What's our story?
We're Kate and David. Hi!
We stumbled into game publishing after watching an episode of Mythbusters―about zombies, of course. It created more angst in me than any movie ever had and I wondered how I could share that with others. A board game came to mind, one thing led to another, and here we are.
Kate'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 6,306 Kickstarter games—all ahead of schedule!
I'm David and I enjoy finding unique materials for our games and their production. Some of my favorites are a mediæval scorpion illustration from the Anglo Saxon Mappa Mundi of 1025, tiny skulls carved from magnesite, and creating 3D-printed stainless steel embossing dies that we use to press our own tins.
Kate and I both have fulltime jobs but we don't mind doing the nitty-gritty work to make sure we deliver our best to you.
We're small and hands-on. It would be easier to use an offshore game manufacturer, but that would rob us the joy in making these by hand for you. We inspect each dice, meeple, token, coin, and box—and pull it all together on our kitchen table (and, sometimes, all over the house!) in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
We're also proud to source as locally as possible and that means our games are Made in the U.S.A.
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.
By the way, we're also excited to be publishing books soon, about a chicken named ChuChu and a goat called Pedro, which will be printed in the US by a printer who does 16 million books monthly for big publishing houses like Penguin.
Where are we now?
After two fun Kickstarters and the opening of our online shop, we've shipped over 8,500 games to 49 countries. That's kind of nuts, especially for a home-grown, two-person operation. No distributors, nada, just us and you.
We love creating games and are huge supporters of other's creativity too—we've backed over 770 Kickstarter projects. It's important to us to be an active part of the community.
We have a few games in the works which we'd like to kickstart. One's about mining on the moon, another about falling into an abandoned mine shaft, and another's a solo adventurer game like The Legend of Zelda.
So that's us sorted—hands-on & maker movement—thanks for checking us out. =)
Don't have our games yet? Get them here.
Have fun, enjoy friends, and smile often. =)