Blinks - A Board Game With A Mind Of Its Own

Created by Jon Bobrow

Board games with pieces that respond to your touch, react to one another, and think for themselves. They won't take over the world, but they might try :)

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Live-Stream, More Blinks Shipping, Next Kickstarter
13 days ago – Fri, Mar 27, 2020 at 06:54:14 PM

Hi Backers!

Blinks is about the importance of connection and community and we're rolling out more ways to stay connected during this time. We wanted to update you on new ways to stay connected, shipping updates, and new games for Blinks coming soon.

Live-streaming

In this time of physical distancing and social interconnectedness we want to keep you entertained with new Blinks content. Watching people play games is a great way to learn to play games. If you missed our stream from last week, here is a link to watch Dan and I share gameplay for 6 NEW GAMES in development!

Since my partner Jamie is taking shifts in the hospital, she'll be home quite a bit next week and I've roped her into being on camera (she's stuck with me :). We'll pick games from the Core and Expansion set to play live and share with you. Subscribe to our YouTube for notification.

A Moment to Connect

We really want to know how you use your Blinks, how you play with them and make ourselves available for your maximum enjoyment.  If you'd love to learn more to do with your Blinks or give us your honest opinion, grab one of the 10 slots I've created for next week to Zoom/Hangout/Meet/Skype.

Shipping Update

For those of you eagerly awaiting Blinks, the wait is nearly over. Our inventory is on a plane and being unloaded at our distribution center next week. Our goal is to have Blinks shipping your way by April 10th, if they ship sooner, you'll receive an email and tracking number letting you know they are on their way. (Note: this past week has been a lot of exciting coordination to switch from a model of hosting packing parties to setting up some CDC approved fulfillment)

Help us w/ our next Kickstarter

We are so excited to be bringing the next games to the platform. With your help, we want to show the world how much everyone loves their Blinks by sharing short clips of y'all playing your favorite games. We've made a couple and started to post them so you know what we mean (note, we love seeing your reactions too) 

Publish them on your go-to social media platform with the hashtags #playblinks #blinksrecess #weloveourblinks and we'll share them around. (don't do the social media thing? that's cool, just email them to blinks-recess@move38.com)

A Birthday Special

WHAT!!!?! What's this? This Sunday, on March 29th, it's not just one of Move38's team members' birthdays, but two of their birthdays... on the same day! This is too awesome not to celebrate (remotely of course) and so we're doing a flash sale on Sunday Only for limited inventory arriving next week. The perfect time to get Blinks for friends and family. Get the Jon B-day Discount on the Core Set, the Ishmael B-day Discount on the Expansion, or get the Combo to celebrate both Jon and Ishmael's birthdays

Can you guess how old Jon is here? How about Ishmael?

Looking forward to hearing from you all, stay safe, stay sane, play lots of games, and we'll be in touch next week!!

all our best,

Jonathan + the Move38 team

Shipping Updates, PAX East, & Alt-GDC
about 1 month ago – Sat, Mar 07, 2020 at 01:33:26 AM

Hey Backers,

With over two-thirds of our kickstarter rewards in your hands, we have to say an immeasurable thanks to the more than 300 of you that are patiently awaiting shipment of your own Blinks. We want to keep you in the loop including how the Coronavirus affects shipping. Our amazing manufacturer keeps us updated on a daily basis. They safely returned to work and our part suppliers are returning to work as well. According to our production schedule, Blinks will be in the US by the first week of April. Next stop, your doorstep.

PAX East & Sneak Peek

Move38 team at PAX East: Jon, Dan, & Ishmael (left to right)

Kickstarter invited us to join their futuristic setup at PAX East and we broke out our Blinks for 4 days straight. While other tables showed games they had Kickstarted, we used the occasion to sneak peek the next 6+ games that we’ll be Kickstarting for Blinks.

The coolest thing about these games is that they aren’t made by us. They are made by the Blinks community–people who’ve joined us at Game Jams, met at awards shows, and events across the US. This year, we plan to have more than 24 games in the Blinks library and the developer forum is already providing a steady stream of new games.

Crowd's gathered all weekend to play test soon to be released games

Alt GDC

Public health concerns have resulted in canceled events across the US, and just this week the Game Developer Conference (GDC) was officially cancelled. In GDC's place, smaller focussed events have popped up. Move38 will be in San Francisco, March 16th - 18th and organizing opportunities for game developers to make their own Blinks games. We'll be sharing more details as they are finalized next week. We'd love to meet backers that are in the Bay Area (comment below and we'll be sure to reach out).

Thanks to all of you that have your Blinks in hand and have filled out our Blinks Customer Survey. If you haven't yet, we love to hear from you and you can fill it out here. Keep sharing the great photos and videos of gameplay. We've got lots of new stuff in the works and can't wait to share.

all our best,

Jonathan + the Move38 team

p.s. New Yorkers, this coming Monday, March 9th from 6-9pm, we invite you to bring your Blinks to Fifth Hammer Brewing (10-28 46th Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101). No Blinks necessary, we'll bring demo sets. It's be the perfect opportunity to meet the Move38 team and learn that game you just haven't gotten around to playing yet.

Shipping Status, Upcoming Events, New Games
about 2 months ago – Fri, Feb 14, 2020 at 11:49:30 PM

Hey Backers,

It’s been a month since our last shipping update, so we wanted to keep you in the loop. Additionally, we have some recaps of recent events and an insider peek at what’s next for Blinks.

Shipping Update

We were scheduled for the next delivery this week which has been delayed by the Coronavirus outbreak in China. Based on conversations with our manufacturer there is a delay of at minimum a few weeks. We will keep you posted.

To all of the incredible backers that opted into waiting on delivery, thanks for your patience, we promise the games will be just as good (if not better) when they arrive.

New Devs & New Friends from Global Game Jam 2020

Play testing a new game at GGJ, turned down the lights for dramatic effect 🌹

We’ve participated in GGJ in some capacity in the past and this year we pulled out all the stops to sponsor and participate in the Playcrafting NYC @Microsoft event. With over 700 game developers, and 10 teams with Blinks developer kits, this event was a hit! Read more about it here.

PAX East

Feb 27th - March 1st

When Kickstarter says we are a “project they love” we take it to heart. And on this Valentines Day, they are proving it. From 4-6pm everyday (2/27 - 3/1) at PAX East, Blinks is going to be at the Kickstarter booth sharing games from the Kickstarter, and sneak peeks of at least 6 of the next games coming to Blinks.

New Games, New Kickstarter

Speaking of Kickstarter. Together with the developer community, we’ve been busy making and play testing the next six games. We are almost ready to launch the next 6 games. That means new games for you. We’ll be sneak previewing some of them in the coming weeks and we hope you all are interested in continuing to make Blinks a sustainable and fun games platform. What kinds of games would you like to see make their way onto the Blinks platform? Let us know in the comments below :) 

Share The Love

The feedback coming in has been incredible, including one review that simply said: "AAAWWEEESSSOOOMMMEEE..." We know that Blinks continue to get more awesome when friends have them too. For friends that want to know when the next Kickstarter will launch, they can sign up here.

Happy V-day!

Jonathan + the Move38 team

Make Your Own Games, Dev-Kits Shipping & New Games in Development
3 months ago – Wed, Jan 22, 2020 at 11:44:56 PM

Hey Backers,

The survey responses so far have been incredibly helpful, keep filling them out if you haven't already. We're delighted to see just how excited you all are about playing Blinks games, but we are even more excited to see just how many of you want to make your own games. This update was initially set to go to Developer backers only, but it felt appropriate to share with anyone interested in making games.

Get Excited to Make Games

We are so excited to have finally shipped the first sets of Blinks out to our backers. What this means for you is there are thousands of sets of Blinks in the world and a quickly growing audience for games that you develop in the future. If you haven’t had the chance lately, drop by the forum.

New Stuff on the Forum

Move38 keeps a long running list of games that we want to make for Blinks, and now that we are shipping, we are prototyping them as quickly as we can. One such game is inspired by Light’s Out a puzzle game with a very simple ruleset, and quickly complex gameplay. The code is posted here on the forum. Let us know if you try it out or have some ideas. Still very alpha with things to work out.

http://forum.move38.com/t/on-off-a-game-y-puzzle-y-experiment/291

Note: the red/blue lighting is debug information, let's us know that communication is happening correctly :)

Shipping Schedule for Dev Kits with Blanks

With the Chinese New Year celebrations taking place, we’ll be receiving our next batch of Blinks in February. This next shipment includes Commercial sets as well as lots of Blanks for your new games. We’re also putting together new developer tools, please note that the early developer tools work with the new and improved Blinks, so no need to get a new developer kit if you already have one. If you want to get your hands on the new Blinks, we recommend getting one of our Blinks: Core Sets or the Blinks: Combo Sets. Note that Blinks: Core Sets are shipping now and Combos will follow in February. The build quality is night and day from the first developer kits, we think you’ll really love them.

Global Game Jam 1/29 - 2/2

Big News!!! We are excited to partner with Playcrafting + Microsoft here in NYC to participate in this years Global Game Jam. We will be running a special session for teams who use Blinks. Not in NYC? No Prob. Find a local Global Game Jam site or join us remotely. During the Jam we’ll be online at BlinksJams.slack.com for real-time sharing and troubleshooting if you want to join devs that weekend.

Be sure to sign up here: https://globalgamejam.org/2020/jam-sites/playcrafting-microsoft-nyc

Xbox, Playstation, Switch, Blinks

In more exciting news, We are now listed as a platform for development, so when you submit games from any Global Game Jam site you can list Blinks as your platform. How cool is that?🥳

Keep sharing all of the amazing photos of gameplay, this one is a current favorite #weloveourblinks, we look forward to bringing your games to Blinks players around the world and making Blinks games with you.

all our best,

Jonathan + the Move38 team

CES 2020, Shipping Update, Upcoming Events and Our First Survey!
3 months ago – Wed, Jan 15, 2020 at 07:16:28 PM

Hey Backers!

First of all, Happy New Year! The year is off to a great start for Move38 with 1000+ packages shipped and lots more on their way. I wanted to give a couple of updates on shipping, events, and getting your feedback (btw, unsolicited feedback has been incredibly flattering).

World’s First Smart Tabletop Game System @ CES 2020

With help from our friends Valerie Vacante and Peter Jenkinson, we arrived at CES to show off the 12 launch title games and meet the Kids and Family tech community in Las Vegas. While Blinks were not designed strictly for kids, it is undeniable that kids love them and we had a blast sharing them with top names in the industry. 

You know that feeling when your first chocolate chip cookies come out of the oven and you eat them all up, and then you have to wait for a whole other batch? Well, we hit that point with Blinks (except there is no cookie dough to keep us satisfied in the mean time).

We’re moving fast. Our manufacturer has acquired the ingredients… err parts, and is scheduling assembly. The only hiccup in this process is that we are quickly approaching Chinese New Year (CNY), which is observed by just about everyone for 2 weeks. This effects our production schedule and delivery. The bright side of this is that the hard workers making Blinks a reality are taking a moment to reflect as well as celebrate the coming year.

The next shipments will be going out in mid-February, and we’ll be working quickly to get through them all. A note on customs, a couple of you have received Blinks and unfortunately had to pay noticeable duties. We do our best to keep those costs down, but understand shipping around the world comes with its own hurdles. We welcome suggestions regarding international shipping, especially if you’ve had a better experience with another campaign.

Developer Kits

We are thrilled that more than 1 in 5 Blinks backers are excited to make their own games. We’ve turned our attention to getting the new developer kits assembled and ready. We have begun shipping dev kits which include Blinks ready for your own games, called “Blanks”. The demand for Blanks was greater than we had on hand, so many of the developer kits will ship with the second batch as well.

Blinks: Bare Bones Dev-Kits are shipping

Tell Us What You Think!

We’re just getting started and your feedback is invaluable for making Blinks the best experience possible! If you can take a moment to fill out this survey, we appreciate it dearly.

https://forms.gle/TTqo7LXPbwTyF5N18

Global Game Jam! 1/29/2020 – 2/2/2020

It’s 2020 and what better way to start the year than to gather to make new games! We're delighted to be sponsoring the biggest Global Game Jam site in the United States. Did you know that, 4 of the 12 launch title games were made at Game Jams? This is the perfect opportunity to learn to code and/or make the next hit game (no pressure :). Check out the Global Game Jam info here. If you are in NYC, register here.

...in the mean time, keep enjoying your Blinks and be sure to share them with us on Social :)

#playblinks #getblinks #madewithblinks

all my best,

Jonathan and the Move38 team