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Kachit Knight is competitive abstract and strategy board game played on a compact 4x4 board.
142 backers pledged ¥407,809 to help bring this project to life.

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The Background

Back when I originally had the idea about switching how a playing piece moves, I though it would be easy to apply this system to a new game.  But I was wrong.  I needed over 4 years to fix the prototype. 

At first, I used the usual 8x8 checker board or 6x8 long board. But I felt the game was too slow and without enough tension when playing.  Next, I added a King piece, then a problem occurred with the starting position.  Any kind of starting position was not satisfactory for a two player competition.

4 years later, I noticed a smaller board might be a good influence to the playability.  So I attempted to play the game on a 5x5 board with a diagonal orientation.  The resulting game  was much better for competitive play, but it still did not satisfy me completely.  Next, I resized the board smaller to 4x4, and the more I thought about it, I realized that by allowing the King's promotion might give an interesting tweak on playing strategy.  That did it!  The actual game playing was now speedy and strategic. My wife Shukuko helped test playing and loved this game, so she named the game "Kachit Knight". "Kachit" is a sound word which happens at turning channel knob on the old radio or TV. Shukuko strongly recommends to say "Kachit" when players switch moving orientation. It is an absolute rule for her on this game

I was often encouraged by some game fans about launching Kachit Knight on a KS campaign, so we finally decided to launch Kachit Knight in this campaign even though it is one of my older games. Shukuko renewed the board design and I newly designed a Japanese theme board. I drew two Japanese 武将 =Busho(Military Commander) and 忍者=Ninja (Secret) and named Japanese theme mini board as "戦" Ikusa (War).

Summary

Kachit Knight is two players competitive pure abstract and strategy game.  The board is oriented diagonally.  Each player has a King and three Knights.  They place their Knight pieces on their own half of the board or move any one of their own pieces on the board. The winner must capture the opponent's King or move their own King onto the opponent's King's corner place. 

  • Board : diagonal angle use 4x4 grid board.  One side of corner and 5 tiles is a player's area and opposite side is opponent's area. Center 4 tiles are King's promotion spaces.
  • Pieces : 2 colors(red and blue) of one King and three Knight pieces.
  • Player : 2
  • Playing time : 5 to 15 minutes 

Starting position
           Each player places their King piece on the own corner area. Each of three Knight pieces are in the player's hand.

Playing
           Decide the first player and take turns alternately. Player must move  any one of their own pieces on the board or place their any one Knight piece on the board at their turn. 

Knight piece placement and moving rules
           Players must place their Knight piece on their area of five spaces(own color) on an empty space. They may decide the knight piece's moving direction vertically-horizontally or diagonally by rotating the piece so that the arrows on top of the piece align with their intended direction of movement. Knight pieces may move straight any number of spaces in the direction of one of the four arrows on the piece.   When the piece moves, it can't move jumping over other piece(s).   When the piece is moved to a target space, player may switch it's moving orientation to rotate there. Players can't switch moving orientation without moving.

King piece moving rule
           King pieces can move basically one space to any eight directions like Chess King. But they can get additional power to move like a Knight when they move onto any one of center four tiles and are flipped over. When the piece moves, it can't move jumping over other piece(s).  When the piece is moved to a target space, player may switch it's moving orientation to rotate there as same as a Knight piece. Players can't switch moving orientation without moving neither. 

 Knight pieces move like bishops or rooks aside from the king. The king moves  like a king in chess until it reaches the promotion area. It then gains  the ability to move like the knight pieces in this game. The knight does not move like a knight moves in chess. The knight is an offensive unit that only  moves in a straight line dependent on its orientation on the board. 

Capturing
           When a player moves a piece to a space where an opponent piece exists, then he/she captures the piece and takes it off from the board.  

Winning condition
           Winner must capture the opponent's King fast or move their own King onto the opponent's King's corner place.  


Please download free diagram for PnP challenge. I am sure you may enjoy Kachit Knight.  

Mini, standard size boards and the pieces are made by ceramic tiles which are painted and glazed by kiln with high fired. Color reduction doesn't occur for hundred years. Solid card box can keep the  component from international shipping damage.  

 ●Kachit Knight Japanese theme "戦=ikusa" mini size board 1800JPYen (approx:$16.5USD)

Plus 500JPYen(approx:$4.5USD) SAL air mail shipping anywhere in the world.

 You can upgrade shipment to safe and faster “international E-packet” by simply adding plus 800JPYen(approx:$7USD) on your pledge money. Japan Post’s  “international E-packet” is registered delivery as air small packet. It usually takes for a week or two from Japan to your door and you may  receive tracking information automatically from Japan Post Office.This shipping includes insurance. 

Japanese theme mini size edition "戦"- ikusa
Japanese theme mini size edition "戦"- ikusa
Pieces design
Pieces design
promotion
promotion

Component

  • A ceramic tile board size 4 x 4in 
  • 10 ceramic pieces are 0.8in round shape 
  • Packaged in the solid card box with the instructions 

Additional order of mini size edition is available. Please  increase 1800JPYen to your pledge money without additional shipping fee.   You can get another mini size copy.

Early Bird for 50 backers

We made two kind of ceramic tile pin badges. They are color figures of two 武将= Busho(Military Commander) . Early bird 50 backers can get any one of them by random selection. If our funded goal reach at 300000JPYen stretch goal, you may select another color pin badge instead of dark one. 

Early bird reward for mini size edition. 1 inchi round size.
Early bird reward for mini size edition. 1 inchi round size.

●Kachit Knight standard size board 2800JPYen (approx:$26USD)

Plus 600JPYen(approx:$5.5USD) SAL air mail shipping anywhere in the world.

 You can upgrade shipment to safe and faster “international E-packet” by simply adding  plus 800JPYen(approx:$7USD) on your pledge money. Japan Post’s  “international E-packet” is registered delivery as air small packet. It usually takes for a week or two from Japan to your door and you may  receive tracking information automatically from Japan Post Office.This shipping includes insurance. 

Standard size edition
Standard size edition
King pieces promotion
King pieces promotion

Component

  • A ceramic tile board size 6 x 6in 
  • 8 ceramic pieces are 1.0in round shape 
  • Packaged in the solid card box with  the instructions 

Early Bird for 30 backers

We made two kind of ceramic tile pin badges. They are dark figures of two 武将= Busho(Military Commander) with Japanese Kanji. Early bird 30 backers can get two of them. 

  We set stretch goal.  We made three kind of ceramic tile pin badges. They are dark figures of two 武将=Busho (Military Commander)  and a 忍者=Ninja(secret).  If our funded goal reach at 

  • over  300000JPYen, all backers can get any one of three  by random selection.  
  • over  500000JPYen, all backers can get any two of three by random selection.   
  • over  800000JPYen, all backers can get all three.  
Stretch goal ceramic tile pin badge.  1 inchi round size.
Stretch goal ceramic tile pin badge. 1 inchi round size.

Risks and challenges

All games are craft articles made by hand. High demand could possibly delay our reward delivery schedule.
We are sure it is very valuable and unique game despite somewhat expensive international shipping from Japan. You could not get Chameleon from any other place in the world.

Reward is shipped by ordinary SAL air mail. It usually takes for a month or two from Japan to your door. Backers will not receive tracking information for these rewards. If you want safe and fast shipment, please upgrade shipment to increase 800JPYen for International E-packet with tracking information and insurance.

VAT & Tariff
We provide our games by international shipping from Japan, your country may impose VAT and import tariff on the products according to its own policy. Since we are not up to date with the information about VAT/tariff policy of each country, it is recommended that each backer check with their country's policies beforehand. (Usually it is not imposed when the total price is below a certain threshold.) The typical procedure is that the backer pays these fees to the delivery company personnel when receiving the product.

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