site will be held on December 8th, 2012. Winner will be contacted via the email address they used to register on GameKnight.com We’ll give the winner 2 weeks to reply. If we don’t hear from you, another winner will be selected and you will be quite sad. GameKnight Products can cancel\change the terms of the contest at any time for any reason. We don’t plan to, but all the other contests like to say this, so we will too.
A short promo for GameChips. and a link to our store.
After a highly successful Kickstarter campaign, GameChips are now available for general sale. Head over to GameKnight’s new online store and check out our offerings.
The order with the manufacturer has been placed. Once all Kickstarter rewards have been shipped, I will have a limited number of sets available for sale. I expect this to happen by mid-June. I’m currently keeping a list of folks who have expressed interest so that I can send out a notification once I have more details. If you want to be added to this list, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll add you.
I’ve received some questions regarding when GameChips are going to be available for purchase on this site now that the Kickstarter project has closed. Although I don’t have a exact date, I’m hoping that they will be available in late May or early June. I’m currently keeping a list of folks who have expressed interest so that I can send out a notification once I have more details. If you want to be added to this list, please send an email to email@example.com and I’ll add you.
Big thanks to all of my backers. 51 hours left and we are way above the initial $7,500 goal. The 12K and 20K stretch goals were easily beat! Here’s a peek at the designs for the the life\health chip. Backers will have the choice to pick one or both designs as part of their chip set.
Having spent a month or so fielding questions from backers and potential backers, I now realize that I should have done a better job explaining the costs around creating a set of poker chips. A number of folks looked at the price of the sets and exclaimed, “Wow, those are some expensive chips!” The first things to discuss is that there are a variety of different types of chips on the market. The cost of a set of chips is mostly dependent on what type of material the chips are made from. The folks over at pokerchiplounge.com put together a nice summary page that compares the various types of chips including advantages and disadvantages. One big question that a bunch of folks have asked after looking at the GameChips Kickstarter Project is how does the pricing compare to other custom ceramic chips on the market. Here is a quick example of the cost of creating your own custom set versus the ones on Kickstarter. Let’s use the 300 chip set as an example: Here’s the rates used by brpropoker.com which are fairly typical from quality custom chip providers. Using these rates, your cost to manufacturer the chips is $246. You will also need to provide your artwork to the manufacturer. Unless you are a graphic artist, you will need to hire a graphic designer. The cost to hire a designer would likely be between $100-$300 as a guideline. For the purposes of this example, $150 for a simple design. So
Here’s a quick look at the ‘death & damage’ side of the latest chip for the Kickstarter project. Here’s the link to the update. These chips will be used as health and damage tokens in games.