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Holographic Playmats
Holographic Playmats

Premium quality Holographic Playmats!

* Made in the USA

* Photo-realistic 1200dpi 5 color prints

* Holographic "foil" color shifting effect

* Non-slip surface 

We want to thank everyone for viewing this Kickstarter page. At Gencon 2013, we showcased our new holographic playmats to a very select number of individuals with amazing responses! For the past four months, we've been developing, tinkering, and printing variations of the playmat that are cost effective, durable, and high quality. This holiday season, we are looking to deliver these direct to you!

Made in the USA!

By donating to this kickstarter campaign, you are supporting Made in the U.S.A. trading card supplies! Most are made in China to save on costs. These poor quality mats are mass produced with a bottom line. Donating to this project will allow us to pre-purchase all of the necessary materials needed to begin mass production, pay royalties, package, and ship your product!

Unbelievable Detail!

Most playmats are screen printed at approximately 150DPI. Our holographic playmats are printed at 1200DPI! This photo-realistic level of detail is equivalent or higher than the same trading cards you're placing on top!

Full Silver Rainbow Holographic "Foil" Color Shift!

By using a patented process, the image printed on your playmat will feature the exact same holographic color shift as your premium foil trading cards!

Non-Slip Surface

Each mat will be highly durable with a plastic film laminate with non-slip surface. You will be able to roll them for easy transport, however you can't fold or crease the playmats. This durability will allow your mat to stand the test of time!

DESIGNS TO CHOOSE FROM:

Syncmax EDH Commander inspired art
Syncmax EDH Commander inspired art
Immortal Goddess
Immortal Goddess
Jet-Black Guild Queen
Jet-Black Guild Queen
Summoner
Summoner
Summoner Ascended
Summoner Ascended
Tattoos and Trinkets 3
Tattoos and Trinkets 3

Example of the Altered Art card printed on top of a genuine Legends of the 5 Rings card

Holographic print directly on top of a genuine full-bleed Akodo Dairuko card from L5R
Holographic print directly on top of a genuine full-bleed Akodo Dairuko card from L5R

The above image is a sample we made for a client who wanted a custom altered-art version of the Legends of the Five Rings card Akodo Dairuko. They started by sending us the original full-bleed promo. Next, we printed directly on top of the card the following image, and shipped it back to them. By purchasing the custom reward, we will do the exact same for you with whatever piece of artwork you want, (as long as we have permission from the original artist).


NEWS

* 50k funding goal

Our goal is to achieve 50k in funding for this project. The reason we started with the lower amount of 30k, is because this is the bare minimum we require, (including fees, shipping, etc), to start full scale production. Prior to announcing these projects, we've invested thousands of dollars and man-hours into patenting practically every variation of the holographic playmat. This will prevent other companies from making cheap knock-off's which may hurt or damage this new industry. If we can get at least 1700 mats shipped via the donations, we can reach this goal!

* A LOT of artists are already signed on to the project!

Some of the artists already signed on are:

Steve Argyle, Boti Aarok, Conceptopolis, Drew Baker, Hanna Boving, Joe Slucher, Jonas De Ro, Josu Hernaiz, Lee-Ying, (syncmax), MrBrown, Pablo Fernandez, RK Post, Sam Flegal

With several dozen more! We are going with Steve Argyle and Syncmax, because we wanted to limit the number of designs we offered. Once we are up and running, we will have hundreds of different designs to choose from. Here's an example of MrBrown's work:

MrBrown
MrBrown

 * We will drive up to 300 miles to host your EDH Commander event!

Is your store located on the east coast? Do you have a huge EDH commumity? If you buy the 500$ EDH package, we will drive to you to host your first event! Sit back, relax, and let us take care of all the details. All you need to do is collect the money, promote the event, and have us take care of the rest!


* SPECIAL BONUS IF WE CAN GET FUNDED BY OCTOBER 22, 2013!

If you donate at least 30$ to the kickstarter, and we achieve funding by October 22nd, 2013, (two weeks after this campaign starts!), We will include a second playmat ABSOLUTELY FREE! That's TWO playmats for every person who donates before October 22nd! 

Donating AFTER October 22nd? You won't receive an extra playmat, but you will receive a free art print by Syncmax! This is a 2.5X3.5 inch holographic print featuring some really stunning art!

(Please note, the second playmat will be random!)

Risks and challenges

NOW:

Getting the money:

The biggest hurdle has been funding in this economic downturn. The amount we are requesting isn't even considered a micro-loan to banks. Unless your company follows a standard business model and makes over a million dollars a year, it's impossible to get a loan to start a business.

This is why I love sites like Kickstarter. Our fans can use this platform to directly assist us in starting these projects. Furthermore, the gifts we give allow us to repay these fans for their support.

Designing the prototype:

We've manufactured countless samples over the last few months to various degrees of success. Playmats are generally designed to be durable, fold-able, and an after-thought to protecting your trading cards. Our fans have requested a new take on the playmat; something they can show off, and easily transport.

Paying the legal fees:

Patenting anything in the USA is definitely ONLY designed for big business. Each patent cost thousands of dollars and takes years to process. This involves lawyers, filing, drawings, and a ton of headaches. If it's a playmat and holographic,metallic, color shifting, etc.; it's made by us!

A new product in a field of established competitors:

Due to Hasbro and Ultra-pro's near monopoly in the playmat market, it's nearly impossible to introduce new ideas to the marketplace. For a distributor to pick up our product, it will need to be more profitable than the exclusive only contract some companies force on distributors. Luckily, our product is cheaper, MUCH higher quality, and innovative. We have a lot of distributors already on-board to purchase the mats, however this won't happen until sometime next year. We are ready to go now, so we are starting this campaign to get these mats to our fans by this holiday season. This is a classic example of David vs many Goliaths.

FUTURE:

Getting our name out there:

As a new company, promotion is imperative! With your funding, we will have the opportunity to open up stands at Gencon, Comicon, and other Con's!

Shipping the product:

For our campaign to be successful, we need to have our kickstarter fans donate 30k. This is equivalent to 1,000 playmats! These need to be stored, packaged, and shipped to our customers in two weeks! Luckily, we have a dozen volunteers who will help us do this!

Bucking the trend:

Lets face it, for the past ten years there's really been only one type of playmat. A holographic playmat, no matter what the quality is, is a new product that will require a lot of review! It will take us a few months to call up stores, place orders, and get them shipped. After that, the stores will need to review and sell these samples, give us feedback, and finally place their normal-sized orders.

To combat this, we have two sales associates who's job will be to promote and solve these issues.

Pirating:

We are already expecting countless individuals to pirate these products as soon as our name gets out there. Not only will this directly harm the growth of our company, but it will confuse our customers. To combat this, we have a lawyer on retainer who specializes in patent law, and prosecuting individuals who violate this!

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    Jet Black Guild Queen playmat made by Steve Argyle!

    17X23' Holographic playmat featuring one of five steve argyle artworks Plus a free deckbox, and holiday card with holiday themed surprise!

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    Summoner playmat made by Steve Argyle!

    17X23' Holographic playmat featuring one of five steve argyle artworks Plus a free deckbox, and holiday card with holiday themed surprise!

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    Summoner Ascended made by Steve Argyle!

    17X23' Holographic playmat featuring one of five steve argyle artworks Plus a free deckbox, and holiday card with holiday themed surprise!

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    Immortal Goddess made by Steve Argyle!

    17X23' Holographic playmat featuring one of five steve argyle artworks Plus a free deckbox, and holiday card with holiday themed surprise!

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    Tattoos and Trinkets 3 made by Steve Argyle!

    17X23' Holographic playmat featuring one of five steve argyle artworks Plus a free deckbox, and holiday card with holiday themed surprise!

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    Commander package!

    17X23' Playmat featuring artwork by Syncmax, a 2.5X3.5 holographic playing card featuring the artwork of Syncmax, an oversized 3.5X5 holographic card to promote your commander, a deckbox, and a holiday card with holiday themed surprise!

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    Store package!

    10 Playmats of any design

    Due to popular request by stores, we are now offering 10 playmats of any single design. Please note, this donation option does not come with any additional gifts and is reserved exclusively for stores who wish to carry our product.

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    17X23' Playmat featuring any artwork you want, (as long as you have permission from original artist to make it. Please note, we reserve the right to refuse any piece of artwork submitted on any grounds we deem fit. This may include racist, sexist, pornographic, copyrighted, or otherwise illicit images), a 2.5X3.5 holographic playing card featuring the artwork submitted printed or painted on any trading card you want, (you must supply this card, or reimburse the value if we purchase it! Sample games are yu-gi-oh, Legends of the 5 Rings, Pokemon, etc), an oversized 3.5X5 holographic card to promote your commander featuring the artwork, a deckbox, 20X29' poster featuring same art, and a holiday card with holiday themed surprise!

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    17X23' Playmat featuring a custom piece of artwork with you as the image made by an established fantasy artists associated with our brand, a 2.5X3.5 holographic playing card featuring this artwork printed on any trading card you want, (you must supply this card, or reimburse the value if we purchase it! Sample games are yu-gi-oh, Legends of the 5 Rings, Pokemon, etc), an oversized 3.5X5 holographic card to promote your commander, a deckbox, a 20X29' poster, and a holiday card with holiday themed surprise!

    *Note, please allow an additional two weeks for delivery in the event it takes extra time to finish the piece of art!

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    EDH Commander kit!

    We will ship you an EDH commander kit, and instructions on how to host the absolute BEST EDH commander tournament you've ever run!

    * You may charge whatever you want for this event, however we strongly suggest you charge 10-15$ per person.

    You will receive the following:

    * 100 promotional cards

    These are given away to players who attend the event. Think of them like pre-release cards. By attending the event, each player will receive one card. The value of this card will be more than 15$, and generally be enough for players to attend.

    * 5 copies of each premium quality "achievement"

    - Im Firin Mah Laz0r!

    Player who deals most non-combo damage to a single target during the entire event! Must exceed 1,000 damage.

    - Trollface silver

    First player who makes all opponents rage-quit by making the game too confusing or difficult to play

    - Trollface GOLD

    First player that makes the game so confusing a judge is called over. This judge agrees to end the game in a draw to all players.

    - Rageface

    Player who rage-quits the most times from games

    - Me Gusta face

    Player who achieves the highest multiplication of any effect in the game, (for example, a player who achieves a 20X damage multiplication by duplicating 20X Furnaces of wrath)

    - All your base are belonging to us

    First player to gain control of all permanents and players in the event without using an infinite combo.

    - OVER 9000!

    First player in the event to achieve over 9000 not using an infinite combo.

    - Your Winner!

    Player who has the highest win ratio of the entire event.

    - Champion's Helm

    Player voted by group to be the most fun, friendly, and awesome player of the entire event.

    - Dismal Failure

    Player voted by group to be most annoying, rude, and terrible player of entire event.

    - Banned for life

    Given to a player by judges who feel their deck doesn't conform to the spirit of EDH, (such as bringing a ridiculous combo-deck, or intentionally ruining atmosphere). Player is unable to play for remainder of event unless they change their deck and agree to play nice.

    - Kudos point tokens!

    These are given by judges and event organizers. When a player does something good or interesting, they receive a kudos point! If they do something bad or detrimental, these points are taken away. These kudos points can be traded at the end of the event for prizes.

    - Lots lots more!

    * 5 free playmats! (designed by Syncmax)

    These are given out as prizes for whoever receives the most kudos points at the event.

    * Instruction manual

    Teaches you how to run a profitable, fun, and very popular EDH event! You can expect to double or triple your EDH crowd your very first event!

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Funding period

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