Dice Coins: 2018 2nd Release
Amazing d20 sculpted metal spinning Dice Coins. Great reviews by our previous backers. A different kind of dice that are works of art.
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, September 29 2018 7:05 AM UTC +00:00.
***Update - all stretch goals have now been unlocked. Details below!***
***14 more characters are shown below under Stretch Goals!!!***
We originally had six stretch goals. They were unlocked the first day of the campaign. We added eight more. All of them are unlocked so all of the coins below ARE available.
Since these characters were added during the campaign, we can't guarantee that all of the artwork will be done before the campaign is over.
However, since we have three artists working for us, it will be really close. We anticipate that all of the artwork and some photos of finished coins will be done by the time you receive your survey and select your coins.
We will keep our backers apprised of the progress through updates. Here is an example of the coin design process so you can see how the stretch goals will progress.
Artwork is the first step
Mold maker creates 3D render from the artwork
This is made into the finished coin shown below.
Shown below are the additional coins that were unlocked and are available for selection.
d4 - Wizard (3D render complete, mold in process). Will be plated in antique gold or matt gold.
d4- Fairy (3D render complete, mold in process). Will be plated in antique gold or matt gold.
d6 - Werewolf (3D render complete, mold in process). Will be plated in antique copper.
d6 - Cleric (3D render complete, mold in process). Will be plated in antique gold or antique silver.
d8 - Ranger (3D render complete, mold in process). Will be plated in antique copper.
d8 - Giant Spider (artwork complete, 3D render in process). Will be plated in black metal or antique silver.
d10 ten digit - Monk (3D render complete, mold in process). Will be plated in antique gold or matt silver.
d10 ten digit - Phoenix (artwork in process). Will be plated in antique copper.
d10 one digit - Skeleton Dragon (3D render complete, mold in process). Will be plated in black metal or antique copper.
d10 one digit - Rogue (artwork in process). Will be plated in antique copper.
d12 - Barbarian (3D render complete, mold in process). Will be plated in antique copper.
d12 - Vampire (artwork in process). Will be plated in antique silver.
Dice Coins are unique in that we can offer specialty dice that are not possible with normal dice. The following two specialty dice are also available.
d3 - Cerberus the Three Headed Dog (artwork complete, 3D render in process). Will be plated in black metal or antique copper.
Alphabet coin (3D render complete, mold in process). Will be plated in antique copper.
This is my sixth Kickstarter project. The first five projects were either delivered on time or EARLY. I take the trust that my backers place in me seriously. I don't promise something that I can't deliver.
Dice Coins are a different take on dice. Dice Coins combines elements of a coin and dice so you can generate random numbers by spinning the coin and stopping it with your finger.
They work just as well as regular gaming dice but allow amazing 3D sculpted artwork to be displayed on each one. They can also be used as rotatable stat counters and game markers.
- Designed to military challenge coin standards.
- Coins are made from a solid zinc alloy metal.
- Each coin weighs almost 2 ounces.
- Coins are 2 inches (50.8 mm) in diameter.
- Coins are about 4 mm thick.
The common side of the coin has a knob molded into the metal. Players use one or two hands to spin the coin like a top. Once the coin is spinning at full speed (which just takes a second), the player puts their finger at the bottom of the coin and stops it. The result is the first completely visible number to the left of the player's finger.
The video shown below and on the project page shows them in action. Listed at the end of project page is more info on how they compare to regular dice.
The result above is 20. Since 20 is to the left of your finger and completely visible.
I released the first version of Dice Coins in late 2016 and the next set in 2017. These versions were mechanically the same as the current coins but used a printed overlay, covered by epoxy, for the characters. Earlier this year, I launched the metal 3D sculpted version of Dice Coins. This was by far the most popular version of Dice Coins and I will continue to use this in the future. Here are some comments from the backers of the last project:
Steph Parker (Superbacker): They look absolutely incredible and they work great.
Christopher Wayne (Superbacker): They're great. Can't wait to show these to my players.
MegginCody (Superbacker): I love them.
Dyson Gibson (Backer): Great job. Exceeded all my expectations.
Joe (Superbacker): They are great. Spun one and it worked perfectly. No more rampaging dice.
Bob Freeman (Backer): Brilliant. Love everything about it.
Luke Heller (Backer): I can't say enough great things about this and all past Kickstarters by JM Ward. Back with total confidence!!!
There are many more comments. You can view them at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1719872687/dice-coins-3d-d20/comments
It is up to you. You can select any combination of characters that are shown above.
A survey will be sent out at the end of the project to make your selections. You do NOT need to choose now.
These are the characters that are available. Photos are shown at the beginning of the project page.
2018 Second Release: Valkyrie, Paladin, Lich, Gold Dragon
2018 First Release: Dwarf, Minotaur, Female Elf, Silver Dragon
Stretch Goal coins: Wizard, Fairy, Werewolf, Cleric, Ranger, Giant Spider, Monk, Phoenix, Skeleton Dragon, Rogue, Barbarian, Vampire, Cerberus (three headed dog), and the Alphabet coin.
Limited Edition Minting
During the first year a coin is minted, the year is laser engraved in Roman Numerals on the edge of the coin. If the same coin is produced in subsequent years, there will be no engraving. Basically, if you have a coin with the year engraved on it, you have a "Limited Edition" coin. This was very popular in our prior campaign and the engraving came out fantastic.
The coins minted for this Kickstarter project will be the last minting this year. If these coins are produced next year, they will NOT have the year engraved.
We are also offering a display stand. It comes in two pieces and you insert them together like an X. It is made of a thick acrylic type plastic. The stands are $1.50 each.
Generally, you can add as many stands as the number of coins you ordered. For example, if you ordered four coins, you can add four stands. We have placed this limitation due to the logistics and cost of shipping. However, I am willing to make exceptions if you have need of extra stands. Just send me a message and I will see if it does anything to the shipping costs. In most cases, it won't.
For each stand you want, just increase your pledge by $1.50.
How to add more coins
There are a lot of different pledge levels. If you need to add coins above a pledge level you can do that by adding a flat $6 extra to your pledge amount for each additional coin. For example, there is an 8 and 12 coin pledge levels. If you want 10 coins, pledge for 8 coins and add $12 for the two extra coins. Or you want more than 20 coins, then just add $6 for each additional one. Shipping cost does NOT increase.
I will send a survey at the end of the project and you can select from any of the available coins.
International shipping rates are terrible. Even by using a fulfillment center, they are still very high.
However, this project is Euro friendly for import taxes/duties. You should not be charged any additional taxes/duties if you are in the European Union. For ALL other countries, any import taxes/duties are your responsibility. For most countries, this is not a significant issue since the value of the coins in comparison to some of the big board game projects is lower.
Our coins are somewhat unique in that they are not bulky, but have good weight to them. The result is that the minimum shipping price we got is good for ALL pledge levels.
As you can see below, shipping is expensive when buying only a few coins but the cost does not seem as bad when you buy a greater number of coins. Here are the prices:
Canada - $16 dollars for all levels except 20 coin level. $19 for 20 coin level.
European Union and Australia - $22 dollars for all levels except 20 coin level. $25 for 20 coin level.
Rest of the World - $24 dollars for all levels except 20 coin level. $27 for 20 coin level.
Dice have been around forever and they work really well. However, Dice Coins do have some advantages over traditional dice.
Appearance, Weight, and Uniqueness
The appearance of regular dice are generally limited to color, material, and size choices. A limited amount of artwork can be put on them but this often makes it difficult to see the numbers or symbols. Dice Coins have a large area that allows elaborate artwork to be displayed. Players can choose coins that have artwork that fits the theme of their game or their personal style. When you pick them up, they have substantial weight since they are made of solid brass.
Dice Coins just look and feel cool. They are unique and each design is truly a work of art.
Dice are rolled and land on a number. Imperfections in the design, manufacturing, or composition of dice can result in statistical inaccuracies. Multi face dice are harder to manufacture so they are more prone to this.
This is NOT a factor with Dice Coins. A player manually stops the coin from spinning. Any manufacturing imperfections that would manifest themselves if the coins were allowed to stop spinning and come to rest on their own, do not happen since the player stops the coin before this occurs.
In addition, players can't manipulate the coins like some players do with dice. When a Dice Coin is spinning at full speed (which just takes a second), the numbers are totally blurred and you can't anticipate the results of the spin.
We were unaware, but one of our backers, Matthew J. Neagley, is a research/writer for Gnome Stew The Gaming Blog. He did an independent analysis of the accuracy of the Dice Coins. The results were very good to exceptional. Click here for the article link.
Stat Counters, Markers, Paperweight, or Display Piece
Dice Coins can be used as rotatable stat counters by using the bottom number on the coin. You just rotate the coin until the desired number is at the bottom. We staggered the placement of sequential numbers to eliminate any confusion on what number was being displayed in case a coin is moved slightly.
Dice Coins can also be used as game markers. You can even use them as a nice paperweight or display piece that is sure to be an attention grabber.
Spinning Surface and Amount of Space Needed
Dice Coins spin on everything you would roll a dice on. Tables, play mats, notebooks, etc. Just like dice, you would not use them on carpet. And again--just like dice--they make more noise if spun on a hard surface like glass. A table cloth, piece of paper, etc. eliminates the noise and they spin just fine. They excel on gaming play mats.
Dice can bounce into another player's area or off the table. A VERY bad spin with a Dice Coin can do the same. However, Dice Coins are easier to control than dice, require a little less space to use, and they stay in the same area where they are spun.
Dice Coins are more expensive than plastic poly dice. However, Dice Coins are actually cheaper than most specialty dice made of metal. Dice Coins are easier to make.
You generally only want to spin one Dice Coin at a time. This is why we are focusing on a d20. However, you can roll several regular dice at once. This is an advantage that regular dice have over Dice Coins. However, you can rapidly spin a Dice Coin several times in a row and add the results. See the project video.
Dice Coins are not aerodynamic tops. On harder surfaces they can wobble some as they spin. However, this does not affect their accuracy one single bit.
Risks and challenges
This our sixth Kickstarter project. All previous ones have been delivered early or on time. We have a lot of experience making coins with our challenge coin company. This is what we do and we have never missed a promised delivery date.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter