Grumpy Owl Gamery is creating the first configurable, multi-game carry case for collectible card and designer board games. Read more
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on September 3, 2012.
About this project
The Keep Kickstarter Project
We are raising the funds necessary to make The Keep a reality.
What Are People Saying?
What Is The Keep?
What Makes The Keep So Special?
It's Not Cardboard. Ever notice how your game pieces are usually made of cardboard. You're trying to protect them, right? How about more cardboard? We thought not. You heard it here - we've declared war on cardboard game boxes as a means for storage and transport.
It's Not DIY. Ever tried to travel with, set up, or clean up Dominion™? You've probably noticed that carrying 6+ boxes isn't ideal, especially for a game you've spent that kind of hard earned cash on. You've probably also tried consolidating it down to one original box. Kinda heavy...all cardboard. So you got real organized - found a nice cheap case, made a couple of hundred custom dividers. Then the latest expansion came out and you have to find a new case and make new dividers. I get it - we love Dominion™ too, but maybe there is a way to spend more time playing and less time organizing.
Boards & Card Games, Living Together. Hex-fold boards, bi-fold boards, non-standard boards, rulebooks, mats, piece baggies, dice, chits, coins, tiles. This is the only case robust enough to handle nearly any type of board or card game.
It IS designed for the games you play. The current options for gamers focus solely on storage or on one game or one type of component. The Keep is not concerned with such limitations. Just added new games to your collection? Simply reconfigure your Chambers to house them.
For More Information Please Visit Our Website: http://grumpyowlgamery.com
How Does It Work?
So What's Included?
If you want your Keep in a different configuration, like 10 Magic Chambers shown below, please contact us.
Do You Have Any Pictures?
We have a wooden prototype to showcase size and some features.
For more pictures please visit our Facebook gallery: http://www.facebook.com/GrumpyOwlGamery/photos
Where Does The Funding Go?
Molds: About $300,000 of the cost is here. The injection molds needed to create the parts for the Keep are either large or complex, which in turn makes them insanely expensive. This is our largest startup cost.
Prototypes & Other Tooling Costs: About $50,000 of the cost is here. We don't want a good product, we want an amazing product. We will be running a round of prototypes to perfect and finalize the design.
Materials/Labor Rates: We are using high quality materials and manufacturers have minimum order sizes. About $300,000 of the cost is here.
Other Costs: About $100,000 goes to Rewards, Kickstarter Fees and Amazon Fees.
Funding Beyond The Base Level: Kickstarter and Amazon fee are nearly 10%. Of the rest, over 90% will go toward meeting the stretch goals to give you the best Keep possible. Understand that the cost of a Keep increases as it is enhanced due to mold variations, new parts, and more that result in a higher cost per unit. We are able to maintain the price because of higher volumes needed to meet the stretch goals.
Most businesses with a product of this quality and rarity would likely retail it for around much more or massively reduce the quality. By doing a Kickstarter we are able to do this in a way a normal business cannot, avoiding costly debt up front. At a planned retail price of $199, we will only see a profit from this project if it does exceptionally well - and even then we plan to continue innovating to make the best possible product for everyone that backs us. We are gamers first - and we too want a shiny new Keep for our games.
How And Where Will This Be Produced?
The Keep will be made with injection molding. This is a process wherein liquid plastic is injected into molds and then allowed to cool and harden. Once that's done, the parts are removed from the molds and assembled. We won't bore you with the nitty gritty details, but that's the basic gist.
Once we are funded, the manufacturer will:
- Take our designs, add in more specifics related to materials and their manufacturing capabilities, and develop a solid model - a software version that is basically the near final product
- They will create a temporary (though still expensive) set of molds that will be used to create a handful of prototypes
- Then we will test the prototypes for quality and tweak if needed
- The permanent molds will be created
- Production of The Keep will begin.
Due to the high volumes of pieces needed through injection molding, The Keep will be manufactured in China. There is the possibility of bringing some pieces into the United States if we reach certain funding goals.
Limited First Production Run
The Limited First Run will be done in a limited gun metal gray color that will never again be used. Quantity will be capped at around 10,000 Keeps. The day we reach 10,000, all Limited First Run Keep tiers will be retired at 11:59 PM Eastern Time. Expected shipping dates are Winter 2013 (January 2013 - March 2013).
Second Production Run
The Second Run will begin after the first run is fulfilled. It will be in a standard black color. We will produce as many as we get backers for in the Kickstarter. Expected shipping dates are Spring 2013 (April 2013 - May 2013) but may be earlier or later based on the number of pledges.
Reward Tiers. What's In It For You?
Update August 15: We now have add-on options to our tiers.
Tier Add-on Options:
- Add a Second Run Keep to any tier, +$190
- Add the Dominion configuration to a Keep, +$25
- Add a 'Grumpy Gamer' T-Shirt to any tier that includes a Keep, +$30
- Add a Growly Keychain to any tier that includes a Keep, +$15
- We will add additional options for components of The Keep in coming weeks
Reward #1: $1 or more. Growly Appreciation. Our sincere appreciation. Seriously, all the cool apps out there for a dollar and you chose us. Thank You.
Reward #2: $25 or more. The Key to Your Keep. A high quality brass plated, zinc Growly keychain. Not only a keychain, but also a smart bottle opener. Form and function for our thirsty backers. Includes delivery to USA. Please add $5 for Canada and Mexico and add $10 for Europe.
Reward #3: $50 or more. Represent! Are you familiar with egyptian cotton T-shirts? Good. We want you to have one. Grumpy Gamers don't just travel in style - they travel in comfort. Includes delivery to USA. Please add $5 for Canada and Mexico and add $10 for Europe.
Reward #4: $100 or more. Grumpy Gratitude. You want everything but The Keep. We respect that. This is the only non-Keep tier that will get you Grumpy Champion status. You get the keychain, ‘Grumpy Champion’ T-shirt, Special Thanks on our Keep Backer page, and Exclusive Backer Updates. You have our gratitude - Thank You! Includes delivery to USA. Please add $5 for Canada and Mexico and add $10 for Europe.
Reward #5: $170 or more. The Early Owl. Limited to 400 backers. This is as good as it's going to get, and it’s never gonna be this good again. A Second Run Keep and our appreciation. Add $25 for a Dominion™ configured Keep with extra Dividers and labels for all expansions through Dark Ages. Shipping charges not included; see FAQ below for details.
Reward #6: $200 or more. First, Without! Limited to 2,500 backers. A Limited First Run Keep. No Frills. Add $25 for a Dominion™ configured Keep with labels for all expansions through Dark Ages™. Shipping charges not included; see FAQ below for details.
Reward #7: $225 or more. First! Limited to 1,000 backers. A Limited First Run Keep with Key, ‘Grumpy Gamer’ T-shirt. Add $25 for a Dominion™ configured Keep with extra Dividers and labels for all expansions through Dark Ages. Shipping charges not included; see FAQ below for details.
Reward #8: $300 or more. Grumpy Champion! Limited to 500 backers. A Limited First Run Keep with Key, ‘Grumpy Champion’ T-shirt, Special Thanks on our Keep Backer Page, Exclusive Backer updates. Add $25 for a Dominion™ configured Keep with extra Dividers and labels for all expansions through Dark Ages. Shipping charges not included; see FAQ below for details.
Reward #9: $340 or more. The Early Owl - Double Up! Limited to 150 backers. This is as good as its going to get, and it’s never gonna be this good again. Two, Second Run Keeps and our appreciation. Add $25 for each Dominion™ configured Keep with labels for all expansions through Dark Ages™. Shipping charges not included; see FAQ below for details.
Reward #10: $375 or more. Grumpy Gambler. Limited to 500 backers. If you're here, we already know you're a gamer. But are you a gambler? We'll bet you that we can get your Limited First Run Keep in your hands by Christmas 2012. If we lose, you still get your Keep delivered as soon as possible this winter AND you'll get a Second Run Keep in the Spring. In addition, your name will be listed on our Keep Backer page under either 'I bet against the Gamery, and Won' or 'I bet against the Gamery, and Lost'. You are first in line for a Keep after prototypes and the FIRST, Limited First Run ships. Includes 1 Keychain, 1 ‘Grumpy Champion’ T-shirt, and Exclusive Backer Updates. Add $25 for a Dominion™ configured Keep with extra Dividers and labels for all expansions through Dark Ages. Shipping charges not included; see FAQ below for details.
Reward #11: $500 or more. Extra Limited...for My Friend. Limited to 250 backers. Chances are, you’ve got a friend. A good friend. Why not surprise them with a Keep? Or, keep it for yourself. Includes 2 Limited First Run Keeps, 1 Keychain, 1 ‘Grumpy Champion’ T-shirt, Special Thanks on our Keep Backer page, and Exclusive Backer Updates. Add $40 for both to be Dominion™ configured Keeps with extra Dividers and labels for all expansions through Dark Ages. Shipping charges not included; see FAQ below for details.
Reward #12: $510 or more. The Early Owl - Triple Up! Limited to 50 backers. This is really as good as its going to get, and it’s never gonna be this good again. Three, Second Run Keeps and our appreciation. Add $25 for each Dominion™ configured Keep with labels for all expansions through Dark Ages™. Shipping charges not included; see FAQ below for details.
Reward #13: $1,200 or more.The Archetype. Limited to 10 backers. Unique colored prototype and the first Keeps anyone will ever own. “Early Adopter” Key to Your Keep. ‘Grumpy Sponsor’ T-shirt, Special Thanks on our Keep Backer page as a Sponsor, and Exclusive Backer Updates. Shipping is included to the USA. Option for special delivery by Grumpy Owl Gamery Founder in USA only. Contact us to work out arrangements (flight costs are additional and will be worked out at that time).
Reward #14: $1,500 or more. Grumpy Retailer. Includes a Limited First Run Keep with Key, ‘Growly Sponsor’ T-Shirt, Sponsor Thanks on our Keep Backer Page, and a link on our website for your store as a location to get a Keep. Then in Spring, you are the first to receive Second Run Keeps - 5 of them. Shipping charges not included; see FAQ below for details.
Reward #15: $2,500 or more. Grumpy Sponsor. A Limited First Run Keep, configured as you please. Key engraved with your name. 'Grumpy Sponsor' T-Shirt, Special Thanks as a Sponsor with your logo/picture on our Keep Backer Page, Exclusive Backer Only Updates. We will get your Keep imprinted with your name, logo, or art of your choice if you so desire. We will also work to try to accomodate a unique color for your Keep. Shipping is included to the USA. Option for special delivery by Grumpy Owl Gamery Founder in USA only. Contact us to work out arrangements (flight costs are additional and will be worked out at that time).
Reward #16: $5,000 or more. You Always Remember Your First. The First, Limited First Run Keep off the line with special #1 Key. 'Grumpy Sponsor' T-Shirt, Special Thanks as a Sponsor with your logo/picture on our Keep Backer Page, Exclusive Backer Only Updates. Option for imprint on the Keep - “The First” or “#1”. Shipping is included to the USA & Canada. Option for special delivery by Grumpy Owl Gamery Founder. If you are in the lower 48 states, we cover the cost to bring it to you. Outside of that contact us to work out arrangements.
Reward #17: $10,000 or more. Game Night with the Gamery. The Grumpy Sponsor with a twist. The Founder and at least 1 other member of the Gamery will come to your home, store, convention, whatever - Keep in hand, for a game night with you. USA & Canada only. We need to schedule this with you - all pledges at this level will have a game night by Dec 2013. We will begin scheduling them as early as March 2013.
Read through the tiers and think something else should be here? Chances are if you are interested, others are interested, which means we are interested (and wish we'd thought of it). Drop us a line and let us know what you’re thinking.
Funding & Stretch Goals
The Basic Keep - $750,000
We need $750,000 dollars to launch a basic Keep. At this level The Keep will be waterproof, include all standard pieces and a standard accordion divider in the Great Chamber. Besides our Base Funding Goal, we have a number of stretch goals to bring you the best possible Keep.
The Registered Keep - $1,000,000
At $1M we tag Keeps with a serial number and provide a secure registration process for reporting lost or found Keeps. If your Keep is ever lost or stolen we will do whatever we can to ensure it finds its way back to you.
The Great Accordion - $1,500,000
At $1.5M will we add a special accordion folder that will lock boards in place in the Great Chamber. It might seem like something small, but we care about your boards.
The Branded Keep - $2,500,000
At $2.5M you will have a way to display art on your Keep. We are near finalizing the design, and will share more soon.
The Ultimate Keep - To Be Determined
We aren’t trying to be too secretive, but there is some serious work left to make sure these enhancements can happen. We promise you - they won’t disappoint. We will share details soon.
Shipping is included ONLY for Keychains and T-shirts shipped in the USA unless otherwise noted. You will pay for shipping when your Keep is ready to ship, so please do not include it with your pledge. We will email you when we are ready to ship and the amount will be based on the actual cost based on the total weight of the Keep(s) shipped to you.
Estimated Shipping Dates
Please note that our current shipping dates assume completing our base funding. As the number of units increases, we will need to adjust delivery dates accordingly. Fulfilling Keeps will be handled on a first come, first served basis according to the following categories:
- Prototypes Tier will delivered first followed by
- The First Keep Tier followed by
- Grumpy Gambler Tier followed by
- Grumpy Sponsor Tier followed by
- Grumpy Retailer Tier - Limited First Run Keep followed by
- Limited First Production Run Tiers followed by
- Grumpy Retailer Tier - Second Production Run and finally
- Other Second Production Run Tiers
Rewards will also follow a shift in dates for higher volumes though not as significant. We will keep you posted regarding any changes and work closely with our manufacturers to ensure we fulfill your rewards as soon as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I do more than pledge?
What’s the deal for Retailers?
Besides helping us get this product launched, we are not planning to produce any additional units until two months after all Kickstarter Keeps are fulfilled. During that time, the only way to get a Keep will be through you. You are the first priority for delivery of Second Run Keeps. On our website, we will create a 'Where to Get a Keep' page where we will share your store information. You will also be receiving your Limited First Run Keep before the Second Run Keeps.
Backer only updates?
We will be providing updates throughout this Kickstarter but Grumpy Champions and Grumpy Sponsors will be added to a special newsletter and be privy to updates up to 1 week before they will go on the Kickstarter website and special information only for their eyes. This will continue after the Kickstarter finishes. You will be the first to see solid models, prototypes, and receive important information about The Keep and other Gamery updates.
Are these T-shirts available after the project finishes?
The 'Grumpy Gamer' will will continue to be available. The 'Grumpy Champion' and 'Grumpy Sponsor' are Kickstarter exclusives.
What is the Dominion Configuration?
Regardless of the base configuration you choose - A Dominion configured Keep comes with an extra 200 Dividers and extra labels that are already printed up for all of Dominion™ through Dark Ages™.
What do you mean by designs?
The images of The Keep you see are designs. The final product will have some differences but all functionality will be intact. An example is that all the sharp edges you see wil be rounded. We are also planning to get even more Dividers into the Magic Chamber. We are doing a round of prototypes to perfect The Keep before we send to production. Our next step is to get a solid model which we are working towards with our manufacturer. We will share the images when they are available as that will be very nearly the final case.
Who or what is Growly?
Growly is how we affectionately refer to our Owl mascot. His name is also the acronym we use to shorten our company name. Grumpy Owl Gamery.
About the Founder
Robert loves efficiency. The only thing he may like more than efficiency is games. Searching for a solution to take Dominion™ with him everywhere without ruining it is where the story began. When that search turned up nothing, he turned to DIY. When DIY failed, he decided to solve the problem. Enlisting some of his gamer buddies, they designed a carry case not just for Dominion™ but nearly any game. When not working on the Keep or playing Dominion™, he and his long time girlfriend Stephanie are traveling foodies that dote on their 2 Siberian kittens, Drago and Kazi.
Kicking It Forward
Robert also supports Kickstarter and the Kicking It Forward movement. 5% of gross profits of The Keep will go to fund other Kickstarters.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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