A desktop organizer. I was really hoping that title image was the “before” picture. It’s not.
The photograph shows a wooden prototype of their (plastic) revolutionary new desk-top organizer.
Looks, uh, ‘organized’.
Oh, fantastic! I needed some place to proudly balance a hundred dollar bill on top of my phone.
There’s no neater way to store your keys than to place them in a perfectly round indentation with a diameter less than the key’s length.
(Incidentally, posting pictures of your keys on the Internet is not the best idea.)
A “Challenge Coin” for citizens of the USA? Isn’t that a bit broad?
This idiot wants to make a coin for all US citizens to carry around with them, decorated with the emblems of our nation.
We’ve already got those, they’re called “every coin you’ve already got in your pocket right now.“
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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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.
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.)
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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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
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
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
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!
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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Pony ‘Stained Glass’ Collectble Coins
The pony coin collecting crazy started when artist Akili Amethyst sold these on Kickstarter.
That’s not a failure. That’s a success. Ponies aside, this is what Kickstarter is for : talented artists getting the money they need to share their art with the masses.
Sadly, Kickstarter has removed all of Akili’s coin projects for copyright reasons.
That didn’t stop the copy-cat projects, though! Nothing can stop copy-cat projects!
Coins of Harmony – Six Collectable Pony Coins I
Believe it or not, They actually wanted the same amount of money for this coin as Akili got for her coins!
I don’t even think it would work as a coin design, is her hair painted white or is it just extra-shiny somehow?
They “designed” six of these coins, one for each main character of the show.
This project failed.
Coins of Harmony – Six Collectible Pony Coins II
So they tried again!
To be honest, this new design is still pretty crumby. They just took the old design and added those gems in the background on the reverse.
But what do I know? This project has 12 days left and needs less than $200 more in pledges.