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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.
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    1. Stacie on

      yes, it's time for another update post!

    2. Cheapass Games 12-time creator on

      @Nicholas Everything is moving along nicely. James has been hard at work on both the box cover and the book, and we received the first production sample of pieces the other day. We also received the cloth boards, though we're thinking of changing the color. More details TBA. :)

    3. Nicholas Piovesan on

      Any new updates since? Is this still on (the new) schedule? I'm looking forward to a nice new-year's present :)

    4. Mike Cavanaugh on

      Thank you for the update, James & Patrick. It's reassuring to know that you want to keep us apprised of the situation even when things that are beyond your control delay your original estimates. What you're doing is no small undertaking, so I hope all of the backers will be reasonable and considerate during this process. Thanks also for keeping the quality of the manufacturing process as a main priority. I, for one, appreciate getting a quality product later than anticipated rather than rushing/botching the job just to meet deadlines. Thanks for your hard work. I am excited to see the final product - whenever that may be.

    5. Cheapass Games 12-time creator on

      @Phillip Was your friend lucky enough to place in the Tak tournament (allowing us to provide a smooth organized play experience next year), or perhaps they won the charity auction, benefiting The Pourhouse (an organization assisting individuals experiencing homelessness)? Those are the only copies we made available, all which were made by Wyrmwood. If Tak is being made available elsewhere, we'd certainly like to know so we can address that. :) –Cassidy

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      Phillip on

      I have to admit, I'd a bit irked that my friend went to GenCon this year and got a copy of this game, and I'm sitting here still waiting on mine........

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      Magnus Karlsson on

      One Who waits on something "good" can never wait to log! �

    8. Keith Pishnery on

      Great! That's super encouraging. :)

    9. Cheapass Games 12-time creator on

      @Keith Yes indeed. :) -Cassidy

    10. Keith Pishnery on

      Not sure I'm reading this right but the update suggests the plan is to ship the first half of Classic Set included orders in the order of backer #? That's pretty cool. I've always wondered if backing order comes into play on shipping.

    11. Cheapass Games 12-time creator on

      @Alex At this point, the Classic set is the only delayed item. :)

      @Jocelyn We briefly considered that, but the logistical complications involving split shipments would slow the process even more. We appreciate your enthusiasm, though!

      @Everyone It's never fun delivering bad news to your backers, and we truly appreciate your understanding and patience.


    12. Professor Stephen Candy

      Thanks for keeping us updated. I think being a bit overwhelmed is forgivable when you bring in $1.3 million versus a target of only a few thousand! I always expect some slippage with any Kickstarter project's estimated shipping timeline and indeed some of my most favourite rewards have been ones that shipped WAY late. It'll be totally worth the wait.

    13. Jim Seevers on

      Delays happen. Especially when you demand quality from your vendors(& authors. wink, wink Pat) Thank you for ensuring we get what we expected.

    14. Jocelyn Foxley on

      I agree whole-heartedly with Lora! I add to that my personal thanks for the excellent communication around this campaign.
      Being number 9,000+, I expect to be in the second shipment. But I have to ask: while the pledge manager is still open, is there a way to add an option for extra shipping? I would happily add another $30 or so if it meant receiving the rest of my order on time, and just receiving all my wooden bits in a second shipment.
      Again, thank you for managing this campaign (and our expectations) so well. It's my first Cheapass Games purchase, and based on this experience, I will certainly be a returning customer.

    15. Chris Ingersoll on

      Honestly I was fully expecting delays here since this is so out of the usual Cheapass Games level of production. This was partially why I opted for just the Tavern Set + Book level (also I planned on buying the Classic set from my FLGS). Happy to hear that those might still ship on time, although I sympathize with the frustrations of anyone who wanted a board.

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      Maurice Hopkins on

      If Tak is shipped in January of 2017, or later, I'll have to update my delivery address. I do not want to miss out on this delivery!

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      Lora Waring on

      Hi! Thanks for keeping us in the loop and promptly letting us know about slow downs. Kudos! Christmas needs new plans, but how great it is to have something to look forward to in the dreary days of January and February. :) Or whenever it ships. Quality is what everyone wants, right? No one's fault that the campaign was so successful. Hang in there !

    18. AaronT

      I am totally okay with the delays. Good things are worth waiting for. This is not my first go-round with Cheapass Kickstarter campaigns (I think this is my 5th Cheapass campaign supported) and they have excellent post-funding communication. If there are delays, they are open about it.

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      Mike M on

      So if the Classic Set ships in part depending on what else is in your pledge, but it seems to be the only thing behind schedule, what items might push an earlier backer to the second batch of shipping?

      I ordered at the Tinker level and added a cloth board, is that enough to know where I'll be in the shipping order?

      And no hard feelings on the delay, guys. Overall this has been one of the best-organized and communicative campaigns I've ever backed. A couple extra months isn't all that big a deal.

    20. Cheapass Games 12-time creator on

      @Alex You can message us here or email us at with updated shipping information at any time. Please keep us in the loop regarding your moving timeline and shipping information so we can time your package appropriately. -Cassidy

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      Tamara Zavodska on

      I'm willing to wait for it! :) No problem

    22. Alex Rinehart on

      How late can we change shipping addresses? I expect mine to change mid December.

    23. Cheapass Games 12-time creator on

      @Liz It is not too late. You can message us to change your order, or you can pre-order the Arcanist's board through Pat's charity, The Tinker's Packs. I do not know when The Tinker's Packs will ship pre-orders.

      @Wendy That's very similar to the faces we made, and we are sorry.

      @Dove Whatever you decide. We are here if you need to change shipping info.


    24. dove_queen on

      I'm banking on the fact that my backer number is 18... I set the shipping address to be my address while at university, but mid-December is around our final exams (and when people head home for the holidays). Might stick around... Wouldn't be so bad anyway, I wanna explore the city. Of course, I could just request to change my shipping address, but I'm quite stubborn. :) We'll just have to see!

    25. Liz

      Is it too late to get the arcanist's board? Will it be available later?

    26. Wendy Phifer on

      ಠ_ಠ...and so much for early Christmas shopping. I guess I have a present bought for next year.

    27. Cheapass Games 12-time creator on

      @Kathleen We sent you a message. :) -Cassidy

    28. David Glass

      @Kathleen: use the 'View Pledge' button, it is the last thing in the window that details your pledge. using the mobile app it is shown under your name.

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      Kathleen Hunt on

      So how can we find out our backer number? This was intended as a holiday gift, so I really need to know whether I should make other plans . . .

    30. Jason Joyce on

      I rather quite wish I could afford Devi's box... Alas, the wallet said no.
      Thanks for the update, and delays are no issue at all, especially only a month or two.

    31. Mathúin [‘Ma-Hoon’]

      Ah, I think I did my add-ons but didn't complete the payment part yet! @__@ I totally forgot about that until this update reminded me.

      I think I'm getting the book, coin and a couple of the capstones... Oh, and the cloth board? I better go take care of this! n__n;;

    32. Doug Johnson on

      Happy to wait for quality. I'll be happy when you guys are happy.

    33. Cheapass Games 12-time creator on

      The book is on track, with some unknowns later on in the process; it's still early. The coins have shipped and are on the way to the office. :) -Cassidy

    34. Insomnicron on

      Any delays on the books and coins?