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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.

Tak Pairs Deck!

Posted by Cheapass Games (Creator)

Welcome, Backer 4500!

Our first week is behind us, and it was a crazy one. 4500 backers, lots of great feedback, and nearly 800% funded. Thanks to everyone for your patience and your good suggestions. Now, please tell all your friends, and let's see if we can make it all the way to a million!

Introducing: The Tak Pairs Deck

We've been talking for a while about adding a Tak-themed Pairs deck, for those backers who love both games. Today we're officially announcing this as a $10 add-on. The art doesn't exist yet, but we like the suggestion of using Nate Taylor's simple pencil sketch style, so it might look a little like this:

Tak Pairs Deck: Not the final art.
Tak Pairs Deck: Not the final art.

The Tak Pairs deck will depict ten Tak games from around Temerant and the people who play them. showing locally flavored piece shapes, game styles, costumes, and backgrounds.

For now, we think this deck will be a limited print run, which means we will likely make the deck at DriveThruCards. This print-on-demand card service makes high-quality card decks at reasonable prices (check out some of our other decks). If we make the deck at DriveThru, it will come without a box.

If the demand for this deck is high enough, we may go ahead and print it alongside one of our other card games this summer, meaning that it can have a normal deck box. We estimate that will happen right around 8000 backers. But for the moment, you should assume that it will come sans box.

To learn more about how add-ons work, check out the details in Update #4.

Some Pieces on a Square of Cloth
Some Pieces on a Square of Cloth

Cloth Boards:

We are hearing a lot about cloth boards... and we're listening! We have ordered more samples and price quotes this week. Our goal is to make a simple cloth board by printing a design on a bandanna. We need to find a decent source for these at a reasonable price, and if we do it will become an add-on, similar to the Pairs deck.

We're talking with our friend BJ Becker, who is an art instructor when he's not being Doctor Lucky, about a design for the cloth board. It will be a simple one-color pattern, a 5x5 board, with squares roughly 2" in size. But until we get a bid that we like, on a fabric that we like, we can't tell you much more.

And More:

We want to have some real fun with the Tak campaign, and also get the word out, so look for an update soon with some great challenges and rewards. Also, stay tuned for more announcements about game art and components, as soon as our team gets a chance to work out the details!

Until then, thanks for supporting Tak!

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    1. Satheian on

      I believe the suggestion by Jo was that the board be printed on the bag -when opened- so it wouldn't be limited to the 5 inch closed size, but if the bag were made in a method like Edward has suggested, then it would be easy to open the bag into a usable game board even at the 8x8 size. (12x12 textile, maybe 13x13 to give clearance for the grommets, depending on size)

      I'm concerned that a bandana wouldn't be nearly durable enough for a game board, all the ones I've seen are very flimsy, but maybe there are higher quality 'rags' available? Idk.

      My preference would be something waterproof (maybe vinyl or leather as suggested by Lewis and Jack) or even just a treated canvas like Sunforger (which is also fire resistant).

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      Edward Boudreaux

      I had a cloth chessboard that had grommets around the edges so it could drawstring closed and hold all the pieces. This could be a DIY upgrade as long as the cloth board is large enough.

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      Lewis parry on

      What about a leather board??
      Kind of like an in between the cloth board and the wooden board. I imagine it to be embossed with the grid...

    4. Cheapass Games 12-time creator on

      @Jo: The Tavern Set bag is sized to contain the pieces comfortably. It's a compact 5" across, which is smaller than the play area needed for the game, but fits well in a pocket.
      -Carol Monahan
      VP, Cheapass Games

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      William Dowe on

      You guys are too good at your jobs, you just keep adding things that make me want to keep adding more and more stuff to my pledge, but I don't have unlimited money. (Yet).

    6. Naomiooooo on

      I just noticed my copy of Santorini will be on a 5X5 board too... so I could play Tak on a island plynth.

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      Jack Cranshaw on

      I printed a game board on a vinyl substrate that was nice because it was water resistant. Now the objective was to be useable as a drinking game, so this may be different.

    8. Jo Lauck on

      What about getting the image printed ON the bags for the Tavern set?

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      Tom Watson on

      I thought exactly the same as Szymon.

    10. Szymon Bęczkowski on

      How about a cloth deck that would also be a pouch for the pieces.

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      Arthur Wilson

      I just added$10 for a deck.

    12. Brandon Lee Mata on

      Loving the Pairs deck updates!