This project's funding goal was not reached on January 29, 2013.
About this project
- For backers outside of the UK, add £6 to any order of 40 or 80 sleeves [or any of the special deals], and £12 for every other order. If you order a large quantity [i.e. more than 800] or if you order more than 1 item, the shipping will be a fixed £12.
- Don't send images immediately! If the project is funded successfully, I will ask for them afterwards - once we reach £3,000, and thus are sure to succeed, I'll post a template for you to put your art on.
- The minimum run for each sleeve design is 40 - so if you order a pack of 80 and supply 2 images, I will make 2 sets of 40, one with each image. If you do want more than one image on the back of your sleeves with your order, please be very specific about how many sleeves/boxes have which picture.
- £3,000: Handmade leather and chainmail dice pouches, at £8 each.
- £5,000: Life Counters, at £3 each.
- £10,000: I produce a video tour of some European Magic events - with free advertisements for any backers who come along.
As the funding for the stretch goal items approach, I will give details on the items, and make videos of the prototypes. The sleeves will be the focus of the Kickstarter, these items are just nice future things that I would enjoy making as well.
When gaming, people use card sleeves to protect their cards - who enjoys playing with crusty, frayed cards, that stick when you shuffle? Magic also represents a significant investment for a lot of players, with some cards costing in the thousands of pounds.
Obviously, this price is not the norm. But why let even an £8 starter deck come to harm when you can invest a little more in card sleeves?
Most card sleeves are cheap, weakly made flat-colour things, that tear easily and need replacing often. To further compound the problem, they are sold in awkward sizes - what Magic player wants 50 sleeves? A deck plus sideboard is 75 cards. Unless you're buying sleeves for decks 2 at a time, you're spending money on sleeves that'll sit in a drawer somewhere. And if you do buy exactly the right number, you'll be buying more soon after as well, as you have no spares when one gets damaged.
Inspired by a similar project, I decided to make my own custom art card sleeves. I now have a working prototype, but I need help to produce enough to sleeve my decks, both current and planned. Thus I offer my services here to help that goal.
Currently, the sleeves are sized for Magic: the Gathering cards - however, if I have a high-level of interest for Yu-Gi-Oh sized sleeves, or any other size, I will consider making them. The production method stays the same, however new cutters will have to be ordered, which will delay the smaller-sized sleeves.
Risks and challenges
Failure of equipment - printers, cutters or sealers. All equipment is/will be fully insured, and replacements will be ordered ASAP, with personal re-embursment being handled afterwards.
Quality - every single sleeve will be tested, both personally by myself, and by the crew I game with [who have no financial motivation to lie]. Testing involves flexing the sleeve in all directions, a tug test at the corner of the sleeves to ensure a good weld, and finally seeing if cards easily slide in and out of the sleeve, without damage to either.
Tons of orders - for the prototypes, I have hand-made the sleeves, which is time-consuming. I have orders ready for equipment to make this many, many times quicker - the goal is 20 minutes per unit of 80 sleeves. Should the funding go way over my goal, I have the forms necessary to register as a business, and thus legally be able to hire help with making the sleeves.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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