The Story behind Ultimate Tic Tac Toe
Ultimate Tic Tac Toe is an exciting twist to the way you play the classic Tic Tac Toe. Please watch the video to see the rules of the game explained.
We discovered the rules for the game online http://bit.ly/1fSNEBS/ about a year ago and have been playing it ever since. We love it because most kids and adults alike are familiar with the basics of Tic Tac Toe. It takes a game that many feel is kind of pointless and really adds a level of strategic thinking to it without requiring a ten page rule book, 200 components, and a deck of custom cards. While many people will just play this with paper and pencil we wanted to design a beautiful permanent re-playable version of the game. To that end we designed a beautiful wooden Ultimate Tic Tac Toe game.
Update #15 Dice Add-on
We have gotten enough interest in extra dice to offer it as an add-on. If you pledge for a Backgammon board you get two dice for free. However, if you would like additional dice, you can get them by adding $2 per dice to your pledge. All of your dice will have the same theme. You can pick which theme you want for your dice in the survey.
Update #12 Backgammon Dice
You want dice to go with your Backgammon board? We want you to have dice to go with your Backgammon board. So now, you are getting dice with your Backgammon board for FREE!
If you add a Backgammon board to your pledge, or if you choose one of the Ultimate Editions, you will get two dice of the matching theme included with your reward. Here is an example of what the dice look like, in this case the Tinker Gear Box edition dice.
Update #11 Ultimate Edition Pledges are here.
This is real easy and it is definitely Daft. Get every add-on we have in a deeper box at a discount.
Unadorned Version 105.00 domestic, 133.00 international.
Any themed version, including the Tinker Gear Box version $125.00 domestic, $153.00 international.
Update #9 The Tinker Gear Box version of Ultimate Tic Tac Toe is here.
We have been sneaking pictures of it into our other updates and now we are ready to show it off. We asked our friend Tesh to design our final theme for Ultimate Tic Tac Toe and he delivered this master piece of clockwork precision. Tesh is currently running a Tinker Gearcoin Kickstarter project here https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tishtoshtesh/tinker-gearcoins-steampunk-game-coins so we appreciate him taking the time to work on our project as well.
This version is the most intricate theme we have to offer. It will come in a standard depth for $77.00 for domestic backers or $105.00 for international backers. You can up your pledge by $12.00 to get the deeper box version. Look at update #9 for more pictures.
You will also be able to add on a matching Themed Checker/Chess board and Checker pieces to your pledge by adding $19.00 to your Domestic or International reward level.
Update #8 Go, Backgammon and a deeper box
We know you want to be able to add additional boards to your Ultimate Tic Tac Toe game, we did Chess and Checkers, now it is time for two more classics. Backgammon and Go.
and a deeper box to hold all these additional game boards.
The deeper box is 4 1/2" deep. The original box is 2 3/4" deep. That gives you room for 7 additional 1/4" game boards.
We know this campaign has evolved a lot from when we started so here are all the add-ons in one place.
All add-ons are the same whether you are a domestic or international backer!
Add a Chess/Checker board and Checkers/Draughts pieces to your reward by increasing your pledge by $19.00
Add Chess pieces to your reward by increasing your pledge by $15.00
Upgrade to the deeper box by increasing your pledge by $12.00
Add the Backgammon board to your reward by increasing your pledge by $9.00
Add the Go board to your reward by increasing your pledge by $8.00
Update #7 Vote for your favorite Chess Pieces
Do you like the Chess Shapes (Outlines) or the Chess Tokens (Circles) let us know in the comments. Either way, these Chess pieces will be cut out of 3/8" thick Maple and Cherry hardwoods and can be added onto your pledge for $15.00. We will tally the votes at the end of the campaign and the style with the most votes will be the one we produce. May the best Chess Pieces win.
Stretch Goal #1 Stained Middle Layer ($10,000)
If we get to $10,000 we will get the middle layer of every game board stained for no additional cost to you. This increases the contrast that the board provides which some people feel makes it easier to distinguish the smaller regions. (The YouTube video shows the top layer stained, but the contrast is significantly better if we stain the middle layer as seen in the pic below.)
Update to Stretch Goal #1
Quite a few of you have asked for the top layer to be stained instead of the middle layer. No problem, when we get to $10,000 we will make sure that the surveys ask you which layer you want stained.
Update #5 Tell me about the 9 Pieces of 8
She has done it again! Magen Mitchell of http://www.obakestyle.com/ must have found a pirate map that led her to this treasure of a version of Ultimate Tic Tac Toe that we call the 9 Pieces of 8 edition.
Don't forget you can add on a Chess/Checker board and pieces with this theme to any pledge for an additional $19.00
Tell me about Trivaram
We are also excited to collaborate with Magen Mitchell of http://www.obakestyle.com/ to create a truly unique custom themed version of Ultimate Tic Tac Toe that we call the Trivaram edition.
Update #4 Add-on a Chess/Checker board and Checker pieces
We are excited to offer a Chess/Checker board and checker pieces as a 19.00 add-on to any pledge. See the update for more information.
What are we doing with the Money
We have run prototypes of every component we will be offering to ensure both quality and cost. See the numerous pictures. This project is to fund the material, design shipping, and production costs associated with doing a manufacturing run of Ultimate Tic Tac Toe boards, lids, and tokens.
What is included in the Game
Wooden box, made out of 1/4" baltic birch. It is 11 5/8" x 11 5/8" x 2 3/4" and holds the board and tokens.
Wooden game board, made out of 1/4" and 1/8" baltic birch. It is 11 5/8" x 11 5/8" x 5/8" made up of three layers to give the board depth and strong defined regions.
Wooden X and O tokens, 41 of each out of 3/8" thick solid poplar they are approximately 5/8" at their widest point.
Large Wooden X and O Victory Markers, 6 of each out of 3/8" thick solid poplar, they are approximately 3 1/8" at their widest point.
As for stretch goals, we have some plans that we will be revealing during the campaign, but if you have an idea, we would love to hear it, so leave us a comment.
Risks and challenges
If you are not familiar with Daft Concepts, this is our fourth Kickstarter project. Daft Dice, Star Trek Attack Wing and the Hand-crafted Hardwood Chessboards are all fulfilled. We have applied what we have learned from those campaigns to this campaign and created a strong, simple campaign.
We purchased a new laser cutter to use to fulfill the rewards so to make sure we hit our schedule on time with this project. For reference we were able to fulfill our last project, the Hardwood Chess boards in one month after the end of the campaign. In addition, since we own the laser cutter, we can quality check our production during production. This will keep production moving forward at a steady speed and maintain high quality.
One of the big challenges with laser cutter projects is variation in material thickness. This project has been designed to make those variations inconsequential to the overall quality of the product and irrelevant to the production process.
We have contracted the production of the poplar blanks for the hardwood Tokens to Westwood Mill a local commercial mill that has been in business for over 30 years. They made the blanks for our prototypes and we are very happy with their production quality.
Once again, if need be, we could also outsource some or all of the production if for some reason we became unable to complete the project 100% in house. Our preference is to fulfill this project 100% in-house.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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