A look at Kickstarter Copycats.

Here in USA, “Challenge Coins” are a big tradition among military and emergency service units. Traditionally, if your buddies catch you not carrying yours, the next round is on you.

There’s been a bunch of them on Kickstarter recently. Let’s take a look.

Day One : The Success

Tagon's Toughs Challenge Coin : Schlock Mercenary
First, Howard Tayler, the talented and successful author/artist of the comic book Schlock Mercenary, produces a set of challenge coins corresponding to the coins issued to the characters in his comic book.
Thanks to Tayler’s huge fan-base this project is wildly successful, reaching nearly 3,000% funding on its first day.
(Even I bought a coin.)

Day Five : The first Copy-cat

Mythic challenge coincs
Less than a week later, we get this entry from CE Martin. Apparently Martin writes some fantasy novels I’ve never heard of.
Martin claims that these coins are featured in an upcoming novel, even though his blog only mentioned it three days after the Schlock Mercenary coins went up.
(I’ll be interested to see if the book will still mention the coins now that it’s clear nobody wants to buy them.)

Day 23 : Two more copy-cats

Miss February Coin
This is a weird one. Jeff Morin seems to have conflated the ideas of Challenge Coins and Pin-up Calendars.
Interesting, but March is absolutely the worst time of the year to be selling calendars, pin-up or otherwise.
Next time try planning ahead instead of just jumping on a bandwagon!


John Holmes creates a “comic” called Power Point Ranger. I could try be nice here, but why bother? This comic is terrible. It’s poorly drawn, it’s juvenile, it’s often sexist, and what passes for jokes are predictable and ham-fisted. Your average 5th grader is too sophisticated for this comic.
If John Holmes was imagining that he was on the same level as Schlock Mercenary‘s Howard Taylor, he was sadly mistaken.

A month later : Here come the memes!

Zombie Walker Coin
What do you do if you want to jump on a bandwagon, but the bandwagon is slowing down?
Add Zombies, of course!
I expect somebody is already working on Pirate verses Ninja challenge coins.

Or maybe coins that say “Science!” on one side and “Bacon!” on the other.

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  • polerin

    Thog smash? really?
    Stick figures with a Thog… Gee echos of OOtS here…

    • KickFailure

      Oh, you’re right! I hadn’t caught that.
      I guess that could be a coincidence, though. “Thog” is a pretty common “Caveman” name.

  • C.E. Martin

    Hey! Thanks for the mention! I actually got the idea from Myke Cole, who made coins for his mili-scifi series. I was trying ti figure out how to fund them when he posted about the schlockcampaign. I figured coins would be cooler to hand out as promos than some lame sidebar ad on a review site. Love your site, btw. Oh, and yes, the coins are still in book 4 of my series, which should be out later this month.

    • KickFailure

      Thanks for commenting. Always interesting to hear from project creators.

      “the coins are still in book 4 of my series”
      Oh, Great! Now I’m going to have to buy a copy to verify that!