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:

TIME TO CASH IN YOUR CHIPS!
about 1 year ago – Mon, Jun 24, 2019 at 01:11:25 PM

 TL;DR: WE DID IT!

The chips are down. 

It's time to call a spade a spade. 

The Iron Clays & Spades campaign has come to a close... and it's been a wild ride. 

We cannot express how grateful we are to each and every one of you for all of your support. Let's have a look at some of the things YOU helped us achieve, over the last couple of weeks:

ACHIEVEMENTS UNLOCKED:

5593 Backers!

877% Funded!

3000 Comments!

New Chip Denominations: 50 (PICTURED BELOW!), 500, and 2K!


New 400 Printed Box!

Veneer Options on both 200 and 400 Wooden Chests!

Iron Spades Full Color Card Backs!

A Message From Chad Michael Studio

I'm almost at a loss for words, but I still have a few left to express my sincere, undying appreciation to all the backers. Roxley and I never expected such a huge response to this campaign and it fills me with immense pride and honor that you all came from all corners of the globe to support the Iron Clays & Spades. 

This project, from the original 100 Iron Clays that were released with the Brass campaign to the present, contains well over 500+ design hours and I'm so grateful that the time and craft was visible to each one of you, and that everyone responded to the passion and dedication that was poured into it. 

Team Roxley and I can't wait to get these final boxes and decks into your hands because, honestly, I feel these photos don't quite do them justice. As we finesse and finalize all remaining aspects throughout the Iron offerings, I personally promise to continue to pore over each detail until the last design is released to the manufacturer. 

All 5,400+ of you have my eternal gratitude and if we ever met in person - I'll buy you a drink. 

- Chad Michael

And So Many Others To Thank!

It would be an impossible task to thank everyone who deserves to be honored for their contributions to this campaign. Not everybody gets to be front and center on the main campaign page, so we wanted to shout out additional thanks, to some of the unusual suspects who who have offered their contribution along the way: Paul Saxberg, Adam Wyse, Christian Kang of TYC Creative, Matt Tolman, Mr. Cuddington, Max Michael, Kira Anne Peavley, Gabriel Martin of Black Thumb Creations, Dan & Dave of Art of Play, The Clove Street Press Team, Jack Scheurich of GPI, illusionist Chris Ramsay, Kevin Scott Delp from Tantrum House, Craig Taylor from The Train Rush, Rodney Smith from Watch It Played, Adam Smith from Rolling Solo, The Gentleman Wake, and volunteer (!) programmer Michel Billard, for distilling our Upgrade Path chart into app format. (We could have easily listed a hundred more, so to everybody not named, please accept both our thanks and our apology. Dr. Poultry will see to it that the staff who forgot to list you are disciplined appropriately.)

Iron Clays Microbadge on BoardGameGeek!

WOW! BoardGameGeek user Sjeng answered the challenge to create an Iron Clays Microbadge--and it was approved, just in time for us to include it in this update! If you're a BoardGameGeek user and you'd like this badge, add it to your profile here for the the low, low price of 8 GeekGold (approximately 10.54 GeekGold Canadian).

(If you need GeekGold for this, send Paul your best Dad joke. If you make him laugh, he'll set you up.) 

The Gentleman Wake knows--the Iron Clays will be everywhere in 2020!
The Gentleman Wake knows--the Iron Clays will be everywhere in 2020!

Ok, I backed it... what happens now?

1) We Sleep - Team Roxley takes a short break until next week.

2) Payment - Kickstarter will bill your pledge amount to the credit card attached to your Kickstarter account. If there is an issue, they should continue to retry for 1-2 weeks. NOTE: Roxley is not involved in this part of the transaction, so if you have a payment issue within this time period, we unfortunately won't be able to help; contact Kickstarter support directly instead, at support (at) kickstarter.com.

3) Pledge Manager - In July, you'll be sent a survey from the pledge manager, in which you will confirm your order! This survey will give you the option to upgrade your pledge, add additional goodies, confirm your shipping address, and finalize your shipping charges. Roxley will use a reputable and secure pledge management platform for this. (NOTE: An exact date for this mailing is not yet on the calendar. Team Roxley will be taking special care with this one, due to the unprecedented variety of options being offered. The survey will not be approved and sent, until we are satisfied that your pledge options and billing numbers are not just accurate, but are also clear and easy for backers to understand.)

4) Production - Our team will complete the last remaining design items (such as the graphics on the Iron Clays 200 and 400 Printed Boxes), and when these have been approved, the files will be sent to the manufacturer, who will begin production!  

5) Fulfillment - When production is finished, the Iron Clays will be carefully packed, divided into shipments, and begin their long ocean journeys to our fulfillment partners around the world. The last remaining step is for those partners to assemble your individual pledges, and ship them to you! Our target delivery date for this final shipment is January 2020; you will be sent an email to confirm your address first, after which it will be just a matter of waiting. Team Roxley will update you, should changes to this schedule become necessary for any reason.

I just found out about these! Can I still buy some?  

Unfortunately the campaign is now over... but you will be able to Pre-order the Iron Clays as a Pre-order customer after we launch the pledge manager.

To receive an alert when Pre-orders become possible, enter your email at ironclays.com.

I backed as a retailer, when do we receive the details?

We will send retailers an email before backers receive the pledge manager, outlining your options and pricing. If you haven't yet completed this form, please do so. (If you are an FLGS backer arriving late to the campaign and want to know if it's still possible to get on board, email ks@roxley.com.)

Fortnightly Updates  

Keeping you informed is extremely important to us. Starting on July 4, 2019, we will begin our signature Fortnightly Updates.

These updates will occur every 2 weeks, from now until fulfillment is complete, regardless of whether or not there is anything to report. Every update will have a clear indication of what progress has been made on each task remaining, how much remains to finish, and any special news or developments we've got to share.

You helped shape this project.

While Roxley has a clear vision for all of our projects, we take great pride in not designing them inside a sealed bubble. The improvements we've added to the Iron Clays and Iron Spades have come directly from discussion and interaction with you. We believe the true spirit of crowdfunding campaigns is best realized when creators aren't just looking for financial support from their backers, but are actively inviting their input and participation, and using the best of these contributions to enrich the vision of the final product. Your comments and ideas were ALL read and analyzed, and we are grateful to everyone who contributed constructively to the discussion.

Thank you, from all of Team Roxley, for helping to make the Iron Clays and Iron Spades even better!

Keep rollin' sixes,

Gavan Brown & Team Roxley

P.S.: More big things are coming from Roxley! So if you haven’t already, be sure to follow us on BGG, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter...and also right here on Kickstarter!

FINAL DAY! 2K Clay Design Unveiled! 200 Wooden Chest Preview from The Gentleman Wake! Iron Spades Upgraded to Full Color Cardbacks!!
about 1 year ago – Sun, Jun 23, 2019 at 03:38:24 PM

TL;DR – 2K Clay Design Unveiled! 200 Wooden Chest in Rosewood Preview from The Gentleman Wake. Iron Spades receive gold metallic ink upgrade. Campaign ends Thursday, June 20th, 10 PM MST (midnight EST; 4 AM Friday morning GMT). Pledge Manager surveys will be sent in July.

Custom Designs on 50, 500, and 2K Clays!

We are pleased to announce that the 50, 500, and 2K denominations will have their own custom designs.   Because Iron Clays are dual molded, creating these custom designs is a painstaking process.  It requires that Chad Michael Studio and Roxley work together with the factory to ensure that the design will support the sufficient material flow.   We will reveal all of these designs in the coming weeks as they are approved by the manufacturer, starting with the custom 2K denomination below!  This is our favorite design yet!

200 Wooden Chest Preview & Iron Spades Cardistry from The Gentleman Wake!

The Gentleman Wake gives us another look at the 200 Wooden Chest (rosewood veneer option), as well as advance manufacturer's decks of the Iron Spades. Here's some of what he had to say:

“The Iron Clays & Spades are definitely a highlight for hosting game night.”

“When compared to some other luxury poker sets, the price actually is not bad at all, considering the lower chip count and questionable quality of some of those other, more expensive sets seem to have.”

“In the end I think this is a gorgeous set, worthy of a spot here on the game shelf here in the Gentleman’s Study!”

He also snuck in some amazing cardistry tricks we don't want you to miss! (If you don't have time to watch the whole video, you can skip to the cardistry here.)

Iron Spades Gold Ink Upgrade! 

Many playing card enthusiasts we've spoken to have been impressed with the design on the letter-pressed Iron Spades tuck box, and wanted to see it on the actual card backs as well.  This desire to see the full true color palette on the card backs is shared by Chad Michael Studio and Roxley as well!  So, we've been working frantically over the last few days to see if it was feasible to do the back in full color with gold ink.  

We are happy to announce that all Iron Spades decks will be upgraded to full color card backs with gold metallic ink!  Here's a concept image for the updated Iron Spades card back:

It's the Final Countdown!

(As regular backers and fans know, Roxley company policy requires us to reference this song in the final update published during each campaign.)

This campaign ends tomorrow night (June 20th) at 10 PM MST. (EST: 12 Midnight; GMT: 4 AM Friday morning). If you're still undecided (or confused) about what your final choices will be, you can pledge $19 Canadian for the Upgrades & Add-ons level to retain Backer status in the pledge manager. (Pledges of a lesser value and orders placed after the campaign will be classified as Pre-Order customers.)

As with our previous projects, we will continue to update you regularly after the campaign, although updates will reduce in frequency as our focus shifts next towards preparing the pledge manager. We'll continue to check in on the comments, but will not be able to monitor them 24/7; if you have an urgent question, or something the community cannot help with, please reach out to us directly at ks@roxley.com. We expect to send survey links for the pledge manager in July. This campaign is the most complex campaign we have run to date, so it is important that this stage not be rushed; thank you for bearing with us as we set up all of your options, triple check the math, and make everything as clear and easy to understand as possible.

We thank the community for all the help you have been to each other (and to us!) so far, and for making this campaign as successful as it has been.

Keep rollin' sixes,

Gavan Brown & Team Roxley

3 DAYS LEFT! 4000 Backers! 400 Wooden Chest Preview from Rolling Solo!
about 1 year ago – Thu, Jun 20, 2019 at 01:05:51 PM

TL;DR – Three days left to lock pledges in at campaign prices. 400 Wooden Chest (In Charred Oak) and 100 Printed Box Preview from Rolling Solo.

Rolling Solo puts the 400 Wooden Chest under Studio Lighting!

Adam Smith from Rolling Solo gives us another closeup look at the 400 Wooden Chest and the 100 Printed Box! This was filmed directly under bright studio lights, so you can see more of the rich brown tint and texture of the Charred Oak veneer than is obvious in many photos so far. (As Adam says, this is still an advance manufacturer's copy; the final will have designs on all sides and improved ink tinting.) (The 100 Printed Box is 100% final).

Three Days Remaining! 

This campaign will end on Thu, June 20th, at 10 PM Mountain Time (In EST that's midnight; in GMT it's 4AM Friday morning.) If you are still undecided (or confused) as to what pledge level or add-ons you need, don't panic; we're making every effort to answer your messages in a timely fashion, but you can guarantee your options stay open in the pledge manager by pledging at least $19 Canadian for the Add-Ons & Upgrades level.

Image: @fibonazzi0112, via Twitter.
Image: @fibonazzi0112, via Twitter.
Image: sonnythe0ne, via Instagram.
Image: sonnythe0ne, via Instagram.

Thank You For Everything So Far!

This has been an amazing campaign--over 600% funded, over 4000 backers, over half a million Canadian dollars raised, and we're not finished yet! We're incredibly grateful--not just for how you have made the Iron Clays & Iron Spades possible; but for how your interaction and feedback have made them better, for how you've helped each other out in the comments, and for all of the shares and ratings you've given us. 

Team Roxley are humbled and blessed by your support and trust, and it's already inspiring us for what comes next: setting up the pledge manager, finalizing shipping arrangements, and reaching out to local stores that signed up for retailer pledges (and maybe even getting some sleep, if we're lucky!).

We'll update you once more before we reach the finish line. Until then, we hope you had a wonderful Father's Day weekend!

Keep rollin' sixes,

Gavan Brown & Team Roxley

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

The Iron Bank has Funded!
about 1 year 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!

FAQs

  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!
about 1 year 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:

https://codepen.io/crossbrowser/full/bPbvwv

(Data is based on the Upgrade Paths chart here: http://files.roxley.com/upgrade-paths-2019.06.07c.pdf )

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

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