Black Maria Designs started as two guys looking to build things for tournaments and friends. It has been around for 1 year as a side project with the hopes of building some of the best terrain for the games we love to play.
We managed to generate a lot of buzz with our 40k displays and Infinity table for NOVA Open 2015 (We won best Infinity table). We opened our online store specializing in the laser cut terrain and markers we use for our own gaming.
So how does this get us to our current state with this Kickstarter. We both play a certain western/horror/steampunk game and want to make terrain that people would want to use on their own table. Something that will really bring the games to life.
We decided to look to the great community and Kickstarter to help make this dream a reality. We could just make these items and sell them off of our webstore but then we wouldn't get to meet all of your.
Starting this Kickstarter allows us to get resources we need to increase our output and helps us reach all of you. That is the important part of this. We are hoping you will find our items to be the missing part of your gaming table. You'll be hooked and want more. Thus you'll buy more and we'll sell more. It's a vicious cycle but one where we both make out better in the end.
Backing our items also lets us know what people are interested in and helps us get some free product evaluation by having the consumer vote with their cash. The revenue generated will also supply us with enough raw material to keep the development of new products flowing.
Having the ability to rapidly produce products will means that we will be able to quickly fulfill this Kickstarter. Keeping the amount we need to generate a successful Kickstarter to a reasonable level means we can get these shipped to our backers and give us the materials we need to keep us flush in MDF and acrylic.
What happens if we shatter our low price? Well, that depends on how much we shatter it by? There are a few items we could use to expand our offerings and grow faster. Things like:
- 3D Printer
- High-end Laser Printer (trust us you'd like the items from this)
- More lasers
- Espresso machine (OK. This is only for one of us)
You understand. This is designed to help us grow and provide our customers the best terrain they could hope for.
We will not sell these until we have shipped to our backers (with the exception of the Mayor level because you can't buy that on the store). While we will eventually put these up on our webstore, the combinations you see here are designed to make the backers get more for their pledge.
Now onto the Pledges!!
We are still making tweaks to a few items as we get input from the various players in our area. We might change an item to make it better but we will let you know.
Each pledge level has an associated number of "options" these are then used to purchase from the items below. They start at 1 option and go up from there. As we progress and beat the goals, we add items to pledges above a certain level to get some of the extras and maybe a level customization.
Example: If your pledge level gets you 2 options, you can buy 2 one option items or 1 two option items. If your level allows the purchase additional options, you can buy a additional item to get a 3 option item.
If we get to $3000, each pledge that has unlocks available will get a set of our base inserts (your choice of stone or wood planks). If we get to $5000, everyone who purchased a level that has unlocks and freebies available will get a custom sign with the name of their choosing (no profanity or offensive names/slurs/etc). You will have the choice of either the "Boom Town" western variant or the "Pitchford" Victorian variant (pictures will be posted shortly). At $7000, you will get the Black Maria with your name on it as the Police force. More as we break new pledge levels.
Current Unlocked pledge goals
1 set of base inserts:
Your Name Here Sign. Pick a sign and name the town. Please keep it PG:
Choice B: Pitchford
All product requires assembly and is unpainted.
When the survey comes out, use the number next to the picture for ordering.
001 Wagon with Horse Hitch - 1 Option
002 Work Shed with Outhouse - 1 Option
003 Two Outhouses - 1 Option
004 Boom Town Accessories (1 x Outhouse , 6x Horse Hitch) - 1 Option
005 Gallows - 2 Options
006 Lumber Store - 2 Options
007 Cigar Store - 3 Options
008 Drug Store - 3 Options
009 Saloon - 3 Options
010 Arcana Occult Store - 3 Options
011 Barn and Fences (4 long sections of the Post fence) - 3 Options
012 Theater - 4 Options (Dimensions 12” Long x 8” Wide x 6 ¼ “ High)
013 KO Corral with Horse Hitches and Water Troughs - 3 Options
014 Fence Sets (Each set has 4 long, 2 med, 2 short pieces)
014a Post Style - 1 Option
014b Short Style - 1 Option
014c Tall Style - 1 Option
015 Scatter Pack (1 Outhouse, 2 hourse hitches, and 2 water troughs)- 1 Option
016 Homestead - 2 Options
017 Johnny Slicks Snake Oil Stage and Stall - 2 Options
018 Mining Camp - 3 options
019 Jailhouse - 3 Options
020- Cages (1 big and 1 small) - 2 Options
021 - Hanging Cages 3 options
101 Headstones - 1 Option
102 Crypts - 1 Option
103 Two Tombs with Headstones - 1 Option
104 Tailor Shop with Acrylic Windows- 3 Options (Note: Acrylic not shown)
105 Church - 4 Options (10Lx7Wx9H)
106 Iron Fence Set (1 gate, 7 single sections) - 4 Options
107 -Bookstore - 4 Options
108 - Gazebo with Fountain 1 square and 1 rectangle planter - 3 Options
109 - 4 Planters - 1 Option
( 2 - 2"x2" 2 - 4"x1")
Risks and challenges
There are very few risks. We the needed equipment. We have several suppliers of MDF and acrylic that have a ready supply available for delivery in under a week.
The biggest "risk" would be if we have is being too popular ($50k+). This would require us to purchase additional equipment and spend more time cutting and packaging. Not a bad problem but we wouldn't have time to play very many games. I would also have to conscript my teenage children into forced labor. Also, we have business contact with a large format laser cutter that is more than willing to allow us to use his system (for a fee) if we become too popular. Still, reaching the $50k mark could cause some shipping delays.
Shipping is the most difficult to estimate and account for in order to supply orders for our International backers. Rates are pretty fluid and often jump with very little notice. We plan on keeping it down the best we can but there may be issues that cause a delay due to shipping snafus.
Any fees or taxes associated with getting the items delivered would be your responsibility but this should only account for a small number of our base.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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