About this project
What happened at:
$1,000: FUNDED! The first printer goal was the Solidoodle 3, a budget printer.
$2,000: 10 Specialty dice! Bakers get a choice of 4 when they get a full set. The second printer goal was the MakerBot replicator mini, the cheapest MakerBot printer.
$3,000: A better printer means nicer prints! The third printer goal was the MakerBot Replicator 5th Generation, a state-of-the-art printer, but with a few drawbacks.
$4,000: Braille needs to be quite precise, so an even better printer is needed! The last printer goal was the Ultimaker 2, with a resolution up to 0.02mm layers, and a big print bed.
Assassin Games has pledged their additional support in this project by offering a discounted download of their upcoming adventure, "The Curse of Hallas Reach". Upon reaching this Stretch Goal, all backers may add an additional $1 to their pledge and once the adventure goes live, they will receive a coupon for a digital download of the adventure.
"The Curse of Hallas Reach" is a low level (3rd to 6th) d20 fantasy adventure, set in a small outpost in the wilderness. The adventure can be dropped into almost any fantasy setting, but has ties with future supplements to be released by Assassin Games.
In other news:
The log dice design has been changed, as they are covered under a patent held by Michael Bowling of Crystal Caste. However, the D4 is not (the faces aren't triangle-shaped) and those will stay the same. Could you imagine reading braille off a triangular D4? Ow.
Big thanks to Mark E. Shoulson for the D5 design, check out his stuff at: https://www.shapeways.com/designer/clsn.
The stretch goals:
All the specialty dice will count as an 'under a D10' die. backers at the $30 level (getting everything) can ask for 4 dice of their choice from these. Those getting the files will get them for ALL the dice, including specials!
Why braille dice?
When my group sits down for D&D every week, we gather up dice, character sheets and pencils. My friend Bekah has a few extra steps. She gets her braille-display computer, her dice tower (so she knows where the dice will land), and designates someone to read her dice for her. Bekah is visually impaired, she relies on braille for everything, from finding her classes to finding her containers of tea. This means that if she wanted to run a game she would need someone else to read her dice. Sure, there are random number generators and things like that, but that doesn't get anywhere close to actually rolling a die. She tried huge dice, but those are still hard to read, and putting braille labels on a die would just squish them.
For the uninitiated, D&D and tabletop games like it are games heavy in visual components. The dice (of which you need a set of 7, the most useful in D&D being the twenty-sided die, called a D20), the 'mini figures', sort of action figures/dolls signifying characters, and maps of what's happening. A 'GM' (game master) narrates what is going on to players who control a character. Dice are rolled to determine if players succeed at what they are trying to do, as well as to determine how much damage attacks do. Suffice to say, D&D is not exactly friendly to the visually impaired. There are games without a map or anything else heavily visual, but even those need dice. So no matter the game, to play or run a game you really need dice, preferably your own. And it is really useful to be able to read them on your own, as your fellow player may not be paying attention at all.
So, to spread dice to the hand of every tabletop gamer, I intend to design and print brailled dice using a 3D printer. I will make a full D&D set: D4, D6, D8, percentile dice (D10 and D100), the little-used D12, and the ever-important D20. Then, I will wrap them up and send them to you awesome people! The dice will have both braille (one cell only, anything above 10 on the D20 and D12 will have dots 3 and 6 on it) and also a number above.
Risks and challenges
This is my very first kickstarter project, so I want to emphasize that I will be learning a lot as I go. Indeed, I already have! Did you know that pretty much every state has different standards for braille signage? And that braille fonts are terrible, as standard written braille cannot be re-sized as normal fonts can? And that braille should never have a flat top? But I already got through some of those, mostly by making my own sketchup braille component. The biggest challenge is the 3-D printing, as I have never used a solidoodle printer, or indeed any 3D printer at all. However, all the math shows it's much cheaper to make the dice by self 3D printing it, and the cheaper these dice are, the more people can get at them, which is something I want more than anything.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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