About this project
*Update 12 February 2013*
There are now SIX themes unlocked which will be available to backers. Take a look at the stretch goals section below to see the artwork for these themes. Voting for the Seventh theme (unlocked at $9000) has begun in Update #10!
Front Range Games is very excited to present to you our first Kickstarter offering.
When we were looking at possible products for the gaming community, we simply could not ignore the outrageous success of the Fate Core Kickstarter. So we thought about what kind of products we could propose that would be unique and would add value to a campaign.
Our answer: Thematic Dice!
Those familiar with the Fate/Fudge RPG System are also familiar with the odd 6-sided dice these systems utilize. Four dice are used and each has two "+" faces, two "-" faces and two blank faces.
These dice get the job done, but they are kind of bland. What if you could play your game with a set of dice like this?
We believe that using images instead of the usual +/- signs adds a little something to the game. This particular die is well suited to any supernatural/wizard/vampire style game and may be good for other genres as well.
But which side is + and which side is -? Well, why should we decide that for you? With these dice we have omitted the +/- signs so that you can decide for yourself which image constitutes a + or - in your campaign.
The artwork we have selected should be unique enough that it is easy for you to quickly differentiate the images and sum the die result.
So what are these dice good for?
Fate/Fudge dice are used in many table top RPG games. Some examples are:
- Fate Core
- Spirit of The Century
- The Dresden Files
- Strands of Fate
- Starblazer Adventures
- Legends of Anglerre
- Agents of S.W.I.N.G.
- Kerberos Club
- The Demolished Ones
- Atomic Robo
Black and White? Boring . . .
You're right! Though production costs will not allow us to offer different color dice, we can offer different colors for the engraven artwork. That's why when we are funded we will also be offering Red (Pantone 200C), Blue (Pantone 660C) and Green (Pantone 363C) options in addition to the standard Black. When the project is funded, our backers will be allowed to choose the color of each die in each of their sets. Mix and match to your hearts content! And we'll be adding more color options at various stretch goal levels!
But why do I want to mix colors?
Fred Hicks from Evil Hat Productions has speculated in his Fate Core Kickstarter that future game mechanics may be implemented that require the player to designate a "first" die. If you would like to be prepared for this mechanic, we can set you up with a 3-to-1 combination of dice such as three white/black and one white/red or any other color combination available when the project is funded!
For more on the "first" die, check out what Fred had to say here. Also, take a look at the stretch goals below for more details on our offering.
Holy Pledge Levels, Batman!!!
You may notice that we have a lot of pledge levels. This was done to make it easy for you to manage your pledge. Essentially the options available are:
- 1-10 Sets Shipped in the US
- 2-10 Sets Shipped to Canada/Mexico
- 3-10 Sets Shipped to anywhere else.
In an attempt to make it easier for you to manage your pledge, here are the pledge levels in a table format:
Unfortunately we are unable to offer single set options to our backers in Canada/Mexico, nor are we able to offer the one or two set options for our other international backers. Shipping costs to those locations are much larger than the value of the shipment in those quantities. This makes it very difficult for us to be sure that the Kickstarter goal will be sufficient to fund the minimum production run. A good idea for our non-US backers is to team up with a friend or two to spread the cost around.
Though it may not be obvious, you actually get a better deal if you select a pledge level that rewards multiple sets of dice. The table below here shows the amount you will be paying per set at the various pledge levels:
Here are the tables for The Brick. See Update #8 for more info on The Brick.
Early Bird Special
To get thing rolling, we have decided to offer 50 lucky backers the opportunity to get four sets of our thematic dice at the price of three. This pledge level is set at $28 and is our only pledge level where non-US residents will have to add extra to their pledges for shipping. The bottom line is these 50 backers will get four sets of dice at the price of three. And if you decide you want more than four sets, simply add $6 for each additional set you want up to the maximum of 10 sets per backer.
What could be better than more options! As we hit specific stretch goals the additional funding will be used to make even more colors and themes available to our backers.
At various points in our stretch goal progression, we will add more colors to our production run. These additional colors will allow our backers to customize their sets even more and allow them to take advantage of the "first" die mechanic that Evil Hat has speculated about in their own Fate Core Kickstarter!
We have already acquired the rights to more artwork for use in our theme dice line. If we reach certain funding levels, then we will make those themes available to our backers through this Kickstarter as well! As soon as the project reaches the funding goal, we will provide a link to a poll asking you, our backers, which images you would prefer to fund via stretch goals.
When a stretch goal is reached, the artwork with the most votes will be "locked in" as the artwork for that stretch goal. Then a new poll will be set up for the remaining art with an eye on the next stretch goal.
When the project is funded and we send out the surveys, you will have the option to select your sets from all of the available themes and colors!
Seventh Theme Stretch Goal Vote Results:
With 90 backers voting, Atomic Age has been selected as our seventh theme and will be available to backers!
Seventh Theme Results Final Tally, 18 Feb 2013.
Risks and challenges
The product will be delivered directly from the manufacturer to Front Range Games and then we will package and distribute the product ourselves. The manufacturer in China has been used by other american companies for small die runs, so they are something of a known quantity. Quality will be verified by receiving prototype dice before the production run. Shipping from China can be "dicey" (pun intended) so delivery times could potentially slip, though we don't expect this. All shipping to our backers will be done via USPS.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
No! One of the strengths of this project is that you can select your sets from any of the themes available when the project funds. So if we have four themes and you have selected a pledge level providing four sets, you could have all the sets be of one theme, or you could have one set from each theme, or any combination you like! And on top of this, you will be able to select the color of each die in the set, so you can mix and match colors if you like!
Yes. If you decide to claim a Brick as a reward, you will still be able to select each die in the Brick from the available themes and colors.
We mentioned some games that use fudge style dice above, but one of out backers (Michael Joseph Maximillian Conway) made a comment listing a bunch more. I'll copy his list here verbatim, though I personally have no experience with these games:
Fudge itself; Heartquest; Now Playing; The Collectors; Blood, Sweat & Steel; Psi-Punk (funded here in August); Heroes of Oz; DCS Fudge;
Non-Fudge Games that use the dice: The Shadow of Yesterday; ICONS (technically uses D6-D6, but it has the same odds)
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