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What is Rogue Chess? In five words: Advanced Strategy Cards for Chess. In more than five words...

Rogue Chess uses cards to modify the move and capture of chess pieces. Each card is specific to a certain chess piece and when played will modify that piece's move, capture, or add a special effect. Every round a player may use a card or move as normal. Once the card is played, the player discards it and draws a new one.

These cards are placed face up and everyone knows exactly what each other can do. In this way, you're still basically playing chess. Strategy is still king. However, you now have to play on your toes and by the seat of your pants. Rogue Chess will challenge your ability to adjust strategy much like actual battle. Because no plan survives contact with the enemy.

Re-energize your current chess game. Maybe you like chess, maybe you used to like it. Question is, how much do you like it now? How long has it been since you've played chess? If it's been a while or you should get Rogue Chess and revitalize your game. Make chess fun again!

Love chess already? Awesome! Get Rogue Chess and expand your game to a new level. With all of the revolving options that come about you will be forced to think on your feet and will help you think outside the box.

Even if you are a chess purist you can still enjoy Rogue Chess. The game still works with the basic chess concepts. The only thing that breaks the basic concepts of chess is the chance of what cards you will get. That can be mitigated with a variant rule that I have created just for you!

Last but certainly not least, what about those of you that have never played chess. Why not? Well, if it's because chess is boring then Rogue Chess might just change all of that for you. Adding these cards to your chess game gives it a whole new life. Kids love it because it adds a fun and exciting new element.

I have designed over 100 different cards. Some of these are still being play tested but most are ready for the big time. A good chunk of the art is finished and as you can see the overall design and look of the decks are finished but I need time and money to tie this  up. While I do some of my art, I have to hire some of it out. I also cannot be trusted to edit my own work and professional editors are not cheap.

I also need to purchase a bunch of the prototype decks to give out to my crack team of chess players in order for them to try and break the game. Any cards that don't cut it will be modified or tossed from the deck.

This is our first foray on Kickstarter and will be the herald to our Game Changer series of games.

Check out these links to some more videos showcasing how some of the individual cards work.

+The Barbarian+

"I finally got a chance to test-play this game -- and it's awesome!!! I liked the idea, but how would it play out? (ha!) Turns out these cards make the game rock! It's still chess, and still very much a game of strategy. But the cards add twists and turns that force both players to adjust their tactics, just like real life. Not only do you need to account for the pieces on the board but now the cards the you have and your opponent has. It's an endorphin rush and you get another hit each time a card is played and a new one drawn."  ~ Harold Wylie, Prototype Engineer US Army.

Just like the game of chess has six pieces, their are six reward levels. Each of these reward levels include all shipping costs with-in the continental United States. All overseas shipping will require additional. Also, unless otherwise specified, you will need to supply your own chess board and pieces.

You get my eternal thanks and the knowledge that you helped backed the coolest thing to happen to chess since the 15th century. No really, thanks! Now get back to your toiling!

+ [6 Champions] + [6 Arcane] + [6 Fates]

You will receive a Print and Play pdf of the base deck formatted for Avery 5390 sheets (not included). Download the file, print, and break free for play. You will also receive a pdf copy of the rule book.

Supply your own paper and chess set and you have everything you need to play Rogue Chess.

Estimated delivery: Immediately after the Campaign ends!

NOTE: The pdf will be available right after the project ends. Please note that this is the Beta version as I will be using some of the funds raised by the campaign to purchase a final round of play test decks, hiring an editor to find all my errors, and consulting a designer for any graphical modifications that should be done. This will take about six weeks and I will send out a new link to download the final when it's done. During this time, it is my hope that you will have printed a set and played with it some. I encourage you to give me feedback and help me make this thing spectacular. By doing so, you get to be part of the project and  can brag that you were part of the design team.

+ [12 Champions] + [12 Arcane] + [12 Fates]

You will receive a Print and Play pdf of both the base deck and the expansion deck formatted for Avery 5390 sheets. That's every card! Simply print and break free for play. You will also receive a pdf copy of the rule book.

Supply your own chess set and you have everything you need to play Rogue Chess.

Estimated delivery: Immediately after the Campaign ends!

NOTE: The pdf will be available right after the project ends. Please note that this is the Beta version as I will be using some of the funds raised by the campaign to purchase a final round of play test decks, hiring an editor to find all my errors, and consulting a designer for any graphical modifications that should be done. This will take about six weeks and I will send out a new link to download the final when it's done. During this time, it is my hope that you will have printed a set and played with it some. I encourage you to give me feedback and help me make this thing spectacular. By doing so, you get to be part of the project and can brag that you were part of the design team.

+ [6 Champions] + [6 Arcane] + [6 Fates]

You will receive one deck of 48 high quality cards and the rulebook in a beautiful and sturdy tuck box. That's eight advanced strategy cards for each piece.

You will also receive the Pawn reward; a pdf copy designed for easy print and play. If you should lose a card or damage one, you can print out a new one to replace it! Sure, it won't be a pretty as the rest but it beats buying a whole new deck.

Supply your own chess set and you have everything you need to play Rogue Chess.

For international orders, you will have to pay taxes if you are in a country that charges Value Added Tax.

Estimated delivery: Oct 2013

I'm sorry but you'll need to add $15 to ship outside the US.

+ [12 Champions] + [12 Arcane] + [12 Fates]

Everything the Knight gets plus the Expansion Deck, giving you 48 new cards! That's 96 individual advanced strategy cards. Both decks come in a beautiful sturdy travel box along with your printed book.

You will also receive the Squire reward; a pdf copy designed for easy print and play. If you should lose a card or damage one, you can print out a new one to replace it! Sure, it won't be a pretty as the rest but it beats buying a whole new deck.

Supply your own chess set and you have everything you need to play Rogue Chess.

For international orders, you will have to pay taxes if you are in a country that charges Value Added Tax.

Estimated delivery: Oct 2013

I'm sorry, but you'll need to add $25 to ship outside the US.

+ [12 Champions] + [12 Arcane] + [12 Fates]

Everything the Bishop gives you plus a custom 18"x18" Rogue Chess board and a set of professional chess pieces. All packaged in a bad ass custom game box. Everything you need to play Rogue Chess in style.

You will also receive the Squire reward; a pdf copy designed for easy print and play. If you should lose a card or damage one, you can print out a new one to replace it! Sure, it won't be a pretty as the rest but it beats buying a whole new deck.

For international orders, you will have to pay taxes if you are in a country that charges Value Added Tax.

Estimated delivery: Oct 2013

I'm sorry, but you'll need to add $30 to ship outside the US.

+ [12 Champions] + [12 Arcane] + [12 Fates]

Everything the Bishop gives you plus a beautiful custom Rogue Chess edition re-purposed fabric board (good for the environment) and a set of matching glazed clay chess tiles. All handmade in America by the amazing chess artists at Queen Squared. Nothing says style like this. All packaged in a bad ass custom game box. Everything you need to play Rogue Chess in style.

For international orders, you will have to pay taxes if you are in a country that charges Value Added Tax.

You will also receive the Squire reward; a pdf copy designed for easy print and play. If you should lose a card or damage one, you can print out a new one to replace it! Sure, it won't be a pretty as the rest but it beats buying a whole new deck. For international orders, you will have to pay taxes if you are in a country that charges Value Added Tax.

Estimated delivery: Oct 2013

I'm sorry, but you'll need to add $30 to ship outside the US.

This is the retailer option. You will receive 10 Base Decks and 10 Expansion Decks. These are all individually shrink wrapped and shelf ready. Just put a price tag on them and stick 'em on the shelf. Of course they would look much better on your counter.

You will also receive the Squire reward; a pdf copy designed for easy print and play. Let's you know your product before you put it up without having to open any of the decks you purchased. This is also a great way to build some excitement and get a buzz going so when the cards arrive, they disappear as soon as they hit the shelf.

Estimated delivery: Oct 2013

I'm sorry, but you'll need to add $30 to ship outside the US.

+ [12 Champions] + [12 Arcane] + [12 Fates] per Set

Everything the Bishop gets x2 so you don't have to share your cards with your unworthy opponent. Plus you will receive a custom hand carved wooden chess set and board. The board comes laser engraved with the Rogue Chess logo and your name (if you wish). The bottom of the board is signed by the game author. It also comes with a drawer on each side to store your pieces. Each of these boards are cut from a tree trunk making each one unique, just like you. You will also receive "The King" or "The Queen" (your choice) special limited edition Rogue Chess T-Shirt that will let everyone know who was the ultimate backer.

You will also receive the Squire reward; a pdf copy designed for easy print and play. If you should lose a card or damage one, you can print out a new one to replace it! Sure, it won't be a pretty as the rest but it beats buying a whole new deck.

Estimated delivery: Dec 2013

I'm sorry, but you'll need to add $40 to ship outside the US.

Additional images of the board. Remember, each board is unique so your board will not look exactly alike.

If Rogue Chess should over-reach its goal of $3,000.00, I will put more into the product. Most of my stretch goals will give to everyone as you are all part of the success. However, additional items beyond the main product will be limited due to the additional shipping costs.

UNLOCKED!

The Champions are more powerful cards than you generally find in the deck. Their moves will always consist of a Move, a Capture, and often times a special ability. When you pull a Champion, your opponent will wince. You get 6 additional cards to the Base Deck and 6 more to the Expansion Deck. That's a Champion per piece per deck.

UNLOCKED! - Because I can!

The Arcane are power cards that are somewhat different than any of the other previous cards. The special abilities of these cards will generally directly effect your opponent in some way rather than the piece they are tied to. You get 6 additional cards to the Base Deck and 6 more to the Expansion Deck. That's an Arcane per piece per deck.

UNLOCKED! - Because I can!

The Fates are event cards that effect the field of combat. The special abilities of these cards will generally have sweeping effects to your opponent's next round. You get 6 additional cards to the Base Deck and 6 more to the Expansion Deck. That's a Fate per piece per deck.

The "T" is a T-Shirt designed much like "The King" and "The Queen". This reward is only for the Bishop Level and up. You will have your choice of size and piece: Pawn, Knight, Bishop, or Rook. Sorry, the Queen and King are already spoken for.

More Stretch Goals will be listed as previous ones are met.

To track the Rogue Chess rollercoaster!
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Risks and challenges

Their could be delays with art work and editing but this is the least of my concerns. The game is solid, the lion's share of card design is finished, and the design concept of art is finished. Wrapping all of this up is fully under my control and I have several other avenues to use should any one of these run into delays.

My biggest concern is getting quality products on time. I have done some research on this and found that many people use Chinese printing companies because they are cheaper. However, not all companies created equal. I found some horror stories on-line about damaged product arriving and no way to get compensated without an international legal battle.

After careful consideration and some digging, I have found a well established American company that delivers quality product on time. They are little more expensive but not prohibitively so. Weighing the options, I feel this is the right way to go. Being an American company is also important to me. Not only because I am a patriot but it also makes them relatively local. I can jump on a plane and knock on their front door if I have to.

This only concerns me because I have never done anything like this before. If I make goal, it will be no problem to get all my shipping out the door in an orderly manner. However, if I'm wildly successful, I will hire a fulfilment service to help get all of the products delivered properly, on time, and within budget. So, while I think I have this covered, it could present delays because of my newbie status. Rest assured, I will work my butt off to not allow this portion to get the best of me and I have several friends in the industry that can help me through this process.

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    PAWN: You will receive a Print and Play pdf of the base deck formatted for Avery 5390 sheets. Simply print and break free for play. You will also receive a pdf copy of the rule book. Supply your own chess set and you have everything you need to play Rogue Chess.

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    SQUIRE: You will receive a Print and Play pdf of both the base deck and the expansion deck formatted for Avery 5390 sheets. Simply print and break free for play. You will also receive a pdf copy of the rule book. Supply your own chess set and you have everything you need to play Rogue Chess.

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    KNIGHT: You will receive one deck of 48 cards in a tuck box with printed rules. That's eight advanced strategy cards for each chess piece type and a small rulebook.

    Supply your own chess set and you have everything you need to play Rogue Chess.

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    BISHOP: Everything the Knight gets and the Expansion Deck, giving you 48 new cards! Both decks come in a beautiful sturdy travel box along with your printed book.

    Supply your own chess set and you have everything you need to play Rogue Chess.

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    ROOK: Everything the Bishop gives you plus a custom 18"x18" Rogue Chess board and a set of professional chess pieces. All packaged in a bad ass custom game box. Everything you need to play Rogue Chess in style.

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    QUEEN: Everything the Bishop gives you plus a beautiful custom travel board and a set of matching glazed clay chess tiles. All handmade in America. All packaged in a bad ass custom game box. Everything you need to play Rogue Chess in style. For international orders, you will have to pay taxes if you are in a country that charges Value Added Tax.

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    DUKE: This is the retailer option. You will receive 10 Base Decks and 10 Expansion Decks.

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    KING: Everything the Bishop gets x2 so you don't have to share your cards with your unworthy opponent. Plus you will receive a custom hand carved wooden chess set and board. The board comes laser engraved with the Rogue Chess logo and your name. The bottom of the board is signed by the game author. It also comes with a drawer on each side to store your pieces. Each of these boards are cut from a tree trunk making each one unique, just like you. You will also receive "The King" special edition Rogue Chess T-Shirt that will let everyone know who was the ultimate backer.

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