Paladin Card Protectors: Season 3
Premium card protectors for gamers. Clear, double matte and solid-back sleeves in a wide range of sizes, all premium quality!
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, December 21 2018 10:59 PM UTC +00:00.
Paladin is back! Once again, the holy knight you have already come to know and admire as a protector of the gamer realm, an example of nobility, strength, and inhuman endurance, returns to protect your beloved board games. We are proud to present Paladin Card Protection Season 3!
Paladin comes in 22 sizes of clear sleeves, with 2 of the most popular sizes as double matte, anti-glare transparent protectors, and topped by 8 types of colored-back double matte CCG-size sleeves!
Designed to fit your gaming needs, and with free shipping worldwide, Paladin Card Protectors make a glorious return to shield your cards from wear and tear!
Important: All our sleeves are available by default as clear gloss. All our solid back sleeves are matte.
We know how precious your games are to you - after all, we are gamers just like you! Pledge today and make sure that your collection is protected. There are at least 3 great reasons why you should choose Paladin Card Protection as your brand of sleeves:
1. Our protectors are extremely durable. With a thickness of 90 microns, our sleeves will prevail in the harshest gaming conditions, while still keeping the combined height of sleeved decks reasonable.
2. Paladin Card Protectors are clear, safe to use (no acid, no PVC), and they come in packs of 55, because we know you will need more than 50 with each packet. Why? Because most standard card decks in the industry are made of 55 or 110 cards.
3. We are gamers, and we listen to gamers! For Season 3 that means YOU get to vote on each stretch goal, effectively choosing every new sleeve size that joins the proud Paladin ranks!
Choosing Paladin as your personal card protector also means, that you will pay no shipping fee. Let us say this again: shipping is free, wherever you order from!
Paladin Card Protection is made by people who have been active in the hobby industry for a combined duration of over half a century. We play games and we make games! That gives us a unique perspective, allowing us to set a new industry standard for sleeve packs!
Cards for most modern board games are printed on sheets of 110 cards each (which can be easily divided into two 55-card decks). This is why so many designer board games come with a number of cards that is a multiple of 55 – and this is also the reason why Paladin Card Protectors also come in packs of 55.
Pledge now, make choices later! You will be able to fully customize your pledge, and choose each sleeve pack individually! Just make sure to look at the special large sleeve rules below and check the Pledge Manager section for details.
After the end of the campaign and disbursement of funds by Kickstarter, we will move on to the next step: our BackerKit pledge manager. You will receive an invitation via email and all funds collected during the campaign will be turned into credit which you will then use to select the size and type of every single one of your sleeve packs.
In the pledge manager you will be able to switch to a higher pledge level if you so desire, you will be able to customize the size of each pack of sleeves, you will be able to add extra sleeve packs, and you will be able (and required) to tell us where to ship your reward. This allows you maximum flexibility to customize your Paladin order. We will send you exactly the sleeve packs you need!
You have a say in what sleeve types join the Paladin family! Check the updates and vote now.
We have been gathering suggestions of sleeve sizes from our backers to create a list of new sleeves you may need. Four of those suggestions become the contents of the first poll (voted on via comments in an update) . After we close the poll, the highest voted type becomes the newest Stretch Goal on its way to join the ranks of Paladin Protectors forever.
While the sleeve size with most votes automatically becomes the next stretch goal, the runner-up together with the third place get thrown back in the shuffle and may reappear at a later time, while the fourth place will be discarded, at least until Season 4 (yes, there is a good chance that there will be a Season 4!).
Paladin Card Protectors come in 22 different sizes! Just take a look at some of the games you'll be able to sleeve!
Here 's a more comprehensive list of what you'll be able to protect with just the 5 most popular sizes of our sleeves!
If you are looking for an even more comprehensive list, just check out this searchable spreadsheet. The game you are looking to protect is probably already be there!
☺ Do not try this at home! ☺
Do you know how much the Paladin can endure, and still offer your cards full protection?
Tom Vasel's daughters try to do as much damage as possible in a game specifically designed to test the durability of Paladin Card Protection:
Here are a few durability tests that we did, and since then quality has only gone up:
If you are interested in playing the game from the Vasel Showdown video above, we have it right here! Be warned however: it was designed for monumental fun (and fail) with cards. We need to warn you though, Paladin Card Protectors may get damaged. For fun with family and friends, check the print & play file below (simply click on the image):
Paladin Card Protectors will be manufactured in China by the same company which has been producing for us gaming sleeves during the past two years. They are one of the leading companies making card sleeves, and they have proven capable of manufacturing the highest quality product, as evidenced by our happy fans and backers around the globe.
More than ever, we want to ensure that Paladin Card Protectors meet the highest quality standards. Thus, production will take place under our direct supervision, and we will have a person present at the factory as Paladin sleeves are coming out of the assembly line. We will check for clarity, binding, durability and size consistency.
As a new thing for Season 3, we will add another layer of quality control: we will ask the factory to assign a person to supervise the production process and the assembly process, and to check at random a significant number of sleeve packs for any damage. This way we hope to raise our standard even higher.
We have learned from the delays of first season, understanding that sleeve manufacturing will take longer due to the increased quality control measures. Also, we need to allow more time for packing, as manually selecting hundreds of thousands of sleeve packs is an error-prone process which is also very time consuming.
We are currently unable to ship to Brazil and South Africa!
Paladin Card Protection was created by a team of passionate gamers and game design and publishing specialists, working (and playing games together!) for NSKN Games and Strawberry Studio. As gamers, we wanted to create the perfect type of sleeve: offering high level of protection, while having an as small as possible influence on your gaming experience.
The Paladin Card Protectors are 90 microns thick. This means, that they are thicker than most of the popular brands’ Premium sleeves. We offer extremely high durability, and a level of protection that keeps your cards away from harm in any gaming situation.
We chose the thickness of 90 microns to maximize binding, making Paladin Card protectorsalmost unbreakable, while your cards stay well protected, for an affordable price.
Are there thicker sleeves on the market? Yes. You can buy sleeves that are 100, 106 or even 125 microns thick. However, we elected to pick the perfect compromise between protection and influencing your gaming experience. 90 microns already offer perfectly solid protection, while still making a sleeved deck manageable. Simply put, with thicker sleeves the decks spill over your gaming table much too easily to be used comfortably.
Finally, we wanted sleeves that are clear and safe to use. No PVC or acid is an industry standard which we adhere to. We have personally made sure that the materials used guarantee the highest level of clarity, so that you can enjoy the cards you choose to protect the way they you want to enjoy them: in full, vivid and unmodified colour and sharpness.
Risks and challenges
Paladin Card Protection Season 3 is the third sleeves project for NSKN Games and the 15th overall. We have experienced success as we all as failure, which allowed us to to gain experience in the fields of manufacturing, worldwide shipping, packing and fulfillment.
With each project, we are putting new measures in place to maximize the quality of our product and of the delivery. In the case of Paladin sleeves, we learned from our two previous campaign that more conservative deadlines will allow us to better check quality and deliver on time without cutting corners.
To ensure the highest quality of our product and a smooth delivery, we have personally visited the production facilities in China (with more details coming up in the updates), which allowed us to realistically assess the time and effort needed to manufacture and deliver Paladin Card Protectors to our backers.
Our first two campaigns for Paladin Card Protectors experienced delays in delivery for our backers outside Europe, especially in Australia and East Asia. In the mean time, we have figure out a better way of fulfillment, using local centers in East Asia, which will minimize this issue.
Knowing that the unexpected may still happen, we are accounting for possible delays at every step of production and fulfillment, and working only with partners that have not failed us in the past, making sure that if something does no go exactly as planned, we will have enough spare time to still stay within the project deadlines.
We will continue to communicate openly and sincerely with you - our backers - whether the projects moves along according to the plan or if anything unexpected happens. Our aim is to deliver the best possible products in a timely manner, but more than that, it is our goal to make Paladin season 3 an enjoyable journey for everyone on board.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter