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By Ted Brown
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 WHAT IS CHESS HEROES?

Well, what’s up with chess? How hard could it be? (checks Wikipedia) Whoah! That seems complicated but cool. All of the super heroes and villains are jamming over chess boards these days. And that movie Queen of Katwe … wow!

How hard could it be to learn? (checks Normal Chess Games) Whoah! What? I’m supposed to learn by playing some hyper-intelligent outer-space chess program, just to get crushed over and over again? And the graphics are awful? No thanks, chess, I’m going to play badminton!

… Except … what’s this? Chess Heroes

Look, I’m a busy person. You’ve got sixty seconds of my time. What are other people saying?

LOOKS FANTASTIC

"Chess Heroes is exceptionally good looking." (Twitch viewer)
"Chess Heroes is exceptionally good looking." (Twitch viewer)

FEELS GOOD 

"It feels nice to move the pieces because it feels physical." (PDX Maker Faire)
"It feels nice to move the pieces because it feels physical." (PDX Maker Faire)

FREE TO SCHOOLS IN 2017!

(Nothing to quote here. It’s just a fact! But it’s only possible if we’re funded!)
(Nothing to quote here. It’s just a fact! But it’s only possible if we’re funded!)

 READY TO GO

"Oh, you’ve been Greenlit on Steam? I’m going to back it!" (Eugene Tech Crawl)
"Oh, you’ve been Greenlit on Steam? I’m going to back it!" (Eugene Tech Crawl)

 

 A NEW APPROACH

"The different game modes make it much more interesting than a basic chess game, especially for learning how to play chess." (Seattle Indies Expo)
"The different game modes make it much more interesting than a basic chess game, especially for learning how to play chess." (Seattle Indies Expo)

 SUPER EDUCATIONAL

"My friends teach their kids the same way! This would be great in school." (Seattle Indies Expo)
"My friends teach their kids the same way! This would be great in school." (Seattle Indies Expo)

 JUNIOR CHESS RANGER APPROVED

"I like how you shrink down the board and make it easy to learn. A full-sized chess board can be pretty intimidating." (Seattle Indies Expo)
"I like how you shrink down the board and make it easy to learn. A full-sized chess board can be pretty intimidating." (Seattle Indies Expo)
 

AND THIS GUY!

"I just wanted to sit down, but I clicked one of the pieces, and I was hooked." (Seattle Indies Expo)
"I just wanted to sit down, but I clicked one of the pieces, and I was hooked." (Seattle Indies Expo)

 

SWEET GIFT IDEA

"My kids would love this, and they would learn from it!" (Seattle Indies Expo)
"My kids would love this, and they would learn from it!" (Seattle Indies Expo)

This is the board and a prototype box set. These are the backer rewards, and they’ll be ready by the holiday season!

OUR TRAILER REVEALS THE STORY

The King loses his pieces, and you must help him capture them back, one at a time… that’s our main arc for teaching the game!

PUZZLE BATTLES ROUND IT OUT

You’ll unlock Puzzle Battles that teach important chess concepts, like controlling the center of the board, proper pawn formation, and forcing someone into checkmate. Sound boring? Hold your horses! These are fun puzzles, first and foremost. They just happen to teach you stuff!

WATCH THIS GUY PLAY!

NEED MORE INFO?

Here are some links to project updates and blog posts that might help!

STILL NOT CONVINCED YOU SHOULD BACK US?

Consider downloading our prototype and giving it a shot! We took it to several expos this month, and we had more than a few people swing back around for another go. Superfans are hard to deny!

Even if you can only give a dollar, every pledge counts and helps our cause. And please, spread the word and help us make Chess Heroes available schools in 2017.

 

  

Risks and challenges

PHYSICAL GOODS

RISK: Ordered as a holiday gift, does not arrive in time.
RESPONSE: We launched this campaign in September to ensure that printers and distributors would have enough time to virtually guarantee delivery by early December.

GAME DEVELOPMENT

RISK: A lot of games get funded on Kickstarter, but few are actually made.
RESPONSE: Our core contributors are rock-solid industry veterans, and we are extending a polished, playable prototype you can download now.

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    I Love Chess!

    Thanks for supporting our vision of a world with more chess players!

    Includes:
    • Thank You!
    • Beautiful Desktop Backgrounds
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    Postcard and digital chess sets

    Take Chess Heroes with you, anywhere in the world... as long as your pocket is big enough! Also includes DLC, in case you want to buy the game later!

    Includes:
    • Chess Heroes Postcard
    • DLC: Brilliant Metals Chess Set
    • DLC: Modern Elegance Chess Set
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    Chess Heroes: Digital Download

    Get the full version of Chess Heroes on Steam, as well as two free digital chess sets!

    Includes:
    • Chess Heroes Video Game
    • DLC: Brilliant Metals Chess Set
    • DLC: Modern Elegance Chess Set
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    Chess Heroes: Game and Board

    A great gift for kids (and kids at heart), this custom-made board makes it easy to set up games, and turns any game of chess into an adventure!

    Includes:
    • Chess Heroes Game Board
    • Chess Heroes Video Game
    • DLC: Brilliant Metals Chess Set
    • DLC: Modern Elegance Chess Set
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    Pledge $60 or more About $60

    Chess Heroes: Deluxe Edition

    We put everything you need in a good-looking box: the video game, the board, and a tournament-sized chess set! Plus everything else! (If I was looking for a gift to get or give, it would be this one!)

    Includes:
    • Chess Heroes: Boxed Set with Board and Chess Pieces
    • Chess Heroes Video Game
    • DLC: Brilliant Metals Chess Set
    • DLC: Modern Elegance Chess Set
    • Chess Heroes Postcard
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    Chess Heroes: King Midas Edition!

    If you deeply love chess and really, really want to help us reach our goal, select this tier. In return, you'll receive a signed poster from the team, with our thanks, and a custom, SOLID GOLD environment for the video game that nobody else in the world will get... or even see! (unless you share screenshots!)

    Includes:
    • Chess Heroes: Boxed Set with Board and Chess Pieces
    • Chess Heroes Video Game
    • DLC: Brilliant Metals Chess Set
    • DLC: Modern Elegance Chess Set
    • Signed Poster
    • DLC: Exclusive Gold Environment
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Funding period

- (30 days)