Step inside traveler! Leave the wind and snow and troubles of the road outside and have a seat by the fire. Welcome to the Holiday Tavern where all adventurers are welcome and the merriment never ceases!
Black Oak Workshop is proud to present our first Advent-ure Calendar! The holiday season is fast approaching and we have a dice themed advent calendar to help count down your season in dice-loving style. Inside this calendar you will find 24 custom polyhedral dice that feature all new, never before seen designs. They come in holiday themes and colors to lend some special magic to your season!
This is a very simple project. Production samples of all aspects of the project have already been completed, reviewed and approved. Based on this and the timetable for production, we have decided to begin production - it is already underway! As such, this is not an open-ended production run and we have capped the number of units available on the project. There is a reserve quantity to satisfy projected retail orders, but essentially this is it. We feel great about this project! At the outset, we are already farther along in the process than normal.
The Advent-ure Calendar is designed to stand up and be used to test roll your dice! The back folds down to reveal a warm and welcoming tavern interior and you can even roll your dice on the tavern floor. Plus, there is some cool hidden stuff in the tavern interior illustration! Below are some photos of the actual production samples. Note the dice in the photos are NOT the ones inside the calendar, though they are the same size (we included them for scale purposes). The interior features a vacuum formed tray that safely holds each die in the assigned location until you break the perforation on the related day.
Now is your chance to secure one of these for yourself! Quantities are strictly limited and, while we plan to return again next year with another in the series, this version of the calendar and the dice inside will never be produced again.
We are offering these calendars in quantities of 1-3 (by reward levels). Additional units will not be available in the pledge manager as we must have a firm handle on quantities post funding period. If some units are available after this project has fulfilled and retail orders have been satisfied, we will list those on our main website.
While we are steadfastly choosing not to reveal images of the dice inside to preserve the magic and fun of opening an advent calendar, we can tell you the following:
- All the dice are larger Black Oak sized dice - these are big and fun to roll!
- All the dice feature entirely new custom designs and they are not available anywhere else! These dice are exclusive to this project!
- All the dice are unique - there are no duplicates inside!
- All the dice inside feature either solid, swirl or glitter styles!
- There are three 7 dice RPG sets included. Each set is different from the others and features a matching theme reflected in the design and color choices.
- There are three additional d20s that each feature unique colors and designs.
- The package art embraces an 'adventurer's tavern' theme and features beautiful artwork to help bring this theme to life.
- In addition to everything else, a bonus surprise waits inside! That's all we're saying!!
- Collectible! Except for two d20s inside the calendar (see Special Singles below), none of these will ever be available outside of this project.This is it!
We always strive to provide a fantastic product to our backers while also putting a focus on value. This project is no exception. We have $60 retail value of our dice within the calendar (plus a cool surprise) and everything is presented in our first formal retail packaging that doubles as a fully functional advent calendar. We commissioned the Fraim Bros to do our box art and we feel they really brought the magic to this project!
Reviewing our past projects will reveal we go above and beyond to deliver a great experience to our backers who are the best backers on Kickstarter! We hope you are willing to take a chance on this project and support our small business!
For those of you have not seen or rolled our dice, below is a size comparison of a Black Oak d20 and a standard d20. All of our dice are scaled to match a 19mm (3/4") d6 instead of a standard 16mm d6. The result is they are a better feel in your hand and they feel great when rolling. They are also much easier to read after several tankards of eggnog.
If you have backed our projects before or purchased our products in person at conventions, you know we put a lot of effort into the design, beauty and quality of our dice. Below is the best hint we are willing to provide as to what awaits you inside...
Two of the dice above are detailed below under Special Singles. We feel that they are worthwhile to have available in addition to the calendar itself because they might make good gifts for gamer/geek friends.
Grand total, we have $60 retail value of dice inside plus a surprise we think you will like. With the added benefit of integrating these dice into a fully functional advent calendar that is cool in its own right, we feel this is a great value!
We've got an eye on keeping this project super simple. Given the limited number of calendars available, there will be some limitations for stretch goals so it's going to be fairly simple. After we've funded, we only have two stretch goals and we think they are great! Both are exclusive to this project only.
Our stretch goals are much further out than our target funding goal. We have decided to set our initial goal low as production is already underway, but our stretch goals have to hit at higher targets due to overall costs. This isn't normal for our projects, so we wanted to drop in a note as to why.
We hope you like our stretch goals! Our pins and dice bags have been well received on previous projects and we are sure you will like them. And hey - what better to hold all these new holiday themed dice than a limited edition dice bag to go with it? Both of these items are project exclusives, so if unlocked they will not be available for general sale outside of this project. However, if anyone wants an extra or two, they will be available in the pledge manager (see Stocking Stuffers below).
We have to reveal designs for two of the super secret dice inside. We think these two d20s are especially perfect for stocking stuffers or fun add-ons for yourself. The Holiday Lights d20 is perfect for some holiday dice fun. Both of these dice will be available in the pledge manager.
We have plenty of stocking stuffers for the geeks in your life! We even have stockings!!! You can see most of our available products on our website. All products there as well as a few others will be available as part of the pledge manager process that will begin shortly after the campaign funding period ends. Below is an overview list and general price breakdown of our products:
- Additional Holiday d20 Dice Bag $9 (reduced for backers)
- Additional Holiday d20 Pin $7 (reduced for backers)
- Candy Cane & Holiday Light d20 (singles) $4 (reduced for backers)
- Dice & Geek Stockings $15 (limited quantities available)
- Black Oak Thematic Polyhedrals (singles) $5
- Black Oak Thematic RPG Sets $15
- Soft Suede with Satin Liner Dice Bags $10
- Totally Geek Pins $7.50
You can choose to add additional funds to your pledge now to cover add on items or simply add them post project during the pledge manager process.
All packages will ship starting mid November at the latest. For a project with the total maximum number of backers this one could have, we know from our previous 17 Kickstarts that we can ship all packages within 3-5 business days from the day we start. It will be a rapid turnaround and all rewards will be packed securely in an effort to minimize risk of damage during shipping. Backers will receive a tracking number at the time of shipment.
All shipping fees will be collected post the campaign as part of the BackerKit pledge manager process. Please see the shipping matrix below for cost estimates.
DOMESTIC USA BACKERS If you are a domestic USA backer, your Advent-ure Calendar will ship via USPS Priority Mail and is expected to arrive before December 1. We cannot explicitly guarantee it will because we have no control over what happens once we give the packages to the USPS, but we would not run this project and take your orders if we foresaw any reason they would arrive after December 1.
INTERNATIONAL BACKERS Packages destined for International backers are not guaranteed to arrive before December 1. These shipments will ship via USPS First Class Package International Service. We have noted that sometimes shipments can arrive to our International backers in approximately a week while sometimes it can take over two weeks. The only assurance we can provide is that all packages will ship starting mid November at the latest.
We have cost estimates outlined below.
Are you a verifiable brick and mortar retailer? Would you like to carry the Advent-ure Calendar or any of our other products in your store? We'd love to earn your business!
We have a limited number of calendars set aside specifically for working with our retailers. As a result, we are limiting the maximum number of units per retailer to five. Retailers will receive one unlocked stretch goal per Advent-ure Calendar ordered. Simply back at the 'Retailer Only' level and contact us through the creator contact area of the Kickstart page or through our website here and we can go over the details. Verified brick and mortar retailers (no online retailers) receive a wholesale rate on all our products. The suggested MSRP for the Advent-ure Calendar is $55 USD.
We know this product needs to be on your shelves prior to Black Friday and we are confident we can meet that schedule. Packages for our domestic USA retailers ship USPS Priority Mail and the cost will be based on the number of units ordered. International retailers may or may not receive this product before December 1.
Thank you for checking out our latest project!
Risks and challenges
If funded, our priority will be to meet or exceed backer expectations. We structure our Kickstart projects with a goal of minimizing risks and challenges in an effort to help build confidence in our backers:
* Straightforward design
* Visual representation of the final product
* Partner with an established production vendor
* Research and capture all costs
* Provide regular project status updates
* Communicate any issues as they arise
Given the successful fulfillment and positive backer feedback from our earlier projects, we are confident that we can and will meet our stated goals.
Our highest risk on this project is the aggressive timeline. As we have already initiated production, we feel confident we can meet our delivery schedule!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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