About this project
The idea for Gamer Gridz was slowly born out of many failed methods to represent vertical movement in my own tabletop games. Many of these attempts were overly complicated, or simply did not provide the desired effect. We began to think that nothing would improve upon the age old method of simply placing dice beside miniatures to represent how high they are off the table.
Not only did this solution feel inadequate from an aesthetic perspective, it also negatively impacted gameplay because it was easy to forget how high a character was. Without being able to see how high your enemy is, its hard to develop optimal combat strategies.
So after many failed attempts (using cardboard boxes and wooden dowels...) I came up with simple, clear, moveable gaming towers which allow miniatures to be placed at heights that actually represents their positions.
Although early prototypes were cut out of acrylic sheets with a rotary tool (breaking 2 such tools in the process), to produce a more user friendly product I turned to professional laser cutters.
These guys managed to make beautiful laser cut prototypes with an etched grid, which looks much better than the permanent marker I used on my hand made ones.
Because this solution works well for many different game systems I have also produced prototypes with a 1.5" hexagon grid (the same scale grid as Battletech).
For those of you looking for some GamerGridz apparel we have been hard at work designing t-shirts. We will have various options starting with full color transfers, and high quality screen prints.
In addition to the retro screen prints we have also designed some awesome shirts using basic line art! Check out our Red Warrior Tee!
The reward levels for this Kickstarter include options for both the square grid gaming towers as well as the hex grid ones. But if we surpass our $3,500 goal we also have lots of stretch goals to be announced.
The first of these stretch goals is at $5,000 where we will add 5X5 blast templates to most pledges above $45 (all but the 15TH LEVEL WARRIOR).
The unique thing about these blast templates when used with our GamerGridz gaming towers is that they can be inserted above the affected area. Thus, instead of trying to place a template under your miniatures, you can simply represent a 5X5X5 blast as the area under the template.
Thanks for checking out our Kickstarter, backing our project, and improving tabletop gaming everywhere!
Risks and challenges
I have spent the last year working on establishing relationships with manufactures to ensure that GamerGridz products are produced at the highest quality possible. However, there is always the risk that these relationships will not be enough to ensure the timely delivery of you backer rewards. With this in mind I have staggered some of the delivery times well beyond what I actually expect to need.
Doing this ensures that, even if a manufacturer is unable to deliver their product on time, you will still receive it as promised.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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