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GEMBLO is a hidden Gem of Korea. Abstract, strategy thriller up to Six players at once. Most popular Korean Game is Coming to America!

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18 pieces of Gemblo in Orange! Thanks to my special backers!
18 pieces of Gemblo in Orange! Thanks to my special backers!

We have reached Our 2nd Stretch Reward! : All Backers @$25 and above will receive one extra set of Gemblo pieces in "Hot Pink." 

2nd Stretch Reward is a "Tribute to all Backers!" With 18 unique pieces in Pink, you can choose to take out a color to substitute with pink to give some extra color to your game! Let your imagination run loose! All the perfect occasions that will bring a smile~ you can also enjoy creating with pieces together in a solo/team puzzle game and fun activities! Congrats Backers and I thank you for supporting our "Gemblo Project!"

As a celebration of Essen Spiele starting in just a few hours in Germany for the next few days, I would like to offer 2 pieces of accessories to Gemblo Backers! 

Please add $10 to your pledge ( LIMITED: 1st 100 backers who raise their pledges ONLY)
Please add $10 to your pledge ( LIMITED: 1st 100 backers who raise their pledges ONLY)

1. Gemblo Pouch: this is a velvety pouch, very elegant and super quality for safekeeping your Gemblo pieces. 

2. Clear Board: I have asked Justin to print a limited copy of the Clear Board for a fun way to put puzzles together as well as to play the game on. I don't have a sample picture yet but it will be made with nice clear plastic that will make the Gemblo Pieces stand out! (Clear Board is in addition and not a replacement of the Golden Board.)

******** Please be advised, that the above accessories are available for the first 100 backers who raise their pledges additional $10 per (pouch&clearboard) set and COMMENT on the UPDATE#11 by confirming you've raised and WRITE "I want Essen Special!" *****************

1st Stretch Reward is a "Tribute to all Gemblo Game level Backers!" Three Golden Kickstarter Pieces for Extra Strategy Fun, will be included for rewards from $25 level and above:

Golden KS Pieces for advanced fun!
Golden KS Pieces for advanced fun!
Let's Go for the Next Stretch Reward!
Let's Go for the Next Stretch Reward!

Beginning immediately as a Bonus  Anime version of Gemblo: “Red Stone” is available. This product is in its original Korean version so I will translate it and email you a revised version of the instruction in English. 

For Anime Lovers! Click on Picture for Tom Vasel's Video Review
For Anime Lovers! Click on Picture for Tom Vasel's Video Review

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What's in the Box?

• 1 Golden Hexagon Board • 18 Green gems • 18 Purple gems • 18 Red gems • 18 Yellow gems • 18 Blue gems • 18 Clear gems • 1 Instructional Manual 

Golden Hexagon Board
Golden Hexagon Board
Gem Pieces
Gem Pieces
The goal is to play the most of your Gem Pieces on the board!
The goal is to play the most of your Gem Pieces on the board!

When you play with 6 players: (see game rule instructions for others)

  • Choose a color. 
  • Take turns to start from a corner (in front of the player) of Hexagon Board. 
  • Each piece must be placed one hexagon side (a ridge) away from any of his or her color Gem Pieces.
  • Whoever has the least unit of hexagon Gem Piece left Wins! 

Rewards at a Glance!

Early Bird Special @ $25
Early Bird Special @ $25
Gemblo Style @ $35
Gemblo Style @ $35
Gemblo Style II @ $35
Gemblo Style II @ $35
Ponsquared Style @ $35
Ponsquared Style @ $35
Anime Lover @ $37
Anime Lover @ $37
Great Giver @ $60
Great Giver @ $60
Double Gemblo Style @ $70
Double Gemblo Style @ $70
Kangnam Style @ $100
Kangnam Style @ $100
Gemblo Shop @ $175
Gemblo Shop @ $175
Gemblo Shop II @ $225
Gemblo Shop II @ $225

New Add-on Bonus! Korean Version Gemblo Deluxe

Deluxe (korean version) @ $55 (excludes Stretch Reward pieces due to size difference, includes shipping to the US and Korea)
Deluxe (korean version) @ $55 (excludes Stretch Reward pieces due to size difference, includes shipping to the US and Korea)

*International Backers, please pledge at $65 for Gemblo Deluxe which includes shipping.

About Justin Oh, the designer of Gemblo: 

Justin is a hip game designer, a gamer, a professor, and a true “Oppa Kangnam Style” (for real!) 

Justin! (I'm just horsing around~ get it? lol)
Justin! (I'm just horsing around~ get it? lol)

His lectures are focused on challenging Korean public education system and inventing new games, both promoting social interaction in classroom settings and hands on labs held at universities and government agencies. Although written in Korean, I encourage you to check out some of his new works and what his doing to promote board gaming in Korea. (click on his image)

Justin Oh, the Designer of Gemblo Games.
Justin Oh, the Designer of Gemblo Games.

Reviews & Praises

“I found out that while Gemblo is similar to Blokus, it's a superior game in many ways and is one of the nicest looking games I own. Gemblo is one of the easiest, fun multiplayer abstract games I've played in a long while. Its fast, rewards good strategy, and can be taught quickly.” 

Tom Vasel, Dice Tower 

"Fast, beautiful abstract game. Not too much of a brain burner. A very pleasant gaming experience."

                                                   - Richard Reilly from Boardgamegeek.com

"This is one of my most played games....I can play this with multiple types of groups and nobody ever complains when I pull this out. I just do not get bored playing this. It scales well for up to 6. The components are great."

                                                     - William Crispin of Boardgamegeek.com 

“I have wanted this game for a long time, I can't wait to round up the family and get this on the table!” 

                                                     - Mike Keane from Boardgamegeek.com

"Gemblo drew quite a few glances when we cracked it out at the FLGS for game day.This was a winner - plays quick, plays a large # of players and is colorful. Bad part is it is hard to find in the USA." 

                                                - Chris McGowan from Boardgamegeek.com 

“ Gemblo …makes Blokus seem a bit light. Gemblo is a similar game, but … playing with all six people is insane and wonderful. I highly recommend it…”                  

                                                  - Chris Fenwick from Boardgamegeek.com

"This game scales perfectly from 2 to 6 players. It's beautiful to look at, fun to play and easy to learn. A must have for any collection." 

                                                                 - M C from Boardgamegeek.com 

An absolutely stunning game visually (and it has purple pieces!), I prefer [Gemblo] because 1) Gemblo scales well from 3-6 people,... and 2) you are allowed to play off of any node (not just corners), so each piece allows more connecting plays. This latter point makes it even more challenging to effectively block your opponents, raising the tension between deciding to keep others from encroaching on your territory or to try to expand your reach. It has expansion cards that may spice up play a bit,... 

                                                        - T. Hedden from Boardgamegeek.com 

How many thoughtful six-player games are there that look fantastic, can be taught in a minute or two, and play in 30 or 40 minutes? Very few, if any. That's a good reason to own GemBlo... 

                                                   - Joshua Miller from Boardgamegeek.com 

 A game pretty and simple enough that you'd be proud to have on your desk.

                                              - Travis M Spomer from Boardgamegeek.com 

Has become my favorite area filling game... I like the hex feel of the game, and the way the pieces connect without attachment that allows other pieces to squeeze through. It is real eye candy, and always attracts viewers who never saw the game before. Plus, it's hard to win. 

                                                   - Todd Redden from Boardgamegeek.com 

Abstract, Geometric. A really fun, light abstract game. Plays fairly quickly and leaves you wanting another go. Got this in Korea in 2005. 

                                                    - Mike Haverty from Boardgamegeek.com 

A great abstract that can handle up to 6 players. It is simple game that scratch that tetris itch. My parents like the game because it is simple enough. The game is quick to teach so that the impatient people can start playing right away. 

                                            - John Paul sodusta from Boardgamegeek.com 

Thank you Kickstarters, I look forward to your comments and contribution!

Note: Gemblo will retail for $29.99 (excludes shipping). With the expansion cards, it will retail for $34.99 (excludes shipping)

About Design and Localization Advisor: 

Max Holliday:

"I'm a Graphic Designer, 3d Animator and Game Designer living in Ogden, Utah. I teach Graphic Design as well as 3d Animation at the OGDEN-WEBER Applied Technology Collage and work as a freelance graphic designer on the side. I like games with card driven designs but I'll play just about anything. I take a heavy influence for any of my designs from film and other story driven media."

Please Share the news & Have a Gemblo Good Day!
Please Share the news & Have a Gemblo Good Day!

Here are some Abstract Art you can do with Gemblo! The pictures show Gemblo Deluxe, however Gemblo is smaller in dimension but capable of the same creativity!

Thank you Kickstarters for supporting our project!
Thank you Kickstarters for supporting our project!

Risks and challenges

Design: So excited to be working with Max Holliday, a proven designer who has done some cool works with Mayday Games to redesign much of the packaging for Tok Tok Woodman and many others. I will update you on our progress throughout the project!

Manufacturing: We would like to bring the games into the US before January and start shipping them out. Since the production is fully managed by Justin Oh, I am excited about the quality of the game and the finished product. One of our current goal is to keep the moldings of Gemblo secure and fully monitored in Korea. And to keep Gemblo competitive in markets, I must order at thousands of copies at a time.

Shipping: Moving a bulk by filling the whole container is a good way to reduce the cost of the game. I will work with a proven shipper, who has had no mishaps to make sure shipment is made safely to the US.

Fulfillment: Many friends in the industry have offered their fulfillment services for these games to be shipped from their warehouses. We will select the one with most experiences with Kickstarter projects to minimize faults.

The Marketing: This is the area where I need your support with. As of now, we are not stocked at any retailers, shops nor distributors' warehouses because this is the very first project of making the US versions of our board games. You are my only outlets, as of yet. However, I hope to build off of Kickstarter and also reach out to around 5000 retailers all over the US, 50 plus educational retail dealers and partner up with online shopping vendors. Your contribution would be like oil to the engine of sales! I am also grateful to all my friends in the industry who have offered to help but it is key for me to make a wise choice!

Industry: Toy and Puzzle industry is a very tough place to penetrate in the US. With your support, I believe that Wisemen Games will have a place to jump start in the market place! Your support will be the key to this very project because this is how "Wisemen Games" will begin to learn, celebrate and educate with many joining forces to bring back our beloved tradition of hanging out together as friends and families to play fun Board Games.
Won't you help my project come true?

Thanks so much for your participation and remember that anything you can donate or help with will make a tremendous difference. Please feel free to share about Gemblo with your friends and family!

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    50 backers Limited (250 left of 300)

    "Early Bird Special": As one of the first to pledge, you get the game at $5 below retail, plus, we will display your name on the Kickstarter Dedication page on our website.
    Add $2 shipping within the USA & Korea, $5 to Canada or $8 worldwide.

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    149 backers Limited (1 left of 150)

    "Gemblo Style": The Best Deal for KICK STARTERS, who want the Whole Thing.
    1 golden bookmark from Gemblo, 1 puzzle book, 1 Gemblo expansion kit, Justin Oh's signed and numbered limited edition Gemblo.
    Your wonderful name shall be listed on Kickstarter Dedications page on our site! 
    Free shipping w/in the USA and Korea, all others add $7 shipping.

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    14 backers Limited (186 left of 200)

    "Ponsquared Style": he says, "I can't wait for the 'Stuff' to be in the game only tier!" Here it is:
    You get 1 puzzle book, 1 Gemblo expansion kit, 1 Gemblo Board Game. Your wonderful name shall be listed on Kickstarter Dedications page on our site! Free shipping w/in the USA and Korea, add $5 Cananda, add $7 for Worldwide shipping.

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    "Gemblo Style II": The Best Deal for KICK STARTERS, who want the Whole Thing. 1 golden bookmark from Gemblo, 1 puzzle book, 1 Gemblo expansion kit, Justin Oh's signed and numbered limited edition Gemblo. Your wonderful name shall be listed on Kickstarter Dedications page on our site! Free shipping w/in the USA and Korea, all others add $7 shipping.

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    31 backers Limited (169 left of 200)

    "Anime Lover": You get 1 puzzle book, 1 Gemblo expansion kit, 1 Gemblo Board Game. Your wonderful name shall be listed on Kickstarter Dedications page on our site! Free shipping w/in the USA and Korea, add $5 Cananda, add $7 for Worldwide shipping.

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    23 backers Limited (49 left of 72)

    "Super Size Gemblo" : The Best Deal if you like your Games Big! You get 1 golden bookmark, 1 puzzle book, 1 Gemblo expansion kit with the Korean Deluxe Edition of Gemblo. Your wonderful name shall be listed on Kickstarter Dedications page on our site! Free shipping w/in the USA and Korea, all others add $10 shipping.

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    2 backers Limited (148 left of 150)

    "Great Giver": How about a gift for yourself and your friend? Two Gemblo games to your door. Your wonderful name shall be listed on Kickstarter Dedications page on our site! Free shipping w/in the USA and Korea, all others add $15 shipping.

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    8 backers Limited (192 left of 200)

    "Double Gemblo Style": You will be rewarded with 2 golden bookmarks, 2 puzzle books, 2 Gemblo expansion kits and 2 Gemblo games. Your wonderful name shall be listed on Kickstarter Dedications page on our site! Free shipping w/in the USA and Korea, all others add $14 shipping.

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    7 backers Limited (43 left of 50)

    "Kangnam Style": You will receive 3 golden bookmarks, 3 puzzle books, 3 Gemblo expansion kits and 3 Gemblo games. Your wonderful name shall be listed on Kickstarter Dedications page on our site and in the dedications page of the Puzzle Book! Free shipping w/in the USA and Korea, all others add $20 shipping.

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    1 backer Limited (49 left of 50)

    "Gemblo Shop": Thanks for carrying Wisemen Games in your shop. I will ship out 10 copies of Gemblo games to your store address (only for retailers) and mention on our site that you are carrying Gemblo! Please make sure that you have a store or a shop for this pledge to be validated. Please add $25 shipping w/in the USA and Korea. (shipped only to addresses the US and Korea)

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    1 backer Limited (49 left of 50)

    "Gemblo Shop": Thanks for carrying Wisemen Games in your store. I will ship 10 copies of the game to you and mention on our site that you are carrying Gemblo. This pledge will also include:
    10 bookmarks, 10 puzzle books, 10 Expansion Kits. Please add $25 w/in the USA and Korea. (shipped only to addresses in the US and Korea)

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