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Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
Finally we are creating custom aftermarket dice for GMT Games 'Commands and Colors: Ancients' (CCA)!
Fans of Commands and Colors have often noted that they love the games, but hate the standard plastic dice (with stickers!) that come with it. We have been selling custom aftermarket dice for Commands and Colors: Napoleonics since 2013, and have sold thousands of sets to very happy customers. Over that time we have received countless messages on BGG and privately asking if we have similar sets for the Ancients game, but until now we have not been able to source them.
With help from our friends in the board game community, and specifically BGG, we have surveyed nearly 100 CCA fans and determined that:
There appears to be sufficient interest in custom dice to give this project the go-ahead (94% of people surveyed).
Dice must be high quality - preferably made from acrylic or resin and feature engraved or etched symbols (not printed).
Most people (83%) would be willing to pay up to $15 USD or more for a high quality set.
With your help we will get a batch of acrylic/resin dice, each custom engraved with the CCA symbols, manufactured and available for shipping hopefully by the end of the year.
Final Look & Feel
Please note that the picture of the dice above and in this Kickstarter is what we expect them to look like (this image is a manufacturers sample), however the final dice may look slightly different. Having said that, here is what we can promise:
Dice will be a standard 16mm size
They will be made of either acrylic or resin
They will be black
The symbols will be etched/engraved into the surface (not printed)
The symbols will look like the standard symbols used in the original game
Each set will contain at least 7 dice
SEPT. 9, 2017 UPDATE: DELUXE options now available! Each deluxe set will come with colored symbols (red square, blue triangle, green circle, purple helmet, white swords & flag). Symbols will be hand painted into the engravings/etchings.
SEPT. 21, 2017 UPDATE: We have now received our first manufacturers sample... and it looks good! We may be adjusting the size of the symbols on the final dice slightly, but the material and look of the final dice will be very similar to this.
OCT. 11, 2017 UPDATE: The second (and final) manufacturers sample is now in... and they are perfect! They have produced samples of both the black and white versions, and both look great. We have now approved the samples and placed the order.
GMT Games has already issued 5 printings of the game, plus 6 expansions!
Through their P500 program they are currently accepting pre-orders for a 6th printing. These dice will perfectly compliment the game!
We have received approval (through a licencing agreement) from both GMT Games and CCA creator Richard Borg to create these aftermarket custom dice.
We are currently working with a highly experienced manufacturer in Ningbo,China to design and create our dice. We are working out exact specifications, and have received a preliminary quote.
Due to the large Minimum Order Quantity (MOQ) required for customized dice, this Kickstarter will not cover the cost of the entire project. However, it will give us enough revenue to pay for the tooling of machinery, design work, payment for a proof/sample, and the order deposit.
We do also have a backup manufacturer in place in case anything goes wrong with the process or the sample comes back at a quality we are unhappy with. However, right now everything is looking good!
Risks and challenges
Currently, things are working out pretty smoothly with our identified manufacturer. But as anyone with experience working with manufacturers abroad can tell you, issues can arise at any time. We will be receiving samples from them within a month or so, and once those are approved the process should only take another 30-60 days to complete the manufacturing, package, and ship to Canada for distribution.
If the samples come back with errors or minor adjustments, the process may be delayed by a couple of weeks, which would still give us time to distribute within our timeline.
Worst case scenario, if the samples come back at a quality level that isn't satisfactory to us then we will cut our losses with that manufacturer and move to one of our identified backup suppliers, and start from scratch. Under this scenario, deliveries may be delayed until early 2018.
Oct. 19, 2017 UPDATE: We have received and approved final production samples from our primary manufacturer, and we have placed the order! They should be manufactured and ready for Quality Assurance in the next couple of weeks, and then sent to Canada for distribution to you!