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subQuark

Small press publisher.

 

What's our story?

We stumbled into game publishing after watching an episode of Mythbusters (about zombies, of course). It created more angst than any movie and I wondered how to get that across to others. For some reason, a board game came to mind. One thing led to another and here we are.

Where are we?

Well, after two fun Kickstarters and with our online shop, we've mailed over 7,000 games to 49 countries. That's kind of nuts, especially for a home-grown, 2-person operation.

We love games and we love Kickstarter and are huge supporters of other's dreams too—we've backed over 700 projects. It's important—to us—to be a real part of the community, not just talk . . .

Who are we?

We're Kate and David. Hi!

Kate's 5,000 lunch meeplesKate's been called inimitable and I agree—she's amazing. Once she spent a lunch hour inspecting 5,000 meeples in her car! She's also a whiz at keeping thousands of orders straight and creating an efficient, triple-checked, workflow (her checklists are the only reason we accurately shipped out 3,000 Kickstarter rewards—all ahead of schedule!). She's also incredibly wonderful.

David enjoys finding unique materials for our games and their production. Like a mediæval scorpion illustration from the Anglo Saxon Mappa Mundi of 1025, tiny skulls carved from the mineral magnesite that are actually beads, and creating 3D-printed stainless steel embossing dies to press our own tins.

Mappa Mundi scorpionIt would be easier to use a game manufacturer, but that would rob us the joy in making these by hand for you.

We both have fulltime jobs and master's degrees, blah, blah, blah, but we're just us—and we don't mind doing the nitty-gritty work.

Our purpose

To create and share the special things that we enjoy with you. From games to books.

Our approach

We're small and proud, and we're super proud to source as locally as possible.

The paper for one of our games is manufactured 30 minutes away and our coins are from the oldest private US mint. Our supplies come from vendors who pay living wages to employees with similar life-work balances as ours. And it's also faster to get supplies from US vendors.

Our books will be printed in the US by a printer who does 16 million books monthly for big publishing houses like Penguin.

We're hands-on and maker movement.

subQuark press

We make these games ourselves. We inspect each dice, meeple, token, coin, and box—and pull it all together in Portsmouth, New Hampshire—in our home, on our kitchen table (and, sometimes, all over the house!).

And we actually do have a small press—an arbor press—that we use to hand-press some of our game boxes.

By the way, of those 7,000+ games we've shipped globally—we've only lost two—go USPS! w00t!

One was my fault and the other was in another country with an address of 1st floor, 1st door (go figure).

Don't have our games yet? Get them here and say hello on twitter or facebook.

Have fun, enjoy friends, and smile often. =)

 

Fulfillment Centre
Kate's assemly-line shipping centre.

David Miller with labels
Labels from thermal printers rock!


About 10% of the Kickstarter Mint Tin Mini Apocalypse rewards.

Mint Tin Pirates and int Tin Aleines ready to go!
Mint Tin Pirates & Mint Tin Aliens awaiting USPS pick-up.

Lobster-bacoan sourdough sandwich
It's not all work—lobster-bacon sourdough recipe from a Kickstarter update!