The Cabinet at PAX Unplugged!

Hi all!

PAX Unplugged officially begins tomorrow (unofficially, folks are playing games in the lobby of the hotel right now), and we are here and set up for the show!

We have one of the prototype Cabinet Game Tables here. It’s the same as the cabinet from our current Kickstarter, just without the ability to convert to a table. If you want to see firsthand the quality of our factory’s work, check it out!

You can find us at Booth 349 with the Cabinet, a Coffee Game Table, a Kitchen Game Table, and a Dining Game Table. We’ll also be talking about our latest project for Pinnacle Entertainment Group (the Flash Gordon RPG Kickstarter launches Tuesday!).

And check out Game Trade Media at Booth 203 or watch on their Facebook page. They will be broadcasting all weekend from our Streamer Game Table!

Kickstarter backers at any of the Cabinet reward levels should stop by our booth (349) at PAX Unplugged for a free gift!

Check the map below for our locations…

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Cabinet Game Table on Kickstarter NOW!

It’s time to test the gamer market for solidly built, beautiful furniture to hold and display prized game collections—with the added bonus of a stowaway game table!—in our latest design, the Cabinet Game Table! Head to Kickstarter now if you’re ready to pledge! Read below if you just want to know how to help us out with the Kickstarter campaign.

But definitely check out our sweet Kickstarter video from Cheyenne Wright:

 

Cabinet Game Table Kickstarter In a Glance

  • There are 10 Early Bird reward levels at $2999 where you can choose your finish and fabric combination on the Cabinet Game Table.
  • Also $2999: Cherry finish and Dark Blue fabric (our most popular combination on tables).
  • There’s also a $3099 pledge level to choose your finish and fabric (once the Early Birds are taken, this is your best option for a choice).
  • Retail price after the Kickstarter will be $3199 (but only if we meet our funding goal in the Kickstarter). As usual for orders placed on our site, we wait to invoice shipping once your order is complete (target May 2018 for the Cabinets).
  • If we meet our Kickstarter goal, payments begin processing on Cyber Monday, November 27th.

How Else Can I Help?

We have other reward levels ($2 Stay Connected and $25 Coasters).

If you pledge at the Stay Connected or above, you’re eligible for a reward when we unlock our first Social Media Stretch Goal! We don’t even need to reach our funding goal for this reward–just 500 shares combined between our posts on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and YouTube gets everyone a complimentary PDF copy of Dinner and Dice: A Gaming Cookbook through DriveThruRPG.com!

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Cabinet Game Table: Transforms from Cabinet to Table to Game Table!

More Than Meets the Eye!

The new Cabinet Game Table design allows for new options and yes, it transforms! (You add the sound effects) Last time we discussed how the table can attach to the front of the Cabinet with dual legs and a stretcher for maximum support.

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We also mentioned that when not in use the table stores within the cabinet. Here’s how: the table is made up of two leaves which connect down the middle. When separated, one of the legs and half of the stretcher (which also connects in the middle) attach on one edge of a leaf to become carved trim. Each leaf then fits in a slot on the sides of the upper Cabinet with the carved trim facing out. The leaves are locked in place with a discrete bolt.

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In short, the end result is simply a beautiful cabinet when the table is stored away.

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Game Table in Disguise!

We thought that was pretty cool (and hope you agree), but then we realized the new design also afforded us a unique opportunity. Only one side of the table leaf is visible when stored in the Cabinet. We adjusted the design so the top is reversible to use either side!

Meaning…one side of the table is a gaming surface with a one-inch lip and fabric inlay.

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That’s right, the new Cabinet Game Table is a game cabinet that transforms into a table and a game table!

Next week we’ll post more information about the Kickstarter, reward levels, etc. before the campaign begins on November 9th.

Please share with your friends so we can make this awesome Cabinet Game Table a reality!

PAX Unplugged Plans

Carolina Game Tables has a booth at PAX Unplugged!

Plan to stop by Booth 349 to see our Coffee Game Table ($899), Kitchen Game Table ($1199), and Dining Game Table ($1599, or $1749 with 6 cup holders). We’ll be on hand to talk about the new Cabinet design, but the sample for the new design is still in production–one reason we’re still showing off renders. The Streamer Game Table ($1999, or $2149 with 6 cup holders) will also be at PAX Unplugged in the Game Trade (Magazine) Media booth, Booth 203. Tablezilla? At 8 feet long and almost 5 feet wide, it’s just too big to transport easily to conventions. The price on Tablezilla is $2199, or $2399 with 8 cup holders added.

Don’t forget, we’re offering gold cup holders right now! Just make a note on your order. If you order a Game Table from our website and a Cabinet through the Kickstarter, they can ship together to save on your delivery costs!


Cabinet Game Table Preview: Table in Place! Also, Gold Cup Holders Continue!

Feedback from convention attendees at Gen Con and DragonCon on the Cabinet Game Table was pretty clear: make it easy to get to the shelves without the table in the way! Well, that’s easy. We redesigned the table so you can remove it when you don’t need it and put it back on when you do!

The Cabinet Game Table…Has a Table!

Our earlier design had the table fold down from the front like a Murphy bed. That was fast and easy, but with the table in place the customer had to reach over it to reach the upper Cabinet shelves.

Now the new Cabinet Game Table design lets you put the table in place when you want it, and store it within the Cabinet when you don’t. We’ll talk more later about where the table goes when you’re not using it, but check out the rendered image of the Cabinet Game Table with the table in place:

 

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Removable Table

We think this is a great solution for extra table space when you need it most, and don’t want to set up a flimsy folding table.

The table top attaches to the Cabinet firmly and now has two legs and a connecting stretcher for greater stability. The smooth wooden table showcases our beautiful mahogany grain and is suitable for intimate dining, crafting, or (our favorite past-time) gaming!

The table surface measures 32.5″ wide and 44″ deep.

Gold Cup Holder Promotion Continues!

Don’t forget our popular Dining Game Table, Tablezilla, and Streamer Game Table have the option of gold cup holders during these weeks leading up to the Kickstarter!

Simply mention the gold cup holders in the Comments field of your order. If you forget, just email Clint@carolinagametables.com or Jodi@carolinagametables.com and we’ll try to swap out gold for the standard black cup holders on your order.

The Coffee Game Table and Kitchen Game Table do not have room for cup holders, but they make an excellent addition to your home with the Cabinet Game Table!

Our Cabinet Game Table Kickstarter runs November 7th-27th, with orders expected to deliver in May 2018. Order your game table now and save on shipping both!

Gold Cup Holders! Dining Game Table shown in Sagamore Hill and Burgundy. Chairs and Side Tables/Benches also in Sagamore Hill and by CGT. Photo by Andrew.

Gold Cup Holders! Dining Game Table shown in Sagamore Hill and Burgundy. Chairs and Side Tables/Benches also in Sagamore Hill and by CGT. Photo by Andrew.

 


Save the Date: Cabinet Game Table Kickstarter Launches November 9th!

The new Cabinet Game Table design is nearly finalized and we’ve set a date for the Kickstarter!

Save the Date!

The Kickstarter for the Cabinet Game Table will run from November 9th through the 27th.

Since it would end on the Thanksgiving holiday we decided to extend longer than the original two weeks, and finish on Cyber-Monday for folks who might wait till the last minute. If you want to check out our last Kickstarter (the one we used to launch this business) go here.

New Cabinet Game Table Design

So, how about that new design? I don’t want to give too much away yet, but we have a render of what the newly designed cabinet will look like below.

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The first thing you may notice is there is no door on the front (the part that originally lowered to become the table). That means when the table isn’t in use, it’s easy to access and display everything on the cabinet shelves and open the drawers.

We’ll provide more information on the table and other aspects of the new design in later updates, but for now, let us leave you with one super-cool feature we love and think you will too. The table will be reversible! It will have a flat wood top on one side (like originally designed, great for a small crafts area or dining) AND a gaming side on the other with a one-inch lip and fabric-lined play area interior. So your dice won’t fall off the table!

Yep, it’s not just a cabinet and one type of table, it has two options like our other game tables. “Game Tables for Real Life” to us means it’s great for everyday dining and use as well as for gaming. Our new cabinet design will embrace the same multi-functionality.

We should have renders showing the two variations in our next update, so keep a look out for it and thanks for all your support!


Gold Cup Holder Promotion Continues; Cabinet Kickstarter on Hold

The Gold Cup Holder promotion continues until supplies run out!

There is no upcharge for the gold-colored aluminum cup holders. Simply note at checkout whether you want gold or black cup holders.

This promotion is only available for the Dining, Streamer, and Tablezilla Game Table designs (we can’t put cup holders on the Kitchen or Coffee Game Table designs—the edge is too narrow).

Gold Cup Holders! Dining Game Table shown in Sagamore Hill and Burgundy. Photo by Andrew.

Gold Cup Holders! Dining Game Table shown in Sagamore Hill and Burgundy. Photo by Andrew.

 

Cabinet Game Table Kickstarter Delay

We traveled with the Cabinet Game Table to Gen Con and Dragon Con in August and September and saw a LOT of interest in it! People told us it was beautifully made and a high quality piece. But we think it can be even better.

We received great feedback and our design genius’s gears whirled with possibilities. Long story short, we’re taking the time to make the Cabinet Game Table as cool as possible. We don’t think you’ll be disappointed!

While we don’t want to give too much away until we have something we can show off, we will say this. We’re planning for the Cabinet Game Table to have a fabric-lined play area option in addition to the normal table top!

We hope to move quickly through the design process and not delay more than a couple of weeks if possible. We’ll post the latest news here on our website. If you have not already subscribed to our e-newsletter, you may want to, so the news comes straight to your email inbox. The newsletter is the fastest way to know when we launch the Kickstarter, too!

Thank you to the hundreds of people who discussed the Cabinet design with us at Gen Con and Dragon Con. It’s always useful to brainstorm possibilities, and WOW, we can’t wait to show you the new design!

 


Cabinet Game Table and DragonCon!

Every time we opened the Cabinet Game Table at Gen Con, traffic stopped in the aisles. We take that as a pretty good sign, but the real proof will be when our Kickstarter launches in September. In this post we have more on the Cabinet design(s), Kickstarter, a Game Table special offer, and a brief look at future designs we have planned.

This week we take the Cabinet and other tables to Dragon Con in Atlanta, GA! Find us on the third floor of the AmericasMart, booth 813. And if you’re interested in our Cabinet prototype…we’re selling it there at a discount. Serious buyers please email gametableClint@gmail.com. You will need to be able to take it away from the floor on Monday evening after the show ends.

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Gold Cup Holder Special Starting NOW!

We are not offering our game table designs as Kickstarter reward options. We are offering a special, starting now and lasting until mid-October (or until supplies run out): gold cup holders!

Gold Cup Holders! Dining Game Table shown in Cherry and Burgundy. Photo by Andrew.

Gold Cup Holders! Dining Game Table shown in Sagamore Hill and Burgundy. Photo by Andrew.

To take advantage of this option, simply order a Dining Game Table, Streamer Game Table, or Tablezilla with cup holders from www.CarolinaGameTables.com and note “gold cup holders” in the comments at checkout.

Kickstarting the Cabinet

We plan to run a 2 week long Kickstarter, completing near the end of September.  Be sure to sign up for our e-newsletter so you’ll know when we launch! Based on the pledges we get from Kickstarter we can extrapolate whether the design is marketable. What we are not interested in is overextending ourselves in a direction which hurts our brand or our company.

Our goal is $20,000: that’s just seven Cabinets. If we get seven Cabinet pledges during that two week time, we know we’ll sell enough of that design per year to move forward with implementing the manufacturing process. If not? Well, Jodi and Clint get a cool Cabinet. 🙂 And we move on to our other design plans.

Two Cabinet Designs Now! And a Third Coming.

We’re making a few small changes to the overall Cabinet Game Table design since working with the prototype (how the table latches at the top of the cabinet, where our logo plaque is fixed, other small details like that) and based on feedback from people at Gen Con. Thank you to everyone who stopped and consulted with us!

We heard some people want the Cabinet with Doors instead of the table. That won’t change the manufacturing process significantly; it’s the same price as the Cabinet Game Table (similar to how we offer the Dining Game Table as a one piece or a two piece table top—you choose, no upcharge, keep it simple). We only need to meet the goal of seven of the two designs combined in the Kickstarter; not seven of each.

We’ve also heard that some people would prefer no Table or Doors, so we plan to have a Game Cabinet (No Doors or Table) option, too. We’re investigating whether that will change the price.

Ship your Cabinet and Game Table Together!

White Glove Delivery brings all the furniture to your home at one time and puts it where you want it (that Cabinet is solid and heavy). Order your table from our website and the Cabinet through Kickstarter. We arrange White Glove Delivery after all pieces are completed anyway, so you have plenty of time to tell us Ms. Smith’s Table and Rambo19’s Cabinet ship to the same address.

Don’t worry if your table finishes a few weeks before the Cabinet. Normally that incurs a warehousing fee, but this is due to our Kickstarter. We’ll cover the warehousing fees.

Delivery is currently only available for the 48 contiguous United States. We’re still working on shipping options to other locations, but nothing is viable yet.

Future Design Plans

What other designs does Clint have turning about in the brainpan? Quite a few! We don’t want to give too much away quite yet, but we will say this. If we surpass our goal rather quickly, we can move on to those other designs faster. The most common requests we hear are for our game tables at counter and bar height. We also have requests for a game table with a 6 x 4 play area (that may not be feasible with our table design, but we won’t know until we can seriously look at it). So if the Cabinet Game Table Kickstarter goes well enough, those designs can fast track, too.

Even if the Cabinet is not your thing, we appreciate you sharing the news about our Kickstarter. To test the market the best way we know how, we need to reach a LOT of gamers. Thank you!


Gen Con 50 and a New Kickstarter!

Our Next Kickstarter Launches in September!

You may be asking “Why?” and “What for?”

Well, we have a design for a very different kind of product. It’s a cabinet specifically designed to hold games. Board games, role playing games, card games—most kinds of table top games.

The upper shelves are sized to hold board game boxes up to 320mm  x 240mm (about 12.5″ by 9.5″, the size of Settlers of Catan, Flash Point Fire Rescue, and similar boxes). The glass doors can also show off a collection: painted miniatures, signed cards or games, etc.

The open shelf below is designed for game boxes up to 12″ x 12″ (like Seven Wonders, Ticket to Ride, and King of Toyko).

Beneath that are three small drawers on either side for smaller games or accessories like dice, pencils, and the like. In between the drawers is an open bookshelf for books up to 11″ tall (like 8.5″ x 11″ roleplaying game manuals).

All of that can be enclosed by the top door (more on that in a second) while underneath are two more larger drawers and a storage space for games packaged in bigger boxes.

Oh yeah, and that top door is false. It folds down to become a small two or three person game table!

Kickstarter in September! The Cabinet Game Table, shown here as a 3D render in Cherry finish.

Kickstarter in September! The Cabinet Game Table, shown here as a 3D render in Cherry finish.

Yep, our Game Cabinet is actually a Cabinet Game Table!

Like our other tables, it’s multi-purpose (but unlike them, it won’t have a drop-down play area, just a flat table surface). We think it’s great for games, snacks, crafts—a lot of things! And it can be tucked away when the cabinet is “closed,” making it a great addition to any game room, dining room, or wherever you need a spare table sometimes.

We’re using Kickstarter for this new style because we need to know we will have viable sales for this design before we commit to all the set-up necessary to put it into production in the factory. (To receive our news in your inbox—like when the Kickstarter launches—subscribe to our e-newsletter here)

This cabinet is very different from our other products, and if we can’t reach a minimum during the Kickstarter time period, it very likely won’t be viable extrapolated to the long term. The last thing we want to do is put time and money into a product that isn’t feasible.

See the Cabinet Game Table at Gen Con! (we hope)

We hope to have a prototype ready in time to bring to GenCon in Indianapolis. It’s a bit touch and go right now, but we believe we’ll have the new piece on display at Gen Con—the same place we debuted our Dining Game Table two years ago.

If you’re at the convention, please stop by. Even if we don’t have the prototype, we’ll have information on it and the Kickstarter.

Find us with Studio 2 Publishing in Space# 2029. We’re the corner booth on the aisle. You can also see our tables at the Mayfair Games and Lone Shark Games booths. Mayfair is running demos on a Kitchen Game Table and Lone Shark as well on the Streamer Game Table. [See the map below for those locations.]

Booth 2029 Carolina Game Tables; also see a Streamer at Lone Shark Games and a Kitchen at Mayfair Games

Booth 2029 Carolina Game Tables; also see a Streamer at Lone Shark Games and a Kitchen at Mayfair Games

We hope to see many of you there. It looks to be an amazing and exciting 50th Gen Con in 2017.

Thanks for making all this possible!
Jodi and Clint


Reddit AMA and New Top Design

Ask Me (Us) Anything! Friday July 14, 2017 1pm Eastern

We (Clint and Jodi) will be doing an AMA on boardgames sub-reddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/boardgames/) Friday at 1:00 PM Eastern Time. Please join us and ask about game tables, our work with Savage Worlds, or anything (pretty much what an Ask Me Anything is all about).

Christmas Deadline is NOW!

We can’t guarantee a table ordered today will get there in time for Christmas, but it’s a lot more likely if you can get it in before the end of July!

If you live farther away from us (we’re looking at you, Washington and Oregon friends), it’s even more important you place your order now to try and have it arrive in time for Christmas! While our production time averages 16 weeks, White Glove Delivery time gets backed up at the holidays.

New Top Design

We recently noticed a few issues where tops were slightly bowed in shipping. It was enough to warrant looking back at our design. In normal use, our tops hold up fine, but we really want them to stand up to a bit more just in case.

So we’ve redesigned construction of the tops for all of our tables. They are slightly thicker (going from about 2/3 of an inch to a full inch thick), but otherwise look the same. The primary changes are inside.

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The mahogany veneer we use remains the same, but we’re switching to dual layers of MDF sandwiching a layer of plywood. The edge of the top will now be solid wood, just like the rest of the table. The goal as before is strength, appearance, and a balanced weight for removal and replacement.

The real strength, though, comes from an inset frame of aluminum running all along the inner edge of the top. This internal metal bracing will be completely hidden inside the wood, but provide unmatched resistance to warping.

Everyone with a table in production as of this time is getting one of these new tops. In some cases, this means a delay in receiving their order, but we would rather provide the best quality we can. (We sent an email earlier this week if you missed it!)

The big question is whether this affects our prices. For the tables themselves, no, it won’t. We’re sticking with our existing pricing there. We will have to increase the cost for each of the replacement table tops by $25, but for our existing customers who may want the new top, we aren’t going to increase the price until August 15th.

Coffee Game Table Replacement Top $150 $125

Kitchen Game Table Replacement Top $175 $150

Dining Game Table Replacement Top $225 $200

Streamer Game Table Replacement Top $300 $275 

Tablezilla Game Table Replacement Top $425 $400

Until August 15th, every purchase of a replacement table top comes with an automatic $25 discount to negate the increase due to the new construction. If you already have a table and want one of the new “super tops,” you have a month to order one at the old price.

Note that we do expect there to be some increase in the weight of the tops, so for those with a Dining Game Table, the new Two Piece Top option may be more preferable for ease of use.


Post-Origins Reflections

Closing_GraphicIt’s been an interesting week since Geek Chic announced they closed their doors.

The announcement came immediately before Origins Game Fair started, so we were asked about it a lot. We don’t have any facts to add to their story, but some questions about ourselves were asked often enough we felt we should address them publicly.

How are you doing?

Or to be blunt, how financially stable is Carolina Game Tables?

Well, we don’t owe money to a bank, family, friends, or anyone. Heck, we don’t even carry a balance on our business credit cards. What we do owe is a debt of thanks to our Kickstarter backers. We started our company with a Kickstarter, and after running more than a half dozen between the two of us, we knew what we needed to fulfill our rewards to backers and still have enough to fund the creation of the company. And that’s what we did.

What if something unexpected happens?

We have a business line of credit set up to use in case of an emergency, so if we need money fast, we are prepared. We also have contingency plans in place should something happen to either Clint or Jodi (or both of us). We hope we never have to use them.

How long have you been in business?

Carolina Game Tables was created in 2015 as a DBA of an already existing corporation, Beautiful Brains, Inc. Beautiful Brains was incorporated in 2009 by Clint and Jodi Black. We’re the sole owners with no partners, silent or otherwise.

Now, if the question is one of how long we’ve been in the furniture business, then the answer is decades. We often discuss Clint being a third-generation furniture manufacturer, but it’s important to note those have all been family-owned businesses. Meaning as soon as he was old enough to push a broom, he was working in his family’s furniture factory. Ultimately, he made his way from pushing the broom to being Vice President of a multi-million dollar corporation.

How are you handling your money?

Carefully.

First off, the company only has two permanent employees, Clint and Jodi. Everything else is handled by a third party or on an as-needed basis. We’ll only bring in more people when it works financially.

Second, there are a lot of design ideas bouncing around in our heads, but we don’t want to overstep our market or demand. We take our time, insuring the design is feasible before committing money to production. We’re pretty proud that we’ve been able to implement five designs in less than two years: the Dining Game Table, Tablezilla, Kitchen, Coffee, and now the Streamer.
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In Conclusion

We’re doing great. Better than we expected, honestly, but we’re trying to stay cautious. We’re heartbroken about the news of Geek Chic (they have been incredibly supportive of us). But if it forced us to do nothing else, we’ve written this to hopefully settle any fears potential customers have when evaluating their choices in the game table industry. The fact there is a “game table industry” shows the lasting influence of Geek Chic—one which we think will continue to grow as people reconnect face-to-face around board, card, and roleplaying games.