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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A couple more challenge coins

A little while ago I took a look at the copy-cats that sprung up right after Howard Taylor‘s wildly successful “Challenge Coin” project.
Challenge coins had been entirely unheard of on Kickstarter until Mr. Taylor made a fortune on them, then suddenly there were a whole bunch of people who also wanted to make them.

Well, Here we are two weeks later and two more have shown up.

Here at last, to give to your best buddies! A Blue Falcon / Good Idea Fairy Coin!
This guy showed up in my last post about copy-cats! His first attempt to copy Taylor’s idea failed, so he’s trying again! This is a slightly nicer coin than the previous one, but it’s still based on his crumby webcomic.
(Admittedly this project doesn’t mention “Challenge” coins, but he describes challenge coin tradition in the text, so it still counts. If he thought not using the word “Challenge” would stop me from mocking him, he was wrong.)

 Limited Edition challenge coins for Warhammer 40K. Challenge coins are a military tradition so it is time that WH40K gets their own.
As far as I’ve been able to determine, Joe Ward has no connection to Games Workshop, the makers of Warhammer 40k.

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Another try at zombie coins

Just a quick update. Looks like the Zombie tokens are back!

I first mentioned these in my round-up of Challenge Coin projects about a month ago.

This time, there’s no mention of “Challenge Coin”.  This time they’re “Limited Edition”.

What amuses me most about this is that it’s basically the same project. Only a couple of words have been changed. Why do they think it’s going to work now when it crashed and burned last time?

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