This project's funding goal was not reached on August 26, 2013.
About this project
UPDATE - Scroll down for Add On information!
UPDATE - International rates are more affordable with the "Economy" tile sets (See Reward levels and Add Ons for more into!)
UPDATE - We made an online interactive YouTube adventure that showcases the tiles in a fun way (Do not turn off the annotations): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RNoD-GMlLw
UPDATE - If we get funded, we will double side all non-metal tiles for free! (With metal, we cannot guarantee the back of the tiles will align properly when they're being cut)
1. Provide a wide variety of tiles
2. Provide an inexpensive tile based product
3. Create sets based on feedback
4. Increase the number of tiles per set as our funding grows
Sample Image of a 9 tile x 14 tile map (126 tiles or 5.25 sets)
Castle vs Castle - $40 w/ Economy Tiles
135 feet x 210 feet in game!
The Initial 6 Starting Sets
High quality printing + 24 point card stock
(Highest amount of tiles per dollar)
High quality printing + 24 point card stock + double sided thick laminate
(Thicker than a driver's license)
High quality printing + aluminum-carbon composite + high gloss coating (As thick as two U.S. quarters)
Kickstarter Progress Path
1. 1-Tile Set = 24 Tiles
2. Coaster Sets = alternative artwork based on tile designs that can serve as coasters for you and your gamers!
3. Add Ons are listed below! (Scroll down my fellow gamer!)
4. Stretch goals: More tiles per set, Double sided tiles (different set on back, More tile sets, and 2 secret ones that we're keeping back as a surprise)
To purchase add-ons you must select a reward and pledge more than the reward amount. You will be able to select what your extra pledge amount will get you at the end of the kickstarter!
$5 Four standard tiles – You pick any 4 tiles from any sets available. This can be chosen as many times as you want, for any reward level. Domestic shipping is included, for international shipping please add $1.
$10 Economy tiles - 1 set of 24 non-laminated tiles. This can be chosen as many times as you want, for any reward level. Domestic shipping is included.
$11 International Economy Tiles - Add 1 set of Economy tiles to any international order/reward. Economy tiles are non-laminated tiles and this can be chosen as many times as you want.
$20 Metal Coaster Set – The same as the
$20 reward, these 6 coasters will have designs based on our initial
sets. This can be chosen as
many times as you want, for any reward level. Domestic shipping is included, for international shipping please add $1.
$20 Economy tiles - 3 sets of 24 non-laminated tiles. This can be chosen as many times as you want, for any reward level. Domestic shipping is included.
$21 International Economy Tiles - Add 3 sets of Economy tiles to any international order/reward. Economy tiles are non-laminated tiles and this can be chosen as many times as you want.
$25 One Standard Set – Add a set of 24 Standard tiles from any set available. This can be chosen as many times as you want, for any reward level. Domestic shipping is included, for international shipping please add $1.
$50 Additional Premium Metal Set - Add a set of metal tiles ONLY if you selected the Premium Metal reward level. This can be chosen up to 20 times, ONLY for the Premium Metal reward level. All shipping is included.
Our Kickstarter will run until late August. We will need two weeks after it ends before Amazon releases payments, and for surveys to be filled out. It will then take two weeks for our printing company to produce the tiles. We also expect to be able to produce and cut the metal tiles within that time. This means that we plan to start shipping approximately one month from the end of the Kickstarter.
Kick It Forward: http://kickingitforward.org
We are running this project in order to fund our gaming ideas. With this link we are pledging to spend at least 5% of our profits to support other Kickstarter ideas if we are successful. Thank you for your support!
Music: Our video used music from Incompotech.com You can find it here Call to Adventure by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Risks and challenges
We are working with a print shop to produce our standard tiles. It is difficult for them to make small runs and in order to have a large variety of designs we need to have an accommodatingly large order. We have structured our stretch goals around this so that we will have the financial ability to produce additional new sets as they are unlocked, and we do not expect any difficulty with producing the tiles.
Our metal tiles are difficult to cut economically. We do have a method of producing them and cutting them. The cutting process that we are committed to doing is a bit time consuming and we hope to get enough funding to make this process go more quickly and smoothly. To make sure that production and cutting do not delay the project we are only making a limited amount of metal sets.
While we have operated a business in Louisville for several years this will be our first time selling a major product instead of a service. We are working closely with our printers to ensure that we are fully capable of meeting our production and shipping goals. Our real challenge is letting people know that Mapping Tiles exist! If you want to see us meet our goal, please spread the word to anyone you think would like our ideas!
The Economy version is made out of 24 point heavy card stock (we will be offering this in 2 days once we get our price quote from the printing company).
The Standard version is made out of 24 point heavy card stock with 10 mili-inch lamination on both sides. It is thicker thank your driver's license if you need a comparison.
The Metal version is made out of a aluminum with a carbon composite in the middle. This makes them extremely durable, heavy enough to stay in place, and light weight enough to ship efficiently.
We are going to release a video that demonstrates the "mobility" of the tiles in various circumstances such as dice rolling, moving miniatures, or if someone bumps the tiles. In general, the tiles stay in place when dice roll onto them or when miniatures are moved across the squares.
When someone bumps the tiles themselves there is a risk that they will move a bit. However, as will be demonstrated in the video, the tiles are extremely easy to adjust quickly. During our many play tests, sometimes we would use friction matting (for images search "Grip Matting") to give the non-metal tiles more stability. The metal tiles don't move that much even when bumped.
The grip matting is extremely cheap - it is so cheap we are going to give away large pieces of it and create a new add on if people wish to purchase more.
The metal tiles can sit in water, or beer, for months and nothing will happen. The laminated tiles we have would be completely fine if you removed them from the spill within several minutes. That is why we used the terms "Water Proof" for the metal tiles and "Water Resistant" for the laminated tiles.
No. The tiles were tested for warping. We left them in cars during 90º weather and they were fine. In the video, we had a small piece of a playing mat with a grid on it that had a bump in it. We put the tiles on top of it not thinking about it looking warped. But we stress tested the heck out of these things - the best ways to destroy them are to put them in microwaves or torch them with fire :-P
The tiles can be stored on shelves, in boxes, or even just on a gaming table. However, in a few days time we will have some simple inexpensive boxes. A single set of tiles is only about 3 or 4 inches tall; therefore, we are going to offer boxes that can store one to two sets at a time. These boxes can then be labeled by you.
We will have boxes as a potential add on - we'll post up the add on prices in a few days time!
- (35 days)