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Last updated September 23, 2019

Shaolin Chess (Canceled)

A fast-paced arena style strategy game, for fun nights of epic fights and devious treachery.

Shaolin Chess (Canceled)

A fast-paced arena style strategy game, for fun nights of epic fights and devious treachery.

$192
pledged of $79,200pledged of $79,200 goal
5
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Sep 23 2019
Last updated September 23, 2019

About

For my facebook page visit: https://www.facebook.com/Shaolinchess/

My name is Sean. I grew up all over Texas. I spent most of my time going back and forth between the East Pine area and Central Texas, but grew up mostly in Austin. Now I've set my roots down in Bastrop, with my wife. After High school, I started going to college for creative writing,  but that quickly changed to Psychology;  I pursued this until my father passed away from Luis Gherigs in 2012. 

I never graduated, although that time of my life was incredibly tough I found my way through by focusing on my art. I am now incredibly proud and honored to introduce the world to Shaolin Chess!

The card shapes are going to change, and so will some of the marks on the pieces, but this is the full game! Everything you need to play! (Except the prayer beads, they're not included)

Some of my favorite memories are of watching late night martial arts movies with my family, so I tried my best to capture the strengths of several Shaolin martial art styles. Namely focusing on the most iconic styles: The Tiger, Crane, Snake, Dragon, and Monkey styles. 

Each player gets a team of five pieces representing the martial arts styles, I've dubbed them "The 5 Guards". Each Guard has its own moveset, as well as their own colors associated with it. For example, the "Tiger" colors are Red, and Orange; the "Monkey" are Yellow and Brown; The "Snake" pieces are blue and turquoise; The "Crane" is Black and White; and the "Dragon" is Green. 

So many colors!

I wanted to create a pure strategy  game, something that required more cunning and courage, rather than cash and chance. Something that could be seen as beautiful, not only for the design aspects, but because it has a solid core set of rules. 

There are 5 basic game modes you can choose from, each one derived from classic game modes like: Capture the Flag, King of the Hill, and Death Match. Each Game mode can be set into team matches, so there's incredible diversity within the game.

I thought it was time to bring out the true skills of the little warriors inside you! Although I love chess for its pure strategy, its biggest drawback is that it only allows for two players at a time, leaving everyone else out.

Shaolin chess allows for up to 6 players at a time, and the move sets are easy enough a whole family could learn to play in a night. So there's no excuse for people to be hovering over you, they can just join in on the next match.

After about a year and a half, of thinking, play testing, making lean, fattening up and starting over, I've finally found a place I can call almost there. My friends and I have been having parties to play test it. The only thing left is your trust and support. 

Your support would allow me to get a tiny warehouse worth of equipment to make almost every aspect of the game myself, and give me the confidence to explore new ideas on how to make the game stand the test of time.

My team and I are ready to set this firecracker off.  I've worked tirelessly (literally writing this at 4:22 am on a Wednesday morning with work in a few hours) to best whittle down the opening kickstarter price to only 30 dollars.

 If you cannot donate maybe one of your friends can, so please don't forget to like and share! 

Risks and challenges

Right now, I'm just in the finalizing stages of the game...

I've never been in a position where I could just get up and quit a job... so in saying that, I do not have the luxury to just quit my current job; you'll have to bare with me as I try to answer your questions when I get home from working at the Dog shelter here in Bastrop.

I need you to understand, I am one of two kennel techs for 100+ dogs. I can't just leave the Dog Shelter without giving them two weeks notice and I can't give them my two weeks until it's fully funded.

How quickly I answer your questions might not come as quickly as normal kickstarters, but if I don't finish this chapter of my life in the correct way, I don't deserve to move on. I can't expect you to agree with that last statement, I only say so that you understand my perspective a little better.

But about the actual game...

I'm trying to find the best paint to mark the pieces, and finalize what the moveset cards will look like, but... that's about it. The instructions are finalized, the board is beautiful, the website is finished, the facebook page is running... The trademark is live, and I've submitted for patents!

I wanted to make sure the only challenges I met were your demands, so I made sure to leave the easiest bits of design for last!

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    Monkey Package

    I'm going to send you a happy thank you email! It's my pleasure to be a part of such a beautiful community! I will include the dedication poem in the email, so if it spoke to you, you can always have a copy. I hope you have a great day!

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    Tiger Package

    If you find you can only donate $10, I still wanted to give you a piece of the action. So, I wanted to give you your own customized team of Shaolin pieces, and a Master Orb. You just have to tell me what letter you'd like me to paint onto the pieces, and you'll get them plus their moveset cards in a little baggie. I can only do one letter, because it's a small surface. At this point I'm not willing to extend the personalization to designs, it would be too time consuming.

    Then when your friends get the game you can show off your set!

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    Dragon Package

    You would get The Basic Game with all of the parts and pieces to play!

    What you get:

    The official Shaolin Chess Board, which allows for up to 6 people to play at a time.

    6 Teams of the "5 Guards" with painted team designs.
    There are 6 designs for the designated teams, ordered with either hand painted dots and stripes.

    6 Moveset decks, to help identify the pieces move sets easier. These can be shared between players.

    1 Instruction booklet, with 5 Game Modes to pick and choose from.

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    Crane Package

    With $80, you get the full game with all the pieces and instructions, INCLUDING an Art Card.

    Art Cards are little trading cards that artists sometimes make to explore concepts and display work while connecting a community. You can find them sold them at conventions, stuck in library books, taped to the mirror of your local coffee shop... you name it.

    The design is up to the imagination and whim of the artist and whatever romantic ambitions they have.

    In saying all of that, you'll get a signed hand painted stylized 2x3 watercolor art card from me. I'm only offering 50 of these because they can be crazy time consuming, but I would like to create something new for each one of you. (To check out my other works go to my Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_ink.well_/ )

    There is one drawback to this tier. I am going to try to complete at least 10 of these a week WHILE I'm pushing all the other games out, so you might not get it before christmas but I will try my best.

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    Snake Package

    You get everything in the $30 tier X 3. Plus, not only that, but two baggies with your own personalized teams, you just have to tell me what letter you'd like on each one. I can only do one letter, because it's a small surface, At this point I'm not willing to extend the personalization to designs, it would be too time consuming.

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    Master Package

    With this reward you get 5 FULL GAMES, 5 Personalized Teams with your choice of letter, and a whole lotta love. Please include the five individual letters you want placed on the game pieces.

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