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Tak is a new abstract strategy game created by James Ernest and Patrick Rothfuss, based on the game in The Wise Man's Fear.
12,187 backers pledged $1,351,142 to help bring this project to life.

Welcome to Day 2

Posted by Cheapass Games (Creator)

Dear Takkers:

Thanks for an amazing first day! We are almost 400% funded in the first 24 hours, and we are are on track for our biggest campaign ever. We are so excited to tell you about what's next.

Upgraded Capstones for the Tavern Set

A few backers have suggested upgrading the basic cubic Capstones in the Tavern Set to something a little fancier. We've always wanted to do this, but as in most cases, cost is a function of volume. With 1200 Tavern Sets now spoken for, we can afford to upgrade those capstones to a simple turned piece, such as the prototype shown below.

Upgraded Capstones in the Tavern Set
Upgraded Capstones in the Tavern Set

We will upgrade these pieces right away, with no stretch goal required. This is just our way of saying "thank you" for your enthusiasm on day one!

New Content for the Companion Book: "Kaen"

As our numbers grow, we get to print more books, which means we can add more pages. We are already near 2000 books, and will certainly go higher, so we've decided to beef up the book a little by adding a complete second game in the book as our first stretch goal.

What Kaen might look like
What Kaen might look like

Kaen is an ancient precursor to Tak, using mostly the same equipment, but it's a gambling game, so it also has some kind of randomizer. This game will be designed by James Ernest and Patrick Rothfuss, and woven into the backstory of Tak.

We're setting the stretch goal at 2500 backers (we're almost there) to allow us to add the full rules for Kaen to the companion book.

What's Next?

We can't tell you about all the cool new stuff yet, because some of it is still in the works. We are expecting delivery of one of our samples this afternoon - we got the text from DHL during our morning conference call.

We still don't know if we can add these items, because the samples have to be good.

Today's samples are for a metal piece set. These are the flat stones only, and we're still working with another manufacturer on the capstones, but that process is a bit better understood than the flat stones. (Weird, huh?) 

By the end of the week we also hope to have a sample of a wooden board

When these items arrive and pass muster, we'll share photos and details, and we'll craft levels that include them. So please stay tuned!

Thanks again for your support on day 1 of Tak. Only 30 more amazing days to go!

Charles, Sara Benedet, and 46 more people like this update.


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    1. Faith Stringer on

      Would it be possible for the new capstones to be an OPTION? I really liked the simplicity of the original cubic capstones.

    2. David Odle on

      Thanks James. Can't wait to see the rules.

    3. Cheapass Games 12-time creator on

      @David Kāy-in. :)

    4. Cheapass Games 12-time creator on

      @James A cloth board is something we are looking into. Please see the quoted comment from Carol, our VP, below. Any positive developments will be in the updates, so please stay tuned!

      @Craig Interlocking pieces are cool, but probably not in the cards for this campaign.

      @David Speaking with the Rothfuss soon re: pronunciation.

      RE:Cloth Board

      We have done a lot of research on the "cloth board" idea, and so far, we've run up against the following obstacles:

      1) The wooden pieces need to stack and stand on end, and even a slightly "squishy" or "slidey" surface makes the stacks and standing stones a little too unstable for play.

      2) Even a small board does need to be in the neighborhood of an 8" square, and by the time you make a circle big enough to have an 8" square printed on it, you've got an awful lot of cloth to bundle up - defeating the portability goal.

      3) Once you've bundled up cloth (as opposed to something like neoprene, which wouldn't be appropriate for the style of the game), it gets wrinkles, adding to the "squishy" problem noted above.

      We're still casting about to see if there are solutions, but that's where we're at right now.

    5. Craig Laparo on

      I would love to have interlocking pieces like these:

    6. James Fearnley on

      Is there any possiblity of a folding/leather(ish) board for the Tavern set or as an add on?
      I've got a leatherette board for Go and it makes travelling with the game easier.

    7. Tyler Tinsley on

      maybe the randomizer in Kaen is a pairs deck.

      maybe the pairs deck is also presented as an artifact from the world of the king killer chronicles.

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      Kyle W. on

      Is it weird that I wanted the Tavern set to have the really simple capstones? I liked that it looks like a set any street urchin could carve from a broken wagon wheel. I'll be using my Tavern set for family camping trips.

      Also, great news re wooden board. Please take my money.

    9. Keith Pishnery on

      I'd really like to see the board on the back of the book be a hybrid board. Perhaps the 4x4 squares with 5x5 diamonds shown in this update? A little more versatility and it's a nice looking design.

    10. Cheapass Games 12-time creator on

      @David We will consult the Rothfuss and get back to you.

    11. David Odle on

      Is it pronounced kāy-in or kān?

    12. ShadowStalker on

      The metal option sounds pretty awesome... I would guess that the main issue with that set would be that it not be too polished... so it stacks well...

      Also excited to see if we can get a fancy wooden board option (that includes storage). Be really cool if was essentially a chess board with L shaped pieces that could fit over the board and scale the game down from 8x8 to 7x7, to 6x6, to 5x5 to 4x4 to 3x3... (hopefully that idea makes sense)... if not... I may have to buy a nice chess board and try to get "handy" and make something really nice.

      Excited to see what we have in store in the future.

    13. Cheapass Games 12-time creator on

      @Ryan: We have certainly not given up on the idea. Thanks!

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      Ryan Murray on

      I have had really good reviews from all my friends who I made sets for last Christmas. They were basically the tavern set with a board printed on the bag that would lay flat. It seems to work well for me, no issues with stacking or sliding on the thin linen I used. I think a board on the bag makes a ton of sense if you can make it work logistically.

    15. Cheapass Games 12-time creator on

      @Charles: Aaand... we already named it. Now the game is called Kaen.

    16. Professor Stephen Candy

      BTW I just lost a game of Tak because I stopped to read this update and timed out. Thanks CAG. :P

    17. Charles on

      Awesome, can't wait to hear more about Game A!

    18. Cheapass Games 12-time creator on

      @Kim: We've been looking into cloth boards, but there is not a satisfactory answer yet. Pieces need to stack up and stand up on the cloth, and really a hard surface is the best answer.

    19. Aaron Dick on

      Making those capstones really is just about all I needed to upgrade to the Tavern set from my $5, thank you. Really keen to see what else you come up with!

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      Kim Luttgen on

      I suggest printing the hybrid game board on the inside of the tavern set bag and make it open out completely. And/or print it on a bandanna