Quick, how many d4s in a Superior Healing Potion? Which is larger, Superior or Supreme? You might know (+1 to your Medicine stat if you do), but you likely have players or DMs who don’t, and with everything else to keep track of while playing D&D, any way to avoid slowing down the battle to hit the Index of the Handbook and hunt down the modifier is a positive for everybody playing.
The Healer’s Kit solves all that. Next time the halfling is stepped on by a giant, the dwarf gets surprised by a mimic, or the druid jumps off a cliff for funsies ending up crumpled in gore on the rocks, you’ll be ready. Simply flip the latch on the box, admire the handiwork, select the proper size potion for the occasion, unscrew the cap, and dump the dice onto the opened lid, it’s also a rolling surface! Add the dice numbers and the right modifier (provided on the underside of the lid) to reveal just how many or few Hit Points you’re getting back.
My goal here is to provide the easiest to use, most glorious potions for everyone. How is that going to happen?
Bottles that LOOK like potion vials! Some stylish adornments will be on the bottle but not enough to obscure those handsome dice.
Matching red d4 dice! It’s actually quite hard to get matching d4s, and you’ll have enough to make any potion with d4 dice you might need.
Professional designs. The ones on the prototypes are ok, but Amber (the most excellent artist) will do way, way better than me!
Underside of the the lid will be leather, allowing it to double as a dice rolling area!
The leather of the rolling area will also have the potion requirements etched in, so you’ll never have to crack a handbook for that info again.
The foam holds everything neatly in place and perfectly spaced, making it easy to keep the potions ordered how you like them.
5 Box finish options: Unfinished - Dark colored etch (great for darker stains), Unfinished - Light brown colored etch (great for lighter colored stains), Natural with clear coat, Colonial Maple, and Sedona Red.
Two suede leather color options for rolling area: Brown and Tan OR a Druid Friendly option of Cork Wood
*NOTE* : Artwork and product isn't final. I have budgeted to pay a professional graphics designer to make amazing artwork for all of this. It will only get better :) . The pictures with corked bottles is the latest.
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I’ve always been a geek and enjoyed tabletop gaming, and growing up I had heard about d&d but never was around anybody that was playing. It wasn’t until the Geek & Sundry twitch channel launched that I actually got to see it played. My curiosity drove me to watch Critical Role the first day it was broadcast. As I watched the show over the first few months I eventually put in the effort to find a place to play it myself. I’ve since played in a few adventure league groups and really enjoy the opportunities I get to live in another world with friends, doing outlandish and witty things. My passion just keeps growing for this game and I found a way to contribute to the community.
A Facebook D&D group gave me the idea: labelled glass bottles with the formula and requisite dice for each health potion type in 5th Edition. I ordered the same bottles and remade them myself, getting a more complete idea of how I could improve the labels. The first night’s work boiled down to ramping up the fancy with the stronger potions, having more fun with the filigree, font, and overall presentation. I knew some DMs and players who would want to add this to their toolbox, but wanted to make sure they were ready first.
To help brainstorm further improvements, I enlisted trusted friend Jared Bouck, who already has successful Kickstarters under his belt. We spent weeks going over options for various aspects. Moving away from glass bottles that break during gameplay to source containers that could take a real beating proved a good idea when one of the glass bottles broke during a game. I also wanted the vials to be part of the experience of a session, to help place the players in their character’s shoes during a tense moment where someone’s hit points are down, and the aesthetics of an apothecary is a great match. It’s not hard to imagine a hardy adventurer walking into a shop, seeing a wooden box with beautiful artwork containing potions, and immediately dropping some hard-earned gold to be ready to heal with style at a moment’s notice. Bringing the box and potions into the real world for everyone to see is an extra treat brought to the table.
Where are the funds going
Most of the funds will be going towards raw materials, purchasing the needed equipment to do this at scale, and a budget for artwork. I'll be purchasing a larger laser engraver and creating a small usable workspace in my garage. All the rest will be used to establish myself as a business that can go forward and keep making awesome Dice Bottle kits in the future.
Risks and challenges
My largest risk is supplier delays. The delivery dates chosen have a built-in buffer which should absorb any delays or issues with the suppliers. While all of the companies I am working with are well-established and professional, things happen which can cause unintended delays. My suppliers and I are doing our best to ensure this does not happen.
I have every expectation to meet the deadlines and will provide feedback through kickstarter for each milestone along the way. You'll know when I place my orders, when I expect to receive them, when I actually receive them, how I'm working on processing different items and so on.
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