About this project
What is Cube Index?
Cube Index is both a website and an upcoming visual guide book of mechanical puzzles.
Who is Cube Index?
Cube Index is a small team of puzzle lovers and designers with a passion for book design.
Why should I back your project?
The 2017 edition of the book is limited to just 1,000 copies. Only 250 copies will be made available through Kickstarter. All pledges also come with a mechanical puzzle produced by Cube Index. A 3D printed puzzle called the OoO Ring was designed in collaboration for this campaign with world-renowned puzzle designer Oskar van Deventer!
Publishing and printing a book is also very expensive. Only through your support will we have the opportunity to make this concept a reality.
Why a book?
Cube Index will be the first comprehensive twisty/mechanical puzzle compendium ever printed. Additionally, we still believe in the inherent beauty of a well designed book and wanted a self-contained resource to share with the large community of puzzle lovers.
When will the book ship? How often will you update me?
We are planning on shipping the book by the first week of November 2017 with updates coming to all of our backers once every month.
Which puzzles will be included in the book?
There are many thousands of mechanical puzzles out there (check out the video above to see just a few that will be in our book).
The book will visually feature over 5,000 mechanical puzzles from the collections of over 40 collectors and shops from around the world. It will be up to date with puzzles released through January 1st, 2017. Our focus is on providing a comprehensive visual guide to all mass produced twisty puzzles. To a lesser extent, we will also be surveying some of the most iconic & historically significant, mass produced releases among all other categories of puzzles including: assembly, disassembly, interlocking, tanglement, sliding, dexterity, route-finding, jigsaw, edge matching, folding, electronic/electro-mechanical and more!
What information will the book have? How is it organized?
The book will have nearly one photo of each cataloged puzzle. This includes all color and sticker variations. Many puzzles will also include some combination of the following (depending on availability of information): the approximate year in which it was released to the public, the company that produced it, the original inventor(s), and a short description. Each puzzle is being assigned a unique serial number, and will be organized based on our own simplified 10 category system. All puzzles can be quickly and easily located and referenced via a master index.
What will the book look like? How long will it be?
We are expecting the book to be around 400 pages in length. All photographs will be printed in color. The dimensions will be approximately 6 inches x 9 inches.
How much is shipping? Do you ship internationally?
Shipping is free to the United States! This includes shipping in a sturdy box, free tracking information and delivery in just 2-5 business days.
All international orders will ship in sturdy boxes, include tracking information, and take only 5-10 business days to arrive anywhere in the world! Shipping to Canada is $25/book. Shipping to the rest of the world is $35/book.
What if I am planning on moving before November 2017 or my address changes?
No worries! We will send a reminder email to all people who paid for pre-orders in early November to confirm all addresses.
What size is the puzzle ring?
The puzzle ring is approximately a size 10.
Will there be a PDF or e-book version of Cube Index 2017 released?
Cube Index will only be a short run, limited edition, printed book.
Please let us know if you have any questions or comments.
Risks and challenges
Overall, there are very few risks. The book is currently about 70% completed and we are on track to wrap up page layout within the next few months, leaving plenty of time for final edits, proofing, test printing, and packaging. There is some possibility that there will be minor delays in delivery if we experience any printing issues.
We will be completely transparent with our backers and provide periodic updates along the way. Thank you for your trust and support!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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