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$37,140
pledged of $30,000pledged of $30,000 goal
233
backers
16days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, July 13 2019 6:59 AM UTC +00:00.

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 STRETCH GOALS!

We've hit our goal! It's all thanks to you wonderful backers out there - now it's time for those delicious stretch goals! We've announced the first, which will unlock at 400 backers!

Why backers instead of money, you ask? Well, we care a whole lot more about getting the word out about the Mimic's Grid than we do working towards an arbitrary monetary number. We think there's a lot more value in a goal that builds a community - and the funding for the project and all the awesome stuff we plan to do comes from that community.

Without further ado: 

 Our first Stretch Goal is variants of the Mimic's Grid. These will be available to all backers at no extra cost. If you prefer a Hex or Slate (which is blank), you'll be able to choose that during the final survey. This applies to all of the Grids in your pack. Individual Grids with variants will be available in the Add-On Marketplace.

We've got a lot more in the works! We'll announce the next stretch goal once this one is unlocked at 400 backers! Share the Kickstarter and help us reach that milestone - and, as always, thank you a million times over for your support. You're gonna love it!

Demo Video - Two Guys and some Grids


The Mimic's Grid (Original Description)

The Mimic’s Grid is an innovative new tool for your tabletop - a versatile gaming surface that enables infinite world building through an impressive set of features and modular design.

It's a mapping system for your roleplaying sessions. Your party stumbles upon a dungeon? Boom, throw down a Grid. Build each room on the fly with magnetic elements. Throw your minis and monsters down and they snap into place. Build hybrid environments with 2D and 3D elements or draw directly on the surface with any type of marker.

Here's a quick list of the features written directly on the surface of a Grid with acrylic and permanent markers:

  •  10” x 10” Carbon Steel Platform: Light. Durable. Square. 
  •  1” x 1” Grid: Perfect for gaming or table-based spreadsheets.
  •  Chemical Resistant Surface: A lot like Teflon, but for markers and stuff. Use any kind of marker on it, and it comes out squeaky clean. Please don't use them to cook meals (we haven't tested that functionality). 
  •  Integrated Impact Frame: Keeps ‘em from denting and warping, even when you flip tables. 
  •  Neoprene Padding: Like most discerning gamers, the Grid prefers soft butt padding for long sessions.
  •  Embedded Magnets: Lock multiple grids into place and also (probably) erase VHS tapes.
  •  2D Magnetic Maps: Slap ‘em in place! Slap elements down on top of ‘em! Move ‘em! Nope - that one was a joke. They stay in place.
  •  3D Elements: Build elaborately planned death traps and environments for your players in three glorious dimensions.
  •  Adapt your Collection: Slap our included magnets on your existing minis and terrain. Don’t be shy, they won’t mind.

BASICALLY, IT'S ALL ABOUT MAGNETS

The Grid's entire surface is steel. You can stick elements directly to it with any type of magnets, or use the adhesive magnets we've hand-picked with just the right amount of force. Miniatures, terrain, maps – even refrigerator magnets, they all stay in place. 

It’s awesome. 

No more meticulously setting up your dungeon and having that one clumsy player, let’s call him Steve, accidentally bumping the table and knocking everything over shifting your minis out of place. 

You can build your maps beforehand, even with terrain and minis in place, snapping them in when the time is right! It's versatile enough to change on the fly, too - allowing you to rearrange it quickly when Steve splits the party and wanders off to a cave or something.

CAN I WRITE ON IT?

Yes you can.

Using a weird type of magic called "Science", we applied a durable coating to the Grid that imbues it with extreme chemical and stain resistance. We call it Any-Erase - you can draw on it with ANY type of marker, and it cleans up easily - no streaks, no stains.

That makes it spill-resistant, too, if one player at your table (Steve...) is prone to horizontally aligning their beverage containers - your art and the Grid should stay safe.

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A NEAT ANY-ERASE BONUS

You want another rad feature? We got you! With the specialized coating and ability to use different marker types, you can draw out something, like a dungeon or city street, with a permanent marker, and then draw various elements with dry erase. Wipe the board with a dry cloth – the dry erase comes off, and the permanent marker stays in place.

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Permanent marker lines stay on the Grid until you clean them with alcohol or acetone - the ink won't smudge, and won't even come off with water or other cleaning solutions. Dry erase comes off with an easy wipe, and wet erase comes off with anything that is wet.

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LIGHTWEIGHT AND DURABLE

We designed the Grid with portability, weight, and durability in mind. Our prototypes weigh around half of a pound each. With 28 gauge steel, each Grid is a super tough little guy that won't get squished by all those heavy books.

Keeping your table scratch free and fashionable
Keeping your table scratch free and fashionable

The bottom of the Grid is soft slip-resistant neoprene which lifts the Grid away from the table and helps keep it from sliding around and scratching the surface it sits on.   

Inside of the steel housing is an integrated impact frame that adds rigidity protects the Grid from dents and warping, even if you drop it or, kick it, or... you know, dropkick it. Although, we don’t know why you would dropkick something so great… in fact: 

Please don't dropkick the Mimic's Grid.
Please don't dropkick the Mimic's Grid.

All of this comes together to form the Mimic’s Grid, which is small enough to carry alongside your books and other roleplaying gear, and lightweight so carting them around won’t give you a hernia. The bottom line is – we know it sucks to carry all of your gear to a game, and we set out from the start to make the Grid light and portable!

Artifacts are wondrous items discovered deep within the Cursed Crypt, each imbued with magical interactions with each other and with the Mimic's Grid. In slightly more boring real-world terms, they are what we call our line of accessories.

2D ARTIFACTS

We have several series of 2D maps, scenes, and elements you can get as part of your Kickstarter reward package. They are high-resolution prints on durable, thick magnetic sheets. For example - you can throw down some grassland, populate it with trees or a garden path, putting each individual piece where you want it to go - each set is designed to give you endless possibilities.

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3D ARTIFACTS

We've partnered with a talented sculptor to create handmade 3D walls, floor tiles, and other interesting environment and features that will bring your games to life. These unique sets will be available as one of the choices for the reward tiers that include an Artist Set.

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ADD-ONS AND PLEDGE MANAGEMENT

We're working with BackerKit to set up a Pledge Management System and Add-On Marketplace that will give you access to all of the accessories, maps, and other goodies that aren't a part of the regular reward tiers. You'll get your hands on extra Grids, maps, and accessories as soon as our BackerKit marketplace goes live.

If you backed the Kickstarter prior to the BackerKit Add-On Marketplace launching, you'll receive an email when it goes live. We expect that to happen during the second week of the Kickstarter, and we'll post an update when it is available.

WHAT ABOUT THAT DRAGON THING?

Yes, keen and sharp-eyed viewer, you nailed that perception check. That badass dragon on a stick at the beginning of our main video was an moment of pure inspiration. You will see that in the Add-On Marketplace, along with the rogue's gallery of wonderful inventions we've tinkered together for you.

STRETCH GOALS

Cursed Crypt is an entirely bootstrapped enterprise. We do not have any investors or fancy monopoly guys giving us stacks of fat cash. The upside of this is that we have complete creative and market control over our products. 

That also means that our stretch goals are all crazy awesome accessories and enhancements for the Mimic's Grid. We don't want to play the game of offering stretch goals that we were planning on including anyways. Everything we offer has been hand-selected to be kick-ass additions that extending past our goal allows us to create.

Check back once the Kickstarter is fully funded for the first round of stretchy Stretch Goals!

Our stats are pretty good, but we know when we're outmatched. That's why we've partnered with incredible artists that the community knows and loves to bring unique creations to the Mimic’s Grid with Kickstarter Exclusive maps and content! 

 You can get your hands on these beautiful maps made by these extremely talented people on any reward tier that includes an Artist Set.

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1. How many Grids do you want?

Right now, we've got sets with 4, 6, 9, and 12 Grids.

2. Do you want an Artist Set?

Choose one of the Reward Tiers labeled "with Maps" - those include Artist Sets.

3. Back us! It's that easy!

 4. Get your BackerKit Email 

Once our Pledge Management and Add-On Marketplace is ready, you'll get an email from BackerKit. You'll select your Artist Sets, any Add-Ons that you would like, and provide us with your shipping information there. Easy as a killin' gerblins.

Quality Guarantee

Every single Grid's steel housing is manufactured, coated, painted, finished, and sandwiched with it's guts in the good ol' USA, just minutes from our office in Spokane, Washington. 

Like us, our manufacturers are perfectionists with high standards for quality. That's one of the main reasons we partnered with them to help bring the Mimic's Grid to life. They put each and every Grid through an intense verification process and thorough check for imperfections before it is packaged. 


The Mimic's Grid is our flagship product, and is representative of the quality that we hope to provide you with all of our products. It's our introduction, like a very, very square handshake that is the foundation of a long-term friendship. We hope you see it that way, too.

If your Grid is defective or imperfect in any way upon delivery, we will replace it for you immediately with no questions asked - that's our guarantee.

A Special Thank You Reward

We're putting together a little romp through this world we're creating around the Cursed Crypt, and we're going to be giving all of our backers the very first adventure written specifically for the Mimic's Grid. Each backer will receive a PDF copy of the adventure, which will weave the tale of the Crypt, the world it is a part of, and the colorful characters that surround it. 

We wouldn’t have had the inspiration for this project without the amazing creations of the DIY, homebrew, and creator community. You are a beacon of light and hope in a bleak world, and we appreciate everything you do.

One of the most exciting things about the future of the Mimic’s Grid is YOU.

We can’t wait to see all of the crazy things that you’ll do with our product – whether it is building maps at angles, or even completely upside-down, adapting your own terrain and elements in creative ways, or using the Mimic’s Grid in ways we didn’t even anticipate. We can’t wait to hear about it all. At launch, we’re going to have a system in place for featuring your wonderful creations and for overall community interaction.

Grab Your Own Artifacts from the Crypt

In our hearts, we are crafters and creators - that's how the Mimic's Grid was born. We know that DIY is the beating heart of the RPG community - creators sharing their designs, supplements, and art to enhance other's experiences. We pledge to embrace that state of mind and do everything we can to provide the community with the resources you need to work with the Mimic's Grid. 

  • We're going to provide you with low-cost, easy-to-use adhesive magnetic discs to adapt your creations to work with the Grid. However, we promise to never limit you to only using our products or shun you because you used other magnets!
  • Our creative team will share our process, our games, give tips and be there to answer any questions or help out when needed.
  • We'll provide digital versions of our Cursed Crypt created maps and art assets for free, fully licensed for non-commercial reprint.
  • We'll work with our partners to provide a portion of their creations to you in the same manner as our content.
  • We are going to seek out partnerships with the best artists, content creators, and crafters out there.
  • We will strive to be open and honest with you about every move we make as a company, and, just like it has been up to this point, everything we do will be "community-first".

Want to see your artwork or creations featured on the Mimic’s Grid? Cool, we do, too! Get involved in the process by popping over to our website and contacting us. We look forward to working with you. We’ve got big plans for the way we’re going to feature you and your creations on the Mimic's Grid!

Don't be shy! Contact us today, and let's talk! 

Cursed Crypt is an American company based in Spokane, Washington that produces tabletop game accessories and content.

We’re tabletop gamers. We love creating exciting worlds and that rush you get when you crit, those long sessions spent unraveling a mystery (or sometimes long sessions spent deciding whether to go left or right – we know how it goes).

We studied our play sessions and started to think of ways to improve the processes without sacrificing interactivity or immersion. We firmly believe that adding too much automation or technology to a game ultimately detracts from the experience and stifles the magic. That frame of mind led us down the road to the Mimic’s Grid – the perfect tool for enhancing immersion and playability without sacrificing emotional investment.

Ok, but who are you really?

We are a team of marketers, engineers, technologists, and super friends that have worked together for over two decades running comic conventions and building digital products of many shapes and sizes. We have a ton of skills and specializations that have given us a keen eye for quality and what we think people will like.

Prior to Cursed Crypt the partner team built Uxiliary, a Digital Agency in Spokane Washington. Launched in 2014, Uxiliary provides technical development and design services derived from user experience research. Notable clients include Nike, Intel, Dell, Amazon, The City of Spokane, INB, FSB, BECU, Northern Quest, and many more.

We have stories, you should ask.

Cursed Crypt is located in Spokane, WA. Visit us to sign up for updates.

We are absolutely thrilled to be a part of this community. Thank you so much for taking the time to check out our Kickstarter. Be sure to like and follow us on social media if you feel like taking a future journey into the Cursed Crypt:

Also, an enormous thank you to the team at Uxiliary, our families, master's of metal at Sytech, the print wizards at Mountain Dog, our rad DM Arwyn, the video kings at CMT14, the Spokane Public Library's 3D printing crew, our supportive play test friends, Wizards of the Coast, and the tabletop community which is a huge inspiration.

Connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

All materials used within this video are owned by the Cursed Crypt and Uxiliary team. Inclusion within our video is simply to show how their incredible products can be applied to our system. All copyrighted materials are the property of their respective owners - but a huge thanks for letting us show off our stuff using your stuff!

Risks and challenges

This project is years in the making, and we have done everything we can think of to make sure that quality is high and fulfillment happens smoothly and quickly. We've already gone through multiple rounds of samples with our manufacturers and suppliers.

The team at Cursed Crypt has years of experience in project and product development. We have not fulfilled a large order, but we've connected with an experienced firm to assist with the process. We're confident we can deliver the products on time.

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