Tattoo! The Game of Ink - A Board Game for 2-4 Players
A set-making board game featuring the work of tattoo artists from around the country.
Build awesome sleeves and become best-inked at the table in Tattoo! The Game of Ink! Maintain a unified theme bit by bit, match ever-shifting "in" styles, and manage your Reputation to buy the coolest designs in this strategic card game!
Tattoo! The Game of Ink® is a card matching and placement game for 2-4 players, ages 10+, which takes about 40 minutes to play. It is designed by Michael Epstein of Copper Frog Games LLC, and has been in development since 2014.
Print and Play Demo available HERE. Sign up for our mailing list and receive a half-deck, black-and-white demo version of the game!
In Tattoo! The Game of Ink, players will strategically buy, place, and score tattoo Designs on their individual Arm Boards to gain Reputation Points. Whoever has the most Reputation Points when the Design Deck empties is the winner! Chaining similarly themed Designs together across the Arm Board leads to big bonuses, along with matching the "In" Style each round and placing Designs on Prominent Locations. However, players must carefully manage the limited spaces on their Arm Board to keep scoring points throughout the game. Choosing when to Laser off and replace Designs versus keeping them on your Arm Board to chain off of is key to becoming the best-inked!
Easy to learn for those new to tabletop gaming but who love tattoo art, while offering multiple strategic options for more experienced players as well! Will you go big and prominent with your Design purchases, or aim for many smaller, similarly themed designs? Save your Reputation Points for victory, or spend them to buy ever-more impressive ink?
Tattoo! The Game of Ink features card art from actual tattoo artists around the country, and is meant as an homage to this ancient and unique art form.
Component Note: The final game will feature linen-embossed cards and octagonal cardboard Reputation Point tokens, rather than the smooth cards and circular, flat token components pictured in our videos. Better-feeling cards and fewer tokens rolling away across the table means a better game experience for you!
Here is a brief introductory video we recorded to show off the main features of the game, as well as what a round looks like.
Tattoo! The Game of Ink features 48 unique, commissioned tattoo designs from actual tattoo artists all across the country. We've sought out some of the best original art to adorn the cards, and hope that you check out these artists' studios should you be inspired to get a tattoo in the future yourself! The game is our homage to both tattoo artists and their living canvases.
Our featured artists include...
- Alicia Thomas (Boston Tattoo Company, Somerville, MA)
- Justin "Berger" Reberger (Artful Dodger Tattoo and Comics, Seattle, WA)
- Connie Darrow (Sacred Eagle Tattoos, New York, NY)
- Michelle "MissHell" Carter (1001 Troubles Tattoo, Portsmouth, RI)
- Dave McCormick (Spider-Bite Inc, Manchester, NH)
- JerZy Milner (Liberty Ink, Morristown, TN)
- Josh Spaulding (Tru Ink, North Branford, CT)
- Leah Farrow (Timepiece Tattoo Company, Huntsville, AL)
...and many more!
When searching for tattoo art, we decided to let the artists themselves decide what each design meant to them. Thus, beyond the name and style keywords of the cards, we left it completely open for these talented individuals to flex their creative muscles.
We also worked with the highly talented Brian Patterson of D20 Monkey fame for our graphic design and card layouts, and Nolan N. Nasser of the Greater Than Games board games Spirit Island, Fate of the Elder Gods, and New Bedford for our Arm Boards and box art. We've got half of the Arm Boards done so far... but what about the others? Read on to see how you can help us get the final two boards painted!
We are relying on you, the fans, to help get this game into the world and onto your gaming tables. To do this, we are offering several great rewards that will get you Tattoo! The Game of Ink, and even get two superfans into the game as Arm Boards:
Ink Fan: For $5, get our eternal thanks and your name in our online Hall of Backers.
Temporary Tattoo Ink Fan: For $10, get your name in our Hall of Backers, as well as a sampling of tattoo art from Tattoo! The Game of Ink as temporary tattoos!
The Game of Ink: For $27, get one copy of Tattoo! The Game of Ink and a copy of the Kickstarter- and event-exclusive Moon and Stars tattoo design. The game will have a MSRP of $30 USD after the Kickstarter, so pledge now!
Matching Tattoos: For $50, get two copies of Tattoo! The Game of Ink and two copies of the variant Moon and Stars tattoo design.
Talk the Talk and Play the Game: For $75, a limited number of backers will get a copy of Tattoo! The Game of Ink and a copy of the variant Moon and Stars tattoo design, plus the temporary tattoo sheet. As well, get a half-hour Skype or Google Hangouts call with the designer of the game, Michael Epstein, to talk about whatever you want! Board games, tattoo art... anything!
Tattoo and Game Shop: Retailers can get 10 copies of the game at a discount for resale. Message or email us if you plan to pledge for this reward tier.
Uninked Tattoo Superfan: The big level! Two fans can pledge $550 at this tier to get not only a copy of Tattoo! The Game of Ink, the variant Moon and Stars tattoo, the temporary tattoos, and a 30-minute conversation with the designer of the game, but they will also get the opportunity to work with the talented Nolan N. Nasser to bring their un-inked arms into the game as Arm Boards! These arm boards will be included in every copy of the game, meaning you'll be vicariously tattooed thousands of times, but without the needles typically involved.
Note: Physical rewards will have shipping applied separately from the pledge amount.
Stretch Goals and Add-On Rewards
...To be revealed in time!
Why are we on Kickstarter? Gaming Paper has had great success bringing tabletop roleplaying game accessories to market through Kickstarter, from the flagship Gaming Paper rolls themselves to the ENnie Award-nominated "Megadungeon" products. However, in wanting to bring a board game to market, there are many extra costs and challenges to overcome. While we know this game is going to be a hit, we need to be able to fund the first print run, and crowdfunding seemed the logical way to get the game to you, fans of board games and of amazing tattoo art.
Look for us at the following events and conventions during our campaign!
- Gen Con - August 4th-7th (Indianapolis, IN) (Sign up for Events here)
- Knight Moves Cafe Somerville In-Store Demo - August 12th (Somerville, MA) (Demos from 4 to 7 PM)
- Pandemonium Books and Games In-Store Demo - August 21st (Cambridge, MA) (6 PM, Event info here)
- TempleCon - August 26th (Warwick, RI) (Demos from 12 to 2, then 3 to 6 PM)
Risks and challenges
While Gaming Paper has run Kickstarters in the past for not one, not two, but FOUR Megadungeons and other assorted RPG accessories, board games are a rather different beast. International manufacturing and shipping delays can cause timetables to shift, which may prevent you from receiving your rewards on time. That said, we are committed to bringing you not only a great game, but a smooth experience backing our Kickstarter.
The game itself is done, thoroughly tested, and a lot of fun. We've already got the board, box, and most of the tattoo art pieces in place. We're working with manufacturing companies who come highly recommended by many of our gaming industry friends who have run successful Kickstarters in the past. The components are relatively straightforward and standardized, and thus won't require any truly outlandish custom dies, molds or other strange bits to be produced. This not only keeps costs down, but also lowers complexity in ordering.
We have the game listed to ship in September 2017. While it likely won't take that long, (our goal is to have it shipped to backers before Gen Con 2017, and then feature it there as well), we feel it important to build in a buffer of time just in case some calamity strikes the process.
Should our efforts to prepare for the worst not be enough to keep the games shipping on time, though, Gaming Paper and Copper Frog Games are committed to transparency regarding this project. If something comes up, you all will be the first to know about it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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