Iron Clays & Spades

Created by Gavan Brown of Roxley Games

Luxury tabletop game counters, elegant storage containers, and beautifully designed playing cards in letter pressed boxes.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

The Iron Bank has Funded!
6 months ago – Thu, Jun 20, 2019 at 01:02:39 PM

Funded!  Thank you!

From the time we conceived of the idea during the Brass campaign, we wanted to make Iron Clays because we actually wanted to use them ourselves.  As a heavy gamer, we adore the usability of poker chips.  What we never did love though was that they all sort of looked the same: like standard poker chips.  I wanted something that felt unique, and could be used in a multitude of games without them feeling out of place.

Since then, we've discovered that others also share this desire... and now you've shown us that desire as well.

We are floored by how quickly this funded and we cannot thank you enough for your support. 

We'll have some incredible cardists and photographers showing off the Iron Spades (& Clays) over the course of the campaign, so we will be sharing those with you in our updates. 

A little quick change and presto! Iron Spades!

And here is an up close look at the beautiful box they will come in...
And here is an up close look at the beautiful box they will come in...

Are you a cardist or magician wanting to show off your skills using Iron Clays & Spades? 

Send us a DM!


  1.  Can I get a second set of Iron Clays 200 that would contain everything required to make an Iron Clays 400?  This is a great idea, and we are looking into what it would take to offer this as a pledge level.
  2.  Can we get a 400 printed box?  We think this is a great idea, too! Unfortunately, we won't be able to produce an Iron Clays 400 printed box for a few reasons, but the main one being simply the weight of the chips. This is why we have the wooden chest option.  As answered in the previous question, we are looking into doing a Big Bank Iron Clays 200 upgrade box. :) 

Our next update will be Wednesday, and in the meantime you can catch us in the comments, DM’s, on BGG, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! (Please allow a reasonable amount of time for a response, given the high volume of messaging we're getting right now.)

Gavan Brown & Team Roxley

Over 500% Funded! Wooden Chests Now Available in both Veneers! Happy Father’s Day!
6 months ago – Wed, Jun 19, 2019 at 05:28:48 PM

TL;DR – Both Wooden Chests now available in Rosewood or Charred Oak veneer; Upgrade Path calculator updated. Happy Father’s Day!

Wooden Chests Now Available in Two Veneer Styles!

Great news! We now have enough backers in both the 200 Wooden Chest and 400 Wooden Chest levels to allow every one of these backers their choice of veneers!  If you're backing for a Wooden Chest, you will make your choice in the pledge manager; you do not need to adjust your pledge.   The two options are shown above: Rosewood (currently seen used in the 200 Wooden Chest), and Charred Oak (currently seen used in the 400 Wooden Chest). We’re grateful that your level of support has made it possible for us to provide this common community request. THANK YOU!

Upgrade Calculator Upgrades

Thanks to eagle-eyed feedback from the backer community, some corrections and improvements have been made to the unofficial Upgrade Path calculator. If you used this to estimate your pledge before yesterday morning (Thursday, June 13), you can double check your numbers here to see if a more accurate estimate is available:

(Data is based on the Upgrade Paths chart here: )

If your pledge amount is inaccurate due to a calculation error, this is not an emergency. Your final selections, chip amounts, and costs will all be calculated and confirmed in the pledge manager; we can help you with any problems you have then. Again, we love Michel's work (and his responsiveness to feedback!) but still recommend that this app should be used only as an estimator.

Iron Clays & Iron Spades – A Great Father’s Day Gift!

Q. What did the origami artist say when he had a bad hand?

A. Nothing - he just folded.

Team Roxley are all fathers, and we've got the dad jokes to prove it, but we can be notoriously hard to buy gifts for. Do you have a father figure you'd like to honor, who's just as challenging? Some Iron Spades and/or Iron Clays added to your pledge on their behalf could be the solution. (Or you could just go with a tie. Dads love those, right?)

We’ll be back early next week with the next update. Have a wonderful weekend!

Keep rollin' sixes,

Gavan Brown & Team Roxley

If you haven’t already be sure to follow us on BGG, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

Watch It Played Features the 400 Wooden Box! Fan-Created Upgrade Paths Calculator!
6 months ago – Tue, Jun 18, 2019 at 01:55:25 PM

TL;DR - Video preview of the 400 Wooden Box from Watch It Played, Fan-Created Upgrade Path Calculator, Fans @ Origins can see Brass: Birmingham & the Iron Clays and vote for Fan Favorite award.

Watch It Previewed!

If you’re a fan of Watch It Played (or if you learned Brass: Birmingham from our official rules video), you'll recognize this smiling face!  The legendary Rodney Smith has returned, with a closer look at the black 400 Wooden Chest! In this video, he demonstrates the strength of the magnetic seal on the chest drawers, and takes out the removable trays to give you a better look at the details, including the the faux suede lining on the underside for the protection of your game table surface. (Note--as Rodney says, this is just an advanced manufacturer’s copy of the box; the final will have a number of small tweaks and improvements, including designs printed on the sides that are currently blank.) 

Fan-Created Upgrade Paths Calculator!

We knew backers were going to analyze the options we gave them in depth... but we didn’t anticipate backer Michel Billard coding his own PROGRAM to do it! Michel has reposted this for others to use, to estimate their costs, how many chips they'll receive, and how many will be left over afterwards. 

You can find it here: Michel's Unofficial Iron Clays Upgrade Path Calculator

(This data is based on the most recent Upgrade Paths chart)

NOTE: While we are extremely impressed with Michel’s work, we must officially disclaim that this program was not created by Roxley, and our staff have not had the time to verify all of the numbers and calculations in it. We recommend that if you use this app, you use it only to estimate pricing and quantities. Your final totals will be confirmed with you in the pledge manager after the campaign.

Brass & the Iron Clays at Origins Game Fair

Brass: Birmingham has been nominated for an Origins award! We’re sad that we won’t be at Origins to celebrate, but Brass, and the Iron Clays will! Attendees can examine & play the nominated games in the Origins Awards Area at Hall B 1166, and register your votes for Fan Favorite. Additionally, we hear Parallel Games will be featuring the Iron Clays 100 along with their game City of the Big Shoulders in the Tabletop Game Cafe booth (#358).

If you don’t yet own Brass and would like to, the Preorder shop for the Kickstarter Deluxe version is still open! Brass: Lancashire is in stock in most areas and ships within a few business days; orders that include Brass: Birmingham will ship in August/September.

Iron Clays on BoardGameGeek

Team Roxley are incredibly grateful to all of you who have rated Brass: Birmingham and our other games on BoardGameGeek... did you know there's a category there for game accessories? So if you own a set, or have had the chance to play with them, we'd love to have your honest rating of the Iron Clays too!

Want to show off your skills (cardistry, magic, videography, or photography) using Iron Clays & Spades? We'd love to feature you in our updates! Send us a DM!

We’ll be back on Thursday with the next update. Until then, enjoy your week!!

Keep rollin' sixes,

Gavan Brown & Team Roxley

If you haven’t already be sure to follow us on BGG, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

Over 400% funded! More Magic & Cardistry, Featuring the Iron Spades. These People Have Skills--in Spades!
6 months ago – Tue, Jun 18, 2019 at 05:55:10 AM

TL;DR: Just a quick update today from Team Roxley, to feature some fun new content we've been tagged in over the weekend. Next update will be Tuesday, June 11th.

Iron Spades tuck boxes, hot off the Clove St Press

Letterpress is very time consuming to set up, so our partners at Clove St Press have printed tuckboxes for the campaign already, to guarantee it won't delay the project.  And they look amazing!  Here's a video of them hot off the press:

More from the Tantrum House of Magic!

Fancy Cardistry from _koadventures 

Want to show off your skills using Iron Clays & Spades? We'd love to feature you in our updates! Tag us on social media, or send us a DM!

Thank you for being such an amazing community! We appreciate you being here with us, and here for each other as well. Our next update will be Tuesday, June 11th. Enjoy your Sunday!!

Keep rollin' sixes,

Gavan Brown & Team Roxley

If you haven’t already be sure to follow us on BGG, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

Three Wishes Granted: 50 Denomination Chip! 400 - Printed Box! 22 Chip Fillout!
6 months ago – Tue, Jun 18, 2019 at 02:31:48 AM


50 Denomination Chip available as add on and incorporated into 200 and 400 boxes. 400 Printed Box available as pledge level or Upgrade Path. 22 chip fillout sleeve without box or tray available as add-on, and incorporated into Upgrade Paths. Plus, Iron Spades cardistry from Tantrum House!

The Big 5-0!

All through the campaign, we've been collecting your comments, suggestions, ideas, and feedback. One of the most common requests has been for more denominations, and the most commonly requested has been the 50.

We're tremendously happy to announce that the manufacturer has worked with us to add one final denomination to the project.

And here it is!

This chip has already been incorporated into the chipsets for the 200 and 400 level box pledges, and will also be available in add-on sleeves of 20 as well. All of the upgrade paths have been modified to include a sleeve of 50s.

Changes to the 200 level Chipset:               

  • 1 sleeve of 10s replaced by 1 sleeve of 50s 
  • Total bank size increases (now 14,240)

Changes to the 400 level Chipset:         

  • 1 sleeve of 10s replaced by 1 sleeve of 50s
  • Total bank size increases (now 107,280)

New Pledge Level: 400 Printed Box!

A design for a sturdy, 400 chip Printed Box has been agreed upon and can now be added to the campaign as well!

  • New Pledge level - 400 Chip Printed Box - $182 Canadian                              
    • Contains the denominations in the 400 count picture above (plus four blue trays and lids)
    • BYOB option available for $30 (now cheaper than customizing 2x200)
    • Upgrade Paths to this level have been added.

But wait--there's more! 22 Chip Fillout Sleeve now available!

A special sleeve add-on has been approved, that contains the exact chips you need to fill out one Deluxe edition of Brass (2x5, 10x20, and 10x100), with no box or tray. This saves money on the product, the shipping costs, AND reduces cost, complexity, and leftover chips for customers using their existing chips to fill out Upgrade Path pledges.

Updated Upgrade Paths

You can see the new Upgrade Paths PDF here.

We advise you to review the cost of your pledge, as the cost may have changed due to these improvements and new options. The final charge will still be calculated, including shipping, in the pledge manager after the campaign, at which point you will have the chance to make any required changes or additional add-ons.

A quick note: We've had a lot of messages asking us to double check if your upgrade calculations are correct for the upgrade path you want. We are of course happy to help you double check this! Note that at current messaging levels, it may take 1-3 days for us to respond.


Want to show off your skills using Iron Clays & Spades? We'd love to feature you in our updates! Send us a DM!

We cannot stress enough how much we appreciate our backers and your engagement and support in the comments. Thank you for your continued patience with the process (and with each other!) as we check on the possibility of introducing more of your requests and suggestions.

As a reminder, you can also find us on BGG, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

Our next update will be Monday. Everyone, ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND!

Keep rollin' sixes,

Gavan Brown & Team Roxley