Sculptors and Chess Enthusiasts will Set Records Making the World's Largest, Smoothest, Papier-Mache Chess Sets. Backers Choose Colors!
I, Robert Paul Singleton, will assemble a team of sculptors who will set records by creating the world's largest, smoothest, most durable and most versatile papier mache omega chess set. This set will be useful for playing standard chess as well as omega chess and Dunsany's chess, two popular variations on standard chess. Click here to read the article I wrote explaining Dunsany's chess.
The team of sculptors will assemble three augmented teams of chess pieces: A red team, a white team and a black team. Each team will include all 16 pieces from standard chess, 2 wizards, 2 extra pawns and 2 "champions" (also known as nunchucks.) This will enable players to play standard chess, omega chess or Dunsany's chess.
Childhood obesity is a growing epidemic. Giant chess pieces are a novel part of the solution. People who play with giant chess pieces are getting mental and physical exercise at the same time. The farther apart the pieces, the more exercise the players get. With a chess clock that allows more minutes for the team with less skill, the playing field is leveled, and the players get even more exercise, burning more calories and losing more weight from the belly and arms.
Chess is a game BOTH genders can enjoy, with no significant risk of concussions, broken bones, torn ligaments or brain injury. Players can practice at home in all types of weather, regardless of income level.
Our goal is to assemble this set on June 19th through 22nd, in time to place it on display at the Chess Tutors Eighth Annual Grand Match Gala, which will be held in Los Angeles, California on Saturday, June 23rd!
Every year at this uniquely upbeat and musically enhanced chess tournament, hundreds of children gather in a large school auditorium to think deeply. The event culminates with a roomful of excited children and their parents watching in amazement while two teams of children play against the clock with giant chess pieces --- if any are available! My goal is to ensure that those pieces will be available.
I endeavor to gain official confirmation from the Guinness Book of World Records that this is indeed the largest, smoothest and most durable omega chess set ever created out of papier mache.
Each pawn will be at least one foot tall. The king will be no more than six feet tall. A taller king would be impractical to transport and hard for small children to move. Other pieces will have scaled-up intermediate heights.
The $900 will cover the cost of materials, material storage, meals and transportation of the team of sculptors to and from the construction site in Los Angeles, California. Any additional funds will be used for fees associated with entry into the Guinness Book of World Records, and stipends for sculptors if necessary.
In the unlikely event that we miss our deadline of June 23rd, 2012, we will continue building until we complete all 66 pieces, (enough for 3 omega chess teams.) The table versions of these games do not require three players. Having three teams just gives you more color choices to start with..
Southern California has a very well-established market for giant chess sets, in part because there are at least forty-three Mathnasiums in Southern California. Every Mathnasium in the world is required to have at least one chess set on the premises. This helps to raise awareness of chess. (Large cities tend to have large chess enthusiast communities.)
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pledged of $900 goal
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on June 2, 2012.
May 24, 2012 - Jun 2, 2012
Pledge $1 or more
Receive a thank-you e-mail from me, complete with photos of the final product, photos of willing sculptors, and (unless you request otherwise) an acknowledgment of the amount you pledged.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $3 or more
Receive a printed thank-you letter from me and the sculptors, signed by the sculptors who have their parents' permission and a desire to add their signatures. The timing and amount of your pledge(s) will be included, if you wish.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $7 or more
Receive an autographed copy of my puzzle book "Clue Loops: Sizes Four and Five." It contains forty unique puzzles, one of which Helena Singleton created at age nine.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $15 or more
Receive an autographed copy of my puzzle book "Clue Loops." One hundred and twelve puzzles will provide hours of rewarding mental exercise at your convenience!Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $20 or more
Receive a copy of the video "The Making of The World's Largest Omega Chess Set." This video will show you how to assemble a team of sculptors, and how to build a giant chess set that can be used to play regular chess, omega chess or Dunsany's chess. (See the article I wrote about Dunsany's chess on Wikipedia.) This is physical AND mental exercise equipment at its finest and most affordable! Suggestions on where and how to store it, and how to fund its construction, will also be included.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $30 or more
A plaque or a framed certificate (you choose), signed by Robert Singleton and featuring your name, the name of your business, and the amount you contributed to the project. You may include your company logo and/or a photo on the certificate. Also, you will receive a custom-colored, standard-size chess set. Choose any two solid colors for the two teams.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $50 or more
If this project reaches $1000 by May 30th, those who pledge $50 or more can vote on whether or not we will make this chess set out of hemp papier mache! What a great way to publicize the suitability of hemp for hundreds of uses. If your pledges add up to $50 by 5 pm on May 31st, you get to vote on June first, 2012. You will vote by sending me an e-mail. The results of the voting will be announced in an update by June third. Additional methods of publicizing will be considered.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $100 or more
Rent the Completed Chess Pieces and Mat for only $50 per day if you are in Los Angeles County, Orange County, San Diego County, Riverside County or San Bernardino County. This includes the right to allow people to play with it. Also you can display your company's logo next to the set, along with a sign that contains your message. Thirdly, you can take photos and video. The $50 helps me and my team to cover the costs of storage, transportation, coordination, preservation, et cetera. Please reserve it at least one week in advance on a first to pay, first in line basis. Please note that if someone pledges $800 or more, that backer may choose to charge up to $100 per day to rent out the set.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $300 or more
You will receive a giant omega chess set, and YOU get to CHOOSE a different solid color for each of the three teams. We will assemble enough sets for every backer at the $300 level or above to receive their own.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $600 or more
1) CHOOSE UP TO THREE COLORS PER TEAM, and design how those colors will be displayed on each piece! and 2) Keep the original omega chess set wherever you choose! You will be under no obligation to rent it out to anyone except those who pledged $100 or more, if they request it. You get to set the terms: How many days in advance you require, and how much they pay per day, (up to $100), et cetera. This is mental and physical exercise equipment at its finest! For attracting clients to your business and generating buzz, word of mouth and client retention, there's nothing else in the world like it!! Please note that if two backers contribute $600 each, then they are each eligible to receive a complete set. In other words, we will construct sisty-six more chess pieces, 22 of each color.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012