Forge of Honor: Targimals and Bordor Blades & Shields

A project in Denver, CO by Dale Taylor

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There's a new ally in the battle of Kids vs. Scary: Targimals & plush toy swords and shields encourage a child's imaginative games.
Backers: 255
Average Pledge Per Backer: $126

Funded: $32,041 of $18,000
Dates: Jun 19th -> Aug 6th (48 days)
Project By: Dale Taylor
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Latest News

Kickstarter success Forge of Honor starts shipping

May 23rd - via:
Campaign raised $32,041 from 255 backers following an initial goal of $18,000. (Read More)

'Parents still don't really understand Kickstarter'

August 6th - via:
System isn't a good means to launch toys, yet, says US creator. (Read More)

60 minutes remaining! All stretch goals unlocked!

August 5th - via:
I will post an update tomorrow about working on the new Black Knight design with all of our backers. For now I just wanted to send out one more THANK YOU! Especially to our White Knight backer who chose the "Nine Worthies" reward to push us over... (Read More)

Black Knight is UNLOCKED!! All Color Swaps UNLOCKED!

August 5th - via:
$30,000!!! Black Knight is UNLOCKED!! All Color Swaps UNLOCKED!  (Read More)

1st Color Swap Swords Unlocked!

August 5th - via:
The Color Swap Purple Sword and Orange Sword are UNLOCKED! They match the Color Swap Tang and Ricasso -- but feel free to mix and match!  You can choose a Color Swap sword with ANY reward tier that includes a sword when we send the post-funding... (Read More)

8 Hours to go! Target Game Unlocked, 1st Color Swap Swords are close!

August 5th - via:
With 8 hours left, the Target Game shield sash is unlocked! The Target Game is a $5 Add-On. See update #16 for more on the Target Game. The 1st Color Swap Swords are very close to being unlocked at $26,000 (less than $300 away)! The first two match... (Read More)

24 Hours Left: Color Swap Swords! Target Game Almost Unlocked!

August 4th - via:
The Target Game Add-On is so close to being UNLOCKED! There's a good chance we'll break $25,000 soon (perhaps by the time you read this). When we do, just increase your pledge $5 per set that you want. The target game eventually will sell for around... (Read More)

Last 2 days! Free activity ebook to all backers...

August 3rd - via:
Campaign ends MONDAY, AUGUST 5th at 11:59pm MOUNTAIN TIME (9:59pm EST)!  This isn't the beginning of the end, it's the beginning of the beginning! I will be traveling to California at the end of THIS week and meeting with the manufacturer! There are... (Read More)

Cuddly Forge of Honor Creatures Fend Off Night Terrors

August 3rd - via:
The start-up is looking to fund its collection Targimals and Bordor Blades & Shields on Kickstarter. (Read More)

Unlocked rewards, new stretch goals and a Black Knight

August 1st - via:
Our last weekend together as a live Kickstarter project!  We had a big day and blew through some of the stretch goals before we could get this update written! This project is at 120% and still climbing! Thank you for your support! The Color-Swap... (Read More)

Targimals Bring Bravery and Honor to Playtime

August 1st - via:
The Kickstarter Campaign for Dale Taylor’s Forge of Honor toys has a few days left on the timer, but has already well exceeded its original $18,000 goal. Why? Because the public has spoken, and they’re awesome. (Read More)

4 Days Left! A Color-Swap Facebook Stretch Goal

July 30th - via:
Four days left, and we're heading toward our Sword Holder Stretch Goal at $20,000. Now, let's make an easy stretch goal! When we reach 1,000 likes on our Forge of Honor's Facebook page (We're at 923 now), we will unlock a pink & purple Tang... (Read More)

Goal reached! But here’s a better story: Targimals at work

July 29th - via:
What a crazy, long weekend!  As supporters who were closely watching our funding goal — we hit it, then fell back down, and then back up this morning. We have met our $18,000 goal! But we realize that Kickstarter is not a sure thing because people... (Read More)

Dj Grandpa's Crib: The Discovery Engine

Discover the artists, singers, producers, entrepreneurs, game developers, and inventors of the future at DJ Grandpa's Crib, the unofficial Kickstarter Podcast. With a fresh voice and inspiring interviews, this weekly podcast celebrates the creative genius in each of us. Don’t miss a single episode! (Read More)

An Eagle's View of Middle-earth - Kickstarters!

July 28th - via:
You’ve heard of Kickstarter, right? People who need funding for a creative project can showcase their idea on Kickstarter and attempt to secure backers with offers of rewards. Common rewards are items like a special thank you, a project T-shirt, a copy of the finished book or DVD, or a meet-and-greet or Skype call with the creator(s). (Read More)

Add-On items plus new bonus at every level

July 27th - via:
We've been pleasantly surprised that so many of you have added multiple sets, or asked about adding extra swords and Targimals. Our reward tiers are confusing -- but we can't change them by Kickstarter rules. We've come up with the best solution for... (Read More)

10 days left, a new stretch goal (a game!) and an inspiring Blade film

July 26th - via:
10 days left and oh so close! Please keep sharing! In light of recent Kickstarter scandals affecting ALL Kickstarter projects, I've made my LinkedIn profile "public" so you can verify my experience, recommendations and connections. Feel free to... (Read More)

Watching Wednesday: Forge of Honor

July 24th - via:
I stumbled across the Kickstarter campaign for Forge of Honor this morning. While it’s not strictly related to roleplaying, I thought it was cute enough to spread the word about. I remember playing with sticks and parts of fences to play “cowboys and knights” when I was a wee child. We used splintery wood and bb-guns for our weaponry. It’s amazing no one came out with permanent injuries from our adventures. (Read More)

Forge of Honor - Nerd Parents Take Heed!

July 24th - via:
Forge of Honor toys encourage play, imagination – and gamers! Time running out to support Kickstarter plush-toy project. An innovative line of plush toys aimed at helping children fight bedtime monsters has attracted a welcome supporter: Gamers. (Read More)

SPOILER ALERT: The Books of Forge of Honor

July 23rd - via:
I began this project with the insanely ambitious goal of creating an epic storyline that begins in children’s books, moves through illustrated pre-teen chapter books and culminates in an epic-adventure fiction series. I also wanted the plush toys... (Read More)

Forge of Honor

July 22nd - via:
I came across this really cute idea for kids bedtime toys on kickstarter that would be so cute for Baby Bear. She recently has become scared of the dark and does not want to sleep alone. (Read More)

5 hands-on activities for your kids to do in meantime...

July 21st - via:
Waiting is hard. We know. We’ve been waiting since June 19 for our project to attract enough pre-orders and fund already! (84% funded as of 6:15 p.m. today!)  But for children, waiting is for the Targimals to arrive is … an opportunity! To be... (Read More)

The Targimals will PHOTOBOMB your children!

July 21st - via:
Three fourths of the way!  We are over 75% funded with 15 days to go. We need to make that final push so we can talk about stretch goals! It’s time to encourage your friends that have been sitting on the fence to shimmy on down and support us!... (Read More)

Forge of Honor - Fighting Bedtime Monsters in the Name of Imaginative Play

July 20th - via:
When I was little, I would pretend I had an imaginary friend under my bed to keep me company at night because I was afraid of the dark. When I grew older, the fear of the dark became the fear of the boogie man who would come through the windows and kidnap little children from their beds. Yes, Monsters Inc got it all wrong – they don’t come from your cupboard; it’s the windows you have to beware of. (Read More)

Kickstarter: Interesting Projects. Or, More Ways to Spend Money

July 19th - via:
So, in order to get a few of them some more exposure, and to help you spend more of your hard earned money on games, I’m to be compiling lists of projects that I find interesting, and worth funding. (Read More)

How does a Targimal find his human?

July 18th - via:
Here’s a little glimpse into the World of the Targimals as planned in a series of children’s books (see image below).  While out exploring, a child stumbles upon a partially buried ancient amulet which has been revealed by recent soil erosion.... (Read More)

3 Weeks to Go!

July 15th - via:
We are more than halfway through our campaign to make sure Forge of Honor toys get made. But we're not quite there yet. Some of you have been with us since the beginning or shortly thereafter! Thanks for sticking around. With 21 days left, we're 63%... (Read More)

Forge of Honor Dating Service

July 12th - via:
Single Geeks, Nerds and LARPers around the world have been telling us they love our product, and wish they had kids so they could support us. Never fear! We’ve got a solution: We’re starting the Forge of Honor Dating Service to hook up single... (Read More)

Centennial toymaker takes on bedtime monsters

July 12th - via:
CENTENNIAL, CO - As former newspaper designer, cartoonist and pet toy creator Dale Taylor pondered how to convince his daughter Widget there weren’t monsters living under her bed, he knew he had quite the task ahead of him. (Read More)

Halfway there!

July 10th - via:
Halfway home, Team Targimals! I can tell you 51% funded feels a lot better than 49% funded. We've also crossed the 100-backer mark. Thank you all for your sharing and support.  Six months is a long time to a kid Six months or more is a long time for... (Read More)

1st Stretch Goal: 2-in-1 Sword Holder

July 8th - via:
Do real men sew? I won’t answer that. But I can tell you that operating a sewing machine is a lot like operating a power tool – with less sawdust and more frustration. Nevertheless, I persevered and sewed up a workable prototype sturdy enough to... (Read More)

New toy maker takes to Kickstarter to help launch plush swords and shields set

July 8th - via:
Project for Forge of Honor toys has raised $7,981 of the $18,000 goal (Read More)

We've reached 40% at the 30 day mark!

July 6th - via:
Greetings Team Targimals, Due to popular demand, we’ve added a special 2 SET Earliest Bird Reward Tier after many people requested more than one set. It’s the same price as 2 Earliest Bird Specials. In retrospect, this makes perfect sense because... (Read More)

Forge of Honor allays nighttime terrors (Photos)

July 5th - via:
Dale Taylor, a Denver dad, in conjunction with his five-year-old daughter, developed Forge of Honor to help ward off bedroom monsters. (Read More)

The Art of the Kickstarter (or how to help people figure this out)

July 2nd - via:
As crowdfunding seeks a mainstream audience, one Kickstarter creator turns to quirky campaign posters to educate the masses (Read More)

Forge of Honor Targimals: Ga Ga or Gag?

July 2nd - via:
If you’ve ever gone through an “afraid of the dark" phase with your little one, you know how frustrating it can be to convince them that all is well in the world come lights out. When Dale Taylor’s little girl went through a bout of fear of bedtime monsters, he was reminded of the importance of imagination and pretend play for kids. And thus, "The Legend of the Targimals" was born. (Read More)

Crowdfunding Mailbox: Robotics with mOwayduino, Open Wheel Car Racing, Forge of Honor, Chatty Kidz

June 29th - via:
Another week of discovery in our Crowdfund Insider mailbox. Most of the time the media covers only high profile campaigns. Sure we cover them too, but we recognize there are hundreds of campaigns which have enormous potential which get passed by for coverage. Most people do not have the time to spend hours cruising the crowdfunding sites looking for unique products with crowd potential. (Read More)

Toys For Kids Who Are Afraid of the Dark

June 27th - via:
If you've ever gone through an "afraid of the dark" phase with your little one, you know how frustrating it can be to convince them that all is well in the world come lights out. When Dale Taylor's little girl went through a bout of fear of bedtime monsters, he was reminded of the importance of imagination and pretend play for kids. And thus, "The Legend of the Targimals" was born. (Read More)

Kickstart a child’s imagination: New toys encourage creativity and play

June 21st - via:
Finally, a sword and shield strong enough to fight monsters, but safe and soft enough for sleeping (Read More)

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