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A simultaneous punishment - reward system for out-hipstering everyone else in the room.  Play with friends or out in the real world!
A simultaneous punishment - reward system for out-hipstering everyone else in the room. Play with friends or out in the real world!
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Sometimes a person is so hipster you're trying to imagine how they continue breathing.  You're revolted, but darn it, you're just as impressed, (and a little jealous, if you're honest with yourself).  You've got to point it out, lest the world go on without noticing this paragon of hipster-chievement.  It's time to give them a Hipster Chip.

This is why we have developed the Hipster Chip.  The Hipster Chip is a simultaneous punishment/reward system for recognizing the hipsterism in others.  It is evolving from an informal party game amongst friends (where the Hipster Chip was usually just pantomimed) to an actual, physical item (a wooden nickel) that can be handed to others to really let it sink in how hipstery they just were.  Really now.

The "game" is great for nights spent drinking PBR and smoking cloves with friends, but it's also perfect for a night out at your favorite bar that has an unjustifiably high cover charge and indie bands all the time.  Take it to your drum circle or maker-space.  Or even pack some when you visit your parents and see those photos from the '70s of your dad with the moustache, the creepy tinted sunglasses, and shorts so short they'd embarrass a nude model.

We need your help in a few ways.  Primarily, we can't afford to get these made on our own.  We're pretty obnoxiously hipster at some points, but not enough to justify dropping a few hundred dollars to get thousands of these Hipster Chips made for ourselves.  So the costs of production are the most obvious way you'd be helping.

But we're also hoping that if we can get enough people playing, the Hipster Chip could become a sort of informal anti-currency.  Because I will totally buy you a microbrew for a Hipster Chip, just as I will give you five Hipster Chips for that vintage mechanic's shirt with the name STAN embroidered on it in cursive letters.

So please consider contributing to our project, and check out the various rewards we have up.  And hopefully you can be giving out Hipster Chips to people before anybody else starts doing it!  Because remember, nothing says "hipster" like complaining about hipsters.

Risks and challenges

- This isn't the first time I've done a Kickstarter, so I have planned out budgets and worked with distribution, albeit on a fairly small scale. If this project takes off, it'll be a great learning experience for me, but I think we're building in enough time to get the rewards out without too much delay.

- As we already have an artist, all we need to do is get these to the printer. We're looking at using 4Imprint, as they seem to have okay reviews. But if they were to go out of business, there are other places that print wooden nickels for a similar price.

- We ship using USPS. It is possible that the Post Office (or country) could collapse before December. But in that case, your money may well be worthless anyway. Besides, we were rockin' post-Apocalyptic chic and smelling like a combination of wet dog and bong water way, way before it was cool.

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    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    You get a bag of 20 Hipster Chips, jammed into a used plastic grocery bag. 'Cause, like, and that's the green way to do it. Note that somewhere a dead relative of yours is rolling over in their grave that you are literally taking wooden nickels.

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    As above, but instead of a plastic bag, you get them in an artisanally-crafted cloth bag made from old tee shirts by a poor man in Delaware.

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    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    As above, but instead of getting the mass-produced variety, you'll get a selection of hand-drawn Hipster Chips. Each artist will have at least a master's degree and will be living dangerously close to the poverty line.

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    As above, but instead of hand-drawn chips, your Hipster Chips will be wood-burned using a soldering iron that has been used to dismantle and recycle electronics purchased from the local Goodwill. That odor? That's burning flesh, baby.

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    You will receive the very first Hipster Chip made. Thus, you will have totally been into Hipster Chips before anyone else.

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