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Gaming boxes built to look like arcane tomes! Rich leather, wood and metal come together in an elegant package that's functional & fun.
Gaming boxes built to look like arcane tomes! Rich leather, wood and metal come together in an elegant package that's functional & fun.
Gaming boxes built to look like arcane tomes! Rich leather, wood and metal come together in an elegant package that's functional & fun.
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Hi there! As all things must, this campaign too has come to pass. If you missed your chance to nab a Spellbook while they were here on Kickstarter, you can head over to elderwoodacademy.com. If they aren't available for sale yet you can sign up for our mailing list and we'll update you the moment we start taking new orders.Thank you for checking us out! Still have questions? Email us: info@elderwoodacademy.com or tweet: @elderwoodboxes and we'll be happy to chat with you ^_^ Below is the original campaign, untouched. 

 Cheers! Hugs! Crits! <3 Q&D

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Hi there! We’re Quentin and Dan, and it's a pleasure to meet you. If you just watched the video this next part might sound familiar. We’ve been working on Spellbooks, a gaming box designed to feel like an arcane tome and crafted to capture the timeless appeal of classic leather, wood, and metal. 

Spellbooks are stylish and functional reliquaries for your favorite gaming gear. They come in two basic styles; “card deck” and “rolling tray." The card deck is made for trading card games like Magic: The Gathering, while the rolling tray is for the generalists out there. You can further personalize the rolling tray interior with removable foam inserts cut to a variety of templates.

Inside the cover is a new Elderwood feature: the Reflecting Pool. Each Pool is crafted out of a variety of metals and acts as a fully functional dry erase board to keep track of temporary stats. 

Finally, we offer an array of luxurious leathers with which to bind each Spellbook, and offer a range of art to customize the cover and spine to make them uniquely your own. To close out the package, hidden magnets together with a book belt keep your treasures safe and secure.

We know holiday shopping is important to some of you, so scroll down for our gifting options to learn more, and may the dice roll ever in your favor.

The open Spellbook features chocolate leather with maple wood with walnut trim and an aluminum reflecting pool.
The open Spellbook features chocolate leather with maple wood with walnut trim and an aluminum reflecting pool.
Slightly warmer than the maple, this Spellbook features cherry wood and walnut trim.
Slightly warmer than the maple, this Spellbook features cherry wood and walnut trim.
The blue book is a prototype that is not going to be produced. Redheart trim on mahogany with copper in the back. Walnut with mahogany trim and brass in the middle.
The blue book is a prototype that is not going to be produced. Redheart trim on mahogany with copper in the back. Walnut with mahogany trim and brass in the middle.

CRAFTING YOUR SPELLBOOK

You can preview your Spellbook here!

Options, options, options. We want to make the Spellbook that’s just perfect for you, so we’ve tried to create the right options that let you select your level of customization. If you're looking for something pre-configured (and, quite frankly, awesome) scroll down to read about the Acquisitions Inc Employee Manual, Volume I, our Spellbook designed for fans of Penny Arcade's adventuring franchise.

Leather - To start, choose your binding leather, which comes in onyx, chocolate, sandstone, black cherry, dark amber, and winter wheat. Keep an eye on our stretch goals; if we hit our marks, even more leather options will become available.

(L->R) Dark amber, black cherry, onyx, sandstone, chocolate, winter wheat
(L->R) Dark amber, black cherry, onyx, sandstone, chocolate, winter wheat

Art - Next, you’ll want to decide how to adorn your Spellbook. Each reward offers one of four options: blank canvas (the "unadorned" look), signature (any one of our existing pieces), personalized (signature plus your choice of text), and fully customized (any image you send us that we can create). Then, choose what color ink you’d like us to use; right now we’re offering silver, gold, bronze, ochre, and navy.

If we aren't able to offer an option that feels right to you, there are two choices. Arch-Mage lets you work directly with Quentin to design your very own custom art that we'll emblazon on your Spellbook for you. Or, if you're into DIY, you can also opt for the blank canvas; we'll be releasing a tutorial later with tips on our favorite techniques for decorating the leather covers.

 <3 Pfenix Artwork! Thanks for adding to the options! Check out more on Facebook and Deviant Art ^_^

Example of a signature art in practice
Example of a signature art in practice

Wood - You’ll want to choose the wood base for your Spellbook. Check out the reward descriptions for what woods are available to you. Dan favors the walnut base because it has a powerful darkness and the swirling grain adds an air of ancient mystery. Quentin likes the maple best because it glides under his fingers and has a book-like feel to it. Whichever you choose, you can’t go wrong. Choose an accompanying wooden trim to line the reflecting pool and interior of the Spellbook. Trim options include cherry, walnut, and purpleheart, redheart, mahogany, and maple for all backing levels.

Base woods for Conjurer, Warlock, and higher reward levels
Base woods for Conjurer, Warlock, and higher reward levels
Base woods for Sorcerer and higher reward levels
Base woods for Sorcerer and higher reward levels
Base woods for Royal Wizard and higher reward levels
Base woods for Royal Wizard and higher reward levels
Trim for all levels!
Trim for all levels!

Interior design - Your Spellbook is nearly complete! You’ll have to tell us what you want to use your Spellbook for. If you need one for trading card games, the card deck style is designed to hold 80 single sleeved cards (100 single sleeved card variant available - see Add Ons). If you prefer the rolling tray style, the full interior measures approximately 5 x 7 inches. Every open style Spellbook comes with one of several options for foam lining. We offer several stock layouts, but we’d like to hear from you about how you’d cut your foam. If we don’t offer the perfect shape, we offer partially perforated foam blanks which you can customize to perfection.

Here are some examples of foam inserts we will offer. We will add more here near the end of the campaign based on what you all tell us.
Here are some examples of foam inserts we will offer. We will add more here near the end of the campaign based on what you all tell us.
Finalized foam options
Finalized foam options

(Extra foam inserts are a $2 add on each)

Felt lining - Rolling tray-style (or open-style) Spellbooks will come with a felt lining on the bottom with your choice of 3 colors. More colors may be unlocked in the stretch goals! This is in addition to the removable foam inserts. 

Felt linings for rolling-tray style Spellbooks
Felt linings for rolling-tray style Spellbooks

Reflecting pool - The reflecting pool is available in several metals, and doubles as a dry-erase board during your adventures. Depending on the tier you can select from copper, brass, aluminum, titanium, hammered brass, nugold, or sterling silver.

Copper, brass, and aluminum stock before being installed.
Copper, brass, and aluminum stock before being installed.

ACQUISITIONS INC EMPLOYEE MANUAL, Vol I

If you’re interested in the AI Employee Manual, Vol I, we’ve made them available within the Kickstarter itself at a discount for getting in early. Once every Kickstarter order has been fulfilled and sent out, the Employee Manuals will also become available through Penny Arcade and Table Titans directly.

Included in each Employee Manual, Vol I (standard issue) comes a beautiful 7-piece set of black-and-pearl dice and 14 unique adventuring cards by the Penny Arcade gang, all held together in a custom foam layout.

The AI Employee Manual is crafted in rich mahogany with a walnut trim, steel reflecting pool, onyx leather, and exclusive Penny Arcade cover and spine art
The AI Employee Manual is crafted in rich mahogany with a walnut trim, steel reflecting pool, onyx leather, and exclusive Penny Arcade cover and spine art
En guarde! Have at thee!
En guarde! Have at thee!

 AI Manuals will be Rolling-Tray style, and feature the following foam...

Some of the Acquisitions Inc Corporate-Approved cards
Some of the Acquisitions Inc Corporate-Approved cards

ADD-ONS AND CUSTOMIZATION

Want some help filling your Spellbook with magic? We’ve partnered with our friends at http://norsefoundry.com to include some add-ons to get you started.

  • add $35 and your order will include a 7-piece set of your choice of Dead Mans Gold or Chainmail Silver metal RPG dice
  • add $90 and your order will include a 7-piece set of Lapis Lazuli Gemstone RPG dice
  • add $15 and your order will include your choice of a 10-piece Steampunk Metal Coins Variety Pack or Dwarven Metal Coins Variety Pack
  • Finally, add $10 for a thicker Spellbook designed hold 100 sleeved cards instead of our standard 80.
  • Extra foam inserts are $2 each
Metal and gemstone dice from our friends at Norse Foundry!
Metal and gemstone dice from our friends at Norse Foundry!
Adventure Coins also from Norse Foundry!
Adventure Coins also from Norse Foundry!

Cuff Links

Are you a wizard sporting French cuffs? We've got you covered with our exclusive Claire Myers designed cufflinks. Offered in walnut, purpleheart, redheart, mahogany, or maple in silver-plated settings. Your choice of art:

Cuff links can be added on for $10
Cuff links can be added on for $10
(Front to back) Mahogany with redheart trim and copper, walnut with mahogany trim and brass, maple with walnut trim and aluminum
(Front to back) Mahogany with redheart trim and copper, walnut with mahogany trim and brass, maple with walnut trim and aluminum

GIFTING OPTIONS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

We craft Spellbooks with diligence, care, and love. The end result is a product we’re excited to share, but it also means we take enough time to make sure we send you the best possible product. If you need your Spellbook in hand before the end of the year, we guarantee that all of the Holiday Wizard backer rewards will ship in time for the Holidays. For all other holiday orders we're offering the Elderwood Gift Package. At the end of the Kickstarter you will have the option, at no charge, to select your order as a Gift Package; when you do, we will send you a stylized, wax sealed envelope with a self-addressed return order form inside. Hand it to your gift-ee and they can fill out their preferred Spellbook configuration. They return the order form to us, and we'll send them the exact Spellbook they asked for as soon as production is complete. Most of these will ship after the start of the new year. The Elderwood Gift Package is only available to U.S. backers.

The Gift Package contains an entire Spellbook ('s order form).
The Gift Package contains an entire Spellbook ('s order form).

STRETCH GOALS

We're looking forward to offering even more choices with which to personalize your Spellbooks, and if we hit our stretch goals we'll be able to do just that!

Unlocked! We've added these to the set of main trim options!
Unlocked! We've added these to the set of main trim options!

Enjoy even more ways to customize the right look for your Spellbook. Trim options now include mahogany, redheart, and maple to frame your reflecting pool and line the inside lip of the Spellbook base.

More trim!
More trim!

Leather! Glorious leather! Raining from the sky like some terribly botched Storm spell that's a total win for the villagers. Expanded leather options include Black Cherry, Dark Amber, and Winter Wheat. We'll get images up soon!

More art color options! Ink, ink flowing like a river from a clean mountain spring... somehow filled with iiiiiink! And also there's no water in this hypothetical example. The new ink spring colors include bronze, ochre, and navy

Open-style Spellbooks will have another 3 color options for lining:

More felt lining options for rolling tray-style Spellbooks
More felt lining options for rolling tray-style Spellbooks

We want to offer some more colors of leather for you guys! Help us get there!

Additional Leather options for Spellbook covers
Additional Leather options for Spellbook covers

DELIVERY SCHEDULE

We'll be conjuring Spellbooks as quickly as our wands can waggle, but we do take pride in our work and we only send out the highest quality end product. Initially we expect to be on a schedule of roughly 100 Spellbooks a month. However, if you all absolutely bury us in orders with your generosity, we have the know-how and experience to scale up production. This process takes a few months, but it will mean dramatically increased production with no loss of quality starting early 2016.

DETAILS & DIMENSIONS

Spellbooks were originally designed with Magic The Gathering in mind, and has been ported to the open variant for flexible-use. The original design is 1" deep on the interior, and fits 80 sleeved cards. The extended version ($10 add on) is 1.25" deep and fits 100 sleeved cards. The extended version is offered in both card and open-style Spellbooks.

Interior dimension are listed below if you want to see what fits!

You can see the magnet placements in the corners!
You can see the magnet placements in the corners!

SEND US YOUR IDEAS

Throughout the campaign if you have any suggestions for art, foam interiors, or other features you'd like to see, please message us, email us at info@elderwoodboxes.com, or Tweet @Elderwoodboxes to let us know what excites you.

THESE BOOKS AREN'T HEXAGONAL ENOUGH

We know, we had the same thought and it was a struggle to see past it. If you're having trouble reconciling your love of boxes and hexagons, check out our other dice-box option, the Hex Chest, over at Elderwood Academy

Risks and challenges

We have one successful Kickstarter under our hat and wizard robes already, and have built this one around our previous experience. We have practice making the Spellbooks and are confident that we can deliver these to everyone who wants one!

We need Kickstarter to generate the capital to purchase materials, machinery, and manpower (mostly our own) in bulk to make this project work. As just a few guys in Ann Arbor, Kickstarter affords us a great opportunity to reach the larger gaming enthusiast community to share our passions.

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FAQ

  • To order multiple Spellbooks, just increase your contribution within your tier by the amount needed to back the other Spellbook. We ask that you don't use early-bird pricing for backing multiples!

    When surveys are sent out, you will be able to tell us about the other Spellbooks that you ordered!

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  • We will offer additional foam inserts as a $2 add-on. Get as many as you would like!

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  • Yup! They can easily be removed or swapped out!

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  • The regular box is designed for two stacks of 40 single-sleeved cards (80 total per box). It will fit ~60 double-sleeved cards.

    The extended version ($10 add on) is designed for two stacks of 50 single-sleeved cards (100 total per box). It will fit ~80 double-sleeved cards.

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    This official manual (issued at nominal cost to all new employees of Acquisitions Inc.) contains Corporate-Issue random number generators (in six denominations), Corporate-Approved spell preparation lists for challenging adventuring scenarios (including but not limited to Mountain, Double Date, and Funeral), a list of equipment (as well as optional upgrades such as “A Backpack To Hold Equipment”, and the “Larceny Deluxe”), plus an invaluable quick reference guide - suitable for the belt-pouch - titled “What To Do When Confronted With An ELDRITCH PORTAL."

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