Funded! This project was successfully funded on July 4, 2011.


An award-winning board game that combines Chess and Chinese Checkers with a unique twist. Made in the USA with wood pieces!

Can you help us fund this American-made eco-friendly game by Independence Day?

Uncle Chestnut's Table Gype is a board game for 2-4 players. It has a simple goal: to get one's pieces across the board. Each piece is a wooden die, and each side moves differently. When a piece is jumped, it is rolled, and must move according to the new face-up side.

Uncle Chestnut's Table Gype is inspired by an unpublished game concept by authors G.K. Chesterton and H.G. Wells. In his Autobiography, G.K. Chesterton mentions "the well-known and widespread national game of Gype" which he and H.G. Wells invented as a joke.

Specifically, Chesterton mentions "I myself cut out and coloured pieces of cardboard of mysterious and significant shapes, the instruments of Table Gype; a game for the little ones."

Table Gype is a winner of the Mensa Mind Games competition, and bears the Mensa Select seal. It also was named one of the top 100 games of 2011 by GAMES Magazine.

Here's a video review and explanation of how to play by Tom Vasel:

What makes this game even more special is the fact it was designed, published, and is manufactured in the United States. Sales of the game support American workers and create jobs.

The cloth board and wooden pieces are eco-friendly and certified lead-free. There is no plastic used in the game, which means no fumes, and no petroleum-based components.

For more information on the game, visit its page on

However, being a small publisher and our first game winning such a well-known award, we need help to keep the game in print. Funds will go to printing more copies of the game, hiring more people to craft the game, and to advertise the game.

We've put a lot of thought into how to reward our backers. So here's an explanation of some of the highlights.

Live updates! Designers Paul and Chris Nowak will do a weekly live chat/video conference with backers, in addition to regular updates, special offers, and so forth that only backers will get to see.

Card Gype! 

Starting at the $50 level, backers receive a copy of our out of print card game, Card Gype, in which players combine scraps of paper with ideas to complete topics and book subjects about Chesterton. Features over 40 quotes from G.K.C. You can find our more about this game on BoardGameGeek.

Free Worldwide Shipping! We don't want to leave out those of you outside the U.S.A., so at the $50 level we ship for free wherever you are. 


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    Each week, designers Chris and Paul Nowak will host a live chat (perhaps even video) for backers only. We'll be open to discussing game design, playing games, books, philosophy - and of course the project.

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    A set of 32 wooden discs, featuring four of the 6 Gype symbols to be used as markers in the game, to help remember where dice go during long jumps. (This was a frequent request from Mensa judges.) Free shipping to the U.S. only.

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    Add $15 to any pledge for each copy of the out-of-print Uncle Chestnut's Card Gype You'd like to receive in addition to your other rewards. This game is NOT coming back in print, we are doing a special print run for backers of this project. It originally retailed for $20.

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    A copy of the game, and free shipping in the U.S. only.

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    a copy of the game, plus the 32 wooden markers (which can be used to play a whole other game, rules will be provided). Free shipping to the U.S. and Canada.

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    A copy of the game and wooden markers, plus the out of print card game, Card Gype. For those keeping score at home, that's 3 games all together. Free WORLDWIDE shipping!

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    3 copies of Table Gype, 3 sets of discs, 1 copy of card gype, and FREE US & Canadian shipping! $15 extra for international shipping.

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    A copy of the game, wooden discs, Card Gype, Free worldwide shipping AND we will dye or stain your pieces to 4 colors you specify, so that your set is unique.

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    RETAILER/PROMOTER PACK! 10 Copies of Table Gype with the wooden discs, Free US & Canadian shipping ($20 to the rest of the world) . Add Card Gype copies to this for just $10 each ($20 MRSP).

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    The wooden discs, Card Gype, and a special "H.G. Wells Edition" copy of Table Gype with a wooden board and pieces painted metallic colors (e.g. gold, silver, bronze) and a new official variant based on Wells' gaming style and philosophy. This variant will be available to donors at this level only until playtesting feedback is received.

Funding period

- (45 days)