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About

My chess designing skills are much better than my video making skills, so thanks for watching.

A Call to Arms, besides being an awesome pun, is an exploration of identity and "a Play On Words". 

 I started asking questions about the chess sets I sold.

What if a chess pieces represented the hands or tools of each piece? 

Opposing chess pieces are mirrors of each other , only differentiated by color? 

Why can't Pawns and Rooks be similar but not the same. Easily recognizable, yet completely playable? Why can't I capture the spirit of a piece yet give it its own identity?


This is Boring!!!!


This isn't!


It started with a concept of identity. How much can you remove from a chess piece and yet still know which piece it is. 

So I set out designing chess pieces that would be an experience each and every time you played with them. 

Tactile. 

Very playable.

Your opponent might spend more time studying each piece than their next move. Then you win. You are welcome. I have thought about how I envisioned this set for a long time.

That was five short years ago. I hope you enjoy what I have here.


How this all started.

“No! It has to be as if you are holding the word KING in your hand!”

That is how it started. I came to Las Vegas to open a second chess store with dear friends. We sold all kinds of chess sets, but we focused on themed chess sets. King Arthur, Civil War, even Poseidon. Differentiating which piece easy with those sets. Not so much with endangered species set. So the ocelot is the Bishop? The black bear is a Knight, but the North American brown bear is a Rook?

I was getting frustrated hearing every day at the store, “these sets look pretty cool, but I would spend more time figuring out which piece was which instead of my next move.” 

A themed chess set could be attractive to look at and to play.

After a long discussion, and many Long Island Iced Teas, for fun, we came upon the idea of making our own. 

Paul:” We could glue computer chips into the shape of a horse. A computer set!” 

Many Long Island Iced Teas.

That’s when I said it. I can still recall myself holding the salt shaker, frozen by that phrase. 

I held onto the phrase for a long time. 

Risks and challenges

I have already designed the chess pieces, though I am still doing subtle tweaks on them. I have already printed them several times, so my designs are solid.
I will be printing in a new substance so I just need so prototype time to make sure every piece is my vision. I am comfortable with my production process. So I can deliver on time.

Shipping globally is also challenging both for me and off course the backers.

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    A big thank you.

    a pledge with no reward, but with much thanks from the both of us. Every dollar helps get me closer to a kiln, and accessories to make this set.

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    No one conquers who doesn't fight.

    Early bird reward. A discount for jumping on board so early. Thanks for jumping on board. Get one of the first pewter hand-cast sets made. One complete A Call to Arms chess set and pewter board.

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    The time for words is done.

    One complete handmade hand-cast pewter A Call to Arms chess pieces and board. Shipping will most likely earlier depending on project backer interest, but I will have made all 200 complete sets by early November.

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