Do you play Dominion? Are you tired of having to tidy up your cards every five minutes? If so, this one's for you. Shandy from Boardcrafting (who you might remember from last year's successful Kickstarter bid to fund the creation of his beautiful Settlers of Catan playing board) has created several beautiful card caddies to keep them tidy for you! Let's take a look at his Kickstarter video:
Made of laser cut beech and sold either plain or finished in one of three pretty designs, Shandy hopes that his caddies (and board games in general) will bring gamers closer together:
Here's why I am passionate about board games: togetherness. Sounds a little vague, right? For me, togetherness is that which you find between intimacy and community. It is the middle ground somewhere between a whispered conversation and a dance party; it is a small group of people talking, connecting, joking, and learning. In togetherness, you get both a joining of forces and an exhibition of individuality.
If you're hoping to get one of these in time for Christmas - good news! You can! You;ll have to hurry up though - of the plain, $20 caddies, only 13 are still available for Christmas orders at the time of writing, as well as 32 $50 finished and lacquered ones. If you'd rather create your own, you can get an exclusive copy of the source files by pledging $25, and these will be available only to Kickstarter backers for the first 6 months. If you want to go the whole hog you can pledge spend $75 and receive a caddy with any of the following extras:
- Felt bottom
- 10, 12, or 14 slots ("slots" are the entirely cut-out spaces, whereas "notches" are the spaces on the sides)
- square or rounded slot and notch corners
- slot width: regular / sleeved (63mm) / other (request custom width)
- regular or double height (double height will comfortably fit decks of 36 cards)
Even $1 gets you something - an e card thanking you for supporting the project with some custom artwork thrown in.
So far, Shandy is doing pretty well, with over $3600 of the $5000 goal already pledged. The campaign still has 11 days to run, but it looks like it might well make it. I love creative projects like this, and backing someone who has already successfully completed a campaign that has received good feedback is a safer bet than backing a complete unknown can be.