New Art: Coins and Boards
Today we’d like to share some art-in-progress for the collector coin, and for the two main game boards.
We have made collector coins for nearly all of our Kickstarter campaigns. We created coins for Get Lucky, Unexploded Cow (after the campaign), Stuff and Nonsense, and many others, most of which are still available at our Factory Outlet Store.
The Tak collector coin is a bit different, because it’s not round. This coin is designed for use as a centerpiece, helping you play Tak without a board. We’ve found that square coins do a better job of indicating where the board is.
The coin is approximately 42mm corner-to-corner. The front shows a simple 5x5 Tak board. You’d use this to indicate the center space when playing 3x3 or 5x5. On the back, we have a decorative “X” design. Placed diagonally, it shows the intersection at the middle of a 4x4 grid (or if you are ambitious, 6x6).
There is a hole in the corner, in case you want to use it as a fob, necklace, or keychain. It will be finished in black and silver, similar to the mockup above.
Note: This item is technically not a “coin” but a “metal gaming token” since it’s not really currency, and customs takes a special interest in “coins.” But whatever, it’s a flat metal thing made by Campaign Coins, so internally we can’t stop calling it a coin.
Echo Chernik: First Sketches
As you know, Echo Chernik is creating the game board for the Classic Set. She’s a powerhouse local illustrator who works for many high-profile gaming companies when she’s not making art for the real world.
Echo fell in love with Tak as soon as she played, and she’s designing something quite special for us, but we have only her very first sketch to show off today. This is a concept sketch, but it gives you a good idea where she is going.
The basic concept is a richly detailed board resembling exotic wood with gemstones and mother of pearl, with hand-painted flower designs. This sketch uses roses to show the basic idea, but the flowers in the final board will be daisies and Selas flowers.
This board is a hybrid 6x6, meaning it has 36 diamonds and 25 squares. The design above shows a couple of different color options, but it should really be treated as a work in progress. We may have a new sketch as early as tomorrow.
Pete Venters: Companion Book Cover
Another local powerhouse illustrator, Pete Venters, is designing the game board for the back cover of the companion book. This design is farther along than the Classic Set board, but is still not final.
The Companion Book will be 8.5” square, which is large enough for a 5x5 hybrid board (25 diamonds and 16 squares). Pete's beautiful geometric design has details in wood grain and gemstones, much more than this preview can show.
We love the idea of a board on the back of the companion book, and we think this will be an excellent portable option for everyone with a Tavern Set (or the Crazy Martin pack, which is also a full 5x5 set).
Our current estimate for the page count in the Companion Book is 64, but it’s still flexible. It depends on how much new content we unlock, how much more James and Pat want to write, and how many copies we print. We know the book will contain the game rules, history, variants, at least two precursor games, and even some Tak puzzles. So much fun!
The Countdown Continues!
Only three days remain in this most excellent and amazing campaign. It closes on Friday night, and afterwards you can still add more to an existing pledge, but you can’t become a new backer! So please spread the word, and let’s get everyone engaged before the party is over.
The crew of Cheapass Games will have a private celebration on Friday night. We'll be tweeting and playing Tak during the final two hours of the campaign. Celebrate with us: follow @cheapassgames and @cheapassjames on Twitter, and let’s see how high we can raise this balloon!
Thanks as always for all your support, and that includes your many helpful replies on busy comment threads!