The New York Toy Fair aftermath
Dear Dice Age backers,
In case I didn't emphasize, a lot happened at the New York Toy Fair that triggered a new growing wave in our project:
- We met a number of toy inventors, awesome guys like Brett Klish, we showcased the product, we encountered Mary Couzin from the Chicago Toy and Game group, and Kidrobot and Thinkgeek are interested in the game.
TimeWarp comics (http://www.timewarpcomics.com/),
where James Lisk organized the 6th tournament ever. With the help of David Bower, we discovered how
Dice Age can be kind of categorized as an "art toy", except
it is the first art game...
As we needed to provide our actual 3D physical masters to our new manufacturer for the full series, as well as a painted sample set for reference, we had to reproduce our precious unique masters. By researching in the art toy field, we found a way to finely reproduce them, and this week, for the first time in Dice age history, we are able to produce locally a few dice as they should be.
We are encouraged by this development and it allows us to move forward with the mass production we are all waiting for. Although this micro dice brewery is expensive and time intense, it also allows us to release extra copies. We won't have just one precious prototype to show anymore, and it allows us to even build new dice.
- So we felt inspired to launch the "new
die of the week" campaign on our facebook page, where you will
be able to vote for the next die to be microbrewed every three weeks.
Those of you who adopted a die, it's going to be time to
choose the die you want to adopt. We will start building it
physically, and send it to you right away!
Since the Alphas are really the best advertisement for the product, we will be launching the sale of limited Alpha dice masters copies via our online shop under the name "Masters Series" so everyone has a chance to purchase some of them. Like the Proxies (RIP) yielded to the Masters Series, the sale of the Masters Series will end once the mass produced Full Alpha sets arrive (in roughly 3 months), or will just remain a purgatory for new dice.
- As Kevin Cook suggested, we put some 3D printable Alphas in Inox, Bronze or Silver for sale on shapeways.com. It's the “Metal Series”. We received a message asking to allow the Kickstarter backers to buy plastic 3D printed Alphas from shapeways, but they are still very expensive and the colors aren't good. So instead, Kickstarter backers will be able to receive Masters Series dice at cost ($3.27) with the promotional code “backer”, where everyone else will have to pay full retail price ($5.43)). We hope that anyone who receives these Masters Series dice will act as our ambassadors to their local game stores and their friends, so we can keep spreading the word about the dawning age of dice!
All this adventure wouldn't be possible without you. We hope you enjoy the journey. Once again thank you everyone for your continued support, love and patience.
We are excited to be back on track with production!
Tristan and team Dice Age