Stretch Goal Announcement
If you are just seeing this project for the first time...
We added a stretch goal of $6000. If we reach that amount, new artwork will be created for a Dragon coin. This was a result of a vote by the backers in the comment section. A Valkyrie and a female Rogue were tied for second.
The Dragon coin will be an additional coin that backers can choose from.
In addition, some backers asked if a stand was available as an add on. The below stand is available for $1 each. Just add $1 to your pledge for each stand that you want. The stand comes in two pieces and you insert them together like an X. It is the best stand I have come across.
This is our third Dice Coins project. Our first two were delivered ahead of schedule and had great reviews.
However, we are doing something different on this one. Instead of using printed artwork on the coins, the character artwork is being molded into the coin so it has amazing 3D dimensional depth. In addition, we are only creating d20 coins for this project.
Dice Coins are a different take on dice. They work just as well as regular gaming dice but allow amazing 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.
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 project video shows them in action. Listed at the end of project page is more info on how they compare to regular dice.
We are creating three separate characters as shown above. Each character will be in the center of a d20 Dice Coin.
- Dwarf - plated in antique gold metal.
- Minotaur - plated in antique copper metal.
- Female Elf - plated in antique silver metal.
You can select whatever character you want. You could get one of each, three Dwarves, etc. A survey will be sent out at the end of the project to make your selection. You do NOT need to choose now.
Here is an example from our previous project. The method used on this coin involved printing on metal and covering the image with an epoxy coating. With the 3D Dice Coins, an epoxy coating is not needed since the image is molded into the coin.
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, or a Nice Paperweight
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 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 fifth 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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