SA Pacific Custom Keycaps On Kickstarter

  • January 14, 2021
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Looking for custom keycaps? There is a new and exciting Kickstarter by Joel Collins of SA Pacific that may have the product for you. The product is custom key caps suitable for any mechanical style keyboards, (like corsair, razer, etc.). If you are like me you think of computer keyboards as a tool, a means to an end. Custom key caps are not something that I usally think about. I have owned a “customized” keyboard in the past, but it was customized by the manufaturer, not by me. SA Pacific has made me think of computer keyboards in a whole new way. The company featured on Kickstarter allows you to fully customize your keyboard in a pleasing Lockheed Martin inspired color pallete. Boring keyboards will be a thing of the past with this new custom computer keycap set by Joel Collins of SA Pacific.

In order for this project to get funded they need to have more backers in the next few days.

Support Kickstarter Here:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ireakhavok/sa-pacific-custom-keycaps-inspired-by-lockheed-martin 

The Keyboard Profile

The keycap set is said to be “soothing, electrifying, and comforting, all at once.” I’d encourage you to at least watch the intro video about the campaign it explains a lot. There is passion behind this campaign. The blue color pallete is inspired by Lockheed Martin. Why Lockheed Martin you ask? Mr. Collins is a Computer Scientist, Physicist, Chemist, and mathematician. Currently, he’s working as a Research Scientist at Lockheed Martin. He has partnered with Signature plastics, Space Cables, and Specter Custom Mousepads to complete this Kickstarter. Signature plastics is well known in the custom keyboard community and has a great reputation. The line of products doesn’t just stop at keyboards, you will be able to purchase a custom cable and desk mat which will be color coordinated. “These two add-on extras will be available as part of the add-on beta program. The Custom cable will feature a USB-c, chrome plated, detachable, and color coordinated mesh sleeve that will help to accent the keycaps set. The large mousepad will be XXL (35″x15″) and 3mm thick. The add-on versions of these items will be 10-15% cheaper than the stand-alone rewards for those items.” In a world where everyone owns and wears the same thing in order to stand out from anyone backing gigs on Kickstarter is a great way to get something you won’t find anywhere else. It will inspire your work for years to come.

Keyboard On Table

This is not just any generic keycap set. The base product features 104-keys, SA profile (1-1-2-3-4-3). It’s made of thick plastic, quality you can feel as you type. The plastic is highly sculpted to further improve the typing experience. For a limited time on Kickstart get the exclusive Pantone coated plastic keys. Once the $15,000 project goal has been reached an exciting add-on kit will be unlocked for $1. This bonus key cap kit will feature 21 Lockheed Martin specific legends (See Picture Below).

Custom Keys

Then, if that wasn’t enough, once the $17,000 threshold goal is reached a $55 add-on for custom cable package will be posted. “This custom cable will be a custom Cerakote color combination, with Dark blue base color, Pacific blue mesh, chrome aviator plug, Coiled, USB-C, 1.5m in length.” But wait there’s more! 🙂 if/when this Kickstarter reaches the $19,000 threshold there is another bonus that will be unlocked. You will be able to purchase a XXL desk mat for $45. These 35×15, 3mm thick desk mats will feature a custom design. There’s even more! At the $20,000 level another colorway version of the Keycap artisans and keycaps will be available as add-on.

Kickstarter Levels Of Support

First level of support is $10 or above. Support at this level just because you believe in the idea and want to help Collins out. The next level of backing is $50, this gets you a thank you note and a XXL watercolor deskmat. $65 gets you a custom space cable and thank you card. Pledge $110 and that gets you a custom XXL mat and custom space cable. Pledge $184 or more and that gets you the keycap set custom version and dark version. These items will ship anywhere in the world. No matter where you are backing from he will ship to you.

Conclusion

I’ve actually been in the market for a new keyboard. I might have to snag one of these custom cool Lockheed Martin inspired keyboard cap sets. Even if you don’t know much about Lockheed Martin these keys are very pleasant to look at from just an aesthetics point of view. Since we are spending more time than ever behind a computer and a screen during the pandemic why not make the entire experience as satisfying as possible. Consider supporting SA Pacific and Joel Collins today on Kickstarter. Who knows may you might write your next novel on his set of keys.

EXPLODING KITTENS – Why All the Excitement?

  • February 11, 2015
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EXPLODING KITTENS – Why All the Excitement?

EXPLODING KITTENS? When I heard about EXPLODING KITTENS I thought, how awful! Sure, it was supposed to be a card game, but I love cats and kittens and I couldn’t see how that would be a fun game as advertised. Wouldn’t that lead to more violence, this time against innocent little kittens? Wasn’t there already enough violence in this world that we live in? How could a card game called EXPLODING KITTENS possibly be a fun, family game, for children aged 7 and up?

Well, I guess the EXPLODING KITTENS team that created the game also had misgivings about the name, at least at first. They confessed that they were concerned about what people, like me, might think. Here is what they had to say under the heading, But You’re Blowing Up Kittens! Not Cool, Buddy:

“We struggled with this a lot. We love the name Exploding Kittens, but we don’t want to hurt kittens. We also don’t want the kittens to be hurt by anyone else. Eventually we decided to explore the concept of the kittens blowing themselves up…

“Our kitties would not blow up out of malicious intent or negligence, but by doing the things that kittens do, like running across keyboards or chewing on things they shouldn’t be chewing on.”

Okay, that was a lot more acceptable! Then I read that they also had developed cards that could be used to “defuse” the exploding kittens. The defusing cards were items that you would use to defuse a live kitten. One that I particularly liked was a “catnip sandwich” card. Cute, isn’t it!?! At that point, I began to get interested in how the game was structured.

How EXPLODING KITTENS Was Created and Is Played

EXPLODING KITTENS was created by Millennial gaming-industry veterans, Elan Lee (Xbox, ARGs), Matthew Inman (The Oatmeal), and Shane Small (Xbox, Marvel).

Here are the basics of the game, as stated on Kickstarter by Elan Lee:

“Exploding Kittens is a highly strategic kitty-powered version of Russian Roulette. Players take turns drawing cards until someone draws an exploding kitten and loses the game. The deck is made up of cards that let you avoid exploding by peeking at cards before you draw, forcing your opponent to draw multiple cards, or shuffling the deck.

“The game gets more and more intense with each card you draw because fewer cards left in the deck means a greater chance of drawing the kitten and exploding in a fiery ball of feline hyperbole.”

The standard game is designed for ages 7 and up (as I stated above), but an adult version, listed as NSFW (Not Safe for Work, or X rated), was designed for players who are 35 and up. To be honest, I don’t really understand why you would need an adult version, or what the specific differences are. Nevertheless, they are both being made available to the public. EXPLODING KITTENS looks like it will be a very fun card game. Be sure to check it out.

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