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Wilfrid HartnagelBy Wilfrid Hartnagel
First created
Wilfrid HartnagelBy Wilfrid Hartnagel
First created
£130
pledged of £15,000pledged of £15,000 goal
8
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, January 26 2015 6:54 PM UTC +00:00

About

Politrics rivals Chess

History:
I've been playing chess since childhood. In the 1990s I developed Politrics
and played it around the world in many countries that I lived in.

After thousands of games played I can say that there are no flaws, no bugs.

Now that I am 63 years young I can devote all my time and energy to making Politrics a worldwide success with the help of you, the backer..


Characteristics:
It takes minutes only to understand how Politrics works.

Depending on where the first figure is placed there can be more than 23000 opening moves (25,760 max - 350 min), hence it is most unlikely that a game will ever be played twice.


Players develop their own tactics to win boards and strategies to win the game. You play the board to win the game - Politrics is a board game.

There are 3 ways to win a board:

1. by creating a line of 5 figures that cannot be beaten.

2. by beating your opponent's President.

3. by reducing the amount of your opponent's figures. When you don't have enough figures left to create a line of five you have lost.

The maximum score of a board is 100 points. You need 100 points to win the game. You may win the game by winning several boards or one only.

There is no draw.

Download board + figures + rules

Download a championship size board of 600mm x 400mm = A2 and print on 4 A4 sheets. You cut out base figures and print a set of rules. So you can play immediately. If you enjoy Politrics you pledge  GBP 2.00, or even better choose a pledge option below.



Politrics Tournaments

A Registered Player beats 12 different Registered Players to become a Novice.

A Novice beats 12 different Novices to become a Bachelor.

A Bachelor beats 12 different Bachelors to become a Master.

A Master beats 12 different Masters to become a Grandmaster.

So you become a Grandmaster by winning 48 games, lost games do not count against you. Games are played in ranking tournaments in Politrics Clubs in conjunction with Politrics. Ranking games are always played face to face.


Registered Players can be members of a Politrics club or independent players. Clubs will hold tournaments that are open to independent players also. 



My goal for this project is GBP 15,000.00 (19,000.00 Euros, USD 24,000) and hoping to exceed this goal by a wide margin, provided sufficient backers choose to download. If the goal is not reached you can download at infoholix.net/politrics/ - so you won't loose out.


In February production of hand crafted figures will commence and boards printed and laminated. Boards are individually made and have your name and location imprinted. This is an exclusive series for kickstarter backers only, so you don't have to wait long to have a Politrics game in your hands that surely will become a collector's piece.



How to produce Politrics board games:
You sculpture models from which you make silicon moulds (molds in US).
Then you cast in raisin or other materials. This production method can be replicated all over the world and enables Politrics clubs to design and produce own figures.

Boards are printed and laminated on both sides, this makes them durable and easy to transport when rolled up. Championship size is 600mm x 400mm.

Injection moulding: costs of moulds are prohibitive for smaller production runs. We shall have moulds made and provide these to clubs on loan for local production.

Club-designed figures and boards will be promoted through Politrics.


Politrics Clubs:

There is solidarity between members, they sponsor their best players to become Registered Players which in turn share their winnings with all members. If you share this spirit start a Politrics club.


Risks and challenges

Politrics figures are made in my workshop in Llanidloes. In order to produce 40 sets of 34 figures a day you need 1,360 silicon moulds and a four-man-team.

This is a flexible way of production, quantities can be increased quickly and suppliers of materials for moulds and castings are reliable. I prefer this security to production in China which often has a lead time of 60 days and containers can take another 30 to 60 days. Producing in the EU also ensures that materials meet regulations for toys in EU, US and worldwide.

Boards are produced individually with the backer's name and location imprinted. It makes sense to produce these locally under close supervision.

For shipping we use postal tubes, the board gets rolled up and figures in bags put inside, there is no wasteful packaging.

I am retired from producing furniture in Germany (hartnagel-handel.de) and other countries, age 63 with over 40 years in business, so should any unexpected problems arise I am confident I can manage them.

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    1 or more Politrics games at GBP 40.00 ea including shipping to any worldwide destination.

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    Start a Politrics Club, become a Registered Player and order at least four games for a minimum pledge of GBP 215.00,
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