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Last updated August 2, 2017

Wireless Power Miniature Terrain Tech Lights Laser & Motors

The Worlds First Wireless Power For Your Miniatures & Terrain Featuring LED Lights Motors & Lasers. No More Batteries or Wires Needed!

Wireless Power Miniature Terrain Tech Lights Laser & Motors

The Worlds First Wireless Power For Your Miniatures & Terrain Featuring LED Lights Motors & Lasers. No More Batteries or Wires Needed!

$34,849
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143
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Dec 1 2014
Last updated August 2, 2017

About

Everyone Loves The Realistic Look Of Flickering Torch Fire, Glowing Lava, & Sparkling Blue Water On Their Terrain, But No One Likes The Idea Of Changing Batteries.  That's why we have developed what we call the Terrain Tech "Power Grid". The Power Grid is a large neoprene rubber mat that rolls out underneath your terrain, and provides wireless power to all our game pieces, from torches to lasers, and even spinning motors that we will provide you with in the rewards. That's all there is to it!

All our terrain pieces are designed to be compatible with your terrain. Choose from lava, architecture, water, fire elements, luminescent plant life, and even mechanical functions for miniatures and props, to name a few.

 Watch the video below for an example to see how we powered over 200 LEDs and a motorized watermill all with our wireless Power Grid.

Watch the video below to see how the Power Grid works with popular terrain like Dwarven Forge and Hirst Arts.

Game Developer Kits Are you a game manufacturer or developer looking for a way to make your game stand out from the crowd? We offer game developer kits featuring the Power Grid Rubber Mat, LED lights, Motors, and Lasers that can be incorporated into any of your game pieces or terrain.

Click here to watch the video below to see some of the LED mod options available in the rewards for Game Developer Kits

Why can you have confidence in this project?

We are not new to the game, (NPI) we already a manufacturer with 10 years experience in the electronics industry. There is a lot of  time energy and development that goes into manufacturing a new product, this is something we are well aware of and have a lot of experience in.  As such we will manufacture this product as we do all of our new products. All of the testing pricing and development has already been accomplished on this project before we ever released on Kickstarter. You can pledge with confidence that you are working with a company that is fully prepared to deal with all the complexities of manufacturing, shipping, and customer service.

Important: Kickstarter only allows 1 box selection so just choose a reward and if you have ADD ON s add the total amount to your pledge now rather than later. Don't worry, we will send out a survey after the project that will allow you to check the boxes for the rewards you chose.

We Hope We Can Bring A Whole New World To Board Gamers Everywhere, But We Can Only Do It With Your Support!

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Click here to watch a video explaining the difference between the V1 and V2  Power Grids

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 Click here to see a video of the wetlands

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From Hand Sculpting To Digital Sculpting For Uniformity. Every piece that you see of our terrain is completely  hand made and sculpted from our imagination. Once the sculpting process is completed the designs are either laser scanned or sent to a digital 3d model program for re-sculpting in order to achieve a more uniform fit.

 Watch the video to see some of the original sculpting process.

 Watch the tutorial on how to paint over our crystal terrain pieces.

FAQ

Not for use on metal tables!

How do I change my order if a stretch goal is met? Easy, all you are doing in your pledge is choosing a reward. To upgrade your order you can go to your pledge and change your pledge and upgrade the  amount at anytime prior to the projects cut off date. When the project is finished we will send out the Kickstarter survey and you will check the boxes of the rewards you want to receive. For now just choose the reward that is closest to your amount. We will be introducing stretch goals, un-lockables, and new terrain designs as we go so you may want to add to your order along the way. To upgrade your order you can go to your pledge and change your pledge amount at anytime during the the project.

I noticed some of the pieces look out of square or different colors in the pictures and video, are you making more precision fitting pieces and addressing the different colored resins in manufacturing? Yes, remember every piece you see in the media was hand sculpted in clay and then cast in resin, so they were not built for precision fits. We also used different types of clear resins during the process to test qualities and pricing. The manufactured product you will receive will be the result of digital sculpting for more uniform fitting. Some of the components will be digitally scanned if we think the design came out better or has a look that only hand sculpting can achieve. But all products will be cast from the same high quality clear resin for a unified look through out.

Why use clear resin crystal terrain? We believe Crystal Terrain is the way of the future for powered terrain due to it's versatility in prop making. Our clear resin components do not require paint, but the pieces can be painted to become  lava, water, or even architectural type depending on how it is treated. This opens up endless possibilities to terrain and prop making artists.

Clear resin allows you unlimited possibilities in lighting, painting, and atmosphere for more immersive game play. The quality, durability, and lighting characteristics of the clear resin make this a far superior terrain to plastic or plaster type terrains.

Some of the fire elements look out of scale for a 28mm character are you planning on making them more to scale? Yes all the pieces were hand sculpted and we could only cast the resin so thin, there will be 2 ways we will address fire torches.

1. A universal fit to go on anyone's terrain

2. A scaled fit designed for Terrain Tech Terrain pieces.

On the universal fit. The wireless coil we use is currently .75 in in diameter so in order to create a "universal" fire element that would hang on your existing terrain wall we are offering a standard size wall torch that is constrained by the .75 coil. Don't worry we will continue to add new fire elements as the project continues.

On the scaled fit.  For our fire elements we will be building the wireless coil into the floor piece of the walls so that the torches can built in at scale.

How powerful is the magnetic field produced by the Power Grid, will it erase my mind? No it will not erase your mind! Magnetic Induction has been safely in use since the 1800's. In fact it is currently under development for entire wireless houses!  Read about how MIT is developing the technology here http://www.physics.org/featuredetail.asp?id=40 Our mat  uses a very weak near field that is produced by the Power Grid. In most cases it will only reach a few inches off the surface of the mat. It is not the same technology as your wireless phone charger pads but it is similar. Just the same we do not recommend laying memory sticks, phones, or camera on the mat. We can tell you throughout the project there were many times that we were filming by placing them on the mat and leaving them there for extended periods and it had no discernible effect on our phones and cameras. We did not try memory sticks but memory cards were present in our cameras again with no effect.

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Risks and challenges

One thing you may find that is significantly different about our project is that we are already a manufacturer of micro-electronics and circuit boards. We have been manufacturing in the USA and overseas for over 10 years using the same manufacturing facilities. We know our people and know what they are capable of and we are familiar with setting release dates and fulfilling them.

We are handling this Kickstarter project as we would any new product we develop by completing the R&D, prototyping, samples, and manufacturing prices before we release the project on KS.

As such we are used to handling customer service, shipping, order fulfillment, warehousing and all the quality control that comes with developing and releasing products to the public. In short this is not our first rodeo.

This does not mean we are perfect, but we try to anticipate delays and problems well ahead of time and do our best to be ready to deliver the best product possible. The delivery date we are advertising is a date we have already confirmed with our manufacturer prior to production so all we need to do is fund the project and turn the key to begin production.

This project has already been through 4 prototype production cycles and we are 100% through with the process. The one you will be receiving is the result of fine tuning it to the point that we believe is the very best design.

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    Supporter - Our sincere thanks for taking a moment to help support bringing in a new wireless energy platform for all board games.

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    Terrain Mini Pack (No LEDs or Power Grid) Kickstarter Only! - Choose any crystal game terrain from the Mini Pack Box. - Free Shipping in the USA - (A $10.95 value!) Canada Buyers add $10.00, International shipping add $25.00

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    POWER GRID - VERSION 1 - START HERE TO POWER UP YOUR GAME. COMES COMPLETE WITH (1) 24X24 RUBBER MAT, (1) POWER CUBE, AND (1) 110V AC POWER SUPPLY. SUPPORTS UP TO 50 LED LIGHTS. - Free Shipping in the USA -

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    Early Buyer Special! - Power Up Core Kit, For Your Terrain - Includes: (1) 24"x24" Power Grid, (2) packs of 10 One Inch LED energy disks from the $15.00 Add On Box, (4) 1" Miniature Lighting Bases 2 round 2 square). - Free Shipping in the USA - ($20.00 value!) Canada Buyers add $10.00, International shipping add $35.00

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    POWER GRID ADVANCED - VERSION 2 - FOR LIGHTS, LASERS, AND MOTORS. COMES COMPLETE WITH (1) 24"x24" Advanced Power Grid, (1) POWER CUBE, AND (1) 110V AC POWER SUPPLY. SUPPORTS UP TO 100 LEDS, 2 MOTORS, AND 2 LASERS

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    2.0 Power Up Core Kit Advanced For Motors and Lasers - For Your Terrain - Includes: (1) 24"x24" Power Grid, (2) packs of 10 One Inch LED energy disks from the $15.00 Add On Box, (4) 1" Miniature Lighting Bases 2 round 2 square). - Free Shipping in the USA - ($20.00 value!) Canada Buyers add $10.00, International shipping add $35.00

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    Fire Power Package - Comes complete with everything you need. Includes your choice of any 20 fire pieces, 24"x24" 1.0 Power Grid, and 20 flickering LED's. - Free Shipping in the USA - ($20.00 value!) Canada Buyers add $10.00, International shipping add $35.00

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    3x3 POWER GRID ADVANCED - VERSION 3 - FOR LIGHTS, LASERS, AND MOTORS. - COMES COMPLETE WITH (1) 36”x36” Advanced Power Grid, (1) POWER CUBE, AND (1) 110V AC POWER SUPPLY. SUPPORTS UP TO 150 LED LIGHTS, 3 MOTORS, AND 3 LASERS

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    Developer Kit - (1) 24"x24" Complete 2.0 Advanced Power Grid, (2) packs of 10 One Inch LED energy disks from the $15.00 Add On Box, (4) 1" Miniature Lighting Bases 2 round 2 square), (4) PCB’s/Coils for Motor (2) PCB’s/Coils for Laser, (1) Red Laser, (1) Green Laser, (1) 10000 RPM Motor, (1) Low Speed Motor - Free Shipping in the USA - ($20.00 value!) Canada Buyers add $10.00, International shipping add $35.00

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    The Black Lands Glowing Lava Terrain Complete - Includes V1 Power Grid, and 64 LEDs. 78 pieces of glowing lava. Everything you see in the video. (See picture for all pieces) Add Paint for $75.00, Upgrade to advanced Power Grid for $30.00 - Free Shipping in the USA - ($35.00 value!)

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    The Crystal City Area Pack - All the Crystal architecture as seen in the video complete with v2 power grid, 146 LEDS & motorized water mill. Over 300 separate pieces! (Water area not included)

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    The Crystal City Mega Pack - Limited Edition, Custom Hand Painted - Numbered and signed with certificate. Over 400 individual components! All of the Crystal City Terrain in one pack! Includes everything you need in one package. Comes with (2) 2.0 Advanced Power Grid Mats, and much more. This is the Big Kahuna, baby! Too much to list here please look at the reward picture. - Free Shipping in the USA - ($75.00 value!) - Canada Buyers add $15.00, International Express shipping add $45.00

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    The Crystal City Mega Pack - Collectors Edition. Own the original! - In addition to the Mega Pack below you will receive 50 pieces of the original Crystal City (shown in the video) hand sculpted by Kurt Bartels. - - - Mega Pack includes Custom Hand Painted - Numbered and signed with certificate. Over 400 individual components! All of the Crystal City Terrain in one pack! Includes everything you need in one package. Comes with (2) 2.0 Advanced Power Grid Mats, and much more. This is the Big Kahuna, baby! Too much to list here please look at the reward picture. - Free Shipping in the USA - ($75.00 value!) - Canada Buyers add $15.00, International Express shipping add $45.00

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