IMPORTANT: Pocket version - A proposition
As announced in a comment, we’ve decided to publish an update about the Pocket version after a quite a few remarks about the size and somewhat the quality of the TC Pocket pieces with a concrete proposition to all affected backers.
As we said, we wanted to create a portable variant of the game inspired by our own experience with the game. The first edition of this game (2016) also had very small pieces because those were the only pieces we could attain at the time, and the tanks (only 3 types – LT, MT, and HT) differed from each other by the turrets we painted by hand. The box was bigger (24x24 cm), and the board was on the back side of the box.
When we acquired the first 3D printer in 2017, the first thing we printed was a set of pieces for the TC of the same size. All the games between us, the authors, were played with such small pieces and we really did not have any problems to move nor distinguish them. And we played in different environments as we carried the set wherever we went: coffee shops, beaches, camping, etc.
Before the start of the Kickstarter campaign, we were considering what versions to offer. Only then we made a trial series with enlarged 3D printed pieces which later became the Standard version (Main game).
We also decided to offer a Pocket version, in a smaller box, which required the board made of thick cardboard to be folded to 1/4 of its size. As we also wanted the keep the price low, we made the other elements according to the intended price. During the campaign, it turned to be the version that attracted the most backers. We believe that this was partly because of the low price, partly due to a certain amount of mistrust towards unknown manufacturers, while some backers just wanted a game that is easily portable.
After the campaign, we considered and even announced that we will also be making a molding tool the pieces in this version but since the making of the tool proved to be a lengthy process, we had to give up on that intention. However, it turned out to be a good move because we would invest heavily in something that would again be small and probably hardly recognizable due to the size for many of you.
In the end, all the pocket pieces were made on 3D printers. It took a lot of time as the printers worked day and night for months, which slowed us down all-around. On top of that, we realized that the $10 price we established (practically $8 as we subsidized the shipping) is completely unprofitable. Also, we had over 150 Pocket backers who pledged during the first day and also got the Panzer Pocket as a gift which means they paid $14 for two games, out of which we paid $8 to $9 for shipping (depending on the destination). All in all, the Pocket version ended up barely covering the production costs.
In addition to all that, there have been comments of backers that aren’t satisfied with their sets. Now, it is important for us to say that we also received dozens of positive comments, publicly or via PM, that praise the same version. When we look at comments on various other sites and forums, we see that nobody has any negative remark on the game itself, the mechanics, dynamics, replayability, etc. and the only remarks are related to the pieces, and thus a relatively low rating on BGG up to now.
To sum everything up, we have noticed that this version simply has no prospect and therefore it will not be produced in the future. The remaining copies (we made about 150 extra sets) will be sold through our site until we empty the stocks. The version that will take its place, the TC Light, has already been done. This set contains everything as well as the Standard version (the pieces are the same), but the box, the board, and the obstacles are made of thin cardboard.
Having said all that, we have decided to make a proposition for the backers who are not satisfied with their Pocket set and we can offer them the following:
1. If they back our next project Panzer Strike - Western Front (all physical copies), they will get the TC Light free of charge (they can still get all the gifts we offer on another basis).
2. The price of the Light version on our site is 12€, but we can guarantee them a wholesale price of 6€. We will also subsidize the shipping costs so they will be 8€ for all countries, and the total would be 14€. However, since on our site there is no possibility to subsidize shipping, you need to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive instructions for PayPal payment. These Light boxes can get a little dented during shipping, but we have found a way to avoid it.
2a. At the same subsidized price of shipping (total weight wouldn't surpass 0.5 kg), along with TC Light, you can buy Mortar Hunt Light at a price of 8€. So for a total of 22€, you can get two games. For this, it is also necessary to contact us via e-mail beforehand.
We believe this is a very good offer from our side. We are firmly convinced that the popularity of Tank Chess will only increase over time, and we do not want the backers who helped us get this game to the international market to be dissatisfied in any way with us as a company.
We use this opportunity to remind you that our Panzer Strike campaign will bring a lot of gifts and that you can get one of them simply by signing up to our mailing list. LINK