Two challenges—assemble the puzzle and find the twins.
I love to draw. My sketchbooks are filled with the faces I see. This puzzle is a collection of about 300 faces including some twins, clones, look-alikes, and doppelgängers. So you and your friends can enjoy the challenge of assembling the puzzle as well as the challenge of finding evil twins.
Why a jigsaw puzzle? Puzzles are great because you can do them alone or with others. You get to set the pace. You can do the whole puzzle in one marathon session or drag the effort out over weeks. Solving a puzzle sharpens your cognitive skills and helps you learn to focus on details. Snapping a puzzle piece into position feels good and probably releases a flood of endorphins. How nice. And jigsaw puzzles don’t require any batteries, instruction manuals, or wifi.
What makes a puzzle great? I believe the best jigsaw puzzles have three vital qualities. First, lots of color. Next, oodles of details. No boring expanses of sky or snow. Last, a good puzzle is puzzling—a little mysterious and full of false clues, duplicates, and distractions.
I designed the EVIL TWINS puzzle to give you abundant colors, beguiling details, and mild mystery. I hope you enjoy the extra challenge and delight of finding the twins—some are easy, some hard.
How big is the finished puzzle? There are more than 750 puzzle pieces. Once you put the Evil Twins puzzle together, it will measure 18" x 24" (45 cm x 60 cm).
How difficult is this puzzle? Challenging, but not so exasperating that you will have to be institutionalized. If you believe the puzzle is too easy, try solving it without referring to the cheat sheet. If it is still too easy, do it blindfolded.
Sweet little box. Your puzzle will come in a colorful, two-piece cardboard box that’s easy to gift wrap. The box includes the Evil Twin backstory, so when you give it as a gift, it will explain itself. Inside are more than 750 puzzle pieces, a color cheat sheet to help any puzzle-wrangler who gets stuck, and some surprises.
Bonus puzzle. A mysterious, 100-piece bonus puzzle is included in each box. You can use it as a warm-up problem or as “dessert” when you finish the big puzzle and are still hungry for more challenge.
Bad Neighborhood. if you missed my jigsaw puzzle on Kickstarter last year, there are pledge levels in this project that include the Bad Neighborhood puzzle at little or no extra cost. The design for that puzzle is based on the idea that the creatures in my sketchbooks might all live in the same colorful and unusual neighborhood. It’s great fun to solve alone or with friends.
When will your Evil Twin puzzles arrive? As soon as the project hits its funding goal, I’ll greenlight production. We want everyone to have their puzzles in time for the holidays. By the time this project closes, production will be 100 percent complete and the finished puzzles will be waiting for their labels. Assuming no calamities happen, I expect to ship on December 12. That will be the first day shipping after Kickstarter finishes collecting the pledges.
Free shipping in USA. If you live in the United States, there’s no additional charge to deliver your reward to your door. We’ll also apply the amount we’ve budgeted for postage to international orders, so international sponsors only need to pay the extra amount beyond what a U.S. shipment costs.
International shipping. Evil Twins puzzles can ship anywhere in the world. Orders outside the U.S. have a postage charge that varies depending on where the package is going. Kickstarter will figure out which postage charge to apply when you make your pledge.
Read this if you are outside the U.S. In some countries, customs duties may be applied to puzzle shipments. I have no way of predicting if they’ll apply to your shipment. Customs inspections are very arbitrary and willy-nilly. Most packages sail through without any duty, but some are selected by chance and the recipient gets hit with a duty fee. So if you can’t tolerate the risk that your shipment might get selected for extra costs, you should probably not support this project. Or arrange to have your reward shipped to a friend in the U.S. who can bring you your puzzles in their luggage next trip.
Pay attention. If you are an international sponsor and receive a tracking number when we ship, track your package daily to make sure it doesn’t get hung up in the system and returned to us. Don’t just assume it will show up at your door. Shipments have a way of getting stalled when they are nearly at your house, and monitoring the status of the tracking number allows you to intervene promptly.
Updates and progress reports? Sponsors of this project will receive periodic updates through Kickstarter as the project unfolds. You can also receive a trickle of news about all my silly projects by liking the Calamityware Facebook page.
Questions? Send me your questions and if I know the answer, I’ll add the Q and A to the FAQ section of this page.
Leftovers from my previous Kickstarter projects are available while supplies last at www.calamityware.com. A good place to find some unusual gifts.
Don Moyer, Pittsburgh, October 4, 2016
Risks and challenges
This project is using established production methods—printing, die cuts, etc. We don’t need to quarry any unobtanium or invent anti-gravity devices. The design of the puzzle and box is complete and I’ve already tested a prototype, so we are good to go.
The most likely threat is some unanticipated obstacle in the production schedule that will slow us down. I’ve built extra time into the schedule to help ensure that families will have a puzzle to work on for the holidays—a great family tradition.
I promise I won’t rest until all the puzzles are on their way to their new homes.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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