UPDATE: Although you may have missed the Kickstarter project, GameKnight will be offering these chips for sale in the near future (May\June 2012). If you want to be alerted to availability, just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and put GameChips in the subject line.
GameKnight has just launched it’s first kickstarter project. Follow the link to find out all about this great new accessory for board gamers.
My project is to create GameChips, a customized set of poker chips to meet the needs of board gamers.
Many board games use some form of game currency. The problem is that currency components included with games range from ok to terrible with some rare exceptions. Here’s some of the in-box components:
- Cardboard tokens: Usually you need to punch these out yourself. They get worn out pretty fast, and sometimes they get torn when you are trying to punch them.
- Paper money: This is probably the worst type of game currency. It rips, tears, and creases. Try taking a game to the beach and watch it fly around.
- Plastic chips: A little better than paper or cardboard, but these are often very thin and difficult to stack or pick up.
- Metal coins: Usually these don’t work that well because they are too small to stack. Most don’t have a denomination printed on them.
Poker players and casinos found the right solution. They realized that the best replacement for currency is the poker chip. Not only are poker chips fun to handle, but they stack easily and make a cool noise when you throw them into a pile.
Unfortunately, standard poker chips have a few problems that make them less than perfect for board gaming. Most sets of chips don’t have the right denominations for board games. For example, how many poker chip sets do you find with the value of 3? In board games, seeing a coin with the value of 3 is not uncommon. Some sets have chips with no values at all. However, this requires gamers to keep track of the various colors and their values. Finally, most poker chips have designs that don’t look right when playing board games.
This answer is to create GameChips, a custom set of chips to meet the needs of board gamers. The chips will have all the commonly used denominations for board games. The graphic design of GameChips will feature easy to read denominations, and a look that will fit right in with wide range of board game genres.
The graphic design follows a natural progression of materials. The low value chips (1/2/3) have been designed to look like they are made from wood, clay\brick, stone respectively. The mid-range chips (5/10/20) chips have been designed to look like metal (copper\silver\gold) and the high value chips have been designed to look like gems (emeralds, sapphire, black diamond).
GameChips will be ceramic, just like many casinos use. Ceramic chips are considered to be the most durable and will last many, many years. The other advantage of ceramic chips is that the graphic design can cover the entire chip.
Below is a grid that summarizes the rewards for reach level of support:
In addition what is shown below, users may customize the mix of denominations for a reward level. For example, let’s say you want 100 chips, but don’t really want just 1’s & 5’s as shown below. All you need to do is pledge your support for the “New Gamer” reward, and send me a message that you want to customize it (within the
9 10 denominations that I’ll be creating for this project of course), and we’ll work out the details.