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I had a strange dream the night I launched Pivit on Kickstarter. I dreamt I was at the high point of a road, watching a tsunami approach. There was no higher ground for me to reach - all I could do was wait and watch to see if I would survive.

In the beginning, that’s what this campaign felt like to me - an unnerving question of will we make it or not?

Sadly, the answer is no - at least for now. But none of us are walking away empty-handed. Pivit’s backers have discovered a new game they like, and that may still become a reality.

As for me, I’ve learned what I can do better next time. I could have done better connecting to the gaming community. More fundamentally, the funding goal and price points were too high. I think many more people will be interested if we can reduce the cost significantly.

So lowering the price is the new goal. Game pieces were the most expensive component, and I’m learning about other ways to make them. I took a class last night in injection molding to see how much I can do directly - that’s the photo below. If I find a good method, I’ll set that up and announce the availability through Pivit’s permanent site, pivitgame.com.

If you want to get an email when the new design for Pivit is ready, sign up on the front page of pivitgame.com. You can also email me directly from that site if you have any questions or comments. I’ve enjoyed hearing from everyone, and I’d love to keep those conversations going.

thanks everyone!

 - Tyler & the Pivit team

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      Creator Ronald T. Beck on January 17, 2013

      Visit your local sign/trophy shop and ask about 3-ply engraving and sublimation. Tell them what you are trying to do and your target price point, and they might come up with other ideas.

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      Creator Tyler Neylon on January 17, 2013

      I am interested in wood pieces and pressed board markers - thanks for the suggestions.

      Do you guys happen to know of anyone who can set up a prototype to see how each method would work for Pivit?

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      Creator Raph Koster on January 17, 2013

      Sorry to hear it didn't make it.

      Let me put in a vote for the wooden pieces as well. You can source round wooden disks in bulk, and apply stickers for the two sides pretty readily. And wood is classy. :)

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      Creator Ronald T. Beck on January 17, 2013

      So many games on the market use 2mm or 3mm pressed board markers. They have printed clay paper applied to both sides and are die-cut. If they want to get fancy, then they include a vaccuform tray to hold everything. QED, and inexpensive.

      Alternative #2, refit an existing mass-market checkers game. Put stickers on both sides of the checkers, and remake the box top. You could also put a sticker over the original box top. IANAL. This method might violate copyright law, but I don't think so, since your are adding substantially different markings and rules.

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      Creator Brian Urso on January 17, 2013

      I really hope their is a future for this game, looking forward to more news.
      Wooden pieces sound great ot me as well.

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      Creator Morray on January 17, 2013

      Waht about simple coloured wooden pieces?

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