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Who doesn't like a good game of chess?

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OATS's picture
Joined: 11/23/2010
Mr. Monkeytail's Workshop

This is the beginning of a custom chess set that I am making. The big walker is a ROOK, the helmeted soldier with jump-pack is a KNIGHT, and the religious looking one is a BISHOP. I don't know when I will finish this, its kinda my go to project when I am not working on anything else. Several people who have seen these tell me I should make a tabletop war game out of them. What do you think of my peg-o's? Any ideas or comments are appreciated :-)

larienna's picture
Joined: 07/28/2008
I do!

"Who doesn't like a good game of chess? "

I do!

- Too much analysis paralysis.
- Too much everything has been precalculated and analysed (ex: opening books)
- Too little variety and replay value. (I would like to customize my army).
- Too much there is a solution to the problem that you did not see(you should have move this piece instead of this one)

What you seem to be willing to do is to theme the game of chess rather than making a new game. This has been done thousands of time. In the end, it is still a chess game.

tridagam's picture
Joined: 03/23/2009
cool set!

I think chess is one of the greatest games ever. I own dozens of sets...from bronze the first set I played on over 40 years ago. When I was a young man I went into Missoula Montana one day and they had all these star wars figures...never seen anything like them...bought them and made a set out of them. A few years later I saw the movie...boy was I embarrassed, because of my culture ignorance. How was I to know all the guys in white armor were bad guys and the tall big foot thing was good.

Anyway Have at it. love the looks. The cost looks like it will be up there. you have the starlings of a cool set!!

irdesigns510's picture
Joined: 06/24/2009
i was one of them

i was definitely one of the people who said to rock the tabletop war game.

I love chess too, but to be honest, most people will want a finished painted product if they are looking for a chess set. In this case, your business model turns into that of a fine artist rather than a game designer....if you chose to sell them this way. Gallery style website rather than a blog.
***That isnt necessarily a bad thing though.***
again..that is if you were looking at selling chess sets; if not and you just wanted one for yourself, ignore this part.

I personally like your "gorrilaz-esque" style of line art in your drawings, and laughed at the "hey look, a land mine!" image, as well as the "they have dogs!". Its a style that is increasingly more popular over the years. i also think your style is well reflected through your painted sculptures.

i think that if you took a wargame route, you would need to include wood pieces that you cant just get other places (like the "half-spool" breathing regulator on the knight).
Wood by itself is not inherently expensive, especially in bits that you can get by the boatload.
And go minimalistic on the packaging, like those "bag-o-green-army-men" bags they hang on hooks...only using finished painted peg-o images on the the printing.

If you did go the wargame route though, your majority of your revenue MIGHT not come from the models themselves. you'd have to price things out and figure out margin on toys.
i might suggest something that hasnt really been done before:
A rulebook/codex for playing rules and army building (doesnt have to be a BIG army either.) and a series of COMIC BOOKS for the missions, with set-up rules at the end of the book....utilize subscriptions to your advantage.

This will allow your illustrations, combined with your sculptures (that other people buy as a set of pieces, build and paint themselves), to combine into a really slick product.

this would be alot of work, but i bet it'd be worth it.

P.s. i wanted to build a copy of that walker when i saw it!

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