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Pandante! Panda Poker w/ High Quality Ceramic Poker Chips!

Discussion in 'ChipTalk Mall' started by MrGPhantome, Oct 15, 2013.

  1. MrGPhantome

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    Hi, I'm with Sirlin Games and we are working on releasing a great new gambling card game inspired by Pandas! It's been a hit with poker players all throughout development, so hopefully you guys will be into it too. Or into the chips at the very least!

    We are running a Kickstarter here: Pandante by David Sirlin Kickstarter

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    Pandante is a gambling game that's all about lying. It's the Panda's version of poker that brings joy to all. And it has a Gold Fairy.

    The best thing about Pandante? Awesome Panda Poker Chips in the Luxury Edition! We plan to have these chips come in 4 denominations and they can be played with Pandante or normal poker!

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    The chips are really simple and elegant. Sometimes poker chips can be kind of gaudy or busy, and we went the other direction here taking a cue from high fashion design.

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    These chips will be high quality, fully ceramic and weighing the standard 10g. They are custom themed with panda flair, sporting an eye catching design while maintaining a minimalist look.

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    Hopefully Pandante is legitimately interesting to you guys (and girls). It's a lighthearted alternative to poker, yet can be played seriously for real money too. But we also know you care about having awesome chips. We are really grateful for the chiptalk forums in helping us figure out the specifications of the best kinds of chips. We're aiming for excellence in game design, graphic design, and chip quality.

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    Other features of the game:
    -No player elimination
    -You don't have to fold all the time, like you do in Human Poker
    -A few special abilities really spice it up
    -A gold fairy gives you money if you really need it, but then you have to frolic with the fairy for a while.
    -It's actually fun to play for its own sake, when no real money is on the line. The Panda are laughing and joking the whole way through!
    -You can also play it with real money...if you're Panda enough!

    So be sure to check out our Kickstarter Campaign! Support us if you can! Share if you can't! And let everyone know about Pandante! Pandante by David Sirlin Kickstarter
     
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    Welcome to Chiptalk! I like ths chip designs, the diamond is my favorite.
     
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    Cool. Could be a good Christmas gift for my niece. Will they be available locally in the bay area? What about retail price points for the basic and deluxe versions?

    Also, which company did you have make your chips?
     
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    You should include some of the pot you were smoking when designing this. :wink:

    But seriously, the chips are cool even if I didn't understand a thing about the game mechanics and what it's got to do with pandas. Are the photos real or CG mockups?
     
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    The photos of the chips are currently CG mockups. We have everything ready, we just need the funding to make it happen!
     
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    The retail price for the basic game is $35 (same as on Kickstarter). It will be available after the Kickstarter at www.sirlingames.com.

    We are not sure the exact date it will be available after the Kickstarter. Kickstarter people's stuff is scheduled to ship in march, but often they get a 1 month head start on non-backers buying it later. Unfornately that does mean it will miss Christmas this year :cry:.

    Any retail store in the world can carry Pandante. GameStoreLocator.com lists current stores that carry Sirlin Games, and any stores that aren't on there that you like, you can tell them to go there to carry Pandante.

    Regarding the luxury version, we really aren't sure what will happen after Kickstarter. It's probably unlikely to be in retail stores, and it may be at www.sirlingames.com in limited quantity, but that for the luxury version, really Kickstarter is your best bet.
     
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    Not sure if I understand the whole game mechanics, too. But this game is a good excuse not selling a bunch of NCV-chips I have no use for. :happy:

    How many chips do I need, if I want to play this game with my own chips? Do I need three/four different denoms?
     
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    Luckily! We have the rule book here: http://www.sirlin.net/pandante/rules

    We also have a video from WatchItPlayed

    There are two modes in Pandante; The first mode is a fun social mode which has no player elimination. Everyone can play the entire time, unlike normal poker. You start with $50. The denominations should be $1, $2, and $5 ($2 is used a lot in the game).

    Players can start with 10 $1, 10 $2, and 4 $5 chips. For a 6 player game, that means you need 60, 60, 20 just for starting chips. But also in this mode, the "gold fairy" can add money so you need some more chips. 50 or 60 total $5 is probably plenty.

    You might want a 4th denomination in that mode just to make chip counting easier, but it's not actually necessary. The social mode has everyone counting each other's chips to see who is closest to the winning threshold and by how much. If you have rich people change in a few $25 it's a bit easier, but not needed.

    The second mode is a real money gambling mode that does have player elimination (you could re-buy in). THAT mode has a minimum buy in $100, not $50 though. So you do need more chips for that mode and a 4th denomination would be nice. That's why the luxury set comes with 60, 60, 60, 60 so that you'll have plenty for rebuy-ins during the real money mode.

    So in short for a 6 player "fun social mode" you need 60, 60 and then 50 or so of a 3rd denomination, and a 4th is optional.

    For real money mode, 60, 60, 50-60, then at least some of a 4th denomination. 20 at the very least if they are $25 each, or 50 or 60 if they are $10 each.

    Finally more information can be found on our Kickstarter!
     
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    Pandante Update:

    There's a very minor update to the print-and-play version. The cards weren't originally designed for playing card size, so the text of the Panda Lord cards came out too small in the print-and-play. Now the Panda Lord text size has been increased so it's similar to the text size on the larger cards of the physical game.

    The print-and-play version includes two text-heavy cards: a "structure of play" card and a card showing the various payoffs for challenging lies. Those cards are still there, and now there's also a large sheet with all that exact same information on it. You could print one of these big reference sheets for each player to help with learning the game.

    If you already have the print-and-play, you can get those minor changes by just using the download link you already have. If you don't have it, here's a link to where you can buy it.

    Also, let's keep the kickstarter going. I want the diamond chips. :)
     
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    We want to give a $50 Holiday Gift

    Ready for a holiday gift? Many of you asked for a way to get other Sirlin Games in some sort of bundle with Pandante. There are so many logistical issues with that that it would make your head spin. I’ll do you one better:

    If we reach $50k in funding, everyone who pledged for a luxury Pandante set will also get a discount code for $50 off anything at sirlingames.com.

    You’ll get that $50 code shortly after the kickstarter ends which means there’s still plenty of time use it for a holiday gift for a friend or for yourself. Here’s a reminder of things you could spend it on, as well as announcement of a new thing:

    Yomi: Complete First Edition
    Puzzle Strike base set
    Puzzle Strike Shadows
    Puzzle Strike extras pack (including the great strategy guide)
    Flash Duel

    In addition to all that, there are currently two new items available:
    Yomi: Quince deck (beta) print-and-play
    Yomi: Onimaru deck (beta) print-and-play

    Those decks have all real art (no placeholder) and are in a polished state of balance. In the coming weeks, more decks will be available in this form, and some will also be available in physical form in a limited run from a print-on-demand printer. If any balance changes happen, the print-and-play versions will get free updates and the physical versions will have a way to buy just the few changed cards (that’s an advantage of doing small print-on-demand runs).

    Anyway, the point is that these new Yomi decks are just one more thing you could put your holiday gift money towards, if you like. It’s a way to get a hold of some new Yomi stuff many, many months before any kind of full release is possible. Or you could use your $50 to give Puzzle Strike or Flash Duel to a friend for Christmas.

    So tell a friend about Pandante and let’s make this happen!
     
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