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What are VictoryChips?
VictoryChips are custom ceramic poker chips that are designed to be the best way to keep track of scoring in tabletop games. The chips will be made from high quality ceramic like the ones used in many casinos. We decided on ceramic chips for a few reasons:
- Ceramic chips are extremely durable and since the image is embedded into the chip, the design will not wear off.
- The other advantage of ceramic chips is that the graphic design can cover the entire chip rather than just a small inlay like other custom chip types.
So what is the problem we are trying to solve?
A huge number of tabletop games involve keeping track of points to determine who wins (and who loses). Experienced gamers know that sometimes the score tracking bits that come with the game leave a lot to be desired.
Here's a quick rundown of what is usually provided with games:
- Punched cardboard tokens - Assuming you can punch these out without tearing off some of the face, these will wear out over time. They also are a little irritating to stack and handle.
- Scoring track - That little track that runs around the outside of board works as long as no one accidentally knocks the pawns or disks off their spots. Sometimes the little disks end up on the line between two spaces and no one remembers which space they belong on.
- Plastic chips - Better than punched cardboard, but these are often very thin and difficult to stack or pick up.
After realizing how much more enjoyable games were when we replaced the in game currency with GameChips (our first Kickstarter project), we decided that we wanted to do the same for score tracking.
We realized that in order to make chips best-suited for keeping score in tabletop games, we would need to create the right design.
One of the unique features of the design is that the value will only be visible on one side of the chip. The reverse side of the chip and the rolling edge are identical for all denominations. This feature allows the chips to be used for scoring in games with both hidden and open scoring mechanics.
We analyzed many games to find out what denominations would be most commonly used for keeping score. Of course we will also consider adding some additional denominations if needed based on backer feedback.
We are planning to use standard poker chip colors as the background color on the chips to avoid confusing players already familiar with those colors.
Finally, we are working on a design that we felt would fit right in with the look and feel of tabletop games.
1 Set of VictoryChips
1 Victory Chip set (Canada)
1 set international
2 set package
3 set package
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- If you would like to add a case to your order, we have the following available. When you place your pledge, just add the amount for the case to the amount pledged. Please note that cases will only be shipped to US addresses.
No surprises section
I want every backer to be 100% satisfied with their chips. In this section, I'll try to give you as much details & pictures about the chips as I can so that when you receive your chips, they will be what you expected.
The chips are casino quality chips - 39mm in diameter and 10g in weight. High density solid composition - no metal slugs in the middle which are sometimes used in cheaper chips.
The best way to show you, is with pictures. Here are some actual pictures of the prototype chips. These are straight from the camera with no adjustments so they should provide a pretty good idea of what the final versions will look like.
I would also recommend viewing this project's video carefully to get a great idea of what the physical chips will look like.
As you can see, the colors are more vivid on the artwork than on the actual chips. In my first Kickstarter some backers were surprised that the physical chips didn't look quite a bright as the artwork. This difference seems most notable on the '1' and the '100' chips.
Another thing to note is that all ceramic poker chips have a small dimple on the rolling edge. This is part of the manufacturing process. Its very minor, but I wanted to make sure you were aware.
Face alignment - As with most ceramic poker chips the front and back designs are not aligned. In other words, if you were to spin a poker chip on its edge, the design on the front and the design on the back are usually not going to be in the exact same orientation. It is possible to have chips with aligned faces, however due to the additional manufacturing cost its usually not done. I had considered this, however there is no functional benefit to having them aligned I felt is was not worth the additional cost.
We need some gamers who, like us, believe that great game components enhance our enjoyment of the hobby.
We decided to use Kickstarter for this project, for a few reasons:
- It will allow us to get feedback from backers and make any needed adjustments.
- It will give us a much better understanding of how many people are interested in this game accessory.
- It provides us to place an order large enough to make the project feasible.
About GameKnight Products Inc
GameKnight Products is a new company that was founded by gamers, for gamers. Our mission is to provide products and services that will improve the tabletop gaming experience. Our website (www.gameknight.com) provides strategy guides, reviews, and articles of interest to the hobby gamer. Our first product, GameChips, was launched via Kickstarter in early 2012.
Risks and challenges
This being my second Kickstarter project, I have already worked through some of the growing pains associated with creating custom chips and was able to deliver the project with only some slight delays. That being said, here are the aspects of the project that are challenging:
The largest post kickstarter 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. I believe I have a good process for managing custom orders, but this can be time consuming.
Although I believe the design work is very near complete, changes to the design might be desirable if the project backers suggest improvements. As I learned in my first project, design changes take time to get right. If any design changes are needed, it could potentially delay the start of manufacturing. I have factored some extra time into the project for this possibility.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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