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We are ready to make the challenge coins for the Four Horsemen Universe, and we hope you will help us achieve that goal.
We are ready to make the challenge coins for the Four Horsemen Universe, and we hope you will help us achieve that goal.
We are ready to make the challenge coins for the Four Horsemen Universe, and we hope you will help us achieve that goal.
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Hi! We are the authors of the Four Horsemen Universe books, and have been honored with requests for challenge coins relating to each of the 4 main units and the Peacemaker Guild, so this project is to create those coins. All coins will have the logo shown below as the back of the coin. All coins are 1.5" in diameter, with an antique brass finish. All coins will be numbered. We plan to have the coins made by Wizardpins.com, and they should be available by July 2018. 

4HU Logo
4HU Logo

Each unit has had updated artwork made, which corresponds with the unified logo above, and those unit logos are shown below. These same logos will be made into the unit patches in the near future as well. 

Funding Goal: $3000 -- UNLOCKED! 

At this level of funding we will have 5 coins struck, one each for the Cartwright's Cavaliers, Asbaran Solutions, The Winged Hussars, The Golden Horde, and the Peacemakers Guild. There will be as many coins made as are necessary to fulfill pledges, and extras made to allow for them being available at future events. 

4HU unit logos
4HU unit logos

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Stretch Goal #1: $3850 -- UNLOCKED!

If we get to $3850 we will add cutouts on the Peacemaker coins, plus epoxy coloring on the front of all coins, for the unit logos. Peacemaker Guild logo is shown here. 

Peacemaker Guild Logo
Peacemaker Guild Logo

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Stretch Goal #2: $4400 -- UNLOCKED!

If we reach $4400 we will do all of Stretch Goal #1, plus a diamond edge on all coins. The diamond edge is shown below on a sample coin made for another purpose. 

Detail of diamond edge for coins
Detail of diamond edge for coins

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Stretch Goal #3: $5000 -- UNLOCKED! 

If we reach $5000 we will do all prior stretch goals, and have an additional coin struck, the Depik Favor Token. These are ultra-rare items in the universe, and are only rarely earned, almost never by a human. These tokens are just what they sound like; when a being has done something a Depik values enough, they will extend a Favor Token to that being, and when the token is cashed in, the favor will be granted. The token is shown below. The reverse side of the Depik Favor Token will be the same as the rest of the coins, showing the logo of the Four Horsemen. 

Depik Favor Token
Depik Favor Token

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Stretch Goal # 4: $6000 -- UNLOCKED! 

This goal is for the Sinclair's Scorpions coin to be made! 

Sinclair's Scorpions
Sinclair's Scorpions

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Stretch Goal 5:  $7000 total -- UNLOCKED!

Bjorn's Berserkers Coins will be made at this level. 

Bjorn's Berserkers
Bjorn's Berserkers

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Stretch Goal 6: $8,500 total -- UNLOCKED!!!

This goal will get another unit coin made, this time for Midnight Sun. We will also be unlocking a limited edition tshirt at this level, again, artwork will be based on the coins, and be available for each of the initial Four Horsemen, Cartwright's, Asbaran, Hussars, and Golden Horde. 

Midnight Sun
Midnight Sun

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Stretch Goal 7: $9500 -- UNLOCKED!

This goal gets the coins made for Walker's Roughnecks! 

Walker's Roughnecks unit logo
Walker's Roughnecks unit logo

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Goal #8: $10,000 -- UNLOCKED!!!!!

This goal will make *all* coins upgraded to the 1.75" size and add color to the back of all coins also. 

You guys and gals are incredible! When we started this project we didn't even think about a $5000 goal, much less a $10,000 goal, because we really just thought, "oh, a few fans want some coins". Well! You showed us, and in truly spectacular style! Thank you all so very much for your support, it has truly surprised us, and is humbling. We couldn't do any of this without you all, Thank You! And we are all so excited to see these coins, and shirts, and prints, and all. You are all awesome! 

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Goal #9: $10,500 - UNLOCKED!!

This level will unlock a *Limited Edition* CASPer Driver Coin. There will only ever be 100 of these coins made, and they will be numbered. Artwork forthcoming! If you have already pledged at the Platoon Leader level or above this coin will be automatically included in your package, so don't panic! 

Here's a close approximation (early version) of the CASPer Driver coin. 

CASPer Driver coin
CASPer Driver coin

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Goal #10: $11,000 --UNLOCKED!!!!!

This goal will get dog tags made: These will be the Orbital Drop tags, showing a CASPer hanging from a parachute above a planetary surface, and will read "Drop Qualified".  What do you think, is it good? Do you want to be Drop Qualified in a CASPer? I do! 

Dog Tag designs
Dog Tag designs

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Goal#11: $11,500-- UNLOCKED!!!!! Paul, you caught me!

Mercenary Guild Coin! You know you want it! This coin comes from the Merc Guild itself, and will show their logo. It should look much like this, though it may have a triangle in there too. 

Merc Guild Coin Design
Merc Guild Coin Design

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Goal #12: ridiculous$$$...UNLOCKED!!! You guys rock, you pushed the whole campaign over $15,000!!! We are all so totally humbled that there is this much interest in our stories and in our world, you just can't know how awesome we think this is! If it weren't for all of you we wouldn't be able to do what we love to do, every day. Thank you, so much, for everything! We love you all and are working hard to make sure all of this goes just as we all want, which looks promising! We just got back the first proof artwork for the dog tags, and they look totally awesome, just like our own artist did the work herself! Want to see? Physical proofs should be in hand in a week or two, now that we have approved their rendering of our logos. I will be sure to post those photos as soon as we have the first coins in hand! I'm sure you are as excited as we are, or at least I hope so. Anyway, here's the dog tag art proofs they sent:

dog tag art proofs from Wizard Pins
dog tag art proofs from Wizard Pins

 

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T-Shirt designs for the units will be the same as for the coins, probably with "Official Kickstarter Supporter" added, or something to make them unique from the same shirts that will be available later. Artwork will be posted as soon as it is available, as we have done throughout the process. Each item was brand new when it was posted, directly from the hot little hands of our artist. She can only work so fast, so they are posted as they are made available to us. 

T-Shirt artwork: 

CASPer Driver shirt: 

CASPer Driver shirt design
CASPer Driver shirt design

 Peacemaker t-shirt:

Peacemaker Shirt design
Peacemaker Shirt design

 

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A word about Fae: 

1) These are hand made by Joy Wandrey. 

2) They are stuffed with a washable material and made from a washable yarn. Throw them in the washing machine, and then sit them on the dryer (not in...) overnight. 

3) There will be a limited number available during the kickstarter, and then a limited number available during the Add-on phase. After the kickstarter period I will occasionally make a few available as time allows. Those will be offered at $60 each (currently), and will come with a pair of sunglasses, as the Fae are light-sensitive. Each Fae will have one accessory other than the sunglasses. If you have no small children around you may request that I use plastic eyes on them, otherwise, because plastic eyes are not safe for small children, the eyes will be crocheted, as shown in the two/three photos below. 

4) Mark has said that the Fae that find homes during the kickstarter and the Add on period will be written into a story at some point. Beyond that we cannot guarantee that your Fae will be named in a story. 

 

Splunk the Fae at DragonCon
Splunk the Fae at DragonCon

 

Splunk and Mark at Dragoncon
Splunk and Mark at Dragoncon

 

Sle'etou the Fae
Sle'etou the Fae

Feb. 21, 2018: I went and picked up the yarn for the first few Fae yesterday! I will post progress photos as they begin to come to life. 

Yarn for Fae
Yarn for Fae

The creation of the new Fae has begun! 

A new Fae being born!
A new Fae being born!

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More stretch goals coming soon, and I am adding more pledge levels as fast as we can figure them out, thanks for your patience! 

Note: anywhere in the rewards levels where it states "all 5 coins" that means one of each of the four horsemen coins plus a peacemaker coin. For clarity, that's one for Cartwrights, one for Asbaran, one for Hussars, and one for Horde, plus one  Peacemaker. 

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ADD-ONS

Hear Ye, Hear Ye! As of 10 pm eastern time on Thursday evening March 8, 2018 we will be opening the add-ons. The link for that page is https://wp.me/P20yDF-2Wn. When you have made all your choices please email the list to Joy at Joy@worldmaker.us, as this is how we determine your status for the First-come, First-served order! 

Update: The add-on Fae are all accounted for. There were only 3, and they went fast. There are still a few Depik Favor Tokens available, though, so increase your contribution and drop me an email! 12:54 pm cdt, 3/16/18

As most of you will know, we originally chose Coinforce.com to make our challenge coins, but due to some issues with timing, we have unfortunately had to move our request over to WizardPins.com. 

 If you want to learn more about the Four Horsemen Universe you can do so at www.chriskennedypublishing.com, www.worldmaker.us, or www.amazon.com by searching for either Chris Kennedy or Mark Wandrey, or for any of the book titles. 

We appreciate you, our fans, followers, and supporters, we couldn't do any of this without you! Thank You! 

 

Risks and challenges

We understand that there are risks, as for any undertaking, therefore, several of the authors of this series, Chris Kennedy, Mark Wandrey, Kacey Ezell, and Kevin Ikenberry among others, have pledged to guarantee we reach the base level if we are within a reasonable range. We have chosen a July 2018 delivery date to allow plenty of time for the campaign to run it's course, allow time for add-ons to be offered, and allow time for the actual work to be completed and shipped.

We have done what we can to ensure a low-risk venture for our fans and supporters by choosing a respected company with a proven track record to make the coins, Coinforce.com. We have also had the artwork done by a talented artist, Mika Gruszka, who will receive a bonus for her work if/when this project funds. She has been paid a fair wage for her work, but we like it enough that we feel she should gain a bonus if the project meets the base goal, so that amount has been figured into the goals. The authors have also agreed to use any additional funds generated to have more coins made, if we happen to fund past the largest stretch goal. You can also see that Mark Wandrey and his wife, Joy, have previously run a successful Kickstarter to produce embroidered unit patches for each of the initial four books, which items were fulfilled in a timely manner. We do hope you will consider funding this project. Thank you.

(Attribution for the video background music: "Long Time Coming" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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