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We provide stunningly thematic card holders & displays and component trays for exciting Horror-themed board games! Read more

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This project was successfully funded on January 31, 2013.

We provide stunningly thematic card holders & displays and component trays for exciting Horror-themed board games!

About this project

Thank You, Backers!

We'll close down this portion of the campaign on Thursday, January 31st and I'll continue to become more tech-savvy with our blog at Crafthulhu.com.  We look forward to posting information about our progress (I'll also send Updates via this site), upload pictures, and eventually solicit stories and pictures from all of you.  Again, it's been a great journey and we've enjoyed the trip thus far!

...a nightmarish set of card displays and component trays which will enhance your gaming experience.

During the past 18 months, I have talked to gamers from around the world and visited more than two dozen hobby & game shops in the U.S., France, and Hong Kong...everybody has a comment on how much space is required to fully enjoy these games.  In response to the most recent feedback from our previous Kickstarter Project, we've streamlined the Backer Levels and we're ready to start producing our pieces for your gaming table!

We're teamed with a small foundry, Elements Metalworks, Inc., recently opened by an accomplished artist with over 20 years of experience and a major molding and casting company, Valiant Enterprises, Inc., which has produced quality game pieces for more than four decades.  Both companies shall create our Crafthulhu pieces in resin ensuring an outstanding level of both detail and durability.  Using a method known as 'slush-casting' (both labor-intensive and a bit more expensive) will greatly reduce each piece's weight, thereby reducing shipping costs and improve usability around your game table.

Take a look for yourself and we hope to count you among our contributors.

Thank you!

Cthulhu Rises...

Originally, we planned to produce an entire set of items, consisting of the following items, suitable for Arkham Horror TM:

Neighborhood ~ one for each of the nine (9) Arkham neighborhoods
Graveyard ~ for small Investigator's cards and the numerous fiddly bits
Mythos Fortress ~ holds entire Mythos deck each type of Mythos card
Cthulhu's Caldera ~ displays Monsters, Gates, and Other World cards
Item Tray ~ organizes Common Items, Unique Items, Spells, and Skills
Great Old One Display ~ for the GOO along with Heralds & Guardians
Player's Plate ~ a place for the Investigator's card and everything else

* All of the pieces beautifully display sleeved cards!

We've designed and sculpted several pieces, including the Neighborhood Displays, Graveyard, Mythos Fortress, Cthulhu's Caldera, and the Item Tray;  we've designed the Great Old One Display; and we'll move toward designing the Player's Plate based upon your desire for more...through the Stretch Goals!

We've re-calibrated The Goal based on the feedback and conversations with previous Backers and friends across the gaming fora.  Instead of relying on a large population of gamers, we've crafted our niche items exclusively for you ~ a player taking their gaming table to the next level.  Also, partnering with a small foundry which doesn't demand a large minimum order helped us from a business perspective, something that made our initial Goal untenable.  We can't offer the additional Stretch Goal pieces for free, but we're offering each one at an amount dramatically lower than the pieces' eventual retail values.

During the initial project, we produced a Rewards plan which accounted for nearly every conceivable combination of Crafthulhu pieces.  Based on the feedback from Backers and those individuals posting on the myriad fora, we streamlined all of the Rewards ~ Again, I'm excited to get many pieces into your hands and onto your gaming table!

Since launching the site, we've added two completely new Backer Levels (Warlock & Arch-Patriarch); modified Pledge Level Amounts on others (Acolyte, Aspirant, and Adept): and split the Cultist Priest into those of the Red and Black Robes. For nearly all of the changes, the new, modified, or split Backer Levels have found their place in the Order's Outer or Inner Circle.

Members of the Order's Outer Circle may make a Greater Sacrifice to gain valuable Stretch Goal Rewards.

Cultist Aspirant:

  • Earn Cultist Initiate Reward AND
  • Gain (1) Neighborhood Card Display
  • Greater Sacrifice:  Gain each achieved Stretch Goal Reward for an additional $125

     Shipped Free: U.S. & Canada; International Orders add $5

Cultist Acolyte:

  • Earn Cultist Initiate Reward AND
  • Gain (2) Neighborhood Card Displays
  • Greater Sacrifice: Gain each achieved Stretch Goal Reward for an additional $125

     Shipped Free: U.S. & Canada; International Orders add $7

Cultist Adept:

  • Earn Cultist Initiate Reward AND
  • Gain (3) Neighborhood Card Displays
  • Greater Sacrifice: Gain each achieved Stretch Goal Reward for an additional $125

     Shipped Free: U.S. & Canada; International Orders add $10

Cultist Warlock:

  • Earn Cultist Initiate Reward AND
  • Gain (1) Graveyard OR (1) Mythos Fortress
  • Greater Sacrifice: Gain each achieved Stretch Goal Reward for an additional $125.

Shipped Free: U.S. & Canada; International Orders add $20

Members of the Order's Inner Circle shall receive Power to Gain valuable Stretch Goal Rewards.

Cultist Priest (Red Robes) ~ Expand Your Influence

  • Earn Cultist Initiate Reward AND
  • Gain (9) Neighborhood Card Displays AND
  • Power:  Gain each achieved Stretch Goal Reward for an additional $75

     Shipped Free: U.S. & Canada; International Orders add $24

Cultist Priest (Black Robes) ~ Prepare the Way!

  • Earn Cultist Initiate Reward AND
  • Gain (1) Graveyard AND
  • Gain (1) Mythos Fortress AND
  • Power: Gain each achieved Stretch Goal Reward for an additional $75

Shipped Free: U.S. & Canada; International Orders add $30

Cultist High Priest (Black Robes) ~ Gather the Flock

  • Earn Cultist Initiate Reward AND
  • Gain (9) Neighborhood Card Displays AND
  • (1) Graveyard OR (1) Mythos Fortress
  • Power:  Gain each achieved Stretch Goal Reward for an additional $75

     Shipped Free: U.S. & Canada; International Orders add $36

Cultist High Priest (Red Robes) ~ Beyond the Town

  • Earn Cultist Initiate Reward AND
  • Gain (19) Neighborhood Card Displays
  • Power:  Gain each achieved Stretch Goal Reward for an additional $75

     Shipped Free: U.S. & Canada; International Orders add $36

Cultist Patriarch ~ Cleanse the City!

  • Earn Cultist Initiate Reward AND
  • Gain (9) Neighborhood Card Displays AND
  • (1) Graveyard AND
  • (1) Mythos Fortress
  • Power:  Gain each achieved Stretch Goal Reward for an additional $75

     Shipped Free: U.S. & Canada; International Orders add $48

Cultist Primate ~ Bring Faith to All!

  • Earn Cultist Initiate Reward AND
  • Gain (19) Neighborhood Card Displays AND
  • (1) Graveyard OR (1) Mythos Fortress
  • Power:  Gain each achieved Stretch Goal Reward for an additional $75

     Shipped Free: U.S. & Canada; International Orders add $48

Cultist Arch-Patriarch ~ The Stars Are Right!

  • Earn Initiate Reward AND
  • Gain (9) Neighborhood Card Displays AND
  • (1) Graveyard AND
  • (1) Mythos Fortress
  • Power:  Gain each achieved Stretch Goal Reward for an additional $75
  • The "Artist" shall paint your Rewards, including all Stretch Goal Rewards

     Shipped Free: U.S. & Canada Free; International Orders add $48

Available to all Members of the Order's Inner Circle ~ increase your pledge by $125 to Gain (10) additional Neighborhood Displays!

Let's get to the Stretch Goals?  Our fabulous Backers will decide where we go with the Project.  While we've sculpted Cthulhu's Caldera, do we mold it and cast it?  How about an Item Tray or a Great Old One Display?  Finally, how interested are you in the production of a Player's Plate?  You decide... and isn't that really the intent behind the Stretch Goals?

Membership has its privileges...only Member's of the Order's Inner & Outer Circle may Gain Stretch Goal Rewards.  Backers (Inner Circle) at the Cultist Priest, Cultist High Priest, Cultist Patriarch, and Cultist Arch-Patriarch have the Power to gain each achieved Stretch Goal Reward for an additional $75.  Backers (Outer Circle) at the Cultist Aspirant, Cultist Acolyte, Cultist Adept, and Cultist Warlock may offer a Greater Sacrifice to gain each achieved Stretch Goal Reward for an additional $125.

Check out our Stretch Goals and make them a reality through your pledge.  Please add $5 for each Stretch Goal on International Pledges to cover increased shipping and handling costs.

$6,000 ~ STRETCH GOAL ATTAINED!!!

Cthulhu's Caldera: Where the Other World meets this world ~ a place for your Other World Cards, Monster Tiles, and Gate Markers.

Upon making this Stretch Goal, Cultist Priest Level contributors or higher possess the Power to gain a Cthulhu's Caldera for an additional $75 or Cultist Aspirant, Cultist Acolyte, Cultist Adept, and Cultist Warlock may make a Greater Sacrifice for an additional $125 to gain a Cthulhu's Caldera.

Cthulhu's Caldera ~ Other World Cards and Gate Markers
Cthulhu's Caldera ~ Other World Cards and Gate Markers
Cthulhu's Caldera ~ Monster Cup
Cthulhu's Caldera ~ Monster Cup

$8,000 ~ STRETCH GOAL ATTAINED!!!

Item Tray: Holds all of the small Investigator cards in an attractive display that you can hand-off to players around the table.  No more tall piles that fall over after the first draw. 

Upon making this Stretch Goal, Cultist Priest Level contributors or higher possess the Power to gain a Item Deck for an additional $75 or Cultist Aspirant, Cultist Acolyte, Cultist Adept, and Cultist Warlock may make a Greater Sacrifice for an additional $125 to gain a Item Deck.

Cthulhu Watches...
Cthulhu Watches...
Item Tray w/Dividers
Item Tray w/Dividers

$10,000 ~ STRETCH GOAL ATTAINED!!!

Great Old One Display: No more looking around the table for the sheet and associated chits ~ it's all there in its tentacally-glory!

Upon making this Stretch Goal, Cultist Priest Level contributors or higher possess the Power to gain a Great Old One Display for an additional $75 or Cultist Aspirant, Cultist Acolyte, Cultist Adept, and Cultist Warlock may make a Greater Sacrifice for an additional $125 to gain a Great Old One Display.

$12,000

Player's Plate: So, maybe it's my OCD acting-up, but I need all of my cards organized and all of the fiddly-bits in the right place.  Once we get to this  this level, we'll start soliciting our fabulous Backers for ideas on the eventual look of this piece.

Upon making this Stretch Goal, Cultist Priest Level contributors or higher possess the Power to gain a Player's Plate for an additional $75.

About the Crafthulhu Team:

Rob W.:  A professional designer, builder, sculptor, and painter for over two decades.  He has fabricated museum exhibits, trade show displays, custom signage and furniture, television sets and props, and industrial prototypes.  Notable clients include: Mount Vernon Presidential Museum, William Clinton Presidential Library, National Infantry  Museum, Philadelphia Zoo, Hans Christian Anderson Museum, NY Museum of Natural History, Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences, MTV, NFL Films, and PBS/Sprout Network.  Crafthulhu's card holders represent his latest custom crafted prototypes of functional thematic displays. 

Feel free to contact The Artist at Scenicjedi@live.com

Joe P.:  With absolutely no artistic talent whatsoever, Joe is relegated to all manner of financial and administrative matters.  He has served 17 years in the United States Air Force (10 years Active Duty, and 7 years (currently) in the Reserves) and is employed by the Department of Justice.  This Project started as an idea of how to organize the myriad pieces associated with many games ... what you have before you is an Idea brought to Life.

Risks and challenges

Risks & Challenges: Fortunately, we're working with professional artisans familiar with our concept and while we foresee no issues in production, we're using the examples of other Kickstarter Projects to help us in our planning. Thus, we're giving ourselves 3-4 four months after the Project period ends to start shipping our pieces.

As evidenced by our last Project, we will make near-daily updates to the site, as necessary. Additionally, every Backer heard from me within hours of their Pledge, thanking them for their contribution. I anticipate having the same level of customer service with our re-launch.

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FAQ

  • Yes, provided we're Fully Funded, we'll establish a website and take orders. Please bear in mind that the Kickstarter Project will allow us to garner the capital we need to produce the card holders and component trays. Once we have the website "store front" we'll have to make a profit, so the "prices" on the site will be higher, for the same items, than what one shall receive as a Backer Level Reward (plus shipping!)

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  • When we're Fully-Funded, Backers who are Members of the Inner Circle (Cultist Priest, Cultist High Priest, or Cultist Patriarch) may increase their pledge $75 & Members of the Outer Circle (Cultist Aspirant, Cultist Acolyte, Cultist Adept, and Cultist Warlock) may increase their pledge $125 to gain any achieved Stretch Goal Reward. For instance, if you're a Cultist Priest Backer and we've raised $10,750, you may choose to increase your pledge $75 (from $250 to $325, plus shipping if applicable) for either Cthulhu's Caldera or Item Tray. You may also increase your pledge by $150 to receive both the Cthulhu's Caldera and Item Tray (from $250 to $400, plus shipping if applicable.

    Please remember to add $5 per Stretch Goal for International Orders.

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  • We took great care when devising these pieces to ensure they didn't dominate the table and for nearly all of them, they would be accessible around the table ~ lightweight and portable. Here are the dimensions (Width and Depth) on the items, thus far:

    - Neighborhood Display: 3.25" x 3.25

    - Graveyard: 13" x 8.5"

    - Mythos Fortress: 12.5" x 11"

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  • The short answer is yes! Of course that answer is dependent upon our incredible supporters. We really want to provide ALL of the Stretch Goals to you and then begin to solicit ideas about what the community wants and needs.

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  • The pieces are resin which is a type of plastic so it does not need to be sealed or painted. You can paint them if you would like, it will not hurt the resin. If you do choose to paint them to personalize your piece I would recommend an oil paint rather than acrylic because it will adhere to the resin better. Ensure ample time for oil paint to dry.

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  • These pieces don't require any upkeep. As these pieces shall be cast gray and many players will paint them, even direct sunlight will have no effect on them.

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  • Resin is a type of plastic so it can break. You don't have to handle it with care as if it were glass but don't run over it with your car. If something were to happen it can be glued back together easily. No playing the game in your driveway!

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Rewards

  • You selected
    Pledge $1 or more

    4 backers

    Cultist Novice: Our eternal gratitude for your pledge! The Crafted pieces may move to the Molding & Casting stage...

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  • You selected
    Pledge $7 or more

    6 backers

    Cultist Initiate: Immortalized Upon Crafthulhu's Facebook Page ~ Members of the Order Shall Know Your Name ~ "Ph'nglui Mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn."

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  • You selected
    Pledge $40 or more

    2 backers

    Cultist Aspirant: Earn Initiate Reward and Gain (1) Neighborhood Display. Shipped Free: U.S. & Canada.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $75 or more

    1 backer

    Cultist Acolyte: Earn Initiate Reward and Gain (2) Neighborhood Displays. Shipped Free: U.S. & Canada.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $100 or more

    1 backer

    Cultist Adept: Earn Initiate Reward and Gain (3) Neighborhood Displays. Shipped Free: U.S. & Canada.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $150 or more

    2 backers

    Cultist Warlock: Earn Initiate Reward and Gain either (1) Graveyard or (1) Mythos Fortress. Shipped Free: U.S. & Canada

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $250 or more

    0 backers

    Cultist Priest (Red Robes) ~ Expand Your Influence: Earn Initiate Reward and Gain (9) Neighborhood Displays. Shipped Free: U.S. & Canada.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $300 or more

    3 backers

    Cultist Priest (Black Robes) ~ Prepare the Way! Earn Initiate Reward and Gain (1) Graveyard and (1) Mythos Fortress. Shipped Free: U.S. & Canada.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $375 or more

    2 backers

    Cultist High Priest: Earn Initiate Reward, Gain (9) Neighborhood Displays AND (1) Graveyard ~ OR ~ (1) Mythos Fortress. Shipped Free: U.S. & Canada.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $375 or more

    0 backers

    Cultist High Priest (Red Robes): Earn Initiate Reward, Gain (19) Neighborhood Displays. Shipped Free: U.S. & Canada.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $500 or more

    5 backers

    Cultist Patriarch: Earn Initiate Reward, Gain (9) Neighborhood Displays, (1) Graveyard, and (1) Mythos Fortress. Shipped Free: U.S. & Canada.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $500 or more

    1 backer

    Cultist Primate: Earn Initiate Reward, Gain (19) Neighborhood Displays AND (1) Graveyard ~ OR ~ (1) Mythos Fortress. Shipped Free: U.S. & Canada.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $1,000 or more

    5 backers All gone!

    Cultist Arch-Patriarch ~ Earn Initiate Reward and all Patriarch Rewards Hand-Painted by the "Artist" Shipped Free: U.S. & Canada.

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    Ships anywhere in the world

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