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Ninja Tag is a revolutionary new game made possible by our electronic "smart" armor that actually keeps score during swordplay!
Ninja Tag is a revolutionary new game made possible by our electronic "smart" armor that actually keeps score during swordplay!
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In Brief

It’s armor, it looks awesome, it’s comfortable, and it keeps score in a sword-fight. 

Prototype Shoulder Armor
Prototype Shoulder Armor

Who We Are – Really really really enthusiastic swordfighters

As rambunctious brothers growing up in Alaska, we were frustrated by toy swords that would break too easily, that were too hard, too soft, or just plain way out of our price range.  In the end we took matters into our own hands and WhomBatz was born.  Since its inception, the WhomBatz Padded Sword Co. has focused on making real swordplay a safe and affordable reality.  We’ve spent years perfecting the materials for our swords and now we’re happy to report that our WhomBatz line offers the best bang-for-buck boffers on the market! They’re super-safe and ridiculously durable, which means that during a battle you can focus on what really matters, i.e. your opponent’s blade whizzing towards you! 

WhomBatz Padded Sword Line
WhomBatz Padded Sword Line

Our Project – Ninja Tag

From there we realized that the inherent difficulty of score-keeping during a swordfight distracts and detracts from the fun of the game.  No one enjoys bickering over glancing blows, flesh wounds and light touches when what you really want to be doing is parrying, thrusting, and moving on to the next opponent or round.  Why not make some awesome looking armor that not only protects you but provides a way to keep score? Our Ninja Tag armor does just that.  Now you can duel, berserk, melee, and generally battle to your heart’s content.  Here’s how it works.

Electronic module – LED lights, speakers, and sensor

Our patent-pending module is equipped with a sensor that registers each strike from an opponent’s sword.  

Patent-pending score keeping module
Patent-pending score keeping module

With each strike, it lights up and beeps, alerting all players that a blow was successfully landed.  From green, the LED lights then flash orange, then red, and finally with the third blow a “Game Over” buzzer sounds and the lights stay red, meaning that that limb or player is now out until the next round.  The module acts as the “brains” of the armor.

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Armor Styles

The module is embedded into the durable foam of our armor, which the player then wears.  We have a couple different options in terms of design, but the idea behind them both is the same – aim for your opponent’s sensor and protect your own! For this first run (we plan on releasing more designs soon!!) the options are either a breastplate or a pair of shoulder pads.  They can also be worn together for an ultimate Ninja Tag experience, with the option of putting a breastplate on your back and strapping ‘shoulder’ pads to your legs as well!

Armor and Breastplate
Armor and Breastplate

How is it powered?

The modules have a simple on/off switch and are powered with AAA batteries for convenience in even the most remote game-play scenario. 

What about sizes?

Our adjustable straps make both the Breastplate and the Shoulder Armor options one-size-fits-most, from young ninjas all the way on up to big kids and adults.

What you get when you pledge

First and foremost, you get the satisfaction of knowing that you have been instrumental in making what we think is the first step towards a revolution in swordplay a reality.  We love getting the opportunity to get outside to play with our friends, and we hope that Ninja Tag will be an incentive for everyone to set aside their smart phones for a few minutes to engage in some good old-fashioned (hi-tech score-keeping) fun.

Almost all of our reward options also include a set of Ninja Tag armor, with lots of choices between the Shoulder Armor and the Breastplate.  There are also some options that include a Kickstarter-only limited edition of our WhomBatz Bolt, a 24” short sword, which equips you to play the game if you don’t already have one in your arsenal.  We’ll follow up before we ship to ask which custom color you would like for the Ninja Tag armor and the sword. 

Oh and group play with Ninja Tag is absolutely EPIC.

Armor + Short Sword Reward
Armor + Short Sword Reward

 

Special edition sword colors
Special edition sword colors

 

The Founders

 

The WhomBatz Founding Team at home in their natural habitat
The WhomBatz Founding Team at home in their natural habitat

 

Risks and challenges

There are always challenges involved with assembling a product with so many components, making sure everything little piece is working properly, packaging it up and getting it to your doorstep in a timely manner. We’re happy to report that the design process is complete and we’re already onto the prototyping phase, with some really great partners lined up at every step of the way. That’s why we’re confident that by June we’ll be able to deliver the product that you’ve been waiting for.

We’ve gotten the chance to test out prototypes, but we can’t wait for other sword-fighting enthusiasts to test it out and give us their feedback so we can get to work on the next generation of revolutionary cutting-edge products!

We can't do this alone. We're still a small, passionate company that depends on the support of like-minded individuals to bring new products to market. Ninja Tag is a major leap for us, and we're excited to make that journey with other swordplay enthusiasts from around the country!

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    High Five!

    Help us make Ninja Tag a reality! You’ll receive a very sincere and grateful thank you note for your support of Ninja Tag in its early stages and we’ll keep you posted on the project as it becomes a reality! As part of your reward, submit your art concept and we will put it up for public vote for future development!

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    Ninja Tag T-Shirt

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    Ninja Tag Edition Short Sword

    Want to wait and see about Ninja Tag? Get your Ninja Tag edition short sword in the color of your choice! Never before seen colors available as part of campaign.

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    Early Bird - Ninja Tag Breastplate

    Special edition Ninja Tag Breastplate. Outfits one warrior. You'll have choice of limited edition color after campaign.

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    Early Bird - Ninja Tag Shoulder Armor

    Special edition Ninja Tag Shoulder armor. Outfits one warrior. You'll have choice of limited edition color after campaign.

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    • Pair of Ninja Tag-enabled WhomBatz Shoulder Armor
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    Ninja Tag Breastplate + Short Sword

    For Ninjas warriors who want a sword and Breastplate. Outfits 1 warrior. You'll have choice of limited edition color after campaign.

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    Ninja Tag Shoulder Armor + Short Sword

    For Ninjas warriors who want a sword and Shoulder Armor. Outfits 1 warrior. You'll have choice of limited edition color after campaign.

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    Duel – Two Ninja Tag Breastplates

    Outfits two ninja warriors with custom color Ninja Tag Breastplates

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    Duel – Ninja Tag Shoulder Armor

    Outfits two ninja warriors with one pair each of custom color Ninja Tag Shoulder Armor.

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    Benevolent Contributor

    Maybe you know us, maybe you wish you knew us. Either way, we love that you love that we love making great products. Join the Ninja Tag Contributor Club and sport your very own hooded sweatshirt while you partake in battle with a custom single run short sword.

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    Battle Royale I - 3 Player Superpack

    For those Ninja warriors who want the ultimate Ninja Tag experience, with a combination of Breastplate and Shoulder Armor styles, the second Breastplate can even be strapped on the back, offering superb gameplay. Outfits 3 warriors to the teeth.

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    Battle Royale II - 4 Player Superpack

    For those Ninja families who want the ultimate Ninja Tag experience, with a combination of Breastplate and Shoulder Armor styles, Ultimate Warrior II outfits up to 4 warriors to the teeth!! Don't forget the awesome limited edition colors!

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    Dealer Pack – Breastplate

    Supply your store (or neighborhood) with an early-bird super-saver 10 pack of Breastplates and swords!

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    Dealer Pack – Shoulder Armor option

    Supply your store (or neighborhood) with an early-bird super-saver 10 pack of Shoulder Armor and sword packs.

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    Super Ninja Factory Tour!

    Participate in a whirlwind tour of our factory with us as we prepare for the epic launch of Ninja Tag. Come home armed with enough special edition armor to wage the American Civil War all over again!

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