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subQuark

 

About us

We're a one-stop shop making fun games with the highest quality and longest-lasting components—for you—our supporters, our critics, and our community.

Our games are Made in the US, right here in Portsmouth, by the two of us.

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 it makes us a part of the local economy. Even our baggies and shipping supplies are American made.

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 us than any movie and we wondered how we could instill that in 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. She once spent a lunch hour inspecting 5,000 meeples in the backseat of her car and she's a whiz at keeping thousands of orders straight. Her efficient checklists are the main reason we accurately shipped 9,444 Kickstarter games—all ahead of schedule.

Mappa Mundi scorpionAnd I'm David and I enjoy finding unique materials for our games and their production. Like this mediæval scorpion illustration from the year 1025, or tiny skulls carved from howlite, and creating 3D-printed stainless steel embossing dies for Mint Tin Mini Apocalypse and Mint Tin Mini Skulduggery.

Kate and I both have fulltime jobs but we enjoy doing the nitty-gritty work to make and deliver our very best to you.

Our approach

We're small and hands-on and source as locally as possible.

The paper for one of our games is manufactured 30 minutes away, and our coins are minted by the oldest private US mint.

We inspect each dice, meeple, token, coin, and tin—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 do have a small arbor press that we use to hand-press some of our game tins.

And . . . we're excited to be publishing books soon, about a chicken named ChuChu and a goat called Pedro. These will be printed by a US printer who does 16 million books a month for the big publishing houses.

Where are we now?

After three fun Kickstarters and with our online shop, we've shipped over 10,000 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 800 Kickstarter projects. We're an active part of the community.

We have games in the works—one's about mining on the moon (Mint Tin LunaSyr), another's about falling into an abandoned mine (Mint Tin Mineshaft), and another's a solo adventure like The Legend of Zelda.

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!

subQuark logo
Our hand-lettered logo pays homage to Mint Tin Pirates—our first game—click for large view.