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Wear your pieces on a necklace. Store them in a pocket canister. Play on a Bandanaboard chess bandana. Win Kings in conquest!

What you need is an easy way to take a game with you, to have a sense of flair and personality when you get breaks in your day to play the great game of chess. What you need is Chesspas.

We're raising funds to do an initial production run of chess pieces, Bandanaboards and the packaging that goes with it all. We've done some informal market testing with prototypes of our Tribal motif and have been blown away by the response. People are thrilled with the styling, portability, fashion aspects, and the favorable comparison to other portable sets that have been simply miniaturized. 

It's time to meet the manufacturer's minimum production requirements. Make a statement by getting a set of Chesspas pieces for yourself and your chess-playing chums. Keep the sun off your noggin with a chessboard printed on a bandana (in Chesspas.com lingo it's a Bandanaboard). Whatever you do with Chesspas, it's chess, it's right, and it's now.

Here's the story:

"You. Come here."

My first son was 10 years old. That was seven years ago. 

"I have something very important to teach you. It's Chess."

"But Dad, can't I work on my Thermonuclear Gastric Unification Theory right now?" Ah, kids. So young, so naive, so ambitious.

"That atom-smashing sissy fluff will have to wait another day. This, my boy, is more pressing." And I taught him that the Knight moves in an "L" shape, that the Queen rules the roost even though the King thinks he does, that the Castle is called a Rook. We learned to speak a bit of French. En passant, mon ami.

As a chess player, I'm to the left of the Horrible to Mediocre Spectrum, but I knew enough to pass a bit on to his fertile mind. It took hold, it sprouted, it grew.

"I will never lose on purpose," I told him. He didn't win a game in five years. When he had his first victory over me, it was an honest one. I haven't won a game ever since. My King's piece is getting bedsores from laying horizontally for so long.

BUT!

It's been tough to maintain that connection forged on the chess board. School intervenes. Work intervenes. Exhaustion and candied yams intervene. We've set up games on the only table in our house. It's also the table where the oatmeal and fried potatoes go, or the backpacks and sewing machine. It's a happening table. 

The salt shaker competed with the pawns hovering near the center, and the pawns lost; they tumbled, never to recover. Mustard stained the square at 5E. Trying to move the chessboard and standing pieces at the same time to a safer place inevitably resulted in a spill.

Our chess life was fraught with peril, inconvenience and disaster. Chesspas rose from the rubble and lifts us all to a higher plane, a hero with a checkered cape.

I wax lyrical and grandiose, I know. Just a little giddy thinking about the spontaneous games that Chesspas will promote like the one above during downtime in a school tournament.

This Chesspas project is about making chess more convenient and stylish to play, with a garnish of geethatscool on the side.

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I've not created prototypes of the bandanas (Bandanaboards) in their final form...small runs at bandana printers aren't practical. However, the final product will involve tried-and-true vendors using reliable production methods, and the prototypes we have made successfully demonstrate viability. I've been creating professional graphic design and illustration for over 15 years, so I'm not worried about being able to deliver artwork that is aesthetically pleasing to clients or technically feasible for manufacturers.

The manufacturing process for these particular pieces doesn't scale to really large quantities very well. In the event this project takes off beyond my wildest expectations, I'll use another manufacturers beyond my initial choice to share the load or will acquire my own production equipment to meet demand.

Based on feedback from prototype users, final Chesspas pieces may have slightly rounded corners.

*The pieces are small enough to present a choking hazard; keep away from children 3 years of age and younger.

FAQ

  • By acquiring player's pieces separately, you can best pick the combination that reflects your personal taste. Other players will pick a different Chesspas combination, so when you meet in a game you are sharing your insights into strategy AND design/art/coolness.

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  • Durable, rigid acrylic plastic. They'll snap if you try hard enough, but there is some flex.

    The black-on-silver/gold/white have a black core, so the edges and back are BLACK. The white on red have RED edges and back. The double-sided pieces are just that...single-sided pieces adhered together for maximum appeal and playing flexibility.

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  • These pieces are laser-engraved. There is a thin layer of plastic over a differently colored core that is exposed when an industrial laser goes over it. The detail is incredible, and there is a subtle degree of depth that adds to the tactile and visual appeal.

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  • They've been able to withstand my testing. They'll break if you bend them, but I really had to try, and I've got farm-boy milking hands. The design is integral to the material, and I couldn't scratch it off with my farm-boy milking-hand fingernails. They ARE plastic, so yes...a blowtorch or razor blade will have their way.

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  • Sure! In fact, their light weight is one aspect that has really drawn cheers from backpackers and mountain bike enthusiasts. I suppose creative, crafty (and I mean that in the best sense of the word) people could make earrings without stretching their lobes to their shoulders.

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  • .89" x 1.14" x .063"
    Or, if you prefer fewer decimals and precision, 7/8 x 1-1/8" x 1/16"

    The hole: .28", more or less a quarter inch.

    Three miles, when I'm done posting this FAQ.

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  • The bandanas are nominally 22" square, with the board area being about 17" square. I thought of making a board pattern with 68-1/2 rectangles, but I'm thrifty so you only get 64.

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  • The plastic canister is suspiciously similar in dimensions and construction to the containers that you find stuffed with shredded jerky at the convenience store. More precisely, 2-1/2" x 7/8".

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    KING'S PENDANT – A jewelry bail turns a King face-out so folks can see the Tribal design better. This is a stand-alone piece, perfect for people who want to trade their Chesspas piece, as a trophy earned in the trenches during a tough match, or (dare we say?) for those who don't yet play chess but really like the design and look of Chesspas pieces anyway. It looks really sharp if it's flanked on the necklace with a set of pieces (Neither are included in this reward). (CHOOSE YOUR COLOR THEME: gold/black • silver/black • white/black • red/white) Add $3 for each additional pendant • FREE SHIPPING to USA!

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    BANDANABOARD – Never be without a chessboard again with this wearable 22"x 22" bandana. These are screen printed in black ink on 100% cotton. Keep the sun off your head, blow your nose, wipe a tear, but if you do nothing else play chess on your own Bandanaboard! (PICK YOUR FABRIC COLOR: White • Red • Blue • Green) Add $6 for each additional Bandanaboard • FREE SHIPPING to USA!

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    TRADING PACKS – Pick a Pack of Precious Pieces...This reward is intended to promote trading and sharing among chess-playing friends. Choose four pendants OR eight standard pieces with a canister. INDICATE YOUR CHOICE FOR EACH OF THE FOLLOWING OPTIONS: Color Combo, Pendant/Canister, which piece (King, Queen, Bishop, Knight, Rook, Pawn) FREE SHIPPING IN THE USA!

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    EARLY BIRD CHESSPAS SET – You'll get more than a hat-tip if you jump in early! We'll toss in a FREE King's Pendant to the Chesspas Single-Player Set reward. That means you get the pendant PLUS a canister, braided leather necklace and drawstring gift bag with your 16 chess pieces! Wowza. Add $17 for each additional Early Bird Chesspas Set • FREE SHIPPING to USA!

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    CHESSPAS SINGLE PLAYER SET – Get the 16 pieces you need to play your half of the board. The stylish Tribal design is laser engraved on one side into durable acrylic roughly 1-3/16″ x 7/8″ x 1/16″ inches. These rest neatly like pizza wedges in their labeled plastic canister. Oh, heck, we'll throw in an 18" black braided leather necklace to string the pieces on and put it all in a cloth drawstring bag suitable for giving as a gift or for throwing in your pack for spontaneous chess matches. (CHOOSE YOUR COLOR THEME: gold/black • silver/black • white/black • red/white) Add $17 for each additional Chesspas Single Player Set • FREE SHIPPING to USA!

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    NIFTY CHESSPAS SINGLE PLAYER SET – Everything from the Chesspas Single Player Set PLUS a Bandanaboard! That means a drawstring bag stuffed full with your 16 pieces in their canister, a necklace, and Bandanaboard. Don't forget to specify colors for the pieces and bandana! Add $27 for each additional Nifty Chesspas Single Player Set • FREE SHIPPING to USA!

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    CHESSPAS TWO PLAYER SET – One Bandanaboard PLUS twice everything from the SINGLE PLAYER SET. Folks, this is the Best. Deal. Ever! (PICK ONE COLOR THEME FOR EACH SET: gold/black • silver/black • white/black • red/white) Add $37 for each additional Chesspas Two Player Set • FREE SHIPPING to USA!

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    PREMIUM CHESSPAS SINGLE PLAYER SET – Two-sided Chesspas pieces! The Tribal motif is displayed on both sides, in color themes of your choice. Included is a Bandanaboard, King's Pendant, Braided Leather Necklace, Canister and Drawstring Gift Bag! (PICK THE COLOR THEME FOR THE FRONT: gold/black • silver/black • white/black • red/white) (PICK THE COLOR THEME FOR THE BACK: gold/black • silver/black • white/black • red/white) (PICK YOUR BANDANABOARD FABRIC COLOR: White • Red • Blue • Green) Add $47 for each additional Premium Chesspas Single Player Set • FREE SHIPPING to USA!

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    CHESSPAS CLUB:6 COLLECTION – Perfect for tournament awards. Includes SIX single player sets in their canisters, SIX Bandanaboards, SIX braided leather necklaces and SIX King's Pendants. (PICK ONE COLOR THEME FOR EACH SET OF PIECES: gold/black • silver/black • white/black • red/white)* (PICK YOUR BANDANABOARD FABRIC COLOR: White • Red • Blue • Green) Save with the CLUB 6 COLLECTION: it's very sixy. Add $124 for each additional Chesspas Club: 6 Collection • FREE SHIPPING to USA! *We'll match your King's Pendant to the colors you pick...

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