The Cutthroats! board game, 3-7 players take control of a pirate ship & sail on multiple voyages looking for adventure & doubloons!
Cutthroats! is our first board game. Completely manufactured in house, we have used our initial capital to design and purchase the necessary equipment to make our game. While all the design work is done and the majority of the manufacturing is nearly complete, we lack the funds to properly distribute and manufacture Cutthroats! independently.
The Cutthroats! pieces have a tactile feel that most games don’t get from being mass produced. The component materials of the game include:
- Laser etched wood tokens.
- Canvas map game board with water based ink screen printing.
- UV coated stock for the playing cards.
- Fabric treasure bag to help store the pieces.
- Wooden box with compartments for all the components.
Since we are making everything in house, we have the opportunity to customize the games we sell to our customers’ specs. In Cutthroats! the Pirate Ship token is customizable with a name up to 13 characters long that is printed on the bow of your ship. We are shocked that more game companies don’t do this. So we have added the concept of personalization as one of our core pillars of game design. You can count on all our future games to have some element that you can customize to your specific tastes. Then gloat to your friends that, “This is MY board game!”
What We Need
With the response we have already received at gaming conventions such as PAX Prime and at GameStorm, we are excited that we can take these final steps in releasing Cutthroats! to the public. With the funds we gather from your generous backing, we will:
- Replace our dead table saw (the motor on our last one broke).
- Design and buy shipping containers that fit the dimensions of the wooden Cutthroats! game box.
- Purchase packing materials to protect the game during transit.
- Develop a robust shipping pipeline from our online store to your front door.
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Who We Are
We are Tinderbox Entertainment. And we make delicious homemade games. There are 5 of us who work more or less full time, out of our living room, making video games and board games. We run the business like a garage band where the members have only general job descriptions and have to do whatever the game tells us needs to be done. We aren’t big enough to have an HR or PR department or to have become overly deceitful. We are artists, programmers, story writers and manufacturers all rolled into one. And we love this work.
Here is a video that was intended as a sort of journal for internal use of our experience as exhibitors at PAX '08. I think it gives a good idea of what we are like and our overall gaming philosophy. Please keep in mind that it's been 3 years since this was shot and we've grown up a bit since then (but not really that much).
More images of Chutthroats!
With any left over funds, we will upgrade and replace our tools. We currently need:
- Screen printing registration system.
- Heat treatment system for screen printing inks.
Simply, we like to make stuff. And we would prefer to spend our funds upgrading our infrastructure to make more products in house rather than farming out the process for any one specific product over seas or to a company where it might be hard to tell if they have questionable business practices.
Our board game business model is founded on the made to order principle. Thus, we will be selling Cuttroats! and future titles from our online store and at gaming conventions. We have been approached by local game and hobby retailers about selling our games in their stores, but we are still thinking about how best to handle the customization process once one of our games is on the shelf. We want it to be as easy as possible for our fans to personalize a game once they buy it. And that is easier to do online or if you talk to us face to face at a con.
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Sea Rover: We will add your name to the credits page of the Cutthroats! website with our thanks for helping us getting this project out of port!
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Sea Rover x 5: We will add your name in BOLD to the credits page of the Cutthroats! website. That's right BOLD BABY!
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Scalawag: You will receive all the previous rewards, plus one random 4” wooden coaster with a design based on the sea monster tokens from the game.
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Cutthroat: You will receive all the previous rewards, plus the remaining five 4" wooden coasters with designs based on the sea monster tokens from the game.
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Sea Dog: You will receive all the previous rewards, plus a 11" x 15" laser etched wooden wall plaque featuring the Cutthroats! logo.
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Dread Pirate: You will receive all the previous rewards, plus one of the first copies of the Cutthroats! game, autographed (if you wish) by the game designer and lead artist.
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Game Lubber for a Lifetime: You will receive all the previous rewards, plus one copy of each of our current and future games for the rest of your life FOR FREE. This is literally a deal of a life time...your life time. As we make new games we will be sure to save one for you as long as you keep breathing that musky salt air.
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Pirate Lord: You will receive all the previous rewards, plus the coveted "Con Table", a 5’6”x 3’6” wooden tabletop version of the game map.
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