It has been a long journey since the conception of these unique custom dice in my kitchen and since we launched this Kickstarter campaign through which, together, we tried to get these dice manufactured on a broader scale.
Thanks to you, we were able to redesign the game in 3D printing; develop it in China; simplify the dice and the rules to make a better product; reproduce the prototypes; propose the game to several game publishers of the world's most famous toys; and showcase the game at the most prestigious game fairs in the U.S., all in a continuous effort to launch the project in defiance of all the bumps on the road.
I hoped to come back to you with good news -- a signed contract for the publication of the game and the joy of finally bringing it to you and to the world, but Dice Age did not make it to this stage. Despite all of our efforts, this project didn't come to life. As hard as it is to do, it is time to acknowledge this and to move on. I am proud of all that we were able to accomplish together, and I want to thank all of you guys for having believed in this Kickstarter project. I am forever grateful for your faith and patience.
I also want to encourage those who backed this project as their first and/or only Kickstarter project to keep your faith and continue to support other projects that you believe in. The overwhelming majority of projects and startups such as this one never come to fruition, but this risk is inherent any time we endeavor to contribute something positive to the world. So many of the inventions that we enjoy today and take for granted were created by people who experienced fits and slow starts. Their projects haven't always been successful, but pushing forward and continuing to dream and to create despite setbacks -- that's how greatness is achieved. Stephen King didn't get his first book published until after he received dozens of rejection letters, and as we know he's gone on to become one of the world's most successful writers. So it is important and essential to stay positive and to keep inventing, dreaming, creating, and investing in big ideas.
Thank you to all of you and may this new year bring the best to you.