The one about the Poker Chips
Okay, so here's the scoop on the poker chips.
When planning started for the production of this game (and this Kickstarter) several months ago, we carefully went over with the licensor, Winsome Games, what the ideal nature and composition of the currency would be. Based on the original editions of the game, the decision was made to make the currency a total of 90 poker chips (not paper money which so many people have objected to over the years) and in the denominations of 40-1's; 40-5's and 10-25's. This was not a random decision, but the product of thought and design by all parties involved.
It took quite a bit of searching about to find a source for these poker chips -- several were considered and rejected in the process. As I mentioned in a Comment yesterday, I was very surprised and pleased that this search resulted in finding the present 1.7g, 22mm diameter chips that you will get in this AOS Deluxe edition that you have pledged for. These have just enough "heft" to them to be easily stackable, not prone to shifting about and sliding, and they are quite a wonderful substitute for the awkward paper currency they are replacing. I think you are going to be very surprised and pleased by these chips.
As to the $ sign on them, we are an American company and the US Dollar is a universally recognizable currency sign. We thought and still think it is preferable to no currency sign at all or any other one. We are also selling Optional Buy sets of 100 chips with no denominations (40 whites, 40 reds and 20 blues) which you can purchase and use for AOS games or for ROTW games, or for any other games which require currency. And of course we also have Optional Buy sets of 200 chips which add green and yellow chips to the mix as well (see the details for these in the Optional Buy section of the Kickstarter).
One of our goals, as always, is to get these games to you on or ahead of the estimated delivery times mentioned on the Pledge Levels. For this Kickstarter, that goal and date is October, 2019 --because we want to be able to sell this game at the Essen fair later that month. We are pushed to capacity to meet that goal for a Kickstarter that is now -- in March. But Ian O'Toole has done his usual great job with the art and graphics and gotten them to us in time for this to be a realistic goal -- and we plan to meet it. In order to accomplish this, we felt that it was important to get going on the production of the poker chips as soon as possible -- and so we did! In fact, they are already produced -- in sets of 90 chips (40 white $1's; 40 red $5's and 10 blue $25's). That is the composition of what you will find in the basic games we will be printing and packaging and shipping later on this year -- in time to get them to you in late September and early October (we hope)!
However, it has become increasingly obvious to us that some of you, our very wonderful and outspoken Backers, would greatly prefer to have your blue chips be $10; and that the $25 chips be colored green. We are listening to you. It took a few days to figure out how we could address this, but we now have a plan to cover it. We will also produce a set of 100 chips to go into a certain number (how many will depend on the demand that there is for these) of "AOS Deluxe (100 chip) editions". We will be offering these for an extra $3 supplement starting now (you can up your current pledge by $3 if you wish to get these) and also on the Pledge Manager (you will be offered this 100 chip edition for $70 instead of $67; or $82 instead of $79 if you are pledging at the Conductor level and getting the wooden locomotives as well).
So to clarify and anticipate the inevitable questions: We are offering a $3 supplement to existing Backers at the $67 and $79 Pledge levels, both for the 4 remaining days of this KS, and during the PM which follows. If you opt to pay this additional $3 you will get a base AOS game which contains 100 chips instead of 90. The composition of those 100 chips will be 40-white $1; 40-red $5; 10-blue $10 and 10-green $25.
We will not be producing an option or version without chips, that simply makes no sense and would be a logistical nightmare to produce, distribute, explain and sell later.
In any case, as usual, you can either pledge your extra $3 now (greatly preferable to us so that we can begin to gauge the interest in this option in the very near future and plan accordingly), or you can wait and pledge this $3 during the PM. Either way, you will need to wait until the PM and the PM survey that Ruth will send out to you in order to clarify your desire to get this new 100-chip edition.
If you do not want, or care about, what color your $25 chips are, then you need to do nothing at all. You will receive the standard AOS Deluxe with the 90 chips (40 white $1s; 40 red $5s; 10 blue $25s).
I hope that this Update is very clear and covers all the needed ground but if not, please feel free to ask questions either in the Comments below or the Comments section on the main page.
You participation and support has been great and it is much appreciated. Thanks a lot!
Rick Soued, owner, Eagle-Gryphon Games