We've just hit the $1000 mark today! So excited!!! Working on construction ideas for the box and making it a little more solid than a 45-degree miter box joint. Looking to produce final box with "finger joints". Tell us what you think in the comments!!
We're receiving a LOT of good feedback on our Facebook page! Here's the newest addition to the project - COMMON RPG STATS engraved onto the box itself!! What a great idea from Autumn P.
Here's the final prototype for the KBOX Mobile GM Table. 10 lucky $50 backers gets this bad boy!
Update 1.0!Adding some concept artwork here to get the backers thinking about what they'd like on their KBOX!!
What we need:
What we need to make this project a reality are the tools and capacity to fulfill the orders and accurately reproduce the product:
1) Professional routing table and bits required to cut the grooves
- This will allow for rapid production and more precise cuts!
2) Desktop CNC machine
- The CNC machine will allow us to customize each box with a little bit of inspiration from you! Want your name? Done. Want your favorite pic? Send it over!
While I was at GenCon this year, I noticed there were a lot of people...duh. What I also noticed that VERY OFTEN people would take any space available to play a game and most of the time those games involved dice.
When you're talking about dice in a cramped environment, it can get pretty difficult to keep your dice under control and on the board. Not to mention keeping them separate from the rest of the players in the game. Of course, then there's also the inevitable dice-rolling-off-the-table-and-awkwardly-rolling-under-someone's-seat-where-you-have-to-climb-under-and-look-like-a-perv-whilst-retrieving-them moments of which no one is a fan.
Enter the KBOX short (very short) for Kobold Company Dice Box. My idea was to take advantage of that limited space by essentially making a small table you could both carry your dice IN and roll your dice ON in order to avoid those embarrassing, dice-dropping moments.
My first version of the KBOX KBOXwas an open-topped box with a whiteboard in it. Players simply roll the dice inside the box, no fuss, no muss...with the SUPER CONVENIENT whiteboard backing, players can also keep track of variables in the game they are playing.
No more of this write and erase on a single sheet of paper...NO, NO! The KBOX allows you keep all of this in a compact location. But what happens when you're done with the game? Version 1 of the KBOX essentially becomes another (albeit very light) obstruction in your backpack. Dice couldn't actually be stored in there, because of its open top.
Ver 2.0 adds a slide-out top to the box! Which, incidentally, adds a SECOND whiteboard to the box as well. Keep track of stats, maps, notes, anything you want without wasting paper. When you're done with your game, slide the lid back into the box and keep your dice stored when you're on the go!!
The events leading up to designing this box have been memorable to say the least. Travelling out to GenCon was freaking awesome! I do some freelance writing for Total Party Kill Games and was out visiting with those guys when the idea struck me. Also, I chopped up my thumb pretty good on the tablesaw - you can probably catch a glimpse of my bandage in the video - My wife has been very supportive up to this point, but in order to move forward, this Kickstarter has to be successful or it'll most likely be a no-go for her!
So there you have it! Thank you again for checking out this Kickstarter and I really look forward to chatting with you as this project moves forward!
$2000 - We'll upgrade the CNC mill to a Laser CNC for extreme precision and cuts!
$4000 - A larger, faster production mill is available at this backer level! We'll be able to construct KBOX extremely fast (and accurate)
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge I have right now is repeatability on the individual boxes. While each product is professionally cut and assembled, I do not have a very good method of mass production which is where this project comes into play!
I am looking to YOU, the awesome Kickstarter base to help me surmount that hurdle with a few new pieces of equipment in my shop.
Once I have some of these pieces, I'll be in a much better position to crank out the K-Box on a larger scale and get them to you much faster!
A successful Kickstarter Campaign here means that production output becomes a reality!
As with many KS campaigns, what would really be the biggest problem would be too much funding - As it stands now, I would be unable, for example, to meet the demand in my little shop if I were to sell 1,000 k-boxes. I would have to outsource the idea and that would add to the delivery timeline.
I don't anticipate that being problem, but you never know. My hope now is to find a niche, loyal group of followers here on Kickstarter who want this project to succeed! YOU can make that happen!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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