I said before I wanted to do 100 Vectorblade cartridges.
Doing 100 actually is kind of a bad idea. The more you produce – the less money for production per unit is needed. Everyone knows that.
But again, I am no “builder” – I just don’t want to do more… so 100 it was, still is and will be.
Also one of my aims with Vectorblade is: I don’t want to lose money. The games I did before, I gave away for free (also all hardware builds), being a hobby and all. But Vectorblade with “100” I can not give away for free.
Since I don’t want to lose money in the long run – I estimated the overall costs, these are divided in 3 section:
- the final product “Vectorblade” for the “customers” (100)
- material for prototyping (electronics, PCBs – but no tools like soldering iron….)
- Deluxe edition (yes there will be one, 5 exclusive boxes, but the owners are already chosen, mainly the “production staff”)
The currently estimated cost for the above: 4627,0478 Euro (change rates makes it such a strange number)
This is still an estimated cost, since I do not have all data yet – and there might be changes. That means the finished Vectorblade will cost somewhere between 50 – 60 Euros + packaging / shipping cost.
Package dunno… 1-2 Euro?
(DHL) Shipping / insurance (500Euro) cost might be:
Germany: ~ 5Euro
EU: ~ 9 Euro
Switzerland: ~13 Euro
rest of the world: ~16 Euro
I know this is a lot of money for a retro game (something between 55 – 75 Euro in the end, plus possibly some taxes).
But that can’t be helped, I am sorry, I wish everything was cheaper too.
What you will get:
- 1 game cartridge Vectorblade, with a cartridge label
The PCB is a non standard pcb, which houses the Vectorblade game.
The game is 192kB and is stored on a 256kB Flash, the 192kB game data is accessed with a 4 bank bankswitch scheme.
Game data/highscores are saved to the flash chip.
- one vectorblade box (size of original boxes)
- one box protector
- one instruction booklet
- one diary booklet
- one Vectorblade button
- one overlay
- one overlay protector
The final game, including data to make your own PCB and print your own boxes/overlays/booklets – will be made public domain! (Meaning: free for all)
The final game will be runnable on a VecFever device (and also save game data/ highscores), which has:
- the IRQ line connected
- at least firmware v1.22
If in the future devices are available, that can also handle the used 4 bank switch scheme – Vectorblade will probably be runnable.
Detailed costs as currently estimated (all prices in Euro and rounded):
(including some “savety” positions, boxes and overlays are slightly “overproduced”, so perhaps there might be a slightly higher number than 100 in the end))
- game boxes: 380 €
- overlays: 1700 €
- cartridges: 280 €
- electronic parts: 400 €
- PCBs: 60 €
- instruction booklets: 150 €
- diary booklets: 140 €
- buttons: 70 €
- box protectors: 110 €
- cartridge labels: 30 €
- box inlays / overlay protectors: 300 €
- electronic parts: 290 €
- PCBs: 100 €
- deluxe game boxes: 600 €
- deluxe cartridges: 100 €