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Mate...Wall's Best Friend. The chess board that hangs on your wall like a functional piece of art.
Mate...Wall's Best Friend. The chess board that hangs on your wall like a functional piece of art.
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Designed by Sean Connell. Crafted by Advanced Laser Cutting Technology.
Designed by Sean Connell. Crafted by Advanced Laser Cutting Technology.

Chess is an intense battle of intelligence that requires great creativity, problem solving skills, foresight and risk assessment. As such, the game has become an iconic symbol of status and intellect. 

Mate is a wall-hanging chessboard that symbolizes the creativity of the game. The board hangs vertically on the wall to provide a new and challenging perspective of the battle field. The design serves as a minimal piece of functional art that allows players to enjoy casual games without having a traditional board stealing table top space or collecting dust in the corner. 

Another advantage is that Mate fosters community or family involvement by allowing players and an audience to comfortably watch the game. Further, instructors can use the wall-hanging board to teach the game without forcing students to stand around a crowded table looking over someone's shoulder.

Mate is perfect for chess enthusiasts, casual players or discerning individuals. 

Rocks in my path? I keep them all. With them I shall build my castle.
Rocks in my path? I keep them all. With them I shall build my castle.
We are Kings or Pawns of Men.
We are Kings or Pawns of Men.
The unseen enemy is always the most fearsome.
The unseen enemy is always the most fearsome.
Older men start wars, but younger men fight them.
Older men start wars, but younger men fight them.
Never interrupt your enemy when they are making a mistake.
Never interrupt your enemy when they are making a mistake.
Only the dead have seen the end of war.
Only the dead have seen the end of war.

Mate can also be used as a checkers board with the purchase of an optional set of 24 checkers pieces. The checkers can be reversed during play to make Kings out of Men. 

The self-made Man who owed his success to nobody.
The self-made Man who owed his success to nobody.

 Mate measures 18.5" in width by 23.5" in height with a shelf measuring 2.25" in depth. The block pieces are 2" square and measure 3/4" in depth. The entire board weighs approximately 10 lbs. Mate hangs neatly on the wall with a French cleat wedge.

Mate can be customized with an assortment of color options. Choose a color combination for the checkered board and pieces from the following options. Backers will be able to chose color combinations by completing the survey at the end of the campaign. 

Mate is laser cut from high quality baltic birch plywood and assembled by hand. The product is crafted by Advanced Laser Cutting Technologies. ALCT is a family owned and operated service located in Grand Rapids, Michigan that was founded in 1991 as a contract laser cutting company. ALCT specializes in wood products ranging from furniture to architectural components. Learn about the craftsman and the company HERE.

Mate design patent pending.
Mate design patent pending.

Risks and challenges

Manufacturing a product presents several risks. My previous KS campaign suffered a number of delays resulting from issues with the required complex manufacturing techniques performed by multiple vendors located both domestically and internationally. Communication barriers (i.e. distance and language) also compounded the delays by preventing timely resolution of issues.

Mate was specifically designed to mitigate the risk I encountered with my first KS campaign. Mate reduces risks by relying completely on laser cutting from a single experienced manufacturer for production. Laser cutting is ideally suited for large scale production because the technique is a straight forward process that is highly accurate and reproducible. Plus, the manufacturing process has been well-vetted. We have already made 10 complete chess sets. Finally, the manufacturer (i.e. ALCT) is located in the United States within driving distance. Unforeseen issues can be discussed and quickly resolved.

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