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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Sep 16 2016
$9,418
pledged of $5,000pledged of $5,000 goal
155
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Sep 16 2016

About

Could not find the dice for your dice game? Lost one of the needed die? Annoyed at dice dropping off a table? Tired of summing up the value of several dice? Need a game clock for your chess and tabletop games with 2~8 players?

Introducing GameMate, the universal dice and game clock, one to rule them all !

GameMate: Dice + Game Clock
GameMate: Dice + Game Clock

Available dice

GameMate provides 13 normal dice with 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10,12, 20, 24, 30, and 100 faces, plus a fudge dice with the value of -1, 0, 1. 

Available game clock presets

GameMate provides 7 clock modes:

  • Normal Countdown
  • Fischer
  • Delay
  • US Delay 
  • Japanese Byo-yomi
  • Canadian Byo-yomi
  • Upcount

There are 15 clock presets for your selection and customization:

Dice selection 

There are 2 methods to select the dice for each roll : dice pick method and dice formula method. 

Dice pick method: 

You can pick up to 12 dice from the available dice list on the dice pick screen. 

Dice formula method: 

You can specify the dice with the following formula : 

                     AdX x C + B 

A is the number of dice to be rolled, X is the number of faces of each die, x denotes multiplication, C is a natural number, while B is a number to be added to the sum of the rolls (or subtracted from the sum of the rolls if the + sign is replaced by the - sign) . 

A : 1 ~ 15 X : 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 20, 24, 30, %, F 

C : 1 ~ 20 

+: + or - 

B: 0 ~ 20 

For example, "3d6×10+3" means "roll three 6-sided dice, add them together, multiply the result by 10, and then add 3." 

Presets 

A preset is a notation of dice used for a dice roll. 

There are 2 types of presets : Roll presets and Game presets. 

Roll presets: 

Roll presets has up to 12 presets, each preset can be specified by either the dice pick or dice formula method. 

Game presets: 

Game presets is used for easily changing the roll preset during a game.

There are 4 game presets, each game preset has up to 6 presets which can be specified by the dice pick method, dice formula method, or direct selection from the roll presets. 

When you select a game presets to play, you can easily press the left button to change to the next preset or select the specified preset in that game presets.

If you directly select a preset from dice pick method, dice formula method, or from the roll presets, pressing the left button will have no action. 

Roll the dice 

Before rolling the dice, you first need to select the specified preset with the following 4 methods: 

  • Dice pick 
  • Dice formula 
  • Roll presets 
  • Game presets

To roll the dice, just give GameMate a shake, it will begin the rolling animation on the screen for 1 second, then display the roll result.

You can press the right button to roll the dice as well. 

Roll result

The following is a typical roll result screen: 

Roll result
Roll result

The dice roll result are displayed in 1, 2 or 3 rows according to the dice count selected to roll. The die faces are only displayed when there are different dice in one roll. Roll sum result is calculated based on the preset selected, whether through dice pick or dice formula. 

Whether the d6 die is displayed with number or pips is controlled by its preference setting. 

Roll history

There are up to 12 roll history available for your check. On the roll result screen, long press the right button to launch the roll history screen, then press the right button for different roll history, press the left button to exit the history screen. 

Game Clock

After selecting the Game Clock icon from the main menu, game clock preset screen will be displayed. 

Game clock preset screen

Game clock preset screen
Game clock preset screen

The whole screen displays one preset. There are 15 clock presets available for your selection. The preset can be fully customized on the same screen after the edit mode is activated. Selecting the play icon will enter the player selection screen, where you can select from 2 to 8 players, then enter the clock countdown screen.

Game clock countdown screen

Game clock countdown screen
Game clock countdown screen

This screen displays the clocks for the current player and the previous player. The countdown process can be started or paused by pressing the left button. The current player, the current time period, and the move count are clearly displayed in the top line. Pressing the right button will stop the clock for the current player and start the clock for the next player.

With one GameMate, after your turn, you just press the right button then pass it to the next player.

Menu system 

Main menu: 

Within the roll result screen, long press the left button to launch the main menu, where you could select dice or game clock to play, or configure your settings. 

On any menu screen except the roll result screen, long pressing the left button can always return to the up level screen.

Settings: 

Settings menu is used to configure the dice roll presets, game presets, and launch the preferences menu. 

Preferences: 

Preferences menu is used to modify your preferences, such as toggle the dips display of the d6 dice, change the screen brightness, and the time to enter sleep mode, etc. 

Auto sleep 

GameMate will automatically enter the sleep mode after 15 seconds (adjustable) without any action to save the battery. Give it a shake to wake it up with the previous roll result. Within 2 seconds, the roll action is disabled to lock the displayed roll result. 

Rechargeable battery powered 

GameMate is powered with a 170mAh lithium-ion polymer battery which can be charged with a normal Micro USB cable. 

Specifications

Rewards

Stretch goal

If this stretch goal is unlocked, we will provide free upgrade to the powerful hardware configuration capable of OTA (Over The Air) firmware update. 

Timeline

 

Risks and challenges

The prototype of GameMate is already fully functional. We had successfully fulfilled our previous U-DICE campaign on schedule one year ago, we are confident in this campaign as well. That to be said, there is always the possibility of delays due to things beyond our control at the manufacturer’s facility. We will keep you closely updated with the progress and work hard to deliver GameMate to you before Christmas.

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