Funded! This project was successfully funded on May 31, 2012.

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Create a beautiful, handcrafted, polished wood Arimaa set that can be proudly displayed in a living room.

We put together a video to show the craftsmanship that will go into creating the New Forest Arimaa Set. As Kickstarter is not a charity site, all funds raised here will go into producing prototypes and the first production models, as well as designing and creating a box worthy of housing our creation.

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Arimaa is a deep strategy game designed by Omar Syed and his son Aamir. The game is designed to be extremely easy to learn for humans, but extremely difficult for computers. It also happens to be one of the deepest strategy games around - after a decade, new strategies are still surfacing and a new player can come along with a fresh approach and demolish the opposition in a tournament.

To learn more about Arimaa, visit http://arimaa.com/arimaa/ and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arimaa and http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Arimaa

To this day most Arimaa games are played online through a computer interface - ironic for a game meant to defeat computer players. Although there is a plastic and cardboard physical Arimaa set available for everyday use, there are no "centerpiece" fancy sets available. Our goal at New Forest Earth is to create a handmade wooden Arimaa set that can be proudly displayed as the centerpiece of your living room.

The pieces are made of two different colors of wood, red and yellow/gold, which distinguishes the teams. They are polished to a glossy finish and coated with local beeswax.

The board is split into two colors, giving each player an idea of where their territory ends and their opponent's begins. It also contains a mechanism for REAL traps, which allow your to actually drop the oppositions piece into the drawers below. The board will be much thicker than the original design pictured above, which did not hold up to drying and shipping.

When we started this project, we did not anticipate the expense that would go into prototyping. Essentially, each prototype costs the same to produce as the final set, since it requires the same quality materials and several days of labor. The only way to know for sure that a new design is going to work is to make it, and that's expensive. So the project has been sputtering since we cannot afford to pay for each prototype without recouping our investment.

At the same time, it has become obvious that the demand for a centerpiece Arimaa set is there. We have received an incredible outpouring of support from the Arimaa community, which is small but dedicated and growing. At one point, a man offered to buy one of the prototypes and not tell anyone. Other people have contributed advice on set design and construction. Even more have signed up to hear updates because they want to know when the final set is completed.

Which brings us to Kickstarter! This platform could be just what we need to turn the very dedicated community around this product into the funds we need to bring the New Forest Arimaa Set to life. We'll reward your efforts with a combination of Arimaa SWAG and recognition of your efforts. And the best part is, if we don't make it to our goal you get to keep your money!

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    Arimaa Fan II - If you've gotten all the pieces through the Arimaa Fan reward ($200) this reward offers you the board to go with them. Keep in mind it may take a while to produce the board and get it to you, since we're still in the prototyping stage.

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    Arimaa Lover FULL SET - When the production New Forest Arimaa Set is complete, you will receive one! Please keep in mind that this may take some time, since we need to prototype and actually produce the set first. To speed things up, we may send you a set without its box if need be. But you will get all the pieces and the game board. The final game box will contain a thank you section with your name on it. Your name will appear on EVERY box that ships out!

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    Arimaa First Class - You will receive one of the first two complete sets that are finalized and approved by Omar. These will have signed pieces and a signed board, and will be FIRST EDITION collectors pieces. If you're worried about how long it will take to get you a set, this reward allows you to speed up the process.

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    Arimaa Historian - Own a piece of Arimaa History! Along with all of the $500 rewards, those who pledge this amount will receive one of the failed prototype sets. Remember, they failed for a reason, but much like botched coins or stamps, these rare prototypes may be extremely valuable one day.

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    Arimaa High Council - Along with the $500 rewards, the individual who pledges this amount will receive the ORIGINAL prototype. At the moment this prototype is sitting at the workshop in Veracruz serving as the model for further prototypes. Entrance into the High Council also will mean that Omar, Aamir and I will consult you before making final decisions on the box and the look of the board.

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