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subQuark

Small press publisher.

 

About us

Game designer, publisher, manufacturer

That's us—a one-stop shop that makes fun games with the highest quality, longest-lasting components—for you, our supporters, our critics, and our reason for being.

Our games are Made in the USA, by us right here in Portsmouth.

And our parts, like dice and coins, come from US vendors. We think it's easier to partner with domestic vendors, faster to get top quality supplies, and makes us both, you and us, part of the local economy. Even our baggies and shipping supplies are American made. It just seems like the right way to do it.

What's our story?

Hi! We're Kate and David. =)

Kate's 5,000 lunch meeplesWe 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.

Mappa Mundi scorpionI'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 the year 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.

Our approach

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.

subQuark pressWe're technically a "small press publishing company" and we actually do have a small press—an arbor press—that we use to hand-press some of our game boxes.

Besides being made in the US, we also 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.

By the way, we're 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.

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 (our map). That's kind of nuts, especially for a home-grown, two-person operation. No distributors—just you and us.

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 adventure 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.

And say hello to us on twitter or facebook.

 

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

 

Fulfillment Centre
Kate's assembly-line shipping centre.

David Miller with labels
Labels from thermal printers rock!


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

Mint Tin Pirates and int Tin Aliens 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 sandwich recipe from a Kickstarter update!