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A beautiful, laser-engraved mix-n-match game designed to encourage creativity, imagination, and tons of fun!
A beautiful, laser-engraved mix-n-match game designed to encourage creativity, imagination, and tons of fun!
168 backers pledged $10,689 to help bring this project to life.

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Most games are designed with one set of rules, for one type of player. Out of sorts is different. We designed it to encourage and develop creativity, imagination, and strategy for kids and adults alike. Give the tiles it to a 2-year old and watch them explore and learn. Set up a game between a teen and adult, and it's challenging enough for both.

Out of Sorts is special because it’s not just a game. Like a deck of cards or a set of dominoes, it’s a system that is both simple and extremely versatile.

This means that you can play many different games with a single set. Some have very basic rules and are easy to pick up—perfect for young children. Others require more strategy and thinking, making them great for older kids and adults. And many are just plain fun for the whole family.

Out of Sorts will launch with 2 different sets: Animal Crossing & Robots Reboot. Each set is made up of 18 tiles which combine to create 6 creatures, with a head, a body, and feet. But the fun really starts when the tiles are mixed up and combined in new, strange, and often hilarious ways. 

And because every tile in every set is designed to match with every other tile, the game can be expanded by adding a different set. Want a grumpy penguin robot? No problem!

In addition to the tiles, a standard set comes with 12 tokens. Each token has a number, an arrow, and a pattern suit. They are used for things like keeping score, deciding which way to move tiles, keeping track of turns, and as voting chips. The uses will continue to grow as the library of games expands.

Finally, a set of Out of Sorts comes with a box! 

But this is not a normal game box, which typically suffers from one or both of two frustrating problems. Most game boxes are either low-quality and get destroyed just by looking at them the wrong way, or they take up a ton of space, even if the actual game is not large. We designed the Out of Sorts box to be compact and made from the same high-quality wood as the game itself. And because it fits so nicely on a shelf, we focused on the little details to make it truly display-worthy.

Runners Make Each Box Look Awesome & Pleasantly Stackable
Runners Make Each Box Look Awesome & Pleasantly Stackable

We set out to create something that is fun, imaginative and beautiful. And because we expect Out of Sorts will be used in many ways, by many different people (some of whom tend to put things in their mouths), we chose laser engraved wood as the ideal material. Doing so gives us game pieces that are pleasant to hold, do not wear out easily, and have artwork that will never fade.

Each set undergoes three separate passes of a low-power engraving laser, rather than the typical one pass with a powerful beam. Though it takes more time and money to do it this way, we end up with impeccably beautiful artwork that is not just deep and dark, but also crisp and clear.

Because many Out of Sorts games require each tile back to be indistinguishable from its neighbor, we chose to use a grade A basswood ply. Unlike solid woods, a quality plywood allows the game components to be just the right thickness, while remaining strong and warp-free. And basswood has a grain that is straight, with a fine, even texture, allowing the artwork to shine and keep natural irregularities to a minimum.

Standard Animal Crossing, Robot Reboot, Premium Cherry and Premium Walnut
Standard Animal Crossing, Robot Reboot, Premium Cherry and Premium Walnut

But if lighter wood is not your thing, we also have ultra-premium, made-to-order sets in either a perfectly finished Cherry or Walnut. Each premium set comes in your choice of style, animals or robots and is laser engraved and built just for you in Brooklyn, NY. 

Custom Made Animal Crossing Set in Premium Cherry
Custom Made Animal Crossing Set in Premium Cherry
Custom Made Robot Reboot Set in Premium Walnut
Custom Made Robot Reboot Set in Premium Walnut

Out of Sorts will launch with 6-8 games, but that number will grow over time. We look to our community of kids and adults to invent and share their own amazing games. All the best will be passed along on our YouTube Channel so everyone can enjoy them.

Games that come with every set:

3 Way Memory

Love the classic Memory game? This is a fresh spin on that. Instead of revealing 2 tiles at a time, players reveal 3. Find all 3 parts of an animal to claim the match. The winner is the player with the most matches at the end of the game.

Battle Memory 

Like Memory, only it's a battle. Players try to match all 3 parts (head, body, and legs) of an animal or robot by swapping with a grid of tiles in the middle. But things get tricky when the other players do the same. Whoever can find and remember where their needed tiles are is the winner.

Master of Silly

Master of Silly is perfect for groups ages 5+. All players are given a random head, body and legs tile. They then come up with a silly name and story about their new creature. After the stories are told everyone awards their token to whoever's is the silliest. The player with the most tokens is the master!

Sets

Sets is great for up to 6 players (or 12 with two sets). Players shuffle the tiles and each player draws three at random. Each complete—though mismatched—creature with a head, body, and feet earns 1 token. Players with two tiles from the same creature earn 2 tokens. Players with all three tiles from the same creature earn 3 tokens. Play several rounds and see who gets the most tokens.

Swap 12 

This solitaire game involves some thinking and strategy. The tiles are shuffled and placed in a 6x3 grid. The player can swap any two tiles per move. The goal is to return all 6 creatures to their natural state within 12 moves. Use tokens to keep track of moves.

Slip & Slide 

Slip & Slide mixes the tiles from three creatures in a 3x3 grid. Using the token arrows to determine your next move's direction, push 2 or 3 tiles in an effort to line up all 3 creatures into their "normal" form. Play as solitaire, or side-by-side with a friend to see who can line things up first.

Here what Gamer Leaf and his crew think of Out of Sorts (review starts at 42:00). We learn first hand from a Queen Leaf that the boy robots can be a bit creepy. Haha. Gamer Leaf himself seems to think otherwise, though. The beginning has an interview where we discussed why we make the game and what we are most proud of. Thanks Gamer Leaf.

Indietabletop did a quick video review, showcasing 3 Way Memory and his thoughts on the pros and cons of Out of Sorts. It's an honest and fair review and definitely worth checking out.

We designed Out of Sorts to be fun, imaginative and beautiful and we couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. We’ve spent months illustrating yaks, penguins, and grumpy robots. We’ve tweaked and refined the tiles, tokens, and the clever box they come in. And we’ve recruited an army of play testers to make sure it’s fun. 

We have a great game and we have a great manufacturer ready to go. All we need is your help to make it a reality.

Thank you so much!

Risks and challenges

This is our first solo physical goods product, and there is always the risk of the unknown. With that said, over the last several months, we've researched and worked very hard to mitigate as many foreseeable roadblocks as possible. We've developed a great relationship with our manufacturer and have completed a short run of samples. We have delayed the launch until we felt very confident in our ability to deliver.

The only elements that are still in review are the designs of the printed game rules and any additional packaging needed for retail. This is an area, though, that we have a lot of professional experience in, so there is very little risk.

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    Robot Reboot

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    Double Stack - Animals & Robots

    For those who just can't decide. Just do both.

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    Custom Made Cherry Set

    For those who love cherries and want the highest quality. Made to order in Brooklyn, NY.

    Choose between Animal Crossing or Robots Rising.

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    • A full set of beautiful, wooden tiles
    • 12 holey tokens
    • A really great looking wooden, stackable box
    • Rule cards!
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    Custom Made Walnut Set

    For those who love walnuts and want the highest quality. Made to order in Brooklyn, NY.

    Choose between Animal Crossing or Robots Rising.

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    • A full set of beautiful, wooden tiles
    • 12 holey tokens
    • A really great looking wooden, stackable box
    • Rule cards!
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    Design Your Own Set

    For those who want to create their own, one of a kind set of Out of Sorts. You draw your creatures. We'll make them come to life on your choice of Maple, Cherry or Walnut wood.

    Includes:
    • Template for drawing your creatures
    • A full set of beautiful, one of a kind, wooden tiles
    • 12 holey tokens
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