Just Because It's Wednesday Night (CPC Small Crown Cash Chips) (1 Viewer)

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On Wednesdays, we play poker. No reason - just because it's Wednesday night.

Breakdown:
100 (.50)
500 (1) (50 unique spot color/inlay per player)
500 (5) (460 shown just to make the photograph layout more OCD-friendly)
40 (13)
200 (20)
100 (100)
...plus a bunch of extras of each of the above.

Each game each player will start out with 40 of their own color $1 supplemented with $5 chips up to their total buy-in (most buy in for between $100-200) except Fessie who is only allowed to buy in for multiples of $13 and will only receive $13 chips.

Spots/colors/graphics:
.50 - 1/2 pie - blurple/lavender - group illustration
1 - 418 - bright white with spots of...
Randy - red
Doc - dg peacock
Gary - dg saturn
Larry - gray
Moscow - dg tiger
Lou - green
Brad - light chocolate
Jack - lavender
Greg - dg pink
Josh - black
5 - tri-moon - mandarin red/light blue - RIP Wade
13 - tri-moon - arc yellow/chocolate - Fessie
20 - tri-moon - charcoal/dg green - group illustration
100 - tri-moon - dg pink/retro blue - group illustration)

Some answers in advance to question I anticipate:
- I am Greg;
- Moscow is Moskovitz;
- Fessie is Fessenden;
- Garo is Gary;
- Doc is a doc;
- Finkle is Einhorn;
- The spot colors assigned to the players have no particular significance with a couple of exceptions not to be revealed;
- Wade gets his own chip because he is dead (RIP);
- Fessie gets his own chip because he got me into the game and because he can't restrain himself from betting "baker's dozeeeeeen" no matter how large or small the pot;
- No, 60 chips per spot color/inlay design does not meet minimum CPC numbers; yes, there is an additional fee;
- Spot splits are extremely, extremely low throughout the set (I haven't seen a single fully split tri-moon spot and there are fewer than 10 total split 1/8" spots in the full order); photos accurately reflect the percentages (I didn't pick out the splits because they don't bother me);
- Height variance among 20-chips stacks is very slight;
- Sorry, no sample sets;
- Order placed June 23, 2020;
- Yes, I noticed one of the photos is super dark; what do you want I'm not Ansel fuckin Adams;
- What will I do when people die or we get new players? The dead ones will get their own denoms and the new players will get $1s ordered for them with the dead guys' spot colors;
- Will be debuted at tonight's game, so will try to get some action and splashed pot shots.

Hat tips to other sets that inspired certain design choices:
- Atlantic City $1s for the $1 spots. Until sometime recently NJ required $1s to be white with 1/8" spots, so if you collected a bunch of various casinos' $1s you'd get a rack much like the mixed-color spot rack below;
- Mapes for the tri-moon-except-the-$1 design (frac doesn't count because fracs are gross chips and should not be discussed - and certainly not used - unless absolutely necessary);
- Riverside for the pink hundo (yes, I know the Riverside hundo spots are black).

Miscellaneous thoughts:
- Saturn works great on a bright white base which causes it to look more lime than green-yellow, but is otherwise kind of a tough color to use;
- Will probably look for an excuse to add a dg yellow-spotted $1 since dg saturn doesn't really represent a yellow color;
- Retro blue spot on dg pink chip looks almost blurple irl;
- I expect my non-chip aficionado players to care about these for about 20 minutes before forgetting they are any different from the ceramic chips we play with at others' houses or the dice chips we played with until a couple years ago;
- Illustrations ranked in order of most accurate to least accurate representation of the actual guys: Garo > Lou > Doc > Randy > Fessie > Wade > Larry > Brad > Greg > Jack > Josh > Moscow;
- After wavering between 7/8" and 1" inlays on the scrowns, I have absolutely no qualms in saying that for the vast majority of designs, I think 1" is the way to go on this mold.

Credits:
All design work (including all original illustrations) done by Christian Steinbacher (Instagram here). This was Christian's first chip design, but he's a professional graphic designer. You can also see his work on the episode art for his podcast, Report This Post (Instagram here). The podcast, which compiles the worst posts ever made online on a variety of topics, is very highly recommended if you have a thick skin. If you do not, it is very highly recommended that you never listen. Christian has done one other chip design for me and it came out as fantastic as these. If you're interested in speaking with him about a design, DM me and I'll put you in touch.

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Awesome!

I love the personal game story and connection to the set design. I am sure your group is going to have a blast playing with this set for a long time to come. That’s what this is all about!

…and of course I love my AC $1s!

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Love this set - clearly lots of thought behind this, very personal to your crew and so cool that we have CPC who allow this kind of thing to be done.

And brave of you knowing that you will be sorting the 1s before every game so that each player gets their specific chips!
 

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Great job! Amazing thought into this.
I play most Thursday's with 7-9 of the same guys of which 6 of us were college roommates and the other are friends from town. We all ended up living less than 10 minutes from each other years after college. My guys would get a kick out of this set.

Good Luck tonight!
 

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This is so kick ass it's beyond words, bravo sir! One of the sets I have uses a a similar idea with mixed casino paulsons (largely AC chips, everyone gets their own color), but the personalization of each chip is just awesome and takes it to a whole other level.

Did you tell the group about it or will it be a complete surprise for them? Definitely let us know how it goes!
 
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This is so kick ass it's beyond words, bravo sir! One of the sets I have uses a a similar idea with mixed casino paulsons (largely AC chips, everyone gets their own color), but the personalization of each chip is just awesome and takes it to a whole other level.

Did you tell the group about it or will it be a complete surprise for them? Definitely let us know how it goes!

Only one other player knows - another chipper. Otherwise they’re in the dark. They do know I have something special in store for tonight, but no clues have been dropped.

Truly though - these guys are not chippers by any definition and they will think they’re cool, but won’t really understand the work, expense, etc. behind them. And I’m 1000% comfortable with their level of interest or lack thereof. It’s definitely a gift for the group, but given with the understanding that it will be met with mostly “wow these are cool….alright deal the fuckin cards.”
 

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Truly though - these guys are not chippers by any definition and they will think they’re cool, but won’t really understand the work, expense, etc. behind them. And I’m 1000% comfortable with their level of interest or lack thereof. It’s definitely a gift for the group, but given with the understanding that it will be met with mostly “wow these are cool….alright deal the fuckin cards.”

My group really isn't either, and at the start of the night it's a similar situation ("ok cool but let's play"). However by the end of the night - I've noticed those that aren't doing particular well peaking around the table, looking for who ultimately took their chips. Or sometimes it's the flipside, the guy with all the chips casually looking down at his stack, seeing a bunch of one color and saying something like "Hey Matt, thanks for dinner tomorrow!" It adds just a hint more gamesmanship on most nights. :)
 
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What a really cool set! A project like this is exactly what custom chips are for.

Christian did a great job on the execution of the design, and clearly understands how to make something work on a small canvas like a chip inlay. Kudos to him for taking your concept and running with it.

The $1 are, of course, the talking point of this set, but the remainder look great and a good used of the tri-moon spots. I just love the overall simplicity of this set, and the inside joke of the "Baker's Dozen" chip.

May this set bring and continue to bring many nights of enjoyment for your group.
 

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I love the concept of the chips, and the inlay is awesome, but man those spots would tilt the shit out of me.

It's nice that they've figured out how to eliminate the split spots on the tri-moons, but they are way too inconsistent on the face of the chip. It looks like a kid made them.

The 1/8" spots are off center and some are blobs vs spots.

Stack heights look to be off by up to a chip too.

Sorry OP, but I'd be next level pissed if I spent all that money and this is what I received.
 

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I love the concept of the chips, and the inlay is awesome, but man those spots would tilt the shit out of me.

It's nice that they've figured out how to eliminate the split spots on the tri-moons, but they are way too inconsistent on the face of the chip. It looks like a kid made them.

The 1/8" spots are off center and some are blobs vs spots.

Stack heights look to be off by up to a chip too.

Sorry OP, but I'd be next level pissed if I spent all that money and this is what I received.
If I were you, I would definitely NEVER order a custom compression clay set.
I don't think it would be a pleasant process for you, or the manufacturer.
Not a slam by any means, just doesn't seem to be a good fit.
 
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Oh, and I love this set!
Great design with real feeling behind it.
Sounds like a great group to play with!
 

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I love the concept of the chips, and the inlay is awesome, but man those spots would tilt the shit out of me.

It's nice that they've figured out how to eliminate the split spots on the tri-moons, but they are way too inconsistent on the face of the chip. It looks like a kid made them.

The 1/8" spots are off center and some are blobs vs spots.

Stack heights look to be off by up to a chip too.

Sorry OP, but I'd be next level pissed if I spent all that money and this is what I received.
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Couldn’t disagree more, these are insanely cool and I’m very jealous I didn’t think of this idea first. So badass.
 

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I love the concept of the chips, and the inlay is awesome, but man those spots would tilt the shit out of me.

It's nice that they've figured out how to eliminate the split spots on the tri-moons, but they are way too inconsistent on the face of the chip. It looks like a kid made them.

The 1/8" spots are off center and some are blobs vs spots.

Stack heights look to be off by up to a chip too.

Sorry OP, but I'd be next level pissed if I spent all that money and this is what I received.
I didn't notice any of the these 'problems' when initially admiring the pics.

After reading this post I went back and scrutinized each pic and didn't see anything that I'd be bothered with.

Aside from the stack height variations, I just view all of those 'issues' as a characteristic of pressed clay. It can never be perfectly uniform.

I think if someone wants a perfectly uniform chip they need to look for an injection molded plastic chip.

These chips look pretty good to me.
 

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And thats how you do a custom set! Love the personal touch and connection to your regular playing group.

Looking forward to seeing pics of these in play.
 
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