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We know you play games. Maybe not as often as you once did, but some of the best times are those spent around a table with friends and family, playing a card game. We've got a new one for you. ...and we know you're going to love it!
We Hit Out Goal! . ..Now what? Keep going for a better product!
At $4000.00 We will have the ability to upgrade the playing cards to a higher quality material! Please help us hit our stretch goal, and THANK YOU for funding this campaign SO QUICKLY!
at $5000.00 the dice and cards get another upgrade! Let's see how far we can go! ...more to come!
Knuckle Bust is a portable, competitive dice rolling game, combined with the strategy of a card game. 2-6 players (recommended 8 years of age or older) compete for scores listed on cards by knocking out their opponent via a simple knock on the table. Sounds simple, ah? It is! ...and it is OH so addicting!
Games can last a few minutes or up to thirty minutes, depending on the player’s strategy, luck and aggressiveness.
Knuckle Bust™ is a strategic dice game that combines your craving for dice rolling and card playing with your love for brutal competition!
Our goal is simple. Gain enough traction on Kickstarter to fund the packaging (Requires a minimum amount of 1500 boxes), custom etched dice and bulk run Knuckle Bust playing cards.
We started our first prototype many years ago; a simple, handwritten die with note cards. Needless to say, the game has progressed! Funding to buy the volume required to make it reasonable, however, has been a challenge.
We started the goal at $2,500, in optimistic hopes that we surpass the goal and can create a small business out of Knuckle Bust. We would like nothing more than to share our love for cards and dice!
We've beta tested. We have completed prototypes. We're ready to launch.
...All we need is your support to make this wildly addictive game possible!
Knuckle Bust has several components to the game, making it fun to play, but expensive to produce in small batches. The basic game play requires five, standard 16mm dice (that's the easy part), a deck of approximately 46 cards, a custom engraved Knuckle Bust die, packaging and instructions.
Remember, Kickstarter is an all or nothing product launch platform. If we don't reach our goal, we get nothing, and cannot launch Knuckle Bust.
We're also setting a few stretch goals: If we hit $4,000, we will upgrade ALL orders to a higher quality card material.
How Did We Get Here?
My wife Amy and I started with this idea many years ago. We loved dice. We loved cards. ...and more than anything, we loved to beat each other at games! We played everywhere; from airports to restaurants.
Over time, we realized that we needed a game that was more ruthless and cunning, fun and brutal! After playing (literally) hundreds of games, we decided to start the journey of Knuckle Bust. Our first version (named Brass Bets) was terrible! ...but the process was fun, and the game evolved many times.
Over the years (and thousands of dollars in testing new cards, custom dice and packaging) we finally have our final design. (Queue music!) Introducing, Knuckle Bust!
Now that we have our final design, we thought Kickstarter would absolutely be the best way to get our card game in the hands of people who love games AND raise enough capital to start a new brand!
How To Play... at a glance!
Game play can last from 5 minutes to 30 minutes, depending on your luck, points, and sabotages. A more in depth video will be created and uploaded prior to the game launch. Every box will contain a detailed instruction manual and a link that will direct you to a video tutorial.
The Silver Package - 'Retail' Design
The retail game box contains one set of Knuckle Bust cards, 5 standard dice, a blue Knuckle Bust die and instructions. This model will be used to sell to game stores and big box retailers. It is the most basic form of Knuckle Bust.
The Gold Package - Our Steampunk Design
The Steampunk game box contains one set of custom Knuckle Bust cards, 5 standard dice, a black (custom) Knuckle Bust die and instructions. This model was designed for Kickstarter. It is an edgy variation of the original, with a different logo on the back of the cards and package.
The Steampunk pack is different than the retail pack for several reasons.
To start, the black die vs. the retail blue die.This detailed black die is higher end and more difficult to paint in such precise detail, even with a machine!
The back of the card features a limited edition, edgy, custom Knuckle Bust logo vs the retail logo. Oh, and did we mention that the packaging is different too? Only a limited amount of boxes will be printed for Kickstarter with this logo and variation.
The Platinum Cherry Package
The Platinum Package contains a special, handmade, precision cut Cherry wood box, as well as dice, cards, the custom black Knuckle Bust die and instructions. We've partnered with DogMight Games to help us bring this gem of a box to life.
The interior of the box is lined with high quality felt to protect the contents. Each box is custom made in the USA and laser branded on the lid with the limited edition Knuckle Bust logo. Additionally, hand cut brass knuckles will crown the lid of the box, completing a unique, elegant look. Note: Not real brass knuckles, folks; its only about 2MM thick.
Note: The video above depicting the interior is bubinga wood (see reward below). The video above is used only to show the interior layout of the Cherry box (bubinga and cherry wood interiors are the same).
The Platinum ELITE Bubinga Package
The Platinum Package contains a special, handmade, precision cut African Bubinga wood box, as well as the dice, cards, and instructions. For this reward, the game packaging will be upgraded to the limited edition Steampunk design.
As seen Cherry box package (above), the interior of the box is lined with high quality felt to protect the contents. Each box is custom made in the USA and laser branded on the lid with the limited edition Knuckle Bust logo. Additionally, hand cut brass knuckles will crown the lid of the box, completing a unique, elegant look. Note: Not real brass knuckles, folks; its only about 2MM thick.
Additionally, on top of the finely crafted African Bubinga box and game set, you will receive a limited run Knuckle Bust T-Shirt. (See below) The boxes will be hand signed and dated on the bottom of the box with a shimmering paint-pen.
Note:*Styles may vary (probably not, but if our supplier has issues between now and the time we ship, we have our tail covered).
The Diamond ELITE package:
The Diamond Elite package contains 2 set of Knuckle Bust Cards (one retail, one steampunk design), 2 sets of dice, 2 of the Black Limited Run Knuckle Bust Dice, 1 Custom, Hand Made African Bubinga Wood Box and 1 Custom, Hand Made American Cherry Wood Box. Note: Both Boxes Are Felt Lined, Laser Etched, Hand Cut Brass Knuckles (on lid) First Edition Boxes, 1 each Knuckle Bust Logo T-Shirt and Hand Signed Boxes, thank you letters and a Limited Edition, black Knuckle Bust jacket that says "Diamond Elite Supporter 2016-2017" with the limited edition Knuckle Bust logo. *See image(s) below
The Godfather of Knuckle Bust
The Godfather of Knuckle bust will get everything seen above in the Diamond ELITE package, and... wait for it... The person who backs this package will have their name on every 'insane' play card for the first 1000 decks produced. Currently, we have our name there, but we will happily change this to show the Godfather our appreciation.
To be more specific, this contains 2 sets of Knuckle Bust Cards (one retail, one steampunk design), 2 sets of dice, 2 of the Black Limited Run Knuckle Bust Dice, 1 Custom, Hand Made African Bubinga Wood Box and 1 Custom, Hand Made American Cherry Wood Box. Note: Both Boxes Are Felt Lined, Laser Etched, Hand Cut Brass Knuckles (on lid) First Edition Boxes, 1 each Knuckle Bust Logo T-Shirt and Hand Signed Boxes, thank you letters and a Limited Edition Knuckle Bust Jacket that says "Diamond Elite Supporter 2016-2017" with the limited edition Knuckle Bust logo ...as well as YOUR name featured on the first 1000 decks that are sold!
**Name must be appropriate. You know who you are!
Made in the USA!
In the beginning, we were forced to use parts from international sources. As our network grew, we found US based companies that could do almost all of the work. Our cards are printed in the USA (Latest batch came from Louisiana). Our dice are engraved in the USA and our packaging is cut, folded and printed in the USA! ...Oh, and our graphic designer works out of Minneapolis. Pretty cool, huh!? The only issue we have so far is finding a US based standard dice manufacturer (plastic blank) and a card manufacturer that actually makes all of the the card parts in the USA. Our goal is to become 100% or nearly 100% USA made product.
2012: First Knuckle Bust die created.
2013: First cards were made on note cards. The first game was called 'brass bets'.
2014: Beta testing different strategies and card designs.
2015: Knuckle Bust was becoming a reality. The game play had solidified and the first batch of cards and custom dice were ordered.
2016: LLC was created, and Knuckle Bust was patented (pending) and Trademarked. Knuckle Bust card designs are complete. Knuckle Bust dice have been finalized. Packaging company queued up for printing. Marketing material created. Kickstarter LAUNCHED!
January 2017: Packaging, cards, dice, standard dice and instructions will be manufactured and assembled. Cherry and Bubinga boxes will begin construction.
February 2017: All packaging, cards, dice, standard dice and wooden collectors boxes will begin to trickle through the mail en route to our facility.
March 2017: Most Knuckle Bust orders will be assembled and shipped, assuming all previous orders are on time. *Note: The more orders we get, the longer the lead time may be. We will ship FIFO, first in first out, when possible. The Bubinga and Cherry boxes have a manufacturing time of approximately 50 per month.
Risks and challenges
One of the greatest challenges would be a great problem to have. Yet, it will still be a problem. Hopefully, we will exceed our goal. If that is the case, we may need more preparation time to have the packaging and boxes manufactured.
We have worked in Product Management and Procurement long enough to know how to navigate these types of issues, and we will be thrilled to work through these issues!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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