About this project
LAST DAY UPDATE
I wanted to make a post on the main page so everyone joining today would have access to this.
*NEWS* Frog God Games has included the final day on their newsletter to about 15,000 gamers. Hopefully a few there will take a look and boost our numbers in the last hours.
When the project ends, the survey will be done through BACKERKIT. This module will allow you to add on other items from Hrothgar's Hoard. Items that will be available:
- Monk dice cases. Holds 1 set of dice (pictures on this page). Starts at $25 plus 2 dollars shipping
- Bard multi-purpose cases: Holds a set of dice, 3 minis and can be used as a small dice tray. Starts at $35 plus $5 shipping.
- Rogue Miniature cases: Holds up to 10 minis. Starts at $25 plus $5 shipping
- Priest Miniature cases: Holds up to 24 minis. Starts at $45 plus $5 shipping
- Critical Hit and Critical Miss decks. For 5E with a 1E feel. $15 each or both for $25. No shipping charge.
So, anyone joining the project today, know that you will be able to get *most* of the products normally carried by Hrothgar's Hoard.
Now, 7 hours to go! Lets get some more pledges out there!
A few have asked for pictures that show the cases together so you can see the size relationship. Here is all of them side-by-side
Here they are stacked inside each other; the tops of the Bard and Monk to the right
To my surprise, the lid of the Paladin actually DID close with all of the cases inside (but not the tops)
Lastly, here is a side-by-side comparison of the Wizard vs. the Paladin. The tower is interchangeable between the two (for the newest version of the Wizard; older versions may be too thick for the lid of the Paladin to close.
The Paladin's Keep
The Paladin's Keep is a dice tower and tray system that is designed to be durable, reliable, and beautiful. This project is made from solid hardwoods, both domestic and exotic using construction methods which are proven to be extremely stable, giving you the piece of mind that your Paladin's Keep system is something that can be used for years even with demanding use and travel.
The tray system is made up of single strips of wood that are turned on their edge and glued together. Once the newly glued board has dried, it is CNC routed to a hexagonal shape and carved out. The top of the tray is made with flat sawn boards 2-3" wide that are glued together.
The tower portion of the Keep is made from a solid piece of hardwood, cnc carved so that the arms inside the tower are all part of a single piece of wood. There is no chance that the arms can shift or come out of position. This is one of the many things which makes the Paladin's Keep truly unique in the gaming world. While some towers rely on jointery or magnets to keep themselves together (things that can break down with use, travel, and time), the Paladin's Keep uses solid wood construction. There are no joints that can go bad simply because the tower uses no joints in its construction. It is designed to withstand the test of time.
The Paladin's Keep is available in various woods, both domestic and exotic. The basic pledge price allows you to choose between some common (and beautiful) domestic woods. If you wish to get a different type of wood, please consult the chart below and pledge the appropriate amount. If you want a wood that is not listed, please post a question regarding it in the comments section and I will let you know if it is an option and what the price would be.
The Paladin (no keep)
Some may not need the full Paladin's Keep. A good dice tray with a lid may suffice for many people. If you prefer not to use a tower, you can just get the Paladin which includes the dice tray and magnetic top.
Everything else at this level will be the same as with the full system with the exception of the tower. The tray itself is still made using edge grain construction methods, the lid still has flat-sawn boards glued together, and magnets are still in place so you can secure the top or even add a keep later.
The Paladin comes complete with the paladin symbol laser engraved on the front and comes in the same woods as the complete system. Please consult the chart below for the appropriate pledge amount.
Some may prefer a minimalist approach to dice control. You may not need a larger tray, you may not need a top to the tray. If so, the Ranger dice tray may be for you.
The Ranger is made with the same edge-grain construction as the Paladin. Strips of wood are turned on their edge and then glued together giving you an extremely stable dice tray.
But the Ranger, used to working in more natural conditions, has no use for a tower and keeps his gear organized so that he needs no container to fit them into. The ranger leaves small footprints and does not need the same area as the mighty paladin.
Thus the Ranger is a smaller, 8" hexagonal dice tray. It does not come with a top, nor does it need a lid, and therefore no magnets are needed. Simple. Reliable. The ranger needs no extras to get his job done.
The Ranger is available in the same variety of woods. Please consult the chart below for pricing.
The MONK dice case
Back by popular demand is the MONK dice case.
The MONK was originally part of the SKALD'S SONG project launched last year. It is a hexagonal case large enough to house a single set of dice (or two, if you remove the foam interior).
The ubiquitous hexagonal form is a great travel size and if you get multiple cases, will come together in a honey-comb fashion.
The interior of the case comes complete with a foam insert to protect your dice and felt padding on both top and bottom of the case. If you are really in a pinch, you can remove the foam and use the MONK as a very small dice tray (the full case measures about 3.5" across at the parallels)
The MONK's starting pledge is only $25. See the chart below for the pledge price for one of these great cases.
Now, I know what you are asking yourself right now...."If I got BOTH a PALADIN and MONK, could the MONK fit inside the PALADIN?" (or something along those lines....that looks far more dirty than it should...)
In any case, the answer is YES! The compact form of the MONK will fit inside a PALADIN even if you get the keep along with it. It is a tight fit, but it will work!
Some backers like to add artwork to their cases. I've added something new to my arsenal of tools that makes really customizing your Paladin's Keep system easy. Introducing Osric:
Osric is an 80 watt laser with a 4'x3' bed that can cut, engrave, bake, and disintegrate most earthly materials. It can take just about any image you might have and easily and quickly engrave it on your product, making it forever unique.
So send me your file or choose one of the images below. The cost to add an image on to your reward is only $20 per side engraved. So, if you want the top of your case engraved with something, it is $20. If you want the tower engraved, it is $20 per side that you want engraved. Pretty much anything you want, Osric can do. Post a comment if you have any questions.
Below are some of the images that I have available. If you have something in mind, but don't have an image, let me know and I'll check my library.
Please, when submitting images, make sure you have the proper copyright. If you do not own (or have not gotten rights to) an image, I will not be able to use it on your reward.
You can choose what color felt you have on your tray from Green, Maroon, Blue, and Black as shown below. This choice will be made during the survey portion of the project.
Cast 'Minor Alteration'
Everyone likes things a little different on their cases and I try to allow for alterations as they come up. Thus, I am allowing backers to cast the spell Minor Alteration' on their case. However, every time an alteration occurs means I have to change something in the work process. So if you would like a minor alteration, there is a $10 charge for that alteration to account for extra time and/or materials (think of it as spell component costs).
Minor alterations include (but are not limited to):
- change in felt color from standard colors
- change in or removal of paladin and ranger emblems on the front of the case
- padding of dice tower arms to reduce noise
- mix/matching types of wood (ex: cherry base with a walnut top)
If you have an idea for an alteration, let me know and I'll figure out if it is something minor or something that would be more involved.
There are always a couple people in a project like this who say, "hey, I really like your idea, but I want something like....." If this is you, go ahead and ask. If it is something that is more than a minor alteration, I still may be able to do it, but I will need to figure out the price and if it would add any additional time to the project. Please also note that a major alteration is almost certainly something that requires that I pull an order out of the production line and work on it separately and that is going to cost me time away from doing everyone else's work. For that reason, major alterations are generally done last and the charge will be based on a time/material estimate. I also cannot guarantee that a major alteration will work in the way you imagine and you may or may not be pleased with the outcome.
As an example; I've had one request that I make the top tray magnetized in a way which would allow it to adhere to the bottom of the dice tray so it takes up less room on the table. Not a bad idea, but the only way I can think of doing this off the top of my head is to have magnets exposed on both the top of the cover, and the bottom of the tray. I have my doubts on how good this will look. So, while I can appreciate the enthusiasm you might have for an alteration, please think through how that will change the final look and whether you can live with that look. I would rather not deliver a product that you are ultimately unhappy with (and had to pay extra to get).
Some of my previous backers may have noticed that I've set a little higher of funding goal than I normally do. Since my projects have largely relied on building items items out of wood that is easily accessible (for me), I've never really needed a large funding goal. Heck, for most of the projects, it didn't really matter if I had to make 10 or 1,000 of something, so a funding goal was never really set very high.
And even this project's goal really isn't high. But it is higher than it has been in the past. And that is because of one major thing that I am attempting to do with Hrothgar's Hoard: get the product line into retail stores. To do this, I need to think more about packaging. I've never really had to worry about custom boxes before: generic boxes have been adequate, if not eye-catching. But the time has come for me to step up my game and get the product line into retail stores.
So, while at Gen Con this year, I made contact with a company that makes boxes for games. We talked about boxes for my products and I was encouraged by what they had to say. So, with the successful funding of this project, I will be able to purchase custom designed boxes which highlight the product, can be used to transport your rewards and will look outstanding in a retail location. Because of the initial outlay of money, the only way I would be able to afford to do something like this is with the help of you and your pledges through Kickstarter.
Risks and challenges
This is Hrothgar's Hoard's 6th Kickstarter Project and I am happy to say that almost every one of the projects has shipped on time (or very close to on time). I have learned *most* of the ins and outs of building, scheduling, shipping, etc. In short, I've learned how to run a good business.
The patterns are set. I did not have to learn or come up with any new construction methods for this project. My wood suppliers are established. There is no serious reason why I would not be able to complete this project on time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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