While the project has not hit the heights that I had hoped, thus unlocking some bonuses for PREMIUM backers, I still want to offer a few rewards to those who are backing me for more than $100. So, here is the list of options that PREMIUM backers will have:
- Free set of dice: Everyone always needs dice. It doesn't matter how many dice you have, you still need more. Every backer at the PREMIUM level will receive 1 set of Opaque Chessex Dice. You can choose the color on the final survey. Take a look at their selection here: http://chessex.com/Dice/Opaque%20Dice/opaquemainpg.htm
- Misfit bundle add-on: When an item doesn't meet my standards, it gets put in the misfit pile. A bundle will include 1 WIZARD Tower, 1 miniature case (usually ROGUE, but there may be some BARDs in this batch) and 1 dice case (could be the standard dice case or a MONK). These items are chosen at random, so there is no telling what wood you get, but all items will be functional, if flawed. I'll have a tier for domestic woods and (maybe) a tier for exotic woods. Domestic woods are a $60 add-on. Exotic woods...well...I'll have to see what I have and figure out a price...there will be a very limited number of exotics available. If any bundles are left over after the project ends they will be put on my webpage as a special offer, but will also have a shipping charge added to it.
- Wood Dice add-on: PREMIUM level backers will be able to order pairs of hand made wooden dice. These dice are made by someone I met at Gen Con this year. I'm going to hold off on more details on this because I want to confirm everything with him first.
- WIZARD Tower pouch: to any PREMIUM level backer who adds on a WIZARD Tower, you will also receive a large felt pouch to store your tower in. These have the Hrothgar's Hoard logo etched into them and give you ample room to store your Tower or just a crap-load of dice.
OK...I'm throwing out the list of unlocks. This project didn't get the traction that I was hoping for, but that is no reason why you, the backers, can't get a good selection of wood. So, forget the unlock map; I've removed it. Forget having to get more backers, or FB friends, or $$$. I wanted to offer at least one wood from each tier, and I wanted to bring back some of the most popular woods from past projects. If you don't see a wood on the list but want it, post it in the comments section and I'll let you know the odds of me getting it.
So here is the list of woods available:
I've sent the cases out for review and I will post the reviews of them as I receive them. Here is the link to the first: http://www.livingdice.com/9087/review-hrothgars-hoard-bard-magnetic-dice-box/
The guys at Kicking the Table gave a few seconds to Hrothgar's Hoard on their podcast. Go to about 35:35 on episode 57 at: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgamepodcast/25037/kicking-table
Saving Throw gave me a little shout out on their show. Take a look at Episode 7: http://savingthrowshow.com/barkys-brigade-episode-7-perlamore-council/
I have another set out for review, but I think the odds of it coming in before the project is over is pretty slim.
New Felt options
With 200 Facebook friends reached, I am opening up some new colors for felt options in the Bard case. You can choose from the standard green, or from black, burgundy, or dark blue. Here is a photo of the choices.
In addition, there will be a suede option. Below is a photo of brown suede. It will be applied over top of a layer of thin foam.
Tomorrow I'll grab a misfit and put the suede in to give you an idea of how it looks in a case.
I have experimented with some flocking and like the results. Below is a picture of a BARD case that has been ummm....flocked?
Color available is red. Cost to flock a case (BARD or MONK) IS $10.
I wanted to get these up before I left for Con on the Cob. Here are some images of pictures burned on MONK cases.
Above are the celtic images. All of the cases are cherry except for the center one which is curly maple. I really like how the detail of the center image turned out.
Above are a few of the tribal images. I wanted to do more of them, but ran out of time before I had to leave. Again these are cherry with the exception of the lower center which is curly maple.
Above is a custom image submitted by a backer (not on the page below yet) on curly maple.
Two dragons. Upper left in curly maple, lower right in cedar. Cedar takes a pretty good burn and is one of the more popular woods to get engravings.
I hope to get some more up once I get back. I've used cherry and maple because, honestly, I've made the most in these woods. I'll get some other woods represented soon.
Hrothgar's Hoard returns with its fourth Kickstarter Project. Previous projects have brought you the Rogue and Priest cases, the Wizard's Dice Tower, and the Warrior's Chest. Now, Hrothgar's Hoard is proud to introduce the Bard and Monk cases!
The Bard gaming class (or Skald as Hrothgar likes to call it) is the jack-of-all-trades of the gaming world. He has some fighting skills, some thievery skills and even a little magic.
Likewise, the Bard case is a jack-of-all-trades. Its hexagonal shape is perfect for portability; more compact than the Rogue miniature case.
Inside, foam is laser-cut giving you space to place three 28mm miniatures plus a couple larger cut-outs where you can store either larger miniatures or a set of dice.
Finally, the case is held together using 1/2" rare-earth magnets which allows you to remove the top, take out the foam and use one-half of the case as a dice tray.
Portability, miniature and dice storage, and a dice tray. The Bard brings multiple functions to your game while taking up just a small space at the table.
Dedicated. Focused. From the moment the monk awakes, he devotes himself to the perfection of whatever he pursues.
The Monk case is a hexagonal dice case milled from a single piece of wood. It measures only about 3.6" across, but don't let the size fool you. This case will bring your favorite set of dice with you no matter where you are going.
In fact, the deceptively small case will hold two full sets of dice.
Small enough to fit in your pocket, yet the solid wood construction holds great strength and a clear finish shows the wood's natural beauty. The Monk is simple, dedicated, and elegant.
SAME CONCEPT OF CONSTRUCTION
There have been many attempts in the recent past of people making gaming accessories out of wood. Some are laser-cut and then put together with the hope that friction will keep the object together. Some use new or traditional jointery which can look beautiful, but can wear down with the constant travel. Hrothgar's Hoard instead uses a concept of construction where a single piece of wood is shaped, routed, and finished...all without using joints. A solid piece of wood has no joints that can break, it relies on the strength and highlights the natural beauty of the wood. Hrothgar's Hoard avoids using glues that can otherwise mar a beautiful finish. It only uses clear-finishes on its products: never stains or oils that change the color of the wood. And Hrothgar's Hoard hand waxes every piece, making sure that it matches up to the high standards you should expect.
To keep the pledge system streamlined, there are only a few pledge tiers.
HELPER - $1 or more. This pledge is for the backer who wants to show support, but may not be interested in a case right now, or someone who knows they want something and is willing to wait until the end of the project to figure out what he/she wants. The HELPER tier can choose from any of the unlocks to ADD-ON, but will not have promotional choices available to him. For example, at the end of projects, I traditionally sell "misfit bundles"; cases that are functional, but not up to the quality I want. These bundles will not be available to backers who pledge at the HELPER level.
KWAI CHANG CAINE - $25 or more. This pledge is for the backer who is interested in purchasing a single MONK case or multiple cases that will not total over $100. The $25 pledge level gets you a MONK case in COMMON wood. If you want other woods, please consult the pricing chart to make sure that you pledge the correct amount. The KWAI CHANG CAINE tier can choose from any of the unlocks to ADD-ON, but will not have promotional choices available to him.
SKALD - $40 or more. This pledge is for the backer who is interested in purchasing a single BARD case or multiple cases that will not total over $100. The $40 pledge level gets you a BARD case in COMMON wood. If you want other woods, please consult the pricing chart to make sure that you pledge the correct amount. The SKALD tier can choose from any of the unlocks to ADD-ON, but will not have promotional choices available to him.
PREMIUM BACKER - $100 or more. This pledge is for the backer whose total desired pledge rewards are in excess of $100. At the PREMIUM BACKER tier, you will be able to choose from any of the ADD-ON unlocks. Additionally, the PREMIUM BACKER will be able to take advantage of any promotional offers (such as misfit bundles) that are unlocked.
RETAILER LEVEL 1 - $500 or more. In order to back at this level, you must be a retailer. You will need to provide me with your business information. Backers at this level will have access to a special module in the Backerkit survey giving you wholesale pricing on all Hrothgar's Hoard items. Email me for details at firstname.lastname@example.org. This level is not eligible for promotional offers. Shipping charges will apply.
RETAILER LEVEL 2 - $1,000 or more. In order to back at this level, you must be a retailer. You will need to provide me with your business information. Backers at this level will have access to a special module in the Backerkit survey giving you wholesale pricing on all Hrothgar's Hoard items. Email me for details at email@example.com. This level is not eligible for promotional offers. Shipping charges will apply.
MAD GNOME - $2,000 or more. This pledge tier is for a non-retail backer who really wants to take advantage of items from Hrothgar's Hoard. You will receive wholesale pricing on the complete line of Hrothgar's Hoard items. Shipping charges will apply.
ITEM PRICING AND WOOD AVAILABILITY
Wood selection will be broken down into 6 tiers: common, uncommon, rare, very rare, legendary, and artifact. As woods types are unlocked, they will be placed in their appropriate tier. If all unlock goals are met, then there will be over 70 species of wood available for you to choose from.
If you don't know what a wood looks like and want to see a picture of it, please see this web page http://www.keimlumber.com/exoticslibrary Please note that this is not Hrothgar's Hoard's web page. This is simple a web page by a business that did an excellent job at creating a wood library. Please do not contact Keim Lumber and ask them about this project; they will have no idea what you are talking about.
Laser-art can be added to any case for an add-on fee of $10 per image. Below are the images available for both the Bard and the Monk cases. Images below are public domain images.
Hrothgar's Hoard is also giving you, it's backers, a chance to have your own artwork engraved on to your cases. To submit your artwork, and to read the rules and conditions of this opportunity, please see my webpage at: http://www.hrothgarshoard.com/contest-.html
Opening a Case
At Gen Con, there was a little confusion on how to open the cases. The magnets are relatively strong, and the BARD case is fairly large unless you have large hands, so there was some dice flying on occasion. The trick to opening the case is to rotate the top slightly and THEN try to pull apart. Here is a video to help you out.
Risks and challenges
This project represents the 4th project Hrothgar's Hoard has run on Kickstarter. All my projects have thus far been made and shipped on time. With this project, I was able to make several prototypes (the final design is the 4th version of the cases), introduce them at Gen Con, and get lots of feedback on them. At this point, I am very familiar with Kickstarter expectations and I have had the chance to refine building processes. Therefore the risks and challenges of this project are minimal.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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