About this project
GameNightLife is a small group of gaming enthusiasts. We really are that scrappy, upstart startup that you think about: no marketing team, no "social media experts," no businesspeople. Just a few people who have so much fun with tabletop gaming that we want to share it with the world.
So, because of that, we're happy to finally be able to give everyone something we always wanted---a gaming tile that:
- Can cover any size or shape table.
- Works with any kind of marker.
- Cleans up easily and quickly.
- Withstands spills and "snackccidents."
- Lets you have a proper chase scene.
- Doesn't slide around on the table.
- Allows for a wide variety of terrain, dungeon, or miniature.
- Is affordable.
This whole project is simple and to-the-point, the way we think gaming stuff should be.
We're asking for $50,000 because that is the absolute minimum required for a production run. The factory can't make these for a reasonable price without the massive order.
We know that many people have voiced a desire for a mat like this, so we feel confident that we will meet our goal.
We are even more confident in our ability to deliver the product in a timely manner (possibly even ahead of schedule). The production facility is ready to start as soon as the Kickstarter concludes. Production will take 1 to 2 months, depending on the size of our order. Shipping is expected to take about 4 weeks (literally depending on weather, and other factors, including the size of the order).
Double Metal: There will be an extra ferrous metal piece in the square mats, so that the magnets can attach to them. This means that any side of a square can affix to any other side, and you never have to worry about polarity (like, never say "Oops, need to turn that 90 degrees"). It also means that 4 of the quarter squares (which will have a magnet in each side) would be able to replace a regular 8x8 square. And anyone who was worried about magnetic attraction before should have their fears allayed. If the magnetic strength isn't strong enough with just the metal bits, we will make sure there are 2 magnets in each side (oriented so that every side fits every other side). If you guys believe in us this much, then we don't mind taking on the extra cost to make sure you guys are all happy. It'll be worth it to have thousands of happy people, in our opinion! We're saying "Double Metal" because Jerry is pretty insistent that they be perfect, and he's the one visiting the factory, and is prone to trying to upgrade everyone.
MultiGrid option: For squares: The 8x8 with 1/2", 1", and 2" increments marked a little differently. That way you can measure far more precisely! For hexes: The 1" grid with triangles.
For clarification: "parchment color" is the default color for the mats. That's always been, and will always be, an option. (It's the color of the square mat in the main video, or traditional roll-out mats.)
The stretch goals regarding colors are for access to bonus new extra additional colors as an option. Also, the "Half-Hexes" and "Quarter Squares" count the same as any other mat. If we figure out a way to cut production costs, that would change after the Kickstarter. But for now, because magnets and cuts aren't free, they count the same.
Check the FAQ (or the FAQ videos) if you have any questions. If that doesn't answer your question, just send us a message! We will try to answer as soon as we can. (It is a bit chaotic here in the meantime, however, in these last few hours.)
Risks and challenges
Initial challenges we faced had to do with production. We weren't sure if we could pull off the combination of materials like we wanted. We didn't know if we could get the magnets to work, or if we could get the precision cuts we needed to to make everything tessellate perfectly.
As you can see from the prototype in the videos, we overcame what was clearly the biggest hurdle in the project. We can make these. And we found a great production facility that will be able to provide these at an affordable price.
Jerry is scheduled to visit the production facility at the end of the Kickstarter to make certain that the items are made exactly to specifications.
Depending on the size of the order, it will take 1 to 2 months to actually get them made, and then an extra few weeks to get them shipped to Knoxville. We will keep a running log about the status on our website, and give updates anytime something 'significant' happens (like, "Orders are now being shipped!" or "Cthulhu's dread reemergence from the depths has delayed shipping by a week while we get those Jägers operational!").
We were also initially concerned about distribution, but we found a great local facility that can handle any volume of orders that comes its way. So we are confident that we can get these to everyone in a timely manner after the Kickstarter. Those were our only major hurdles.
It feels like a very cut-and-dried project to us: if we get the money, we can get the manufacturer to make a massive quantity of them, and then we ship them to people who want them. The whole operation is so straightforward, it's actually why we thought it was a good idea to start our dream with it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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