10k goal achieved - see update #4 for details
15k goal achieved - see update #6 for details
20k goal achieved - see update #7 for details
- if the project achieves $25,000 in funding, all backers at the one set and above reward levels will receive one of our Active Player Markers.
What are GemChips?
As many experienced gamers have discovered, a great set of chips is one of the best accessories you can get to enhance your gaming. GemChips will be casino quality ceramic chips that are designed specifically for tabletop gamers. Of course they are also great for your occassional poker nights too if you're into that sort of thing.
Will these be offered for sale after the Kickstarter? Yes and No. Our current plan is to place an order large enough to fill our Kickstarter rewards and a small amount of inventory. Once that inventory is sold, we will likely not reorder until we have a chance to place another order large enough to achieve volume discounts. The bottom line is: if you really like this design, I'd encourage you to jump in and support the project.
Are these chips expensive? At first glance GemChips might appear expensive - but - If you take the time to compare these against other similar casino quality chips, you will find GemChips are actually very competitively priced. For a true apples-to-apples comparison you should look for ceramic chips that feature aligned edges and factor in the shipping costs too.
Why should I use GemChips chips?
A huge number of games use some form of currency as a core element of game play. Sadly, the components used to track currency are almost always sub-par.
Games generally use one of the following for currency:
- cardboard tokens: Usually you need to punch these out yourself. They get worn out pretty fast, and sometimes they get torn when you are trying to punch them.
- Paper money: This is probably the worst type of game currency. It sticks together, rips, and is irritating to making change with.
- Plastic chips: better than paper or cardboard, but frequently are thin and difficult to stack or pick-up.
- Metal coins & tokens: much better than paper or cardboard, but usually are too small (penny or dime sized) making them awkward to handle or stack. Many lack a printed denomination.
Long ago, casinos discovered the right solution. They realized that the best proxy for currency is a poker chip. Not only are poker chips fun to handle, but they stack easily and make a cool noise when you throw them into a pile (affectionately known as splashing the pot).
While big box store poker chips are ok, they are not without shortcomings when used for tabletop gaming.
- They don't have the right mix denominations for board games. Most poker sets only have 5 denominations.
- Most designs lack printed denominations - forcing players to remember which design is associated with each denomination.
- Virtually all poker chips have designs that don't look right when playing board games.
With a set of GemChips you can avoid all of the problems and shortcomings.
As you can see below, consider how much easier and more enjoyable using GemChips rather than the card board tokens next game of Puerto Rico.
You can toss those tiny metal coins that seems to be the rage these days on Kickstarter.
Notice the huge difference in size compared to metal tokens and US coins.
When we launched our GameChips project back in 2012, we received lots of positive feedback. We found that our backers especially loved the chips that had the gem style design. Given how popular this design had become, we decided to create an entire set of chips using the same style.
While we could have kept the design exactly the same. we felt it like we wanted to offer something more. The following are the major upgrades that we are introducing:
- Improved the chip colors to make them even richer and vibrant.
- Designed a new rolling edge to make it even easier to differentiate when stacked.
- Added two new denominations; 200 & 2000 for a total of 15 game friendly values.
- Aligned edges* - the accent marks on the face of the chip line up with the spots on the the edge of the chip. * see the no surprises section for some important details on alignment.
- Aligned faces - if you rotate the chip on its axis, you'll find that the faces on the front and back are in the same orientation.
Here's a picture of the prototype chips showing all 15 of the denominations that we plan to create:
We realize that a set of GemChips represent a sizable investment in your hobby, and that not every gamer will find these affordable. That said, we firmly believe that GemChips will be the best set of chips for gamers on the market.
If you're struggling with the decision to back this project, consider that a typical configuration of six sets (300 chips) costs about the same as 5 or 6 average games. Consider how many times those games will hit the table compared to using these chips most times you sit down for a game.
No surprises section
One of my personal pet peeves is to receive an item and find out that it falls short of my expectations. In this section I will try to give you as much information as I can, so that when you receive your chips, they will be exactly what you expected.
First off, these chips will be manufactured in the United States using high density solid composition materials - there are no metal slugs in the middle which are often used in cheaper chips to increase their weight.
Size - standard poker chip size -39mm in diameter and are approximately 3.3 mm thick and will weigh about 10 grams each.
Color - The colors on your computer screen may appear a bit more vivid than the actual chips. This is true when comparing just about any physical object to an image on a screen.
Dimples - Another thing to note is that ceramic poker chips have a small dimple on the rolling edge of each chip. This is part of the manufacturing process. It's very minor, but I wanted to make sure you were aware.
Edge Alignment Variances - Creating chips with aligned edges is a complex process. As such, you will find situations where the decorative accent marks on the face and rolling edges don't match up precisely. This is normal and expected. Variances between 0 and 2mm are considered to be within the normal range by ceramic chip manufacturers. The chip manufacturer indicated that a 2mm would be atypical as most would be much less.
Below are a couple of pictures to show examples of a smaller and larger variance so you can more clearly understand this point.
During normal play, you probably won't notice these variances.
Since many folks don't have a ton of knowledge about the broad range of types of chips on the market - I found an excellent write-up at pokerchiplounge.com that provides an overview of the various types of chips. It's a good place to start if you want a better understanding of the wide range of chip types on the market.
About Stretch Goals:
The cost of creating & delivering GemChips will be about 30% higher than we were able to obtain in our last two projects. This is due to 3 factors: price increases by the manufacturer, additional cost to related to using aligned edges in this design, and increases in shipping costs due to postal rate increases.
To help maintain the lowest price per chip possible, I've decided to avoid incorporating costly stretch goals and provide a few modest ones. The fact is, stretch goals can be very costly, and while exciting from a backer standpoint, they represent a major cost to the project.
Note that in the past, we introduced new denominations as stretch goals. While we could have taken that approach in this project, we felt that doing so would make it more difficult for you to plan your ideal set configuration. Therefore, we are making all denominations available from the start instead of using these as stretch goals.
About GameKnight Products Inc
GameKnight Products Inc. is a small business that is focused on delivering products and services for tabletop gaming. Our website (www.gameknight.com) offers a wide range of strategy guides, reviews, and news articles of interest to gamers.
Last year we created this short video that explains some more info on why we got started.
Our Kickstarter history:
Our first two projects were completed on-time and our backers were very satisfied with the end product.
Here's some of the backer feedback that we received:
- Great product. One of the few kickstater projects that I feel satisfied with.
- Got my package Tuesday, I love how they have a nice heavy feel to them. Thanks Dave!
- Got my chips on Friday and very impressed with the quality. They are beautiful! Thanks.
Risks and challenges
This being my third Kickstarter project, I am experienced in the both managing the project and delivering rewards. That being said, here are the aspects of the project that are challenging:
The largest challenge will be organizing the order information as each backers reward could end up being unique as they are able to select variable quantities of each chip design.
As with anything in life, there is always the chance for unforeseen issues, but I'm confident that I have done the proper planning to minimize the risks and can deliver my project as I have done in my past two project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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