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General's Board Game from Japan for 2 players. Improve your logical and strategical skills! Simple rules and insidious tactics.
General's Board Game from Japan for 2 players. Improve your logical and strategical skills! Simple rules and insidious tactics.
General's Board Game from Japan for 2 players. Improve your logical and strategical skills! Simple rules and insidious tactics.
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We are ready to begin the production immediately. We will do everything so you can receive your rewards before Christmas 2016!

 Get your original Shogi set with rulebook in 11 languages.

And next stretch goals are on their way:

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We are making a new Shogi version with two markings, kanji and arrows showing the movement of the piece. With this combination you can learn the rules in just a few minutes

These new sets will have standard sized pieces, so they will fit on all Shogi boards and tables. We would like to have them used at the Shogi Championships as the official pieces.

Simple rules, insidious tactics, the possibility of unexpected twists in the game! 

Shogi or Japanese chess is traditional logical and strategy chess-like game from Japan. Even non-chess players find out that Japanese chess is fun and many people who do not like chess, love to play shogi!

The biggest difference is that all captured opponent's pieces can be returned back to the game as your own on any empty square. Another difference is that most of the pieces can be upgraded when they reach the promotion zone (the last 3 rows). In Shogi there are almost no tie games.

 

During the last 5 years we were promoting and teaching shogi at many events in Czech Republic. According to feedback from people, we found out that adding the direction markers makes sense. Until now, we were making non-standard sized pieces in small amounts.

Now we are standing in front of the big investment to make standard sizes, therefore we need to completely change our current design, shogi box, game board etc. We also need to make more sets at once so we can offer it to merchants all around the world.

And we want to keep our high quality, the pieces will be from hard wood with the markings pressed in (not just printed on).  

From the beginning we did not want to make plastic or low quality pieces, so we will keep the production in Czech Republic, where we have full quality control.

We already have everything thought out and prepared. We were even invited to the Japanese Shogi Association in Tokyo, where we were showing our past version. They have liked our ideas and we got only positive feedback from shogi players and teachers.

This year our design for pieces was successfully added to the biggest online shogi portal 81dojo.com.

 

We will use the funding for: 

  • production of our new Shogi sets - these will include high quality wooden pieces in standard sizes, markings will be pressed in and the pieces will be varnished. The game board is going to be from quality cardboard (same as in many board games);  
  • making new press stamps for wood pieces - with both markings (kanji+ arrows);
  • making new cutting shapes and printings screens for game board;
  • translation for Shogi rules in more languages (we have already English, German and Czech), we are planning to make them first in French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Polish, Vietnamese and Japanese. Later we will translate more of them. We re-wrote the instructions, which are simple to understand and have more details.

Our biggest investment is a large quantity production cost. We need to manufacture large number of sets to be able to offer our Shogi game to merchants around the world at reasonable price and make it available to everybody!

In the budget we do not include the graphics and design works, which we make on our own in cooperation with calligraphist, who lives in Japan.

We are ready to begin the production immediately after the project will be fully funded on Kickstarter.We will do everything so you can receive your rewards before Christmas 2016! 

Keychain:

Our wooden "King" as a keychain - limited edition only for Kickstarters.

Shogi set: 

Includes 40 wooden pieces (1-kanji with arrows, standard size), made from hard wood, markings are colored by high presure (black is from the front and upgraded sides are with red markings) and laquered.  
Folding game board from rigid cardboard with decorative border.
Basic rules in many languages.
Cardboard box with new design.

Shogi bag:

Shogi bag for pieces - handmade in Czech Republic from Japanese fabric.

Wooden board:

Wooden veneered game board with decorative frame and notations. Including 2 small wooden boards for captured pieces.

Our previous Shogi sets where bigger than standard (included 2-kanji + arrows) and we were making plywood game board (also bigger than standard) as you can see in pictures: 

Pledge kr25 DKK or more:      Brave warrior (~3,8 USD)
Pledge kr85 DKK or more:      Paper shogi + Keychain (~12,8 USD)
Pledge kr220 DKK or more:    Shogi set - early birds (~33 USD)
Pledge kr250 DKK or more:    Shogi set (~37,5 USD)
Pledge kr270 DKK or more:    Shogi set (~40,5 USD)
Pledge kr360 DKK or more:    Shogi set with shogi bag (~54 USD)
Pledge kr424 DKK or more:    Shogi set with wooden board (~63,6 USD)
Pledge kr500 DKK or more:    Shogi set - doublepack (~75 USD)
Pledge kr524 DKK or more:    Shogi set with wooden board and bag (~78,6 USD)
Pledge kr1,200 DKK or more: Shogi set - sixpack (~180 USD)
Pledge kr1,400 DKK or more: All of it + our last 2-kanji shogi set (~210 USD)

NEW! Pledge kr3000 DKK or more: Shogi set - 15 pack (~450 USD)

50.000,- DKK (~7.575,- USD):

Minimum amount that we need to start manufacturing new Shogi sets.

75.000,- DKK (~11.363,- USD): 

We will include stickers for better recognizing of your own pieces - these will be extra included in all our Shogi sets as standard. You can use them or not, as you like.

100.000,- DKK (~15.150,- USD): 

2 more pieces will be added for more fun - Drunken elephants, which can be promoted to another "King"! Only for Kickstarter sets.

over 100.000,- DKK (over ~15.150,- USD): 

We will give 10% to Czech Association of Shogi and we will make teaching materials and inexpensive sets for official Shogi clubs and Shogi Associations, who will need them for promoting.

 

Risks and challenges

As this project will be successfully funded, we will start immediately on manufacturing all rewards and shogi sets. We will do our best to deliver all gifts before the end of 2016! If there are any delays in manufacturing or shipping we will let you know as soon as we learn about them.

Other risks are not known, we already have experience from the past 5 years with materials, designs, shipping around the world etc. And we have many feedbacks from our events, where we promoted shogi, from many shogi players and from Japanese Shogi Association.

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    No physical rewards and no add-ons at this level. But this is the reward that helps us the most, because it means that your ENTIRE donation is going to support us. You are the best of the BEST, and we REALLY appreciate you helping our project succeed! Thank you very much!

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    Paper shogi + Keychain

    Just print and play! Printable .pdf shogi set + .pdf of the rules + .pdf Tsume book.

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    Shogi set - early birds

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    Shogi set (~37,5 USD)

    Our complete new Shogi set. You did not get the early bird, but you can still have our set cheaper! (The retail price will be around 45USD/300DKK).

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    Shogi set (~40,5 USD)

    Our complete new Shogi set. You did not get the limited offers, but you can still have our set cheaper! (The retail price will be around 45USD/300DKK).

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    Pledge DKK 360 or more About $54

    Shogi set with shogi bag

    Our complete new Shogi set with handmade shogi bag for pieces.

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    Pledge DKK 424 or more About $64

    Shogi set with wooden board

    Our complete new Shogi set with wooden board.

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    Pledge DKK 500 or more About $75

    Shogi set - doublepack (~75 USD)

    Our 2 new Shogi sets with special price.

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    Shogi set with wooden board and bag

    Our complete new Shogi set with wooden board and handmade bag for shogi pieces.

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    • Shogi bag for pieces.
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    Pledge DKK 1,200 or more About $180

    Shogi set - sixpack (~180 USD)

    Our 6 new Shogi sets - only for merchants, official shogi clubs and shogi associations!

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    All of it + our last 2-kanji shogi set!

    (~226 USD) You will get our new Shogi set, including all the rewards + extra our last Shogi set with 2-kanji and arrows (last item from our previous limited edition)! Free shipping!

    Includes:
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    • Unique wooden "King" as keychain only for Kickstarters.
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    Shogi set - 15 pack (~450 USD)

    Our 15 new Shogi sets - only for merchants, official shogi clubs and shogi associations!

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