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Customizable cardboard tabletop pinball game system and Gamechanger playboard expansions. Tilt the Future!
Customizable cardboard tabletop pinball game system and Gamechanger playboard expansions. Tilt the Future!
Customizable cardboard tabletop pinball game system and Gamechanger playboard expansions. Tilt the Future!
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The excitement of pinball arrives to your tabletop, with a do-it-yourself maker spirit where users can design and craft their own game, or play one of our own designed games in our Gamechanger series. Made in the USA with recyclable materials.

 

 

 

In 2015, the Cardboard Teck Instantute launched our PinBox 3000 Cardboard Art-Cade Game System on Kickstarter. We learned a lot from that beta test run of 2000 units. We took all the feedback on the design, assembly, gameplay and aesthetics of the PinBox 3000 and rolled them into our new design. Though it may not look like much has changed, this iteration will allow us to get to a larger scale for manufacturing and to meet the needs of our growing educational outreach. The assembly time is faster too, with all the parts clearly labeled and printed upon. We are also launching our first series of artist-designed games with your support. It is time for a Gamechanger. 

The PinBox 3000 includes "Classic build" suggestions for maximizing the 11 inch by 17 inch play field. After punching out 39 essential parts, the leftover cardboard scraps will have printed elements which will allow you to cut and paste features for your playboards. Our instructions booklet and how-to videos on our website will assist you as you craft your personalized epic pinball experience.

Each PinBox 3000 contains:

  • 12 sheets containing 39 die-cut parts (two interchangeable play boards in each game)
  • 30 box rivets
  • 12 rubber bands
  • 3 marbles
  • one hook tool, one mini pencil, one golf tee
  • instruction and inspiration booklet
  • two blank play boards, each with their own flipper/launcher system 

The Gamechanger Series of PinBox 3000 games feature magnificent artwork while emphasizing dynamic game play and narrative.  

 

Cardboard Teck Instantute is on a mission to bring tactile maker engagement to the world.  We feel that the "tap-swipe" generation is loosing contact with the material world, and we need new platforms to inspire an exploration of materials. Teachers can access PinBox 3000 curriculum for any age level and project guides on our website, and we will offer support for STEAM educational environments beginning in 2017. Tilt the Future!

We have been working on this project since January of 2015, with the help and collaboration of our Vermont community. We've been given so much support from the maker community, particularly Make Magazine and Maker Faire.  We've won ribbons of merit from National Maker Faire, Bay Area Maker Faire, and World Maker Faire, for the addictive learning potential of the PinBox 3000. We've hosted five school workshops and multiple play tests in our summer camps and after school programs.  

When Cardboard Teck Instantute formed in 2006, we wanted to be a resource for folks to get interested in cardboard construction, as well as an outlet for outside-the-box, interactive devices. We are so pleased to have the PinBox 3000 as our platform for expressing the potential of cardboard, inspiring makers and game designers. 

In order to accomplish our task, we're working with a large scale cardboard box and display manufacturing company in Philadelphia. With this facility we are able to execute faster turn arounds and larger orders. Your support is crucial to getting started. The funds contributed will go toward the manufacturing of dies, printing plates, instructions books, rubber bands, marbles, rivets and instruction video. Streamlining the artist contribution format will involve a litho laminate process that will also be proven through this process. Thanks for your support! 

 

 

 

If we reach $120,000 each PinBox 3000 will include a sheet of high-quality stickers designed by CTI and our Gamechanger crew to enhance your PinBox 3000 customization experience! 

New stretch goals announced at $150,000!  What can you imagine... more Gamechanger Artists, hi-tech, interactive video elements, coloring book-style black and white series....

There is only one way to find out just how tilted the future can be....

Risks and challenges

We have been working incredibly hard over the last year to ensure that we will have smooth production, bringing the artwork in on time, ensuring a cohesive instruction manual, testing material quality, and meeting with consultants, designers, customers, and educators. We know there will be things that will come up. Our challenges last year helped us stay agile in problem solving and risk management.

However, if our volume reaches peak, we may experience delays in delivery times.

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    Tilt the Future Broadcast Manifesto

    A 11x17 inch document worthy of art studios, maker spaces, and pinball parlors. Relates the workings of the pinball machine to the economic struggles of the everyday worker. A manifesto for the play-filled revolutionary. Declares "Free play for all!" Available in PDF for those outside of Continental US.

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    Street Team

    Tilt the Future t-shirt as worn by the Cardboard Teck Instantute

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    EARLY BIRD PinBox 3000

    EARLY BIRD PinBox 3000. Each game comes with what you need for complete assembly, plus and instruction booklet with pro tips for customizing your game. Get the worm, you early birds!

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    Vermont Local PinBox 3000

    You get a PinBox 3000, and all the options as a normal reward, but NO SHIPPING. You must pick up your reward at the Alternator on Pine Street in Burlington. We will also include a high-five. Locals only, please.

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    PinBox 3000

    The PinBox 3000 kit complete with assembly bits, instructions, paper graphics, and cardboard punch out parts, and optional elements for assembling your own tabletop pinball machine. Tilt the Future!

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    PinBox 3000 plus Gamechanger PDFs

    Assemble your new PinBox 3000! Then print out the art work and follow along with our assembly video. We'll show you how to cut, paste and construct the Gamechangers play boards. Crafty, wacky, wicked awesome. Gamechanger!

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    Glorkian Warrior Gamechanger

    One PinBox 3000 plus a litho laminate play board and flipper system featuring art by James Kochalka to enhance your PinBox 3000 chassis. Multiple options for cut-and-paste obstacles and game layouts. Kickstarter limited edition!

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    Swamp Quest Gamechanger

    One PinBox 3000 plus a litho laminate play board and flipper system featuring art by GHOSTSHRIMP to enhance your PinBox 3000 chassis. Multiple options for cut-and-paste obstacles and game layouts. Kickstarter limited edition!

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    Monster Sweets Gamechanger

    One PinBox 3000 plus a litho laminate play board and flipper system featuring art by Lisa 'Fenix' Barber to enhance your PinBox 3000 chassis. Multiple options for cut-and-paste obstacles and game layouts. Kickstarter limited edition!

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    Battlemode!!!

    Two PinBox 3000 game kits so that you can engage in head-to-head, back-to-back Battlemode.

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    Gamechanger Deluxe!

    One PinBox 3000 and all three Gamechanger play boards. Each litho laminate play board and flipper system features art by James Kochalka, GHOSTSHRIMP, and Lisa 'Fenix' Barber to swap into your PinBox 3000. Multiple options for cut-and-paste obstacles and game layouts. You can even mix and match all the elements for a freakishly awesome game.

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    Tilt the Future Battlemode Pack

    Two PinBox 3000 games. Battlemode ready. Add the Gamechanger PDF files, PLUS THREE NEW GAMECHANGERS (to be announced in 2107), our Tilt the Future Broadcast Manifesto, and a t-shirt. Print and build your playboards. Our videos will help guide you in your quest. You will Tilt the Future!

    Includes:
    • Two PinBox 3000 games
    • All three Gamechanger PDFs
    • Three new Gamechanger PDFs (2017)
    • Tilt the Future Broadcast Manifesto
    • Tilt the Future T-Shirt
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    PinBox 3000 All Thumbs Special Edition

    If you want the entire game pre-made with a targets and colorful additions based on a theme of your choice, this is the reward for you. Designed by the Cardboard Teck Instantute. Perfect for under the tree on a special morning, when you want to lose your marbles without all those pesky instructions and crafting options. Cheers!

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    PinBox 3000 Classroom Pack

    Educators! Your hackable STEAM-powered physics-based gaming device is here! Get 10 PinBox 3000 kits plus our curriculum and support from the Cardboard Teck Instantute. Tilt the future!

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    PinBox Party 3000

    One mega cardboard pinball party! Twenty PinBox 3000 games, with one specially designed game constructed in your honor or to a theme of your choice. Great for classrooms! Plus a heaping box of do-dads, widgets, and thingys to get your crew crackin' on the customization of your PinBox 3000 Art-cade!

    Includes:
    • twenty PinBox 3000 kits
    • one pre-assembled, custom designed PinBox 3000
    • Box of Mystery Widgets and Do-Dads
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    Cardboard Carnival Artcade!

    Same as PinBox Party 3000 but with Ben and Pete, who will set up an art-cade for the afternoon or perhaps jump out of a big box and make merry fun times for any occasion. (250 mile radius)

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