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An elegant initiative tracker for Tabletop Gaming
An elegant initiative tracker for Tabletop Gaming
164 backers pledged $24,802 to help bring this project to life.

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What is the Turn Keeper?

A fully wooden mechanical system capable of not only tracking your groups initiative, but also the combat round, all while looking like a true piece of art. It boasts planetary and standard gear systems to synchronize and display this information. 

Or, in other words, it has cool spiny gears that work together to let your players know whose turn it is while keeping track of the round of combat.

We've used Russian and Finish Baltic Birch for their strength and uniformity, as well as their ability to accept stains that better suit the different styles it needs to embody, The Turn Keeper is brought together with solid brass rivets, permanently joining all parts together in mechanical matrimony. 

What do you use to keep track of monsters and players?

Each Turn Keeper will include a set of magnetized tokens to affix to the tracker.

The standard set is 22 magnetic tokens. This includes: 

  • 15 monster tokens (see below)
  • 5 PC tokens 
  • and 2 blank tokens so you can write on them with a dry erase marker. 

The artwork and design of our tokens is completely original. We used the same artist through the entire design process to keep a consistent aesthetic for the overall product. 

The monsters we have available are as follows:

Elf, Cultist, Demon, Human, Rat, Mind Flayer, Orc, Wolf, Giant Spider, Kobold, Dragon, Dwarf, Undead, Elemental, and Goblin.  The picture below has them displayed in this order.

Here's a look at the original artwork for the token set
Here's a look at the original artwork for the token set

We also offer battlefield tokens.

These tokens are thinner and are used to keep track of everything on the battlefield. The standard set of these is 66 tokens and their artwork matches the designs that are used on the Turn Keeper itself. That way combat is straight forward and easy.

The standard set of battlefield tokens breaks down like so:

  • 8 Goblin and Kobold Tokens
  • 2 Mind Flayer, Demon, and Dragon Tokens
  • 6 Orc and Wolf Tokens
  • 4 Elemental, Elf, Cultist, Human, Undead, Dwarf, Rat, and Giant Spider Tokens
A look at some of the tokens on one of many prototypes
A look at some of the tokens on one of many prototypes

That sounds awesome. What else does it come with?

We have also created The Turn Keeper 'Keeper'.

This stunning box is created by first taking a single piece of wood for the floor and lid. The secret to this wrap style wood is live hinges (or lattice hinges) which are a series of strategically positioned and highly accurate cuts.

Not only is this case stunning, it has storage for the magnetic and battlefield tokens that accompany The Turn Keeper and its stand.  

This box is an option you can select in the tiered rewards to the right of the page. If you want one of these cases make sure you select the correct tier. We highly recommend one of these per Turn Keeper to keep your device protected from rogue cats and mishaps.

Rogue Cat strikes again
Rogue Cat strikes again

How did the Turn Keeper come about?

TableTop Artisans is dedicated to bringing high quality gaming accessories that keep players organized and gaming. You can find out more about us, our past project, and the products we offer on our website.

www.tabletopartisans.com

We began this project for our D&D group. Like many, we have a continuous problem with distraction and interruption. Distractions during fights interrupt the flow of the game. Basically, we wanted a logical fix to the classic "whose turn is it??" problem.  

To address this, we searched for the best initiative tracker out there....and were sadly disappointed with the results. While effective, the current trackers are lack luster to say the least. Papers over the DM screen, flagpole style trackers, etc. These methods work, but they leave something to be desired. 

So we set out on a mission of designing a moving mechanical system. Something stylish and game-changing. We played for ages figuring out exactly how to fit this piece together. Countless iterations later, we found the precise gear tooth shape for our new product.

A few many prototypes, surrounding our Dwarven Design
A few many prototypes, surrounding our Dwarven Design

Tell me more about the reward tiers?

You will be asked what color variation you want in an email survey after the Kickstarter

So, all you need to decide now is if you want:

-The Turn Keeper 

-A Stylized Turn Keeper (Elven or Dwarven) 

-Our Mind Flayer Turn Keeper

These all come with the same standard set of magnetic tokens.

You can also choose if you'd like:

-The Turn Keeper "Keeper" (case)

-Battlefield Tokens, to match your magnetized set that accompanies The Turn Keeper 

Then select the Reward tier that suits your needs.

Style and Color Options

Basic 

Featuring a Red, Basic Turn Keeper
Featuring a Red, Basic Turn Keeper

Elven

Featuring Green, Elven Turn Keeper
Featuring Green, Elven Turn Keeper
Featuring Yellow, Elven Turn Keeper
Featuring Yellow, Elven Turn Keeper

Dwarven

Featuring a Bronze, Dwarven Turn Keeper
Featuring a Bronze, Dwarven Turn Keeper
Featuring a Grey, Dwarven Turn Keeper
Featuring a Grey, Dwarven Turn Keeper

Mind Flayer

Featuring a Blue, Mind Flayer Turn Keeper
Featuring a Blue, Mind Flayer Turn Keeper

The Turn Keeper "Keeper"

Basic

Elven

Dwarven 

Mind Flayer

Stretch Goals

As announced recently, if we reach $20,000 in this Kickstarter we will release a playable stat sheet for the Turn Keeper so it can be used as a very unique encounter in game. 

It's background will be released later today (5/15/19) and if we reach our goal we will set aside the time to create this awesome and epic encounter.

What is the Turn Keeper's Story in Game?

Check out our 5th Update to find out!

Add-ons

We will be offering everything you see here and a little more as an add-on for this project.

You will be able to purchase the following at the end of the kickstarter:

  • Any style of Turn Keeper
  • Any style of Turn Keeper "Keeper"
  • A standard set of 22 magnetic tokens
  • A standard set of 66 Battlefield tokens
  • A set of 10 tokens of any monster type you chose
  • Individual Tokens of any variety we offer, including blank ones
  • An Adventurer's Kit add on accessory featured below:
*Bonus* The bracket looks like a tiny moose
*Bonus* The bracket looks like a tiny moose

 Rogue Cat fails a stealth check

This fun add on incorporates our last project, because we're the sentimental type. (Also it's a great way to free up table space)
This fun add on incorporates our last project, because we're the sentimental type. (Also it's a great way to free up table space)

We want to do some good with this project

beyond just creating an amazing product....

So, by backing our Kickstarter you will also be planting a tree.
           We needed to give back to the environment after all the product testing we've been doing!

(We've had a lot of bonfires in the name of science.)

We are working with One Tree Planted to bring more trees to California!

California's forests provide innumerable benefits, including clean water and air, recreation, timber, habitat, and beautiful scenery. Healthy forests also play an important role in addressing climate change. Five years of drought and a large-scale bark beetle infestation have seriously damaged California’s forests. 2017’s record-breaking wildfire season burned more than 1.3 million acres – an area the size of Delaware. Now, a record 129 million trees need to be restored in California.

Setting the Druid's Mind at Ease

Risks and challenges

This is a very low risk project. We only have one Kickstarter under our belt but we delivered it on time and as promised. We take pride in keeping our word and we keep in touch with our audience with regular updates. The money made with this campaign will help us buy the materials we need in bulk. We also need to update the space we have to take on what will hopefully be this very large project.

The biggest issue we face with this project, like our last one, is exposure. Please share this page across your social media and let your friends know we're here.

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    Battlefield Tokens

    Do you like the artwork behind the monster tokens but aren't interested in a Turn Keeper? Don't worry we're not offended. Get one standard set of 66 battlefield tokens as detailed on the Kickstarter page.

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    Classic Turn Keeper

    Get the coveted Turn Keeper for yourself. You will be able to select your desired color in an email survey sent out after the Kickstarter campaign is over.

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    Stylized Turn Keeper

    Get the coveted Turn Keeper for yourself but also treat yourself to either the gorgeous artwork of the Elves or the magic runes of the Dwarves. You will be able to select your desired color and style in an email survey sent out after the Kickstarter campaign is over.

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    Classic Turn Keeper Early Bird Special!

    Get the coveted Turn Keeper for yourself but also treat yourself to 66 Battlefield tokens and an elegant case. You will be able to select your desired color in an email survey sent out after the Kickstarter campaign is over. The early bird special is to reward our early backers. Get the same rewards for $20 less.

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    • Standard set of Battlefield Tokens (66 tokens)
    • The Turn Keeper "Keeper"
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    Classic Turn Keeper with Everything

    Get the coveted Turn Keeper for yourself but also treat yourself to 66 Battlefield tokens and an elegant case. You will be able to select your desired color in an email survey sent out after the Kickstarter campaign is over.

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    • Standard set of Battlefield Tokens (66 tokens)
    • The Turn Keeper "Keeper"
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    Stylized Turn Keeper Early Bird Special

    Get the coveted Turn Keeper for yourself but also treat yourself to either the gorgeous artwork of the Elves or the magic runes of the Dwarves. You will also receive both a gorgeous case for your Turn Keeper and the standard set of 66 Battlefield Tokens. You will be able to select your desired color and style in an email survey sent out after the Kickstarter campaign is over. Our early bird special is a way to reward our early backers. Get the same rewards for $20 less.

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    • Standard set of Magnetic Tokens (22 tokens)
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    Stylized Turn Keeper with Everything

    Get the coveted Turn Keeper for yourself but also treat yourself to either the gorgeous artwork of the Elves or the magic runes of the Dwarves. You will also receive both a gorgeous case for your Turn Keeper and the standard set of 66 Battlefield Tokens. You will be able to select your desired color and style in an email survey sent out after the Kickstarter campaign is over.

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    • Standard set of Magnetic Tokens (22 tokens)
    • Standard set of Battlefield Tokens (66 tokens)
    • The Turn Keeper "Keeper"
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    Mind Flayer Turn Keeper

    Astound your gaming group with the coveted Mind Flayer Turn Keeper. Along with the standard 22 magnetic tokens you will receive your own unique case with matching artwork and the 66 Battlefield Tokens. You will be able to select your desired color in an email survey sent out after the Kickstarter campaign is over.

    Includes:
    • Mind Flayer Turn Keeper
    • Standard set of Magnetic Tokens (22 tokens)
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    • Mind Flayer Turn Keeper "Keeper"
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