This campaign is for high quality cut glass gemstones in a selection of sizes, styles and colours, no cheap and nasty plastic stuff here. My aim in all my products is to sell items as close as I can to treasure without costing a mint, our players deserve believable props.
The glass is coloured and not coated.
Way back in the 70's as a teenager when my group of friends first started playing this great new game called Dungeons and Dragons I had an idea to hand out stuff to my players, at the time I made some scrolls and mostly paper items to give out as loot.
We then started to make plastic squared sheets for drawing dungeons on and place minis.
More recently, now my kids old enough for D&D we have been making terrain using Hirst Arts moulds, this helps engage them in the game and got me thinking back to making treasure props as a kid myself.
I had a look around and found a couple of kickstarter campaigns producing fantasy coins but they were not really want I had in mind and I also wanted more things to represent treasure, gems and magic items to give my players and something authentic looking to store it all in.
So to achieve this am going to start producing a range of coins and gemstones to hand out, in nice suede and velvet pouches, proper hardwood iron bound treasure chests and some magic item cards that can be written on then wiped clean for reuse.
This initial campaign will be for Gemstones, if successful the next one will be for coins, then chests. You can get an idea of these items if you check out my previous campaigns that were not successful and included all the items.
Gems wil be available in 8 colours, 3 sizes (6mm, 12mm & 18mm) and in the round diamond shape.
Stretch goals will unlock 24 & 30mm gemstones and another 6 shapes (square, marquise, oval, trillion, pear and rectangle).
Most pledges give points that can be spent on gems as per this table;
The height any gem is calculated as ((length + width) / 2) x 0.6
So a 30mm round gem is ((30 + 30)/2) x 0.6 = 18mm
Risks and challenges
There should be little risk to funders in this project, I have been trading as an online business for 13 years or so now and operate with no real overheads.
I will be putting all my stores available funds into getting this moving right away to produce samples and will be using the kickstarter to allow me to get the volumes I need to ensure we get the right price.
If we significantly pass the target I should be able to get better prices so will be sending out more items in each pledge.
- (25 days)