Designer Domino Collection
Designer Dominoes by Gamorphid Games - Classic Games with New Designs
Designer Domino Collection
Designer Dominoes by Gamorphid Games - Classic Games with New Designs
The Designer Domino Collection is a uniquely re-imagined collection of Dominoes and accessories that will bring new life and conversation to your game nights.
Classic Games, New Designs … by Gamorphid Games.
DOMINO DESIGN CHOICES
MULTIPLE DESIGNS - 3D MODELS
HOUSE RULES (PDF download) and DOMINO SCORE PADS
FLAT INTERLOCKING RACK
Using a rack eliminates the issues shown below.
DESIGNER DOMINO SET - Double Six Set
DESIGNER DOMINO TILES and CASE SET
THE COMPLETE DESIGNER DOMINO EXPERIENCE
KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE – (limited production)
FACE DESIGN (PIP LAYOUT) & PIP SHAPE CHOICES
POSSIBLE CAMPAIGN OUTCOMES
I’m preparing for three possible outcomes from this campaign.
1. The project does NOT get funded.
2. The project gets funded with a small margin over the target.
3. The project gets funded with a large margin over the target.
1. If the project does NOT get funded I will try to fulfill the pledges made anyway. I will consider if I can arrange the use of a friends Laser and turn this into a profitable hobby.
If my campaign just misses its target and it looks like I will be able to recoup an investment in my own Laser I will prefer to have one of my own instead of renting time on one. The production volume will be low because of time and space limitations, so I will do them in small batches.
2. If the project gets funded with a small margin over the target, I might not see enough interest to start a full blown business. If this is the case I will treat this as a big onetime project. I will fulfill the Kickstarter pledges orders as part of this project. On my Gamorphid Games website I will take more preorders for new Designer Dominoes not part of the Kickstarter campaign. Once I complete the Kickstarter orders I will continue making dominoes as a profitable hobby. The production volume will be low because of time and space limitations, so I will do them in small batches.
3. If the project gets funded with a large margin over the target I will pursue my Gamorphid Games full blown game design business. This would include finding a shop / office space and perhaps hiring staff for production.
My business, “Gamorphid Games” would hopefully expand and introduce products beyond dominoes. As my slogan says “Classic Games, New Designs” I would be introducing new designs for many well-known classic table top games. What-ever the outcome, I thank you for your support.
Based on most conservative schedule. See below for details.
The timeline is based on outcome number two. I'm assuming having only one laser and working from home as if I have a viable long term hobby. I will work to find efficiencies to speed up the production process without sacrificing quality. This I hope will allow me to deliver products on schedule or earlier.
If the campaign funding permits and my work space allows I will use more than one laser engraver to speed up production. This would reduce production time dramatically.
“Gamorphid Games” – The game behind the name.
How did I get this name? When I was only a domino business I was looking for domino related names. When my possible product lines expanded to include other types of games I had to rethink my naming.
After a few false starts for my business name I took the advice I found on many website about making a good trademark. The consensus is that the strongest kind of mark is a made-up word that has no real meaning other than as a trademark. Common examples given include EXXON, and KODAK.
So I made up a name. I thought of what my business was providing what my designs were changing. That's where I got my slogan "Classic Games, New Designs". I found synonyms for all of the key words in my slogan. I went to the roots of the words that are Latin words.
Searched for synonyms of the word “CHANGE”, one of the synonyms was “metamorphosis” Word Origin: via Latin from Greek: transformation, from meta- + morphē form the current English word is morph
Searched for synonyms of the words “SYMBOL, IMAGE, ICON, PICTURE” The words that stood out for me that described what I’m doing to the games is “idiom”, “ideogram” and “idiosyncrasy”. Since they all start with “id” I decided to use it in my name.
I took the “Ga” from games. I made the Latin word for change "morph" the core of my new word. From the Latin words that mean, peculiar, distinct, icon, designs or symbols I took the “Id”. I combined them all to get "Gamorphid" which combined means" game changing designs" or "changing symbols” or “distinct designs or symbols”.
I think the name fits my business perfectly. Gamorphid Games
A Brief History of Dominoes
There is no definitive origin of domino tiles. Various sources claim Chinese, Egyptian or Arabian origins. The dates range from 14th century BC to 12th Century AD. Most sources agree that dominoes became popular throughout Europe during the 1700s.
Number of games 70 +
Here are some popular games that use double six, nine or twelve domino tiles. Some are blocking games, some are memory games and some are matching games. One of the biggest differences in game styles is if you use a double six, nine or twelve set of tiles.
Latin Classic or Caribbean Classic style
Playing Dominoes (Latin Classic Style of play) has been an identifying mark of many Caribbean cultures for hundreds of years. I have many Puerto Rican, Jamaican, Dominican, Cuban and Hattian friends that all play the same or similar style of game. Many non-Caribbean also play the Latin Classic or Caribbean Classic style of dominoes.
My history with Dominoes
I remember my dad taking my family to visit one of his friends home when I was six or seven for bible study. Since we were all Spanish speaking Caribbean’s we, of course, were always invited to stay for dinner. It seems that from the very first time we visited these friends, the dads broke out the dominoes.
I was too young to play but I would sit at one corner of the table and watch and learn. At about nine years old one of the dads, Ruben, would ask two other dads to play a few extra hands at the end of the night so that I would get a chance to play. That’s how my love of dominoes started.
Rather quickly those last few hands became a last full game. Then one night they were one dad short and I became the official substitute. Each dad would take turns being my partner and teaching me how they wanted me to play. It was a great way to learn. By the time I was thirteen I was part of the regular rotation and could keep up, most of the time. This continued until I was seventeen at which point I was as good as some of the dads.
Of course it wasn’t limited to these Tuesday nights only. Our friends of all ages would end up playing dominoes were ever we got together. The dominoes came out everywhere. They played in the park when we played softball, football or at picnics. At parties next to the dancers, engaged couple, during the baby shower yes you name it dominoes were a staple of almost every event.
My family eventually moved away and I started college and domino playing took a back seat to other activities and games. I did find a few new domino players in my new location but it wasn’t a regular thing any more. Over the years I would get together with my old friends and sometimes with my dad’s friends to play a few games once in a while but it was never as regular as it was in my younger years.
Recent Domino Adventures
About fifteen years ago I found a new group of friends who played card games like Spades and Bid Whist. I also found a group that played dominoes. The Bid Whist crowd was mostly African Americans and the Domino crowd was mostly Latino’s but most of these friends new each other. My Bid Whist friends were surprised I knew how to play. They were further surprised when I was better than they expected. One of them asked how I learned and why I was so good. I explained that once you know how to play dominoes Bid Whist was easy. They were confused because they thought all there was to dominoes was to match the pips on the tiles. They thought there was no challenge, strategy or difficulty to dominoes.
After I explained to them that the Latin Classic or Caribbean Classic style of dominoes was a game that required a good memory, pattern recognition, and team work and had many strategies they became interested in learning how to play.
I had thought a few others how to play dominoes over the previous thirty years but I didn’t know that teaching these friends would kick off a teaching spree. Over the last ten years I have thought about thirty people how to play. Many of these are now good players. A few of the Bid Whist players now play dominoes more often than Bid Whist.
Since I started getting friends just walking up to me and saying “Hey I heard you taught, (so and so) how to play dominoes. Can you teach me also?” I started teaching others. I developed a system for teaching which seems to work very well.
One of my not so recent adventures was with a few friends who are brothers. They are all white from Middle America but they have married a variety of women. One of them married a Puerto Rican and he wanted to learn the game of his adopted culture. His wife also wanted to learn. She explained how she had tried to learn many times before from her brothers and dad, but she never really got it with them.
After just two training games, two of the three learners graduated to the “experts” table. They actually did well surprising the “pros” they played against. That is when I realized I had a good training method. Similar results have happened with many of the trainees I’ve taught. Of course not everyone I’ve taught has become a good player.
I’m glad I’ve been playing more often over the last fifteen years. This renewed activity is what put me in a position to come up with the idea that has become my Kickstarter campaign and perhaps my business Gamorphid Games if all goes well.
One of my hopes for this project is that the designs bring new conversations and life to many regular domino game nights and the players that have enjoyed these games for so many years.
The second hope is that my designs would attract a new generation of domino enthusiast that would appreciate a more colorful and diverse domino tile. Perhaps they would introduce these tiles in to their game nights even if dominoes where not part of their normal game night.
Future Domino Plans
I will be producing videos to teach how to play the Latin Classic or Caribbean Classic style of Dominoes. I currently have sixteen (16) training videos planned. These will cover all of the basics needed to learn how to play this style. Videos will cover how to shuffle the tiles, how to manage your hand, determining House Rules, team play and many other aspects of the game.
I have not determined how I will share these videos yet. Perhaps on my Gamorphid Games website or on You Tube. I think all of my basic videos will be provided free of charge to all Kickstarter supporters or to everyone.
Why use unfinished plywood?
Plywood provides a consistency in material quality, strength, thickness and texture that natural woods cannot due to woods inherent variability as a living breathing thing. Plywood also provides consistency in price and availability. I have not ruled out also providing finished plywood items.
I will also look in to making all items from natural woods finished and unfinished. I have a few gamer friends that requested unfinished items because they liked the look and a few that wanted to finish the wood as they see fit.
Risks and challenges
Since I have already produced several full sets of dominoes with the exact materials to be used in the final process I have mitigated most of the risk for this project. The white and blue dominoes in the video are a near perfect full set. I was able to eliminate most production issues in this fifth prototype set. The errors in this set were human errors during hand assembly that can now be eliminated. The remaining risks are listed below.
1. Materials from manufacturers vary in price and availability.
2. Material production tolerances vary +/- 5%. (Should not be major issue at the thicknesses I will use).
3. High maintenance equipment (LASERs) may add some cost and time to the production process.
4. One of my colors (Medium Grey) in one thickness (1/16") is difficult to find. I might not be able to offer this face/back color regularly or at all. I might be able to change the type of acrylic without major disruption to design or production process.
5. My logo may change. It will be similar but perhaps more abstract.
High maintenance equipment (LASERs) may add some cost and time to the production process.
Finding shop space if necessary might cause delays.
Delays in the delivery of key equipment may cause delays.
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