About this project
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.
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.
Risks and challenges
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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