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A tabletop pinball system made of recycled cardboard.  Laser cut parts, customizable play boards, and gravity-powered. Tilt the future!
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The Cardboard Teck Instantute is  pleased to bring you the Pinbox 3000 Arcade System! This is the first of its kind home pinball machine made entirely of recycled cardboard.  Its lightweight, durable, affordable, customizable, and FUN!  

We think the best part about this game is that you can customize the play board.  We want to help you make your own fun with repurposed materials:  straws, popsicle sticks, chopsticks, dowels, spoons, wire, tape, cereal boxes, toys, and any other whirligigs and do-dads that may be kicking about in the junk drawer.  We offer PinBox 3000 as an empty palette, and with a little advice from our Ideas Book, we know that each individual player will come up with something unique and sweet.

Naturally, we are working out our own Cardboard Teck expansion packs that are self-contained themes with laser-cut, precision targets, ramps, and features.  If we reach our goal, we'll talk more about those.

WHAT YOU GET IN THE KIT

A stack of laser cut parts arrives to your doorstep.  Follow the instructions and assemble your PinBox 3000.   Assembly will take you about an hour to 45 minutes.  We have a video, so you can follow along step-by-step.

You will receive a Pinbox 3000 kit which includes about 12 sheets of laser cut cardboard assembly parts, (this includes two interchangeable play boards, each with a set of flippers and ball launcher) marbles, box rivets, rubber bands, instructions, and idea booklet. Size is 15" x 22" when constructed. 

If you have two PinBox 3000 games you can link them together, back to back to engage in BattleMode!  Boom.

We hope to pass the Pinbox 3000 around to see what comes out of it. This is the ultimate playtest.   Did you know that many kids these days don't know what pinball is?  We are saddened by this, and we think the PinBox 3000 has the potential to create a community of Cardboard Teck makers of every age and skill level, and we can’t wait to see what obstacles and ramps and whirligigs and do-dads you can come up with!  We hope to create a great interchange of ideas about how to make the PinBox 3000 the best it can be!  

We also have a curriculum to bring the PinBox 3000 into schools, camps, and libraries for STEAM or STEM-based learning opportunities.  Why not both?  Many teachers have given their wholehearted approval.  If you wish, we will include it in your PinBox 3000 kit for free, or give you the pdf.

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WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP

We've spent months perfecting the chassis of our PinBox 3000.  Everything had to be just right- shipping and packaging, assembly, functionality, and fun. We scaled it up and down to try to find the sweet spot where resources and design could be optimized.  With your help, we can push into the realm of production, with a limited run of around three hundred PinBox 3000 kits.  We are confident that those who receive our first run will be hooked, and we are looking forward to getting feedback from our debut model of the PinBox 3000.  The funds we receive will further our development process, allowing us to roll out a long list of exciting game system developments. With your support, we can add these tasks to our list:  create extension play boards with multiple themes, expand the idea booklet, create free downloadable pdfs of new game features, boost a website and community board to connect PinBox 3000 enthusiasts and share content, create temporary arcade events that push the limits of the PinBox 3000, shoot some fun videos, and music and soundscapes to enhance your play. Because the PinBox 3000 is an arcade system, we hope to use your support to develop multiple tactile cardboard arcade machines that all integrate the same laser-cut tech for seriously fun and thematic game experiences. 

HISTORY of the PINBOX 3000:   

In Vermont, there has been a long history of building home made fun.  In particular, cardboard pinball games.  For an in-depth look at this history, click here, and read the summary.

Halloween weekend in 2014, Cardboard Teck Instantute staged an interactive puppet fantasy adventure called Grottoblaster.  As a pre show we decided to recreate a handcrafted cardboard arcade similar to the one we made back in 2006 when we first launched this puppet show thematic landscape. The Grottoblaster arcade experience gave us a ton of ideas for interactive sculptures and set pieces.  We loved the interactivity of the games, and part of our show dealt with our relationship with personal technologies, devices, and games that promise connectivity and fun, yet often separate and isolate us. When the show was over, we decided to try to bring that experience of interactive cardboard creativity to more people. We imagined making a player-powered game- kinda like how a bicycle rider is both the engine and the passenger.  

Enter the PinBox 3000. 

The PinBox 3000 Arcade System is the result of months of trial and error using a new vocabulary of tools and resources that have recently become available to us. Making a reproducible construction was something that we always dreamed of doing. Thanks to the our residency at the Generator, we had time to accelerate our dream of sharing our favorite amusement and interactive sculpture.

The next phase, bringing the PinBox 3000 into the world, is up to YOU. 

Lend us your support.  Grab a PinBox 3000, and let's tilt the future of game systems together with a tricky little all-in-one gadget/game/toy/curiosity box/science project/historical or social interactive diorama/kinetic oracle.

If you like us, then like our Facebook page!  If you tweet us, tweet us at @cardboardteck on Twitter!  

Risks and challenges

We have enough cardboard right now to produce 50 consoles. We project that we will be able to source enough recycled cardboard to create 250 more. If we have more demand for PB3K's than our cardboard supply can handle, we will have to source more, which may take time. But we are confident in our ability to locate good sturdy cardboard, and want to maintain our commitment to making our product out of recycled materials.

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    PLAYER ONE! For one dollar, we'll list you in our backer appreciation credit scene of our upcoming thank you video. Roll credits!

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    FAQ GUY! You ask a ridiculous question and our CTI FAQ Guy (and general wise guy) Ash Brittenham will redirect it to the CTI professors in our FAQ / thank you video. Keep it clean. We'll mention your name or pseudonym. "Does that thing actually work?" Yes it does.

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    TOKENS of APPRECIATION! You will get three laser cut cardboard tokens that prove (once and for all) that you are "super cool". Show it off, or hold them in a secret underground lair. Either way, you've been appreciated.

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    STREET TEAM! One limited edition Grottoblaster 2014 silkscreened black T-shirt and one cardboard token of appreciation. Sizes vary, we will do our best to accommodate. Not exactly a PinBox 3000, but you'll look awesome, and have your torso covered for a trip to the convenience mart.

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    TILT THE FUTURE T-SHIRT! You will receive a PinBox 3000 T-Shirt designed by Cardboard Teck Instantute. Front: PinBox 3000 in black ink. Back: Tilt the Future! Color: Heather Gray. A must have for all PinBox 3000 fans! (any size is available)

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    CORE SYSTEM. The Pinbox 3000. You will receive a Pinbox 3000 kit which includes 12 sheets of laser cut cardboard assembly parts, (including two interchangeable play boards) marbles, box rivets, rubber bands, and instructions. Size is 15" x 22" when constructed. Attention: You need two PinBox 3000 games to engage in BattleMode

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    LOCAL CORE! This is the Core System of the PinBox 3000, but for locals only. Residents of Montpelier and Burlington Vermont will be able to pick up their games in one of our two locations. No shipping involved.

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    CORE + 2 = 4! You get the complete Core System (this includes two playboards) and TWO ADDITIONAL PLAYBOARDS. That means four playboards (all with their own flipper and launch systems) so that you could have a real collection of your designs to choose from. What will you come up with

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    GET ONE, GIFT ONE You get a PinBox 3000, and we gift a second PinBox 3000 to a children's hospitals through ProjectPinball.org.

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    BATTLE MODE! Two Pinbox 3000 game consoles. Size is 15" x 22" each when constructed. When engaged in BattleMode, the game measures 15" x 44" BOOOOM!

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    LOCAL BATTLE MODE! Two Pinbox 3000 core game consoles. Size is 15" x 22" each when constructed. When engaged in BattleMode, the game measures 15" x 44" No shipping costs, and you must pick up in Burlington or Montpelier, Vermont.

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    SUPER FUN PARTY MODE! You get four Pinbox 3000 consoles, (that means a total of 8 play boards) custom laser cut Pinbox 3000 title boards and tokens. The custom title boards means that Gramps, Gran, Bro, and Sis can all rip the Battle Mode to their personalized heart's content. Just watch out for Gran, she's got a mean multi-flip.

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    EPIC MODE!! (local only)
    We personally deliver 4 pre-assembled Pinbox 3000 consoles for you to keep in your living room, garage, game room or family cave. We will also bring an entire array of Pinbox 3000 prototypes and set up a temporary 4 hour "ART-cade" for you and your friends to play-test. We offer this exclusive reward to anyone within a 100 mile radius from Montpelier, VT. Redeemable until 2016 (performance dates must be negotiated)

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    PINBOX ANGEL LEAGUE. This backer may design or name a theme they would like to see on a laser-cut play field that will appear on our CardboardTeckInstantute.com PinBox 300 shopping menu. This will mean at least 5 mechanical targets that the backer chooses. You also get five PinBox 3000 core systems, and 24 play fields. Enough for a classroom. Or a children's hospital. Any appropriate curriculum will be included in the shipment. Over fifty Cardboard Art-Cade Tokens will have the name of the recipient laser-inscribed upon them. A special PinBox 3000/Tilt the Future T-shirt marks the occasion of the donation. The inside of the shirt is lined with warm fuzzies, so you will always feel them when you put it on. (cue the celestial bells of pinball history)

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