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$3,782
pledged of $5,000pledged of $5,000 goal
40
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, March 21 2015 8:00 PM UTC +00:00

About

NEW REWARD TIER ADDED! Check out this update for all the details! *smiles*

After the success of the Reliquary Collection on Kickstarter, we set to work researching even more games that we could add to this collection! We’re back with 6 classic games that you already know and love! We just had to "Bibelot-tize" these definitive games to add luxury, durability, and portability. *smiles* They are hand-crafted and LASER etched on our hallmark suede leather pouches with real marble pieces and natural wood dice. And instead of paper rule books that can get lost or damaged, we've accented them with amazing black metal tags displaying the name of the game on the front, and a QR code (and the URL) to the rules on the back. Just scan the code, or enter the URL into a browser, and you'll be able to access the rules, with variations and history of the game, anywhere!

So let’s take a look at these fun and challenging abstract strategy games!

CHESS

The classic game of Royalty!
The classic game of Royalty!

We couldn’t make a classic game collection without including the classic of classics – Chess! The elegant leather pouch unfolds to reveal a complete chess board and all 32 pieces - one king, one queen, two rooks, two knights, and two bishops LASER etched on large marble stones, and eight mini-stones for the pawns - in two different colors (colors may vary)! Now you can play this great game anywhere!

BACKGAMMON

Backgammon Starting Positions
Backgammon Starting Positions

Don’t be fooled by the dice and the deceptively simple game-board – this game requires strategy and skill to master! Open the luxurious leather pouch to find a game-board complete with 12 points on either side of the bar, 2 dice and 1 doubling cube made from real beechwood, and 30 genuine marble stones in 2 different colors (15 each; colors may vary)! Get ready to “make a point” with this beautiful, portable game!

CAPTAIN'S MISTRESS 

The game of four-in-a-row
The game of four-in-a-row

Bringing back memories from our childhoods, we just had to include the classic game of connecting four! The object of the game is simple, but the strategies are endless. We have revamped this game so you can now take it anywhere with a chic leather pouch that contains a 7X6 grid and 42 solid marble pieces in two colors (colors may vary)!

FIVE FIELD KONO

Game over…or just beginning?
Game over…or just beginning?

In this war-game from Korea, it is not by capture but by wits that you are victorious! Playing similarly to “Chinese Checkers”, the goal is to move all of your pieces into your opponent’s starting positions! Since there are no captures, you have to be very clever as you block and move your way around the board. The board is a 5X5 grid LASER etched on our exquisite suede leather and includes 14 luxuriant marble pieces in two different colors (colors may vary)!

ENGLISH DRAUGHTS

English Draughts in play
English Draughts in play

Of course we couldn't include Chess without also including Checkers!! This is the traditional English pub game, enjoyed throughout the world. Inside the supple leather pouch you will find an 8X8 checker-board and 24 beautiful marble pieces in two different colors (colors may vary)!

FOX AND GEESE

One fox...many..MANY geese
One fox...many..MANY geese

We love unequal forces games and are delighted to bring you this one that dates back to the Middle Ages! It was so popular that even the royal families of England were known to have played! The wily fox tries to feast on the geese by jumping them, while the plentiful geese try to box-in the fox to restrict its movement. Can you “out-fox the fox?” This game is presented in our sophisticated leather pouch with 18 gorgeous marble pieces (colors may vary).

So...why leather?

Leather is ultra-rugged and durable so it will last a lifetime! We make games that can be loved and played over and over without suffering the wear and tear found with so many other formats. We love the look, feel, and smell of the real suede leather! It is also perfect for folding up and making a pouch that holds all your game-pieces in one convenient, easy-to-store/easy-to-carry package!

Size comparison only...random stuff not included
Size comparison only...random stuff not included

This allows you to take these games ANYWHERE! You can throw them in your backpack or purse and take them wherever your adventures may lead: your favorite coffee shop, a picnic, or even camping/hiking!! Oh, and of course leather is LASER friendly. *smiles* 

Wait, wait, wait…did you say LASER?! 

Why yes I did! The hardest working girl at Bibelot is our Little LASER That Could. *smiles*  

By etching the play area directly into the leather, we create game-boards that last a lifetime! Since these games are portable and meant to be enjoyed anywhere, we want to be sure that they can survive even the harshest of games (and players *wink*).

So tell me more about these…pieces

With such high quality material for the game-board, we couldn't use just any ol’ material for the pieces! The real, natural marble comes from all over the world, and the solid wood dice come from sustainable forests in the heart of Germany.

Natural Marble with beechwood dice and doubling cube
Natural Marble with beechwood dice and doubling cube

These natural materials are the perfect complement to the supple suede leather and provide a tactile component that you won’t find in any other games. The look and feel will transform your gaming sessions into a total sensory experience! These pieces are SO awesome that we are now offering an additional opportunity for you to get your hands on them! Just select the “GRAB A MOUNTAIN” reward tier and we’ll ship you 74 pieces in a velveteen bag! See this update for more information. It includes:

  • 42 Mini-stones
  • 16 LASER-etched large stones (the Chess Royalty)
  • 13 Un-etched large stones
  • 3 Beechwood dice, and
  • a PDF of all 6 game-boards!

Or if you’re already getting a physical reward, you can simply add $25 to your current pledge and we’ll ship you your very own pile of mountain! *smiles*

Are those Chests I see in the photo?? 

Absolutely! While this project is running, we are offering two reward tiers that include one of these lovely limited edition chests to store your games!

These beautiful, hand-crafted chests will be the envy of all your friends! The small chest, measuring 8" x 5" x 4.5", is perfect for three games, and the large chest, at 9.5" x 6.5" x 5.5", will hold all six! They feature tan suede leather LASER etched with The Reliquary Collection Logo on the top and the limited edition number on the front. And these are hand-laced to provide an elegant accent.

And when you open them up, there's even leather on the inside!! This is etched with the Latin phrase “Est Tabula Est Mea Proelii”, which translates to “The Board is My Battlefield”! *smiles*

What about stretch goals??

Oh we have so much more awesomeness that we can unlock with YOUR help! *smiles* 

  • $10,000 - Metal Dog Tag Necklace: When we reach $10,000, everyone getting a physical reward will also get one of these lovely Dog Tags FREE! These awesome black metal tags are engraved with the Reliquary Collection logo on the front, and the phrase, “We Don’t Need No Stinking Cardboard” – a common refrain here in Bibelotland *smiles* - on the back!
  • $15,000 – T-Shirts: When we reach $15,000, everyone getting 3 games or more will get a FREE T-Shirt. These are the signature black Bibelot T-Shirts that show off the versatility of your games! These will also be available as an add-on for $25 to any pledge level receiving a physical reward. 
  • And…and….and…..THAT’S NOT ALL!!!  We've got lots more in store for you! So stay tuned to the project and updates!!

SPECIAL KUDOS

Many thanks to Kristen Durbin, gamer extraordinaire, for researching and composing the rule sets for these games! Wahoo! You ROCK!

Risks and challenges

We have run 6 successful Kickstarters, all with on time delivery! But of course every project presents us with new and invigorating challenges!

Games: The games are all classic, well-established games that we know and love! We have prototyped them on our exclusive leather boards so that there will be no surprises when it comes time for production.

Materials: We have solid relationships with our suppliers for this project, but even so, we could face delays due to supply shortages when we place our orders, or delays in shipping/transport. However, since we do 100% of the production in-house, we have always been able to make up for any small delays, and we are confident it will be the same for this project!

Production: Each board is handcrafted right here in the USA using LASER technology! Since we manufacture these in-house, we are able to quickly identify any defects in quality and adapt to changing circumstances. However, our Little LASER That Could – the hardest working member of Bibelot – sometimes decides she needs a “break”. But have no fear! We keep plenty of spare parts in stock to keep her chugging away! (And she’s got a fantastic warranty! *smiles*)

We are thrilled to have you on this journey with us! We couldn't possibly do this without YOU, so we are committed to keeping you informed with ALL of the fascinating steps throughout production and fulfillment. Heck - we are so fanatical about this communication that we've renamed Monday “Updateday”!

>>>> FEEDBACK FROM PREVIOUS PROJECTS <<<<
"One of the best things about Bibelot Games is its relationship with backers. :-)"

"And I love, love, LOVE that you make your creations. This, along with the beautiful materials you use, is what makes Bibelot Games so special."

"Quality product, amazing communication, and (holy cow!) delivered ON TIME (*despite* the poor little laser needing a breather). Thank you!!"

"I have backed over 120 projects on KS and I must say, you did it right! Your weekly updates and timely distribution should be the standard that ALL projects follow!"

"I love that your game pieces are very tactile and fun to play with."

"Got my game today. Wow! I am totally overwhelmed to the point of tears of joy :_D"

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