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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Oct 1 2014
$150
pledged of $2,500pledged of $2,500 goal
4
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Oct 1 2014

About

Primordial Chess is a blend of Chess and card play meant to take chess to a whole new level! Primordial Chess uses constructed decks for players to be able to change the fundamentals of chess to claim victory over the other player, one card at a time. 

Primordial Chess is for both experienced and new chess players, with cards that can change how piece's move and capture, as well as adding new, unique, powerful pieces to the board. Some cards even alter the board itself and more!  

Put simply, Primordial Chess uses a deck of 52 cards to change the very fundamentals of the game of chess. This doesn't stop at the board and pieces though, some cards target your opponent's deck and hand. Primordial Chess cuts chess playtime from traditional chess of 30 minutes - 3 hours, to under 30 minutes on average. This happens by having a hand of cards that all have different effects and a deck per player. But we totally understand that you might want more than one copy of a card in a deck, so we made the rules so you can include up to 3 copies of any card into the deck (except legends, which are limited to 1 per deck). We know you like to draw, so we start every turn drawing the top card of the deck and placing it in your hand. Then, you can play a card (or cards), and are free to move a piece, or more depending on the cards! 

Don't have two decks lying around, or don't want to separate cards? Easy! Throw them into a pile for a quick pickup and play stack, with both players drawing from the same deck. 

The game also has different types of cards. Incantations are the most common, and usually change something about the game, and then are discarded. Some of those effects are temporary. Enchantments change pieces or the board in some manner, forcing opponents to look at the game from another point of view. Relics are unique because they can do anything from letting you look at the top card of a player's deck each turn, to modifying a square on the board and making it a dangerous place to land. Both Enchantments and Relics have staying power, and are usually around until removed. Legends though, are in their own class. Each Legend is associated with a type of piece, and can have a large set of effects, from moving twice per turn, to drawing extra cards when they come into play and leave play. Legends are the result of pieces becoming more than what they were meant for. 

Primordial Chess separates itself from normal card games by including the chess board. Primordial Chess at the same time separates itself from other chess card games by aiming at being a full TCG with complex cards that focus not only on pieces, but the board, players, and the way the game itself is played. 

There is literally nothing like this!! Best of all, our Legend cards will come with the option to order matching pieces! that means you won't need extra pieces lying around to mark what's what, these will be unique to the card and in limited quantities! 

CARD EXAMPLES: We wanted to include some cards with explanations so everyone can see an example of the game play. There are over 200 cards in this set so far! There are plenty of unique combos and action going on to keep it fresh! 

Here are a couple example cards:

A real quick overview of the card: the number 2 in the middle left is the cost to play it, meaning, that card will be the only card you play this turn (unless you have cards that cost 0), and the Legend - Knight means it, for all intents and purposes, is treated as a Knight that stays in play until removed. The box below is the (currently lengthy, but not final design) effect that takes place. This is a powerful card! And should be so, since it's a legend and limited to one per deck. 

(It's a lot of text...still working on this one)
(It's a lot of text...still working on this one)

For the Four Horsemen design, we were aiming at a re-imagining what the effects should be for an Apocalypse. We wanted big impact, and some staying power.  

Their Queen will never see this coming!
Their Queen will never see this coming!

Here's another card we wanted to showcase. It is a bit simpler than The Four Horsemen, but still makes an impact. For the cost of 1, this card can be combined with another card that cost 1, or 0, or played by itself. It lets you make a critical change with a pawn, promoting it to a bishop, meaning, it can capture and move as a bishop, but only until the end of the turn. 

Knowing this card would have appeal for a cheap cost and potentially great effect, we made it so you had to discard if you captured a piece with that pawn, it came at a cost. The best thing is, while this cannot capture kings (remember, the King cannot be captured or exchanged), it can aim squarely at queens, making this card a pocket ace until the opportunity arises.

There are keywords in the game too, that are meant to help balance the game, as well as provide a challenge to both players. Here are a couple examples, with more being revealed later!

They only have two cards left? The math seems just too good.
They only have two cards left? The math seems just too good.

LOCK - This means, you don't get to move during your turn. Playing a card with LOCK requires a good eye, because you don't want to play a powerful card, only to have another piece captured because you couldn't move it away.

SPAWN X - Some cards add new pieces into play, including Legends. These cards are noted with SPAWN and a number, like 0, 1, or 2. This means you place that piece in a spawn location where it could normally go during the start, or X locations away. So, say you make a knight with SPAWN 1, it needs to either start at a knight starting location, or one square away (adjacent) to the starting location.

These cards are just a taste of what 200+ unique cards can do! Some have similar effects while others, simply do nothing to the board, and instead let you draw more or make your opponent discard cards!

In case of opponent promotions, break glass...err, hourglass
In case of opponent promotions, break glass...err, hourglass

Kickstarter backers deserve to see where every dollar is going and I agree. 

Below is a pie chart detailing where money is spent. We have ensured that the game is now ready to go, with some designing still left on art and models, but the actual game, as well as quotes, are all taken care of.

Art: Art is very important to the project. It needs to flow with cards design. Each card will have it's own artwork, hand-drawn from charcoal, which means the artists will need to do a couple hundred prints, not including redraws and touch-ups.  

Printing & Supplies: Cards cost money to print on. Boards and Chess sets cost money to print. Don't forget the ink! The liquid for the pieces and molds are higher quality to ensure great quality after long use. So printing and supplies go straight back into the product each of you will receive. 

Shipping: Hey, it turns out, when you move items across the country...it cost money! No problem though, as you can see in the pie, I've calculated it down to a percent (well, seven percent) so no extra charges will apply to anyone in the US. (Sorry out of country backers, it'll cost a tad more to ship to your country). This means, all those rewards on the right, include our shipping. Kickstarter Fees: Something that has to be done, but is for a good cause.

John Killaly - A self-proclaimed mastermind, often not mentioning the ginger status, John is the lead developer and head of the Kickstarter project. With everything locked for the project, John is ready to take on all challenges and prove his might by flexing his experience in the mobile game development world. He is often seen debating Superman's accomplishments compared to Batman's, but hides his true favorite hero, the Flash, to himself.   

 Stephanie Rodriguez - A savvy, cunning card designer with a taste for complicated text (see: Four Horsemen). Stephanie is a brilliant designer and tester capable of enhancing the experience of without sacrificing the bottom line: a card game for chess. She has torn the game apart to look for flaws, and is confident it's ready for prime time. In her spare time, she is often found reminiscing about Mass Effect and Batman...in no particular order. She does not like Superman...mostly.

Alicia Araya - An artist whose work ranges from painting to video to sculpture, and also encompasses graphic design. Photography is only the most recent addition to an aesthetic basket of goodies that has yielded exhibition and sale throughout Atlanta, Western North Carolina, and further afield.  She graduated with a B.A. in studio art from Georgia State University in December, 2008, and had her own groovy Kickstarter experience 4 years later. 

Below is a quick overview of each reward:

1$ - Thanks ++ - We think saying thanks for backing us is good, but, getting a random card too, that's icing on the cake.

5$ - PDF of the knight, bishop, and rook deck - Using an Avery 5390 template, we bundle all 3 starter decks together for easy print and play convenience.   

10$ - Random signed Legend card with custom matching piece -

Get a random legendary card shipped, but a custom piece made just for that card! Each legend is totally unique, and we believe custom pieces should reflect that (pieces are still being finalized).

15$ - Starter Deck + PDF - It's a sweet deal, an actual deck plus the PDFs with all 3, so you can mix, match, and play!

25$ - TWO DECKS! EARLY BIRD SPECIAL! - Get this in it's own custom, double-down deck box, complete with two decks inside! As a bonus, we'll toss in the PDF as well

25$ - Wear it with Pride - We got you covered (literally) with this awesome shirt and PDF of the three starter decks. 

(Rendered Image, still finalizing design, but very close to actual product)
(Rendered Image, still finalizing design, but very close to actual product)

35$ - Shirt + One Deck - Shirt + Deck, and the PDF of the starters. Simple, easy, and affordable 

50$ - Custom Chess Set + One Deck - We have found a perfect chess set, modern, sleek, and simple to fulfill your chess set needs. We include a classic black and white set for play, as well as a deck of your choice, and a PDF of all three decks.

Piece design by AXORiON under the CC - Attribution - Share Alike
Piece design by AXORiON under the CC - Attribution - Share Alike

60$ - Custom Chess Set + All 3 Decks EARLY BIRD SPECIAL! - Why not get in while the going is good? Get this, and get all 3 decks and the chess set. Top it off with a PDF of the decks you now own, so you can print to your heart's content.

100$ - Design a Card + Custom Chess Set and Two decks + t-shirt + Master PDF - So, take the shirt, and custom set, plus 2 decks (and a PDF of all the cards), and top it off with your own designed card! At this point, who could hold back? You get to design the card from the name, to the artstyle, and even what the card does! Show us what you got!

150$ - Custom Set and Board and Two Decks + Design a Card + Master PDF - Here we really show off the full entourage with a custom designed board, pieces, a couple decks, and let you take the reigns on a card!  Plus, we'll let you get the Master PDF with all the cards in the set.


Add-Ons!!!

(Just add on the additional amount for what you want on your pledge and let us know!)

2$ - Resource Counters - 4 tokens for both players. These tokens are used to track resources spent for the turn (you only get two per turn).

Coins can work too, but tokens are also cool
Coins can work too, but tokens are also cool
A used resource
A used resource

10$ -  Expansion decks - Each expansion deck contains 28 random cards, including a Legendary! Get a deck and one of these and you'll be able to customize what's in your deck and sup it up to higher levels!

10$ - Chess Tokens - Need more chess pieces or markers but don't have any? We got a cheap and easy solution. With our Token Add-On you'll get 38 markers, from two sets of extra chess pieces, to colored markers,and resource counters, we got a whole set for you

4500$ - Wii U port!

--We think that this game would look stunning on the Wii U. Using the Gamepad for local play between Players or AI would be a whole new experience, and one Nintendo hasn't seen yet! The cost of the stretch goal is strictly for the dev unit, which will be used to developed and publish the game.

We plan on bundling the game with any 15$ tier or higher, just to let as many people play the game as possible!

Risks and challenges

While we've worked on projects, this is the first Kickstarter we have done and there is a lot going on. For example, there are companies we are pairing with, as well as artists, to ensure shipping and art all come together on time. We are not setting anything aside for ourselves in terms of time we are putting into this. We am working on this project every day, and are still finishing some card design with play testers. We have great confidence in our play testers that we will have an amazing finished product out to you. We am very excited to be working this project, as we normally do video games and software, this is a great opportunity to get our hands dirty with some construction paper and crayola scissors . Chess for us is a great way to pass the time, and Primordial Chess is the thing we think Chess needs to freshen the game a bit and a way to meld chess and a TCG into a work of art.

Manufacturing the custom boards and cards are critical, as well as planning shipping times for products. We are having an outside source handle the beautiful custom boards, and are very excited to deliver.

The biggest challenge on this project is time. Costs have been handled, supplies, calculated, and scotch tape purchased, but it all comes down to timing. Timing for the card printing to finish along with piece making, and board crafting. We feel the timetable provided is ample time to produce some solid results!

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    Thanks++ - For supporting us, we thank you! But why stop there for a dollar? We are going to ship you a signed (from our leader) random card from our pool! (outside of the US please add additional for shipping)

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    PDF of the knight, bishop, and rook deck - Got some blank template cards to print on? Or just want to print and play? Totally understood, which is why we are sending you a full preconstructed deck of your choice in a PDF. That means you can download, print, and play with friends.

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    Random signed Legend card with custom matching piece - Get a signed Legend card from the artist as well as a matching legendary piece! Show this custom, kickstarter custom piece off to your friends when you drop your Legend and let them know you mean business...and supported us!

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    Starter Deck - Here you start with 1 of 3 decks to get your game on! You get to choose from the Knight's Table, Rook's Corner, or Bishop's Row for a themed deck focusing on different pieces. Each deck comes ready to play straight from the box with 52 cards and 2 instruction cards. You'll also get the PDF which contains the three starter decks for easy printing as well.

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    TWO DECKS! - EARLY BIRD SPECIAL! Pick this and get two decks! Pick which ones you want, and go head to head with a friend for glory and honor straight from the mailbox!

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    Wear it with Pride - Show off your Kickstarter Pride by getting a custom beefy t-shirt showing off the game logo and that you backed us on kickstarter. Everyone needs more T-Shirts, let us help you get there.

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    Shirt and Deck - Get the Shirt and a deck of your choice at a sweet deal. These are really comfortable shirts and can be worn everyday since they are a cotton material. The logo fits very nicely and is minimalistic. Don't forget the deck, we like to play to win

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    Custom Chess Set + One Deck - When we talk custom, we talk a totally sweet design. We heat it up with 32 pieces you can show off to everyone, including those who only know of the word chess. This set will make you want to play. Set out a board, and set them up! Let people play just regular chess or Primordial Chess in style! But everyone knows it shouldn't end there, you get a deck as well.

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    Custom Chess Set + All 3 Decks EARLY BIRD SPECIAL! - We wanted to really push the edge on beautiful chess sets, but also wanted to make sure, you get all 3 decks at this tier. Leave everything on display, or dive into the madness, either way, we think this is a great deal!

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    Design a Card + Custom Chess Set and Two decks + t-shirt + PDF of all the cards! - Ready to get crazy? At this amazing tier, you get to design a card. The card design (within limit) is totally yours. Best of all, give us your idea for what the art should look like, and we will get our artists on it. Give it your best shot, we always need more High-House cards and Legends, your name also goes on the card as the designer! We also added the awesome chess set, shirt, and two decks.

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    Custom Set and Board and Two Decks + Design a Card + PDF of all the cards! - This is the full deal. From scratch, and custom 3d printed chess set, as well as a board to show it off on, and two decks for the full, head to head experience. It doesn't get much better than this. Oh wait, it does! You also get to design a card, from what the art will look like, down to how the card is played. We also print your name on it so every single person who plays with it will know who made it!

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