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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.

Introducing the Arcanist's Pack

Posted by Cheapass Games (Creator)

Dear Takkers:

Today we have added a new item to the list of Tak accessories (Takcessories?): The Arcanist's Wooden Board. This board will be available in the Arcanists' Pack, at $155, and as an add-on for $65.

The Arcanist's Board (Second Prototype)
The Arcanist's Board (Second Prototype)

The Arcanist's Board is a 10" wide, 1/2" thick, 6x6 hybrid design (diamonds and squares), It is made with premium select cherry hardwood veneer (top and bottom) with an MDF core. This combination gives the beauty of cherry, with MDF's resistance to cracking and warping.

A dark stain is applied to the exposed MDF on the sides and engraved areas, as well as the cherry diamonds. The finishing process includes a durable premium catalyzed varnish, done by hand in a ten-step process. This gives the playing surface a smooth, lustrous look.

These boards will be made by Welling Cabinetry, a family-owned woodworking business in Patrick's hometown!

Still adjusting the proportions.
Still adjusting the proportions.

A Note about the Design: You might have noticed that in Update #3 (and in the how-to-play video) we showed prototype #1, which had a narrower margin. Prototype #2 has a wider margin, but the trade-off is that the spaces are smaller, so there's less room for the pieces.

We're still working on the exact proportions, and we might be able to achieve the best of both worlds by simply adding another quarter inch to the width of the board. Whether we stretch it or not, the Arcanist's board will definitely fit inside the Classic Set box, and it is a great contrasting color for the pieces in that set.

To get this board, you can upgrade your pledge to the Arcanist's Pack, or just add the board alone for $65.

The Arcanist's Board is not the only Takcessory in the works. Stay tuned!

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    1. Alvin Helms

      @Jack Perry -- I agree, that checker pattern really helps the design.

    2. Deborah Roggie on

      Even after seeing the lovely Devi's Board, I still prefer this one: simple and elegant.

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      Jack Perry on

      @Creator - feedback for the Arcanist’s Board:

      I absolutely love the prototype that keeps appearing on Pat’s twitter ( The checker stains make the board so much more beautiful! Really hoping the extra color is included in the final version, either in a checker pattern or in a ring around the edge like the more functional 6x6 Hybrid design (

      Also, the wider margins on Prototype #2 and Pat’s board seem much more aesthetically pleasing.

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      Deborah Furchtgott on

      Will the board be available for purchase after the Kickstarter has ended, or is this a Kickstarter-only opportunity? Thank you so much! It looks beautiful.

    5. Jennifer Gude on

      Are you considering creating a deluxe version that includes a third stain color so that the board can be used to play 3x3, 4x4, 5x5 and 6x6 games similar to the one shown in the Beta Rules? Or simply a 2 sided version one for 3x3 & 4x4, and one for 5x5 & 6x6?

      I think a single sided one would look really nice but a double sided one would be great for playing with kids since the dimensions of the board are more clearly laid out.

    6. Josh Ward on

      @phil: Hit "Manage pledge", keep the pledge level the same, but change the dollar amount you're offering to $130. When they send out surveys, they'll ask how many of what add-ons you want, and as long as the dollar amounts match, they'll send you what you asked for!

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      phil kindermann on

      Sorry to appear utterly dumb, but I'm unsure how to add just this board ($65) to my current Innkeeper level pledge. I can see how I could upgrade the whole pledge to the new Arcanist level, but if I just want the Innkeeper level plus this wooden board (total $130 minus postage, rather than $155 for Arcanist) how do I go about doing that please?

    8. James Starke on

      As a personal note, it's hard for me not to see the 5x5 square grid on here and see the 6x6 diamond grid. Even with the pieces on the board, it kind of looks like they shouldn't really be there.

      Is it at all possible to make it double-sided? One with a 5x5 square grid and the other with a 6x6 square grid?

    9. Cheapass Games 12-time creator on

      @All: Yes, the Classic Set comes with a typical high-quality game board: 80pt cardstock with a color linen finish label. A wooden board in that game would raise the price beyond reason.

    10. Michael Kohne on

      @ck - 'linen finish' is normally used to refer to a finish found on cardstock. So I don't think those are going to be wooden boards.

    11. c k on

      So does that mean the $55/$65 dollar options will be a non-wooden board? I had thought them on the expensive side when I thought I was getting a wood board with wood pieces. For instance Max Temkin's latest boardgame was $38 for wood and brass, and shipping was much cheaper too. �

    12. Cheapass Games 12-time creator on

      @Phillip Green: We are also looking at options for a solid hardwood board, and we'll add that item if we can, but it will probably be quite a bit more expensive. This board is our best option at this price, but you certainly should not add it if you believe it is not worth it.

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      Ben Wochinski on

      Good to hear there are other add-ons in the works! Gonna have to start making hard choices on which pieces I can afford now. :)

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      A.J. on

      @Phillip Green: As someone who engineers very very very high-end furniture, my wife assured me that their board with MDF and cherry is much better than solid cherry and that it will be very durable.

    15. Phillip Green on

      $65 for a MDF core board with a cherry veneer? That's like $5 in construction costs, maybe $10 on the outside. I could understand if this was solid cherry, but with an MDF core, this is just a cheap materials that will fall apart in not time. If you made this out of solid cherry wood, a 3/4 inch by 12 inches by 12 inch board, the based price per ft board would be $10. Add in two different lacquers and a design and I could see charging $65, but I really feel like anyone that buys this is getting ripped off at this price. I don't think I'd pay more than $40 for something like this.

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      Kyle W. on

      I don't want the first comment on the board to be negative, but I have to putt his out there.


      It somehow feels wrong to me. I'm not sure if it's too modern or what exactly. My biggest issue is that the dots and lines are too much of the focus. I honestly didn't even realize it was a hybrid 5x5 using the squares until I read that in the update. I didn't even see the space between because the dots and lines are so focal. I much prefer the classic set design, where the 6x6 dots and the 5x5 spaces equally draw attention to themselves. If this board had the vibrant red dots, with a brown wood diamond laid in the square spaces, against the lighter wood background, I think it'd be perfect. That'd probably be too expensive though.