Six years ago I designed this clever little set of Dominoes. I printed it out (my dad didn't have a computer) and brought the specs to pop so we could get to machining these beauties. When I say we, I mean he. At the time, I knew very little about machining and just figured we could knock these things out. My dad chuckled a bit and then explained why it was such an absurd idea. Sure, we could do it, but the set would be so expensive that a second on the house would be required to purchase (exaggeration). I did my best Charlie Brown walk out of the shop and shelved the idea. That high priced, manually machined set may still be in my future but, in the meantime, I found someone to help bring these beauties to life.
It's been six years since this idea started floating around in my head and Michael Rahban is now helping me bring it to life. (He's the guy that did such a beautiful job with these Mazes) Like me, he hasn't been machining for decades but he brings a wide variety of skills to the table. Most importantly, he gets my vision not only for these Dominoes but for the future of J. L. Lawson & Co. Expect to see a bunch more from this fellow in the future.
If you're interested in more than 7 sets, please contact me for information.
The actual retail cost of each set will be $345. Maybe a little pricey for a set of Dominoes but not so much when you consider the work involved. If you break it down that each set contains 28 individual pieces and a custom Walnut box, you're looking at a bit of a bargain. Of course, if you compare these to a standard Domino set, the price will seem outrageous...but these aren't really comparable to standard sets.
That said, Kickstarter supporters are getting a $100 discount. Two reasons for this. The first being the standard Kickstarter discounted price. You guys are supporting an idea and should therefore get a discount. The second being quantity. On any given day/month, I won't sell large quantities (25-100) of these on the website so, if we can make that happen here, it's worth the discount.
Shipping costs are built into the pledges but here's a brief explanation.
The cost to ship 2-5 sets ($13 Domestic and $75 International) is the same due to the upgraded Priority shipping box. Sets will be shipped in a Medium Flat Rate box so the cost is the same up to 70 pounds. Unfortunately, these packages are too heavy to qualify for First Class shipping.
Each set of Dominoes weighs over 2 lbs. This means shipping is a bit pricey. I apologize for that but the added shipping cost to each pledge is slightly under my actual cost. The other alternative would be to raise the cost of the sets and offer "free shipping". No such thing. Folks like to offer free shipping but it's not out of the goodness of their hearts, it's just absorbed into the cost of the product. I prefer to keep it transparent.
I'm not a Domino expert so won't try to pretend that I have a vast knowledge of the history. You can find that with a simple online search but I will mention here that the game has been around for hundreds of years in China and made it's way to Europe during the mid-18th century. This European version is what we're used to here in the west and has been around for about 150 years
There are many variations of game play but here are the rules to a basic Blocking Game:
The most basic domino variant is for two players and requires a double-six set. The 28 tiles are shuffled face down and form the stock or boneyard. Each player draws seven tiles; the remainder are not used. Once the players begin drawing tiles, they are typically placed on-edge in front of the players, so each player can see their own tiles, but none can see the value of other players' tiles. Every player can thus see how many tiles remain in the opponent's hands at all times during gameplay.
One player begins by downing (playing the first tile) one of their tiles. This tile starts the line of play, in which values of adjacent pairs of tile ends must match. The players alternately extend the line of play with one tile at one of its two ends; if a player is unable to place a valid tile, they must keep on pulling tiles from the stock until they can. The game ends when one player wins by playing their last tile, or when the game is blocked because neither player can play. If that occurs, whoever caused the block gets all of the remaining player points not counting their own.
J. L. Lawson & Co. was started in 2011. What was supposed to be a simple side thing with my dad ended up turning into my full time business. My pops was the driving force behind this whole thing and made product until about a year before he died. He passed in October of 2018 but I know he would have been thrilled to finally see the completion of this project.
Michael Rahban has his own thing happening but I'm slowly convincing him to be part of the team. He snagged a CNC mill around five years ago and hasn't looked back. Coincidentally, he has a degree in photography (also my major) and many years of design, printing and manufacturing experience. This is our third project together and we're looking forward to many more as he expands his shop and capabilities.
Risks and challenges
I've got around a dozen successful campaigns under my belt so there is very little risk or challenge. We've already successfully produced some stunning prototypes and the production will only be better. One challenge I can potentially see is the International shipping but shouldn't be an issue. I'm always hesitant to ship heavy, expensive packages Internationally but, worst case scenario, if packages are lost we will replace them.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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