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The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, September 27 2014 3:11 AM UTC +00:00
$2,221
pledged of 57.000 $pledged of 57.000 $ goal
24
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, September 27 2014 3:11 AM UTC +00:00

About

It all started with a 3 year old and some demo gears. From her excitement, the original Gear Lab Kickstarter was born. In the three years since then, Gear Lab has gone to many Maker Faires, Gaming and Steampunk Cons and art shows. They have been built for schools and science museums, but everywhere we went, people would say " I wish I had enough space to have that at home".  From that desire and our love of puzzles and games, GearLab,Jr was born. 

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After some at home play testing and a few prototypes, we took it to the 2014 Steampunk World's Fair to get in more play testing and take a few pre-orders. 

The reaction both pleased and excited us. Everyone had suggestions of where we should try to cut deals and how to mass market it. Cogbots Studio is poised to launch what we believe will be a breakout product, but to support it, we need to expand our manufacturing capabilities. Like all Cogbots gears and kinetic kits,the GearLab Jr puzzle game will be made in America from cabinet grade plywood.  Each kit takes approximately 10 hours to cut, so to meet demand, we need to expand beyond our single CNC machine.  

With this Kickstarter, you will be funding extra equipment to manufacture the game, as well as the needed infrastructure to support the equipment. With this growth, we will be able to cut between 15-25 kits per week, instead of the 5 we can currently cut now. 

The first of the pre-orders have shipped, but the item will not be added to the Cogbots web store until all of the Kickstarter orders have been cut and shipped. This means about a 10 month delay in adding the game to the store, or in cutting any bigger deals. We believe we owe that to our backers who are funding the capital outlay that will help us grow US Manufacturing. 

What you get:

Cogbots sells kits that are unfinished and some assembly is required. 

The instructions for how to put it together and tips for sanding and finishing are here:  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLg2bhP0aPlWSIPOhqan8DpEdLRw8lkzKg

There are a few reward levels that include finished kits, these are a special item and the product will NOT be sold as finished when it is released in the store. 

Kickstarter Special Editions:

Folks at the Steampunk World's Fair and others who have play tested since have already started asking for more and so we have started planning expansion packs and add-ons for more interesting play. The Kickstarter Special Edition rewards will include a special gear set combination that will NEVER be offered in any other venue. This is a one- time only special collector's set that is added to your base GearLab Jr game. A future update will include the images of these add-on gears, as the design team is still making choices. 

A Gear Puzzle Community:

Because the base kit is customizable, we are also launching a community for you to share and challenge each other. The kit comes with a download-able PDF of  the starting challenge cards. Cogbots will be adding new challenges to the community site each month, but there will be a forum where you can add your own challenge and game styles as well. Will you paint on a path to be completed, bonus point markers to be battled over?  Will you play solitaire or head to head competitions? We are excited to see what cool combinations you can add in an open source game rules community. 

Risks and challenges

Although they say every project has risks, we have done our best to mitigate the risks here. We chose an all or nothing model for the Kickstarter so that we did not end up in a situation where we did not raise enough to expand as needed to meet demand in a reasonable amount of time.
The game has been designed, play-tested and refined. There are a few lucky souls out there who already have one in their hands.
The only thing that would delay us from making these when we get funded would be something catastrophic, and we carry insurance to help cover those cases.
We are being careful and conservative in the games we promise for Christmas- which is why there is a premium on those. After that, the orders will be shipped in a first in/first out queue.
Cogbots has been cutting and shipping functional wooden gears around the world for almost 5 years now, so this is an expansion of existing capabilities, not an attempt at something never tried.

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    Cog Lover- Your name will go on the GearLabJr Community Website "Supporters" page and on a thank you sheet that ships with the early bird and christmas specials.

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    STEM Supporter. This must be delivered to a school address. Gift your favorite school or teacher. One GearLab Jr game set. School address will be confirmed. Games will begin shipping monthly in the order pledges were received.

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    Early Bird Special Price. Lower price than will be posted for retail +shipping. A Special bargain for helping to get us off the ground.

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    Gear Apprentice. Pre-Order a game. Order a GearLab Jr Game for retail +shipping costs. No other orders other than Kickstarter will be accepted in 2014. Orders will be shipped each month of 2015 in the order pledges are received.

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    Christmas Glee.- Gear Lab Jr shipped in time for Christmas. We are allowing a limited number of orders and will start cutting them at low volumes on our old equipment, until the new equipment arrives. These will ship before Dec 17, 2014

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    Gear Challenger- Competittive head to head version- 2 boards, one set of gears. Go head to head with a frenemy and race for the gears you need to solve the challenge!. Will ship monthly in 2015 in the order that pledges are received.

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    Kickstarter Special Edition. This one time only Kickstarter edition will include special additional extra gears. These collector's gears will be available only through this Kickstarter. Sets will ship monthly in 2015 in the order that pledges are received

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    Cooperative Power Up. Want more than one set? Have a friend you can share with? Ship two sets to one address for savings! 2 Full sets- 2 boards and 2 sets of gears. Sets will ship monthly in 2015 in the order that pledges are received.

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    Straight from Santa's Sack. One complete set, assembled, finished and signed- shipped in time for Christmas. Short on time to make someone squee with glee? Let our elves finish the set for you- ready to play immediately.

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    Cogmaster- One complete set, plus an opportunity to contribute challenges to the first round of challenges in the first pdf- with full credit to your name. Challenges need to be submited by October, 2014. Your game will ship starting monthly in 2015, in the order that all pledges are received.

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    Competitive Kickstarter Edition. The head to head competitive version of the game- 2 boards and one set of gears- plus the bonus Kickstarter only extra gears. Sets will ship monthly starting in 2015, in the order that pledges are received.

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    All brains- no Brawn. A finished, signed Kickstarter special edition set. Assembled and finished, ready to play including the Kickstarter only special edition gears. Sets will be shipped monthly starting in 2015 in the order that pledges are received

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    STEM Superstar. This must be delivered to a school address. Gift your favorite school or teacher. Five (5) GearLab Jr game sets School address will be confirmed. Games will begin shipping monthly in the order pledges were received.

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    Line Jumper. Be one of the first five sets off the line and have it in your hands in October ( domestic shipping) or as soon as international shipping will allow. Your choice of name included on all of our websites and on the instruction sheet as special thanks for helping make our dream come true.

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    STEM SuperHero. This must be delivered to a school address. Gift your favorite school or teacher. Ten(10) GearLab Jr game sets. School address will be confirmed. Games will begin shipping monthly in the order pledges were received.

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    Brass Tacks. And Brass gears too... A special brass & wood gear edition in a hand crafted hardwood storage box. For the Gear lover who wants to shine.

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