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The music theory card game musicians play when they're not playing music! Major geekiness! Diminished boredom! Augmented pun-damentals!
The music theory card game musicians play when they're not playing music! Major geekiness! Diminished boredom! Augmented pun-damentals!
3,800 backers pledged S$ 313,494 to help bring this project to life.

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Lord of the Chords: The Punniest Music Theory Card Game!

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Lord of the Chords is the punniest, geekiest, most secretly educational music theory card game in the world! The card game that musicians play when they're not playing music!


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WOW
WOW
You get a chord! They get a chord! Everybody gets a chord!
You get a chord! They get a chord! Everybody gets a chord!
Rewards
Rewards
Was the pun too much of a strrrrreeeeetch?
Was the pun too much of a strrrrreeeeetch?

 SGD $55 Minor Edition


"I got you a GIF!"
"I got you a GIF!"
SGD $88 Major Package
SGD $88 Major Package



SGD $288 Augmented Package
SGD $288 Augmented Package


Rewards Summary
Rewards Summary

 Initially, we laser-cut a keyboard-shaped box from thick cardboard to store our cards, just for fun. To our surprise, people went crazy over the box! There were actually some people who bought our early test version of the game just for the box, without even trying the game! We knew we had something special on our hands.

"I love the box!" - Jordan Rudess
"I love the box!" - Jordan Rudess

However, it was definitely not feasible to handcraft all the boxes! And the cardboard version wasn't durable enough. Most people told us to just go with a normal cardboard box since it would be easier but we wanted our backers to feel the same sense of amazement we did so we're glad to announce we've found a great manufacturer in China who's working with us to design the box!

Add-ons
Add-ons
Stretch Goals
Stretch Goals



Gameplay
Gameplay

There's a small mistake in the video - can you spot it? ;)

Check out our rulebook here, it's currently a work in progress hosted on Google Docs. Feel free to comment and offer feedback :) 

Public Reception
Public Reception

 Gameplay video with Kirsten Long and Wanning Wong (full time musicians and music teachers)!

 Listen to our interview with Shelly Davis from PianoParentPodcast!

 Video interview with The Cardboard Stacker:

The Dream Team
The Dream Team
The Wusbands - "Work Husbands"
The Wusbands - "Work Husbands"

We are just 3 Musically-inclined(hence the theme), Engineering-trained(hence the box) and Game-addicted(hence the game) guys from Singapore(hence the asian parents forcing us to learn music). 

We had a horrible experience learning music theory when we were younger.  We created this game because we want to transform that terrible experience into a terrific experience, and we believe we can - with your help! 

While this is our first Kickstarter, all 3 of us have backed Kickstarter projects before and we each bring strong complementary skills to form a great team. From video filming to digital marketing to game design to publicity outreach, the three of us have been hard at work daily to chase our dreams. We've tried to do as much of it by ourselves as possible so that we can ensure that every part of this campaign and journey retains the style, humor and quality that we've promised with the game.

If you’re into geeky Musical references and epic Composer puns, Pliszt Bach us and help us to make this game a reality. 

Check out Jonathan's Medium Article for the detailed composition of our bach story, filled with lots of be-haydn-the-scenes action and accounts of our crazy sustained hustling.

Thank you! - Keith, Jon and Jun Yu
Thank you! - Keith, Jon and Jun Yu
Additional Notes
Additional Notes

Why support us on Kickstarter

We need your help to fund the production of Lord of the Chords and make it the best music card game ever. As a backer, you'll also help us unlock stretch goals that will improve key components of the game for everyone.

In return, we're offering major discounts for both the Minor and Major tiers from the MSRP and we'll make sure that all backers get their copies before retail release. 

Work together with us! Music theory can be complicated and downright different between countries and cultures. We love hearing your feedback and advice and we've already been receiving lots of advice from supporters pre-campaign that has helped us made many useful changes to the game.

Translations and Musical Variations

All of the below options will be available as choices on the backer survey we will send out at the end of the campaign. Select the options you want and we will make sure you get the best version of the game for you!

Language options available:

  • English (default)
  •  Spanish
  • German

Game content options available:

  • Default version (with crotchets and Bflat)
  • EU version (Bflat becomes B and B becomes H)
  • American version (Differences in rhythm terminology - "crotchets" become "quarter notes")

If you know of other differences or things we should take into account, please let us know! Here is a Google Sheet with descriptions and translations for the Minor Edition. Feel free to add translations in your own language!

Manufacturing, Shipping and Pledge Manager

Manufacturing

We are currently working together with WhatzGames (King of Tokyo, Krosmaster Quest, Antidote) to produce our game components and IdealHard (Robo3D, Body Boss) to manufacture our box - both in China. Both companies have great records of working with Kickstarter campaigns and we have been in close communication with the companies pre-launch.

Shipping

Shipping will not be charged during the campaign. It will be charged through the pledge manager after the campaign based on the actual costs incurred to ship. This is so we can be fair to all our backers as shipping is rarely one size fits all, and also give you more stretch goodies and possibly a choice of carrier options.

We will be working with various experienced fulfillment centers. We are offering tax-friendly options for US, EU, Canada, Australia and Mexico.

The shipping rates below are an estimate but they will be the maximum possible value charged to the pledge manager at the end of the campaign. We have slightly overestimated some of the rates so as to give ourselves some leeway to work with unforeseen circumstances. 

Delivery is expected to be in October 2019.

Pledge Manager

We will be working togther with CrowdOx. For those who are new to Kickstarter, a pledge manager will help us to manage the orders and information more effectively. About a week after the campaign ends, all backers will receive an email with a survey to confirm shipping address, shipping costs and any additional add-ons or purchases that they'll like to make.

Retailers

Please email us at hello@lordofthechords.com. Thank you!

Our Estimated Timeline

This project is promoted by Jellop, the ad tech power behind the best Kickstarters with 650+ successful Kickstarter projects with over $300MM raised between them. 

Risks and challenges

Lord of the Chords LLP was founded in 2018, by Jonathan, Jun Yu and Keith. All three of us engineering majors at university. We are proud to say that the three of us have taken a year's leave of absence to ensure that fulfilment goes smoothly. There's nothing more that we want than for Lord of the Chords to be in your hands, wow-ing your friends, making you laugh, and showing you that music theory can in fact be fun!

At Lord of the Chords, we strive to make products that are beautiful, hilarious, and enlightening, and we think we've done that with this game.

The money raised by this campaign will be used to fund the first round of production for Lord of the Chords. This includes injection molding for the box, manufacturing costs for the cards, rulebook and tokens, and shipping.

We have done our best to accurately gauge our costs by building relationships with our future manufacturers and suppliers.

While printing, shipping, and processing delays are always a possibility, we have set a reasonable delivery date based on our experience.

Fun Guaranteed!
We want you to love your experience with Lord of the Chords. If you don't enjoy the game after you've received and played it, just send it back to our headquarters and we'll issue you a full refund, no questions asked.

Refunds – Kickstarter
If you'd like a refund before your item ships, you have until one week before the scheduled ship date to request one. We can offer you a 90% refund since Kickstarter retains about 10% of your pledge for various fees. If there is something wrong with your item, we appreciate the opportunity to replace or exchange it. If a refund is preferred and there is no defect with the product, you'll be responsible for shipping it back to us. Upon receipt of the returned item, we'll issue you a 90% refund. Refund requests must be made within 30 days of the date the item was delivered to you.

Replacements
We are always happy to replace defective or damaged tokens, cards, or other components. Just send us photos of the damage, and we will ship a replacement at no additional cost to you. If your item needs to be returned, we will cover the cost of the return shipping. We provide replacement pieces while titles are active in our catalog, which is typically at least a year after their initial printing. Replacement requests must be made within 30 days of the date the item was delivered to you.

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    Pledge S$ 2 or more About $1.44

    Support the Lord of the Chords!

    As a show of ultimate gratitude for your generosity, the Lord of the Chords blesses all your future practice sessions, exams, auditions, recitals and performances!
    (Also keeps you updated on our progress)

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    • The Lord of the Chords blesses you
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    Minor Edition! (Not-Too-Late Bird)

    (You save $14! U.P. $69 SGD)

    1 box of Lord of the Chords
    1 "I got you a gift" E-card
    All stretch goals pertaining to this pledge level

    You may add any number of add-ons from the Liszt of Add-Ons(ctrl+f "add-ons"), including Extension Packs($12 ea), Additional Notes Skins($15 ea), and more, simply by increasing your pledge amount.

    To order more than 1 unit, increase your pledge amount. For example, to order 2 Minor Editions, simply pledge $110.

    Shipping will be charged through the pledge manager after the campaign. For information on shipping prices please see the chart at the bottom of the campaign page. (ctlr+f "shipping")

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    Major Package! (Early Bird)

    Early Bird Special available until we are 433% funded! If you can Bach it slow, you can Bach it fast!

    (You save $41! U.P. $144 SGD)

    1 box of Lord of the Chords
    1 "I got you a gift" E-card
    1 Note Skin Upgrade
    1 "Who let the chords out" Expansion
    All stretch goals pertaining to this pledge level

    Shipping will be charged through the pledge manager after the campaign. For information on shipping prices please see the chart at the bottom of the campaign page.

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    • "I got you a gift!" E-card
    • Note Skin Upgrade
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    Pledge S$ 88 or more About $63

    Major Package! (Not-Too-Late Bird)

    (You save $56! U.P. $144 SGD)

    1 box of Lord of the Chords
    1 "I got you a gift" E-card
    1 Note Skin add-on (comes as an additional tuckbox of Note Cards in the design of your choice. Complementary! :D U.P. S$15)
    1 "Who Let The Chords Out?!" Expansion Pack, containing all 5 Extension Packs at just S$6.60 each! :D (U.P. S$12 each)
    All stretch goals pertaining to this pledge level

    You may add any number of add-ons from the Liszt of Add-Ons(ctrl+f "add-ons"), including Extension Packs(S$12 each), Additional Notes Skins(S$15 each) and more, simply by increasing your pledge amount.

    To order more than 1 unit, increase your pledge amount. For example, to order 2 Major Packages, simply pledge S$176.

    Shipping will be charged through the pledge manager after the campaign. For information on shipping prices please see the chart at the bottom of the campaign page. (ctlr+f "shipping")

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    Pledge S$ 288 or more About $208

    Augmented Package!

    We will make a one-of-a-kind bespoke Lord of the Chords name card for you so you can join the ranks of Soyoung Yoon, Jordan Rudess, Igudesman & Joo, Two Set Violin, Ray Chen, Sumina Struder, Ng Pei Sian and more award winning musicians!

    1 box of Lord of the Chords
    1 "I got you a gift" E-card
    1 Note Skin Upgrade
    1 "Who let the chords out" Expansion
    5 Custom made LOTC namecards to your face and instrument
    1 Quaver lance keychain with your name engraved on it
    1 Skype call with Creators where we'll design a unique instrument card together that you can add to your deck!
    1 Special mention in Rulebook
    All stretch goals pertaining to this pledge level

    Free shipping!

    Includes:
    • Lord of the Chords
    • "I got you a gift!" E-card
    • Note Skin Upgrade
    • "Who let the chords out" Expansion
    • Custom made LOTC namecard to your face and instrument
    • Musi-knight quaver lance keychain with engraved name
    • Skype call with Creators to design unique instrument
    • Be immortalised in the Rulebook!
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    Minor Edition! (Early Bird)

    Early Bird Special available until we are 433% funded! If you can Bach it slow, you can Bach it fast!

    (You save $19! U.P. $69 SGD)

    1 box of Lord of the Chords
    1 "I got you a gift" E-card
    All stretch goals pertaining to this pledge level

    You may add any number of booster packs from the Liszt of booster packs in the "Who let the chords out" Expansion for 12 SGD each!

    Shipping will be charged through the pledge manager after the campaign. For information on shipping prices please see the chart at the bottom of the campaign page.

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