Rollet - the fast rolling ricochet game
Rollet is a beautiful frantic wooden dexterity game. It's easy to learn, difficult to master, and keeps players whooping and giggling.
Rollet is the highest rated game reviewed on GJJGames, with 87/100. See the full review here.
Rollet is the fruit of hours of creative procrastination, inspired by pinball, keepy-uppy football skills, and my love of games where you don't wait for your opponent to finish their turn.
I've come along way with the basic design of Rollet - I've tweaked and refined the construction method and the dimensions, and I've twice visited our fair trade supplier in India to help work out how to make it. We're now in a good position to deliver many beautiful Rollet games, but we need your help to:
• take Rollet to the next level - luxury Rollet will feature adjustable feet and a spirit level to prevent arguments about whose end is higher.
• do a viable production run - we've only had a small quantity made so far.
About Luxury Rollet
Rollet needs a level playing field, otherwise the goal ball tends to roll faster towards one of the goals. Currently, we rely on players checking the level-ness by observing how the balls roll, and inserting beverage mats under the corners of the game. This is not enough to eliminate frustration and arguments. Micro-adjustable feet at each corner of the game would allow the game to be made perfectly level, and a spirit level mounted in the frame of the game will make it easy to check. Needless to say, this requires some development work, which is where you come in...
How do we know this game is fun?
We've played it lots, and had others play it too. The smiling and laughing is a good indicator. We sent one to Games blogger George Jaros, and he wrote:
"This is a ton of fun to play. Everyone I've played with has had a blast ... the ease of play, high energy, competitiveness, and absolutely gorgeous components make Rollet a great game to play both with families and with adults."
Read the the full review here.
Who are the manufacturers?
Rollet games are being made in India by Asha Handicrafts, a non-profit fair trade organisation that's been around since the 1970s. Asha work with major NGOs including Oxfam and Ten Thousand Villages. We've worked with Asha for over 6 years, and they've made tens of thousands of our previous game Pucket. We're very confident both in their ethical credentials and their ability to deliver beautifully crafted wares.
Who are you?
We are Et Games, a small games company established in 2009. Our first game, Pucket, has sold over 30,000 examples to date, and you may have seen it on the BBC's Dragons' Den. We focus on wooden dexterity games where you don't take turns.
Do you have any fair trade credentials?
We're a member of BAFTS - the British Association for Fair Trade Shops. As part of this, the fair trade aspect of our business is reviewed by our fellow members.
When will you send out rewards?
We plan to have our Kickstarter production run ready and sent out by Christmas 2016.
What are your shipping charges?
We ship both from the UK and the USA, whichever is closer to you. Shipping charges for single Rollet games and packs of 4 Rollets are the same:
For our commemorative beverage mat, shipping costs are free for the UK and GBP 3 elsewhere.
Risks and challenges
We're an established games company. We've already sold over 30,000 units of our first game Pucket. That means both we and our manufacturers have some experience in shifting large numbers of games. Compared to many Kickstarter projects, Rollet is in late stage development, and this further reduces the risks. But there are still some risks you should be aware of, which include:
- delays to finalising the design of luxury Rollet
- delays due to production or logistics problems
- quality problems due to this being a new product
We'll keep you informed along the way, and do our very best to resolve any problems.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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