Welcome to Dice Coins 2019! We have 9 new coins to start off the year and some new stretch goals. All six of our previous projects were delivered on time or EARLY to fantastic reviews. We take the trust backers place in us very seriously. We respond to most comments and questions within minutes!
The Squirrel Coin is now unlocked! See art below.
We have released 9 new coins for 2019. We are also making the 2018 coins available.
You can choose any combination of the 2019 and 2018 coins. Pick one of each or multiples of the same coin in any combination. However, you don't have to pick now. At the end of the campaign you will receive a survey where you pick your coins.
2019 New Release Coins
The Weather Vane coin is a tool for DM's to generate weather conditions each day. There is not enough room on a coin to list every possible weather condition for each type of climate, so it has broad terms the DM can adapt to the setting of their adventure. See FAQ for more info on using this coin.
Stretch Goal Coin
During our last project, we received numerous requests for a squirrel coin. This was inspired by the squirrel sitting on the Ranger's shoulder. He has developed his own fan club so we made him a stretch goal! The stretch goal just got unlocked so here is artwork for the Squirrel!!! As you can see, the Squirrel is surrounded by treasure! We still have some touch ups to do on the art but this will give you an idea on where this coin is headed. For example, I want the artist to define the treasure a little bit better.
The Squirrel can be selected like any other coin. For those pledging for the 9 coin Collector's Edition, he is not included since he was a stretch goal that was just unlocked. However, you can substitute him for another coin or pledge at the 10 coin level to receive all the 2019 coins.
Limited Edition or First Edition Marking
During the first year a coin is minted, the year is placed in Roman Numerals on the coin. Last year, it was engraved on the edge of the coin. This year for the 2019 release, the year is being molded into the common side of the coin like the below photo.
If the same coin is produced in subsequent years, the coin will be identical but there will be no year displayed on the coin. Basically, if you have a coin with the year on it, you have a "Limited Edition" or "First Edition" coin.
The 2018 coins that are available are being minted from the same mold as the coins produced last year but do not have the year engraved on them.
Dice Coins come in a plastic sleeve. We check the sleeves prior to shipping but even with our best efforts, sometimes during shipping the seams may rip or the sleeves may get damaged with rough travel. We can't control this so we consider the sleeves disposable packaging. If it comes in good condition, that is a bonus. If not, we can't replace them.
However, we know backers are looking for something to carry their coins in, so we have addressed that with our stretch goals.
Our last Dice Coins project in late 2018 received hundreds of positive comments. You can see them on our last project page, but we grabbed 10 of the comments and posted them below. All of these are quoted exactly from our Kickstarter backers:
Dan Webb: Got my coins two days ago. These roll more fair than my Gamescience dice. LOL Love the new artwork!
Aistis: I must say, the coins look even greater in person. They are just amazing. :)
Eric F: I've received my coins and they are amazing. They are heavy, great and spin well. Congratulations for your job.
Ronja: Needless to say I'm super happy!!! Like all other backers I'm really impressed with the feel and quality!
Lukas Buergi: And daaaaiummm do the photos and videos not do them justice! These coins are absolutely gorgeous!
Oh, and I tried them on different surfaces, including different mats. They spun perfectly fine on most mats. Only one full gum that wasn't really meant for gaming anyway gave it any problems. But even there some playing around until I had technique down left me with a perfectly usable spin.
Karen M. Hansen-Morgan: I have to add my voice to all of those previous posters; these coins are AMAZING. So much nicer than I imagined.
BigDaddyRoss: Just received a box full today, these are stunningly beautiful!!! They really add a whole new degree of fun to existing games. Thanks!
Michael: Received my coins today and they look amazing, totally worth it and spin great on pretty much every surface i tried them on.
Jesse Mclellan: These dice coins are amazing! The art just pops out from the coin. So much more then a picture shows. Awesome job! Def going to be keeping an eye on any future dice coin projects of yours. They have just enough weight, artwork is awesome, easy to spin, numbers are clear. Can’t wait to bring them to my next games night and wow everyone haha.
Daniel Leonard: I received my coins a couple days ago and I am *blown away* by the size, detail, and quality of them! Thank you and great job!
Here are some photos that backers from the last campaign have posted.
We are offering free velvet coin pouches as part of our stretch goals. The pouches are about 3" by 4" and comes in four colors. You can place a coin in each pouch and carry the coins safely in a box, bag, pocket, etc.
$20,000 in pledges - Goal met and unlocked!!!
All backers will receive 1 free pouch. You choose the color.
$40,000 in pledges - Goal met and unlocked!!!
All backers will receive a total of 2 free pouches. You choose the colors.
$50,000 in pledges - Goal met and unlocked!!!
The Mighty Squirrel is coming!
During our last project, we received numerous requests for a squirrel coin. This was inspired by the squirrel sitting on the Ranger's shoulder. He has developed his own fan club so we made him a stretch goal!
If we reach this goal, we will create a d20 Squirrel coin and he will be available for selection with the other coins. The Squirrel is now unlocked so here is the art! We still have some touch ups to do on the art but this will give you an idea on where this coin is headed.
$60,000 in pledges
All backers will receive a total of 3 free pouches. You choose the colors.
$80,000 in pledges
All backers will receive up to 4 free pouches (must order four or more coins to receive 4 pouches). You choose the colors.
$150,000 in pledges
All backers will receive one FREE coin pouch for EACH of their coins purchased during the campaign, including early bird bonus coins. For example, if you were an early bird backer who pledged for 9 coins, you would receive 11 coins and get 11 free pouches. Or if you were a regular backer at 3 coins, you would receive 3 free pouches.
Note regarding pouches: We are allowing you to choose your colors, but even with our best effort we occasionally make a mistake in packaging. If we ship the wrong color by accident, we can't afford to reship the right color. These are free after all. However, we will do our very best to get you the correct color.
The following Add On's will be available during the survey that is sent after the campaign ends. You will be billed separately for these but they will all ship together with NO increase in shipping.
Like the last project, 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.
Extra Velvet Coin Pouches
You can purchase extra for $1 each. Once again, we can't absolutely guarantee your color choice.
Large Velvet Coin Pouches
Besides the small coin pouches, we have received a lot of requests for something to carry all of your coins in. We got a sample of a 6 inch by 9 inch velvet bag. It easily holds an RPG set of seven Dice Coins in plastic sleeves or small velvet coin pouches (see photo below). We also put 22 coins in it and it handled the weight well. It will be available in four colors (gold, silver, moss green, black) for $6 each with no additional shipping.
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 an issue that our previous backers encountered.
Our coins are somewhat unique in that they are not bulky, but have good weight to them. The result is that the below shipping price is good for ALL pledge levels.
As you can see below, shipping is expensive when buying only a few coins but since you can buy as many coins as you want without the shipping increasing, the cost becomes more reasonable as your pledge level increases. Here are the prices:
Canada - $19
European Union - $23
Rest of the World - $27
If you are a Dice Coins veteran, the below information about how the coins work is the same as last time. No need to read it unless you want to. If you are a new to Dice Coins, you will find this information useful.
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.
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 do well on most 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 seventh 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
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