Introducing Cloth Boards
We’ve had great response to Devi’s Box and Devi's Board, and today we’d like to talk about an accessory at the other end of the price scale: a cloth board for Tak.
We’ve been working on this option since long before the campaign, but we couldn’t come up with a satisfactory solution until now. We know it’s a popular concept, so we have burned some midnight oil looking for a board that works. And we've finally found a supplier worthy to make this fine thing.
First, a caveat. A cloth board is never going to be perfect. Even in the best conditions, standing stones on a cloth board will be a little unstable. If the board has a wrinkle or a fold, or if the underlying surface is soft, you may have a hard time placing a wall.
Despite the drawbacks, there are also clear advantages to a cloth board, because it’s wonderfully portable and inexpensive. A decent traveling board can be an excellent accessory, and the cloth board we have chosen has the best combination of price, quality and stability.
We looked at some high-priced options for the fabric and printing, but we’ve decided to keep this cloth board affordable by going with a simple one-color printed bandanna, 14” square, available as an add-on for $9 (plus shipping). These bandannas are 100% cotton, made in China, and printed in the USA.
You can add this board to your pledge during the campaign, or through the pledge manager after the campaign ends. The cloth is light, so it probably won't add to your shipping cost, but only the pledge manager knows for sure.
The Early Design
Artist BJ Becker, who teaches art when he’s not being Doctor Lucky, is designing a unique organic look for our cloth board. It’s an oak-themed 5x5 layout, shown above as gold ink on a brown fabric. (Final colors are still TBD.)
This is an early sketch, but it gives you a sense of where we are heading. We went with a 5x5 board because we expect that the cloth board will most likely be paired with a Tavern Set, which has only enough pieces for 5x5. In this pseudo-hybrid design it's easy to see a 4x4 board on the spaces between the leaves. If you want to play 6x6, you can augment the inner 4x4 grid with the circles that line the inner square.
Many backers have asked if this board could also transform into a bag, but that’s just not practical. We don’t have a good source for specialty cloth manufacturing (these are printed bandannas, which is simpler) but more important, there isn’t a good pattern that works as both a bag and a board. However, it’s simple enough to tie this bandanna around your pieces, bindle-style, if you decide to forego the traditional drawstring bag.
Video: Devi's Box
The folks at Wyrmwood were nice enough to put together a presentation video for Devi’s Box (below). Note that in this video, the piece colors have been updated: we now have bloodwood rounds vs. maple trapezoids. We think this is closer to what Devi would play with (blood vs. money). Take a look!
Devi's Box is a brilliant piece of work, and we are thrilled to have generated so much demand for it. As this video shows, you will not be disappointed.
Note: we have now decided to include a certificate of authenticity in Devi's box, signed by Patrick and James, as a little upgrade to say "thanks for loving it!"
Shout Out: Tak-Tak
We made some new friends while setting up this campaign, and we wanted to give them a mention.
Unrelated to the Kingkiller Chronicles, Twizmo Games and designer Rich Zeglovitch created a new game called "tak-tak." It's a two-player abstract strategy game that could easily be mistaken for Tak, if it didn't have entirely different rules.
Rich's game title comes from "stack and attack," and it's pretty clearly a case of simultaneous development with our game. But since their game was already for sale when ours was still in open beta, they could have decided to send their lawyers at us. Instead, all the business entities involved have agreed to peacefully coexist, and we think that's just better for everyone.
If you're curious about abstract strategy games, you should definitely check out tak-tak.
More News Coming Soon:
We have some nice early sketches from Echo Chernik for the Classic Set board, and we should have something to share with you soon. She’s creating a rich, intricate design resembling exotic wood inlays, with daisies and Selas flowers.
We have only seven days left on the Kickstarter campaign, so please tell your friends and let’s push for that one million mark. It’s not impossible… and we have some nice upgrades to announce when we get closer to the line.
Thanks again for your support!