Frequently Asked Questions
Sedis is similar to dominoes, but it's also somewhat different. In standard dominoes and most of its variants, the segments have pips which can only be interpreted as numbers. With the introduction of 'blanks' in Sedis, the sides of the tiles become much more versatile - allowing for interpretation as movement, numbers or other things. This allows for a variety of different games to be played with Sedis which cannot be played with dominoes or its other variants.Last updated:
We have almost a dozen games created for Sedis, and more are coming. While most of these games are standard dominoes-like games in which players match pips, there are other games which use Sedis tiles differently. For example, Pyrrhic War is a tile-based battle game in which players move tiles to attack other tiles, capturing them. Another example is Spokes, in which players rotate and move their own tiles to the center of the playing area in order to capture them and score points. Finally, Next of Kin is a game in which players work with a partner to gather as many tiles of a 'family' (like a suit) between themselves.Last updated:
Thank you! Our standard set is made of birch. All other(Premium and higher tier) sets are made of cherry hardwood. Each set is laser etched and cut to ensure precision. Boxed sets have boxes also made of the same, beautiful cherry hardwood.Last updated:
We like to say that you don't play Sedis; you play games *with* Sedis. Sedis is a versatile tile-based game platform with which you can play many games. We've created almost a dozen games, which can be found on our Rules page: bit.ly/SedisRules. (That page also has a downloadable PDF of instructions.)
For those interested, you can also create your own games with Sedis. If you'll share it with us, we'll publish it with you as the creator.Last updated:
Of course! We designed Sedis with kids in mind - and the very first game using Sedis, called Honeycomb, was developed by a kid.
We have multiple games already created for Sedis, which can be found on our Rules page (bit.ly/SedisRules). Some of these games use more "adult mechanics" like betting, so please read the instructions and use your discretion. (For example, you may wish to bet candy instead of money with kids.)
Also, kids (and adults) seem to love to create their own games with Sedis. We strongly encourage families to not only play games with Sedis together - but also to create games together!Last updated:
No, Sedis is a structured set of 60 tiles. Here's how they're designed:
Every Sedis tile has six sides, and every side has five spaces. Between 1 and 3 of these are darkened, called the pips. (The lighter spaces are called blanks.)
One side of each tile has three pips. This is called the primary side of the tile. There are ten distinct primary sides across the tiles.
The positions of pips on the primary side determine the other sides. First, three sides contain one pip - each with one unique pip chosen from the three pips on the primary side. Then, the sides containing two pips are just the combination of the nearby sides with one pip.
This makes for 60 wonderful tiles with a systematic, versatile configuration of pips (and blanks).Last updated:
The tiles come in two sizes. Birch and cherry tiles are produced as 1/8" thick tiles with 2" wide faces. Cherry tiles can also be had as 1/4" tiles with 2-1/4" faces.
Generally, people who like to hold tiles in their hands prefer the 1/8" tiles, while those who like to stand them upright on a table prefer the 1/4" tiles. (We haven't been successful at standing the 1/8" tiles up for long.)Last updated:
What are some of the pros / cons of the 1/8" vs 1/4" thick tiles that have come up during playtesting?
When we began the design of Sedis tiles, we started with 1/4" tiles with approximately 3" faces, because we believed that players would generally like to stand them upright on a table. What we found is that players were split into two groups: those who liked to stand them upright and those who liked to hold them in their hands.
Generally, the latter group (hold in hand) seems to outnumber the former group (stand upright), so we moved to the 1/8" tiles for their sake. However, we understand that a large number of people prefer the thicker, larger tiles, so we'll continue to offer them as well (as we're doing in this campaign).
In addition to the above, the 1/4" tiles are heavier (almost 3x as heavy), which means they're less likely to move around on a table once played. So, that may be something to also consider.Last updated:
Why are Heritage Set tiles only 1/8" (3mm) in thickness? Shouldn't one of the most expensive sets have the best tiles?
"Best" is a subjective term. Our Heritage and Legacy Sets are identical except the Legacy tiles are larger in thickness and in face size.
We've been working on Sedis for a while, and we've shown it to quite a few people. Generally, we've found that some people like the thicker tiles (usually, to stand upright on a table) while others like the thinner tiles (usually, to hold in a hand). While the Legacy Set is a bit more luxurious in look, we offer the Heritage Set for those who want a top tier, customized set but enjoy the smaller tiles.Last updated:
We have a few project goals with our Kickstarter campaign. We hope to validate the market for Sedis, develop a starting community of players, and take a step toward eventual mass-market production.
Right now, our manufacturing process is highly manual; while we use a laser cutter to etch and cut the actual tiles, the process is still overseen at every step by a live human being to ensure quality. Furthermore, as a result of the many pips and blanks across the set (600 in all!), the laser cutting itself takes quite some time.
This intensive process is done in Houston, Texas - in the USA - where labor and utility costs are higher than in most other parts of the world. Again, all of these choices are made to ensure quality control and to produce the best premium sets we can for each of our backers. Of course, these choices also come at a higher cost, which is somewhat passed on to our backers. That being said, our margins are considerably lower than most Kickstarter tabletop games, to bring pricing to a level which is more accessible to our backers.Last updated:
Shipping to US-based backers is included in the pledge amount. Shipping to backers elsewhere depends on the reward tier (because of size and weight), but generally ranges from $8 to $20. We do offer EU-friendly (customs-friendly) shipping through a partner distributor.Last updated:
Yes, we are working with a third-party distribution partner with extensive experience in worldwide fulfillment, including to the EU. EU shipments will be shipped from within the region, to avoid additional customs charges.Last updated:
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