Sondergut

Roll-up Travel Games

Classics to Go

There’s nothing quite like playing classic games—like checkers, chess, or backgammon—on a high-quality board. When you want to play on the go, Sondergut makes beautiful, lightweight travel boards that you can roll up and take anywhere.

These travel chess/checkers and backgammon boards are just over a foot long and weigh less than half a pound. Play on a plane, a road trip, a picnic, camping, or even on one of those tiny tables at the park or a coffee shop.

The board’s playing surface is sophisticated and
suede-backed with a soft leather that’s pleasing to the touch. A zipper storage pocket is built right in on the edge. This safely stores the stones, dice, and doubling cube for you backgammon players or the iconic tokens for the chess set. Speaking of which, flip the pieces over, and you’re ready for checkers.

Both when in play and when packed away, Sondergut’s boards look and feel deluxe, worthy of the classic games for which they’re made.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Chris
    Chris

    Hello everyone! I'm delighted to share my Sondergut Travel Games with The Grommet. I'd be happy to answer any questions you have!

  • Chris
    Chris – Special Guest
    9/30/2015 12:24 PM

    So far this year, my travel games have gone with me to Idaho (fishing for a week), Las Vegas, Camping and Vail. The games weigh next to nothing so they are the ideal game to take with you on your travels. And, the answer is yes. They are as nice as they look, maybe nicer.

  • Chris
    Chris – Special Guest
    9/30/2015 12:25 PM

    People tell me they keep the games in their sail boats and RVs as a permanent fixture.

    If you are planning a cruise, this is the one item to surely bring for family fun.

  • Mitchel
    Mitchel
    9/30/2015 2:14 PM

    @Chris I notice in this picture how the board is wavy. Does this eventually become a problem with use, making you have to balance your pieces on the board? Is there a solution to this, a way to flatten it back out or to prevent this?

  • Chris
    Chris – Special Guest
    9/30/2015 2:34 PM

    @Mitchel Hi Mitchell,

    With the stitching, the leather can pull slightly and create this wavy look. It does not affect the play of the game.

    Before playing the game, I'll sometimes pull the game board from left to right and that stretches out the leather.

  • candi
    candi
    9/30/2015 12:26 PM

    I love the compact design and high end look of the roll up board with checkers conveniently stored within the board itself. Too bad it isn't magnetic. That would have made it perfect. As it is , I would not even attempt this on an airplane . Make it magnetic and you have a winner . Good luck.

  • Chris
    Chris – Special Guest
    9/30/2015 12:33 PM

    @candi We thought about magnets but that would make it heavier. In designing our games, we thought of every possible way to make the nicest quality games on the market while also weighing as little as possible. As it is, the pieces slide easily from square to square or points (triangles).

    A funny thing I often hear is how nice is smells (suede).

  • Brian
    Brian
    9/30/2015 1:15 PM

    These do look beautiful! I'd be interested to see what other games you come up with to sell, as I don't personally play Backgammon and very rarely play chess/checkers anymore... I used to, but just not enough to warrant the price, even though they look well worth that price for the quality. They do look awesome and probably feel amazing as well... I love the fact that they are suede!! And I really like the gray of the chess set.

    My only real issue is the S/H with Grommet, since these games sell for the exact same price on Amazon with FREE S/H... so if someone orders here, they pay $7 more for the same exact item. Either Grommet should offer a competitive S/H offer, or the purchase price shouldn't be the same on both sites... because personally, I need to watch every dollar I spend, and if I can save $7 on an identical item, you can bet I will!

    But good luck & I'll keep an eye out for any other game designs!!

  • Chris
    Chris – Special Guest
    9/30/2015 1:24 PM

    @Brian I can't recommend the game of backgammon enough, Brian. As you said, we used to play this game. Instructions are included, so don't worry about that. It is a game where a new comer can take on an experienced player and win. Of course, strategy often plays out but the dice bring an element of luck into the game. Best of all, a game of backgammon might take about 10 minutes. Quick, fun and challenging.

    Best of all, our games are social games. Many of us are using our thumbs to play games now. This is a game to be played with a friend. I just played with my 83 year old father. And, I played with my 14 year old son.

    Thanks for your comments and we'll be introducing new games in the future. Stay tuned!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/30/2015 1:38 PM

    Hi Brian, thanks for the comment! In regards to shipping, we understand the need to watch the pennies add up and we don't want you breaking the bank on this. At The Grommet, our free shipping theshold is $50. Since Sondergut, gets you 80% of the way there, you just need to find another Grommet that catches your eye and you've got it. It shouldn't be hard ;)

  • Harriet
    Harriet
    9/30/2015 1:20 PM

    How about a Hounds and Jackals set?

  • Chris
    Chris – Special Guest
    9/30/2015 1:27 PM

    @Harriet Wow! That is a classic game. I was not familiar with it.

    I often hear cribbage but with our storage system in the zippered pocket, we need to think that one through a bit.

  • Sheri
    Sheri
    9/30/2015 1:36 PM

    @Chris I think this would be great for scrabble - perhaps using velcro for the 7 letters each player gets?

  • Chris
    Chris – Special Guest
    9/30/2015 1:42 PM

    @Sheri I'd play it. And, it could easily work. But, with Scrabble (R) and other games, they are protected.

    Keep the ideas coming!

  • Mitchel
    Mitchel
    9/30/2015 2:08 PM

    @Chris I love Cribbage, but it is primarily a card game not a board game, not to mention Cribbage boards are pretty small and portable already, in fact you don't even need a board to play Cribbage (though you lose some aesthetic). That to say, I don't think I would buy a suede cribbage set.

    However, another possible idea would be Hnefatafl. Or maybe you could work out a Chinese checkers board for fun with more than 2 players.

    I do really like this concept, I'm adding the backgammon set to my wishlist.

  • Chris
    Chris – Special Guest
    9/30/2015 2:41 PM

    @Mitchel Bingo. That is the obvious answer. Even if we could devise a storage and functional operating board, the game is still primarily a card game.

    As a young adult, I loved the game of Pente which seems similar to your idea of Hnefatafl. A challenge for us is keeping the board size to an appropriate travel size and that requires a lot of playing pieces. Chinese Checkers might have a size problem as our game boards are 12.5 x 10" when rolled out.

    Chinese Chess has been mentioned to me before. But, I am not sure if it would have an appeal to our market.

    You're going to love the backgammon game, Mitchell. I hope your wish come true soon.

  • dee
    dee
    9/30/2015 1:32 PM

    What a great idea, Chris...thanks :)

  • Chris
    Chris – Special Guest
    9/30/2015 1:59 PM

    @dee Can you imagine being on a bicycle tour of the south island of New Zealand. Can you imagine a month across Europe with a rail pass? How about whipping out your game at hostel and meeting new friends.

    Yes, the idea was born with the concept of a portable game that you would never consider throwing away when the trip is over.

    Do you know you could take 100 of these in your suitcase and still not exceed the 50 pound limit on the airlines?

    Thanks for your comment, Dee.

  • MrDoucheChill
    MrDoucheChill
    9/30/2015 1:47 PM

    Why in the world didn't you include the backgammon set on the back of the checkers/chess board?

    You could have just made the set another longer and it would have a final, outer cover to keep the back from getting worn, so it could have easily been 2-sided.

  • MrDoucheChill
    MrDoucheChill
    9/30/2015 1:49 PM

    @MrDoucheChill apparently GreaterThan and LessThan symbols, as well as their contents, don't show up:

    Why in the world didn't you include the backgammon set on the back of the checkers/chess board?

    You could have just made the set another circumference-of-rolled-set longer and it would have a final, outer cover to keep the back from getting worn, so it could have easily been 2-sided

  • Chris
    Chris – Special Guest
    9/30/2015 1:55 PM

    Ahhh yes, the two sided board. Feasible for sure.

    Why not? Personally, I think the two sided board is not cosmetically attractive. And, it would have to be bulkier as the backgammon has stitching for the points (triangles) while the chess board has a complicated process to create the checkered pattern.

    Dang, I wish we were playing a game together with these great ideas. These conversations are exactly why we should play social games with friends, Mr. Chill.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/30/2015 1:57 PM

    Hey thanks for the question!

    Because of the increase in pieces, the storage would need to be larger, making it bulkier, and the size convenience would be compromised which is one of the key factors of Sondergut. Not to mention the suede wouldn't have that nice clean look it has now.

    Also, why in the world did you make that your username? It's not chill.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/30/2015 1:59 PM

    And Chris beats me by a nose!

  • joan
    joan
    9/30/2015 4:04 PM

    Have you considered making the playing service reversible? Velcro on one end could make it flip over. One game mat to carry on trips. This game looks great for travel.

  • Chris
    Chris – Special Guest
    9/30/2015 4:26 PM

    @joan Hi Joan,

    I'd eat my hat if you found a better travel game than our roll-up travel games.

    The Chess games does double as a Checkers game. You just flip the pieces over and the back side is blank.

    But, I know that's not your idea. For me, I found the double sided gameboard look a bit tacky. It was neither a Checkers board nor a Backgammon board. And, bulky because of the sewing we do on the backgammon board. And, heavy with the extra leather. And, more expensive.

    I will say that it is common for people to buy both games. Total weight is still less than one pound.

  • Rigoletto
    Rigoletto
    9/30/2015 6:23 PM

    Hello Chris!. Is it possible to rollup the game with the pieces on it to continue a started game on another place?.

  • Chris
    Chris – Special Guest
    9/30/2015 6:37 PM

    @Rigoletto

    Good question. But, the answer is no. I'd take a photo with my cell phone and then replace the pieces in those positions when you need to restart the game.

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