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Caissa's Revenge

A card variant of the game of Chess. For all those who wished they could use luck to win at chess.

Caissa's Revenge

A card variant of the game of Chess. For all those who wished they could use luck to win at chess.

$1,869
pledged of $8,825pledged of $8,825 goal
30
backers
14days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, October 5 2019 12:30 PM UTC +00:00.

About

Caissa's Revenge is a card game for two players based on the Royal Game of Chess.  The title comes from a story in which the goddess, Caissa, tries to destroy the game forever. She is stopped, but this card game is her revenge on all Chess players - by making it a game of skill and chance rather than simply a game of skill.

Caissa Loses

My goal is to make the game widely available, at a good price, and to have it "Made in the USA."  This requires an initial investment $8,825.  If the project is successfully funded, I will be able to get the first edition published and fund advertisements for the game.

As a chess teacher and tournament player, I've loved the game of chess since my father taught it to me as a child.  When I was blessed with a family, I taught my children to play.  I have taught the game to countless youth, teens, and adults while running chess clubs all over the US.

A hand of Caissa's Revenge

Caissa's Revenge was born from my teacher's heart as a way to help new players (especially young ones) learn some of the basics of the game while having a lot of fun.  Caissa's Revenge uses piece values, chess terms, and chess imagery and something new to Chess - "luck."    I created a prototype and shared it with friends and family. I figured it was a keeper when a young friend came to the chess club a month later with a handmade version using construction paper...he liked the prototype so much that he made his own.  Children who were just learning chess could learn to play it in minutes, the youngest being four-years-old, and were able to compete with their parents.

After some tweaks (thanks to all who played and gave feedback) Caissa's Revenge is ready to be shared. While it teaches tactics and strategy, it also includes the unexpected factor of luck.

Ready to play

To deliver the game at a price everyone can afford a common option is to have it published overseas, however, after twenty years in the US Air Force, I really wanted to be able to say "Made in the USA."  That meant it would cost a little more to make, but I could also deliver it quicker to those buying in the US.  Funding from this project will enable me to have it published in Battle Creek, Michigan and shipped out before Christmas.

Looking to the future, I also wanted to advertise the game.  To start, I wanted to advertise it through the US Chess Federation (Chess Life Magazine) and other Chess organizations and publications.  This project will make that possible.

The battle has begun

Risks and challenges

The main risk for this project is getting the games published and shipped out in time for Christmas. If the publisher can meet the timeline offered, I should be able to get them to the postal services in time. This will give me a tight window, but one I'm determined to make so these can be given as Christmas gifts.

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    Two copies of Caissa's Revenge, the story and BONUS! - a signed 8x10 print of one of the three paintings by Casey Kiel. Story is signed by author and artist. Receive a hard copy of the fictional history of the game. Printed in full color, including the three original paintings by Casey Kiel, specifically commissioned for Kickstarter. And TWO first edition copies of the game, Caissa's Revenge. Made in the USA. Printed and shipped with love and care to you in time for Christmas. Contains the full game, with: 32 pieces and 13 specialty cards for White, 32 pieces and 13 specialty cards for Black, and 8 rule cards. Note: ships Priority Mail to anywhere in the US.

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