What are Tinker Gearcoins?
Tinker Gearcoins are a series of metal gaming coins, made of a zinc alloy and plated with a variety of metal finishes. They are 3mm in depth and varied diameters, from 18mm to 36mm, and they weigh from just under an ounce each. They are solid coins, with a good heft to them.
They are available in two different sets of metallic finishes, the Common Set and the Fancy Set. Each presently consists of 12 different coins (these are what should be understood as "types of coin" for purposes of understanding the pledge tier descriptions, so the $10 tier means 12 Common finish coins in a Common Set). These sets may expand to 15 coins if we reach our final Stretch Goal of $16,000. Most pledge tiers have either Common Sets or Fancy Sets, (if it's not listed which, you'll be getting the Common coins), and a few have both types of sets.
Funding goals are all about getting an order of enough of these little beauties together to get a good deal on them. These coins in the photos are prototypes. We've paid for the moulds to make these first seven, but at present, there are only four of each coin in existence. We'd love to get a big order of them together and really leverage the economy of scale, and get them out to everyone who might like them!
*Please note, we're changing the finish for the 100 coin, as the Chrome finish in these photos is just too shiny compared to its kin. We're going with a similarly light metal, just more matte so it looks like it fits with the others. There are more photos over on our Pinterest page, courtesy of Professor Stephen Candy's photography.*
We started out offering only three of these coins, the 1, the 5 and the 10. Since then, you've unlocked all seven of the coins in these photos, the 1, 3, 5, 10, 25, 50 and 100, as well as five other designs!
We are currently stretching to fully unlock those last three "Personality" coins: Nikola Tesla, Jules Verne and Queen Victoria. They are presently unlocked only as Add Ons ($2.50 for one of each in Common finishes, $3 for one of each in Fancy finishes). At $16,000, they will be included in the Common and Fancy coin sets like the rest of the coins, though they will remain available as Add Ons. More details in the Stretch Goals section below!
Details on the Tinker Gearcoins:
The Tinker logo and a numerical value feature on one side, and varied steampunk-inspired art pieces reside on the other.
Their gear-toothed edges let them mesh with each other, because hey, if you're making gear coins, they should work, right? The hole in the center allows for the coins to be pinned to a surface with standard thumbtacks or the like. They have enough clearance to spin well, meaning it's possible to make simple machines, puzzles and games out of the coins.
This also allows tabletop gamers to pick up Tinker coins for a bit of flavor, from D&D to Race to the Galaxy, from Smallworld to 7 Wonders. These should be the most flexible Tinker coins yet... or at least, as flexible as metal coins get.
Since these are metal, their finishes will catch the light differently, and look different under different lighting scenarios, so we've taken a series of photos to illustrate some of this, over on Pinterest.
Some details on the coins:
All 3mm thick, (all diameter measurements to the outer edge of the teeth, so the coins' main circular body is a bit smaller)
100, Biohazard, Radioactive, YDTC coins = 15 grams, 36mm diameter (For comparison, the Tinker Gearchips are poker chip sized at 39mm in diameter)
50 coin = 11 grams, 33mm diameter
25 and 20 coins = 9 grams, 30mm diameter (about the size of a U.S. half dollar)
10 coin and Personality coins= 8 grams, 27mm diameter
5 coin = 7 grams, 24mm diameter (about the size of a U.S. quarter)
3 and 2 coins = 5 grams, 21mm diameter (about the size of a U.S. nickel)
1 coin = 3 grams, 18mm diameter (about the size of a U.S. dime)
We have chosen finishes for all the coins, as illustrated here:
Why make these Gearcoins?
We really like the Gearchip poker chip-sized coins
from the Tinker Deck project,
and the company we worked with for those (who also did the Tinker Dice)
also did a great job on the dealer coins.
...so we thought it would be fun to make some more coins, but expand their usefulness this time and make them actually work like gears, with a hole in the center. This should expand their potential a fair bit, all while adding some great new pieces to the Tinker toolchest.
I am T. Eshelman, or more frequently, just Tesh. I am a happily married father of four, technical artist, animator, game designer, artist and photographer. I fit the occasional blog post in as well, over at Tish Tosh Tesh. I love machinery and I love to see how it ages over time. I have a series of game components and games in mind that fit this Tinker theme, like the Tinker Dice, the Tinker Decks, the Gearchips, and now these Gearcoins. Good machines are made of good parts, and I'm excited to see what we can build. Thank you for stopping by, and I look forward to hearing from you as time goes on!
We've put together some sets of Gearcoins, from sets of each coin we've unlocked for inclusion to a sort of "catchall" that can be used in a variety of tabletop games. We're hoping that the pledge levels as they exist now should be flexible enough to cover a lot of situations, but we can certainly add tiers as time goes on, as occasion warrants and interest is expressed.
The infographic up top details the contents of each tier with a bit more specificity, but if you have questions, please leave a comment or send us a message, and we'll help as soon as we can.
We'll be using BackerKit after the campaign, which makes adding goodies to your pledge easier. We know that some people don't particularly care for it, but it does make a lot of things easier on our end. If for any reason you would prefer to stay entirely within the Kickstarter system, you may just need to clarify some points via private message when it's time for the survey, especially if you're picking up some Add Ons. Speaking of which...
We have some Tinker goodies left over from those projects for anyone so interested. Tinker Decks (of either design, more photos on Pinterest) will be $10 each, and you'll get a bonus Victoria coin with a Tinker Deck, and a bonus Tesla coin with a Rusty Deck. Tinker Dice will be $4 each (the D6 numbered variant or the DFudge variant, selected from antiqued copper, antiqued bronze and plain zinc, beauty shots on this update from that campaign). The Tinker Dealer Coins are available as well for $8 each. They come in antiqued nickel, antiqued copper and black nickel (as seen above). The Gearcoins are a bit more variable, and we'll be using the pricing we used in their campaign; that project's pledge tiers as the Add On prices. It is, perhaps, an inelegant solution, but it's the best we have at the moment.
As noted in updates here and there, we'll be offering batches of ten coins at a few different price points, depending on the size and complexity of the coins. Coins of value 1, 2, 3 and 5 will be $8 for ten Common finish coins, or $10 for Fancy finish coins. Coins of value 10, 20, 25, 50, 100 or the Radioactive or Biohazard coins or the newest Personality coins will be $9 for ten Common finish coins, or $11 for Fancy finish coins. The special You Design The Coin community coins will be $12 for a batch of ten (either finish).
We're also offering leather pouches and wooden boxes (a bit bigger and themed differently from the one in the photo, but similar) for coin storage.
We'll be selling the YDTC coins for $2 each (either finish) and their attendant sighting pins for $2 each, if you want to pick some up.
You may also pick up a full Common set or Fancy set of coins as an Add On. Common sets are $10, Fancy sets are $12.
The Personality coins are offered in small batches of three coins, one of each coin. Common finished Personality coins will be $2.50 for a batch of three, Fancy finished ones will be $3 for the batch of 3. If we can get to $16,000, they will be included in all sets like any other coins, but they will still remain available as Add Ons. They are also available in sets of ten like the other coins.
We started at $1,500, and all of you helped us stretch to over $13,000! Thank you!
We're also making a "sighting pin" for these coins so that they can be used as a small astrolabe, at least the angle of elevation sighting function. We'll be including one pin in each order (you'll be able to pick which of the two finishes you like, either Black Nickel or Antiqued Brass). You can pick up more as Add Ons if you'd like.
(They should look something like this, just in a different finish.)
Beyond the astrolabe angle sighting functionality, we're planning on using it as a driver coin. It will be 36mm in diameter like the 100, Radioactive and Biohazard coins, but with an additional large hole in the top of it for a dowel or finger so it can be used as a "driver" gear to make your machines work. It can be a pendant or an earring, perhaps even a navigation tool. It should look something like this:
The first side of the coin received a theme, Astronomy, and a detail, so we're going to make an Astrolabe design on one side. This side is the one that will get the Two Tone Gold/Silver metal treatment in the Fancy version. The other side has a Nautical Ship theme, specifically, Jules Verne's Nautilus ship, which will be purely silver in the Fancy version. The Common finish will be entirely in Antiqued Brass. You may choose either version in your sets, since this is a special community coin. There will be some limits on larger orders just to keep things from getting too crazy when it comes time to package them up. We'll sort that out in the surveys.
Thank you for your help, everyone!
We're also doing a final week stretch for three new coin designs that will be unlocked all at once, or not at all. Details are over in this update, but here are the proposed designs (all 27mm in diameter) and finishes.
At $13,000, we were able to make these coins available as Add On coins. This means they can be purchased in batches of ten like the other coins, and you may get a set of three as a different Add On, one of each coin. The Common finish batch of three will be $2.50, and the Fancy finish batch of three will be $3. They will not be included in standard Common or Fancy sets, they will only be available as Add On coins at that point.
At $16,000, we'll be able to make these available as regular coin picks, for inclusion in all sets like all the other coins. They will still be available as Add Ons, but will also be included in sets like the 1, 5, Biohazard or YDTC designs. This means each set, Common or Fancy, will be 15 coins. That's a significant increase in value over the initial 3 designs that we offered, and we have all of you to thank for being able to stretch the campaign that far!
Thank you again everyone, and please keep spreading the word! The more the merrier on this, as we might just be able to squeeze in these three Personality coins before the closing bell!
Risks and challenges
The art is done for the core seven coins, their coin moulds finished, and we've previously ordered three batches of coins from the company (including the Dragon Tinker coins for the Havok and Hijinks game), so we know they do great work in a reasonable time frame. The coins are being made in China, so there may be shipping glitches or delays, but we've had great success with this company so far. Once the coins are in our hands, we'll need a bit of time to get everything prepped and sent, and human error might occur, but we'll do our best, and fix anything that goes wrong to the best of our ability.
Mistakes can happen to anyone at any time, and random accidents can occur, but we're confident in the production pipeline for these Gearcoins.
We *are* still waiting on the Gearpunk Dice to finish fulfilling a couple of our previous Tinker projects, but we've finished up everything else that we can without those. This is one of those things that's out of our control, with the production company taking an inordinately long time. That said, these Gearcoins will be using a different company that works rapidly and effectively, and we're looking forward to working with them again.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
We're doing a set of Add On items for those who may be so interested. This isn't something that Kickstarter supports natively, so we're using BackerKit to make things work out, or you can address it here with a few extra clicks.
If you want Add On items (see what's available below), just click on the Manage Your Pledge button here on Kickstarter (up close to the top right, a green button) and add the requested amount to your pledge, and... that's it for now. You'll manage what you're actually getting at the end, when you answer the surveys that we send out to everyone when the project closes.
The BackerKit system is pretty easy to use; you can check it out over at their website: https://www.backerkit.com You can even add things in their system once the campaign is over if you happen to miss it here or just want to deal with it later.
There are some people who don't like BackerKit, though, so if you just want to do it all by Managing your Pledge, that works just as well. We'll collect the information we need from you about those Add On items at the end of the campaign.
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