I'm pretty excited to launch the second Lore Bits Kickstarter. Feedback from the first Kickstarter helped us improve, research and tweak the game tokens.
Now they are two colors and a clearly defined icon. Which might not sound like much, but we are making them with paint. Imagine the technical problems for painting thousands of glass domes and getting it right each time.
Printed paper backing? Why don't I use that? It would be less expensive, less painful, and my fingers wouldn't be covered in gold paint when I'm at the grocery store. (The clerk asked me if I was in a Bond film.)
It just doesn't look as good vs. creating the same image with paint. I'm serious about this. Put them side to side and there is no comparison. The printed paper epoxy domes simply do not look as good as glass & paint in real life. If there comes a time that you can photoshop reality, I'll be worried.
How do I know this? I took some standard high quality paper and inserted them into Lore Bits. The below picture is a bit over exposed, but it shows the printed pixels on the paper vs. the solid color of the Lore Bits Game Tokens. It's even more obvious in person.
And aren't quality game tokens that will last for years worth it?
Here is the link to the successful Kickstarter for Lore Bits Game Tokens this spring. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1414668515/lore-bits-glimmering-game-counters
Thank you for everyone who supported it. We received some valuable feed back and had some new ideas on how to move forward. I received a lot of positive comments about how pretty they are. They really do glow as the glass magnifies the specialty paint that I use to make them.
How is the project the same?
- Glimmering Glass and Metal tokens are hand painted.
- Durable shiny metal backing that protects the paint and allows the game token to easily slide across most tables or game boards.
- The glass dome magnifies the images and colors.
- Still a great way to track lives and resources.
How has the project changed?
- Slightly larger game tokens. From 18 mm to 20 mm in diameter.
- A slightly larger size makes it easier to screen print graphics on the glass.
- Canada now has it's own shipping category (and a lower shipping price.)
How can people use game tokens?
- Game Money - imagine a pile of gleaming gold vs monopoly money.
- Life/Win Counters - We use them for Munchkin, Cards Against Humanity, Magic: The Gathering,
- Non-branded games - There are hundreds of ancient games that use game counters/tokens. Tic Tac Toe is the most well known. Mancala, Go, Checkers, Nine Man Morris, Go! and many more. These games are so old that they find them in egyptian and other ancient archeological excavation sites. I have some links to free game boards below, if you want to download them for free.
- Display: They look spiffy when put into wine glasses or globlets. A nice addition to your gaming collection or bookshelf.
- Incorporation into Steampunk and art. These game tokens are easily glued onto other objects. I didn't create them with that intention, but they do standout when added to other artwork.
Here are the new and improved Lore Bits Resource game tokens. These are drawings, so the colors and shapes will change. Please take a look at the classic Lore Bits game tokens below for the exact colors and paint effects.
Are the original Lore Bits Game Tokens still available? Yes. The most popular colors are available through this Kickstarter. They will be in the larger size (20 mm) unless there is a specific request for the smaller size (18 mm) in increments of ten.
There are quite a few non commercial games that use game counters or tokens. For instance, did you know that Chutes and Ladders is a copy of a traditional Indian board game called Snakes & Ladders? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snakes_and_Ladders Many of the original commercially produced board games are carefully changed to be not quite the traditional game.
I've posted some free traditional board games on my website. Feel free to download them:
If you have any suggestions on non-trademarked board games to add, send me an email or make a comment.
Making the Lore Bits:
I really do hand paint them: Here is a work in progress from the last kickstarter:
Waiting for the Backing:
Getting ready for shipping:
What are the Stretch Goals?
At $1,500 funded:Lore Bits Meeple Tokens will be available.
At $2,000 funded: the Game Money Lore Bits will be added:
At $3,000 funded: Magic: The Gathering* game counters will be added.
* (Note: Magic: The Gathering is owned by Wizards of the Coast & Hasbro.) Did you know that Wizards of the Coast actually started out by creating RPG games and tokens like many Kickstarter projects?
- Screen printing supplies and materials are about $250 to $300. I've included that in the initial budget for the funding goal.
- I had some pretty basic packaging last time, so I'm hoping to raise enough to have professional labels printed. Labels are about $500 to $1000 dollars for a small professional print run. They will happen if the project is very successful.
- Buying a drying unit. At the moment the Lore Bits are air drying which is inefficient and slllllooowwwwwwwww. Oven drying the game tokens leaves heat waves or distorts the paint, so I'm on the search for something that drys without heat. A heat gun or hair dryer has a similar effect.
Again, thank you for all the feed back that I had on this project:
Note: These are a choking hazard and should be kept away from small children. The game tokens should not be immersed or put into water. Clean them with a damp cloth.
Risks and challenges
Risks & Challenges?
I have painted, glued and cleaned over 4,000 game tokens now. I'm pretty efficient at making them. So far my cat Daisy hasn't gotten paint or glue on her yet. So the occupational hazards are few and far between.
If the project is immensely successful, I shall hire a few people to help make Lore Bits. I will let the supporters know when that line is crossed.
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