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A nine-dice "sequel" to Metaphor Dice featuring more awesome words. Can be used on its own or in conjunction with the original set!
A nine-dice "sequel" to Metaphor Dice featuring more awesome words. Can be used on its own or in conjunction with the original set!
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METAPHOR DICE: The Erudition Edition!

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NEW BACKING LEVEL ADDED: Support the campaign for the new edition of Metaphor Dice by pledging $20 to receive a copy of Taylor Mali's most recent book, "Late Father & Other Poems," inscribed to the father of your choice. Can be delivered by the end of May (under all the right conditions)!

 Other recent backing tiers include:

This was always going to be an option later, but people kept asking for it NOW! One of the most popular backing levels from last year is finally BACK! For only $11 per set, you can have the NEW edition of Metaphor Dice delivered into the hands of unsuspecting but enthusiastic English teachers as a random act of kindness! Call it a blessing from out of the blue or a chance to pay it forward. Whatever you call it, folks want to do it!

NEW BACKING LEVEL ADDED: Receive an AUTOGRAPHED & EMBOSSED copy of Taylor's book, "What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World," plus an ORIGINAL set of Metaphor Dice,  10 LIKE-FREE ZONE stickers, and a "What Teachers Make" pullout banner pen all mailed out by the end of May (as long as you fill out your survey in time)!

Support the new set by buying the old sets on sale!
Support the new set by buying the old sets on sale!

NEW BACKING LEVEL ADDED: Receive six sets of last near's 12-dice original starter set for only $50, the best price ever offered for the 2018 product that has been called the "game changer for teaching creative writing in the classroom." We can likely ship these out during the months of May & June!

When you fill out your backing survey after the campaign is over, you can always "add on" a set of the new edition then, because they do look like they will be pretty awesome, too:


This is the first expansion set after last year's original Metaphor Dice, which are now out in the world helping writers of all kinds think and write more figuratively (available on Amazon and MetaphorDice.com).  This new set will be called the Erudition Edition! 

We ran an online survey for over a month, and by a landslide most folks just wanted more challenging words! Not necessarily BIGGER words—they won't all be SAT or GRE words—but they might be RARER words, QUIRKIER words, or simply words that are just more . . . SMILEWORTHY. Here are the final results of the survey: 

Almost 400 votes were cast online during the month of January, and as you can see, it wasn't even close! As one teacher commented, "I feel proud that we beat out the dirty words!" Perhaps 2020 will be a better year for the Political set? But Kid Friendly words might still have them beat!
Almost 400 votes were cast online during the month of January, and as you can see, it wasn't even close! As one teacher commented, "I feel proud that we beat out the dirty words!" Perhaps 2020 will be a better year for the Political set? But Kid Friendly words might still have them beat!

The words on the ERUDITION EDITION will be completely new so if you have last year's original Starter Set, you will not find any repeat words. However, the size of the dice will be the same (22mm), and the colors will be identical as well: red for the concepts, blue for the objects, and white for the adjectives. The dice will be used exactly like the originals (more on that below).

One final important difference: The new sets will be 25% less expensive than the originals ($15 per set as opposed to $20). We managed this in part because we've learned some important lessons about how to make the final product more affordable this time around. However, it must also be mentioned that each new set itself will be a little smaller; there will be only nine dice in a set (instead of 12). But make no mistake: three dice of each color means there are 18 possible words in each category to choose from, which makes the total number of possible unique metaphors in every box 18 x 18 x 18, or 5,832! That's a new metaphor every day for almost 16 years! 

Although originally conceived as an expansion set,  one of the best things about the winning category (erudite vocabulary) is that it can be used by itself as a standalone set. That said, these new dice will work seamlessly with the original set. And because we plan on printing the words for this set DIAGONALLY,  you will easily be able to tell which dice come from which box if you do decide to mix two different sets. And yes, we will redesign the dice on the outside of the box to make them diagonal, too (thank you for that suggestion, Jennifer C.! Teachers think of everything)!

No words have been confirmed for inclusion yet, but if we do manage to print this set diagonally then 12-letter words will likely be the maximum length. Diagonal printing will also make it easy to distinguish the dice that come from the new set (if you mix these dice with the original).
No words have been confirmed for inclusion yet, but if we do manage to print this set diagonally then 12-letter words will likely be the maximum length. Diagonal printing will also make it easy to distinguish the dice that come from the new set (if you mix these dice with the original).

We haven't decided for sure yet what words will be included in the new set; we just have lists and lists of possibilities both awesome and irksome! However, as an example of the likely direction we're headed, here are three words that may make the final cut:   

As with the original set of Metaphor Dice, verbs, articles, and other parts of speech WILL NOT BE ON THE DICE even though they are included in some images for clarity.
As with the original set of Metaphor Dice, verbs, articles, and other parts of speech WILL NOT BE ON THE DICE even though they are included in some images for clarity.

We don't want all the words to be massive vocabulary words! Every roll of the dice should offer you some words you know and feel comfortable; you won't have to go to the dictionary (unless you want to)!

The basic idea for using the dice remains the same as it was for the original set and starts with the understanding that a metaphor is a simple EQUATION between a larger concept and a smaller object with perhaps an adjective added as a variable. There are two main ways to arrange a metaphor after a roll—red, white, and blue ("my father IS a broken mirror") or white, blue, and red ("the broken mirror OF my father")—but there's no wrong way to use the dice so long as they give you new ideas for things to write about or think about. 

There are a couple different ways to craft a metaphor.
There are a couple different ways to craft a metaphor.

You will eventually be charged for shipping; we're just not calculating it here as part of the Kickstarter campaign. Once the campaign is over, we plan to manage the FULFILLMENT process using Backerkit, a similar type of platform that has better tools for determining shipping costs.  We promise that shipping will be reasonable, even to foreign countries.

This is a digital rendering. Actual box design might be slightly different.
This is a digital rendering. Actual box design might be slightly different.
Some reward levels come with a complimentary copy of Taylor's poem, but you will be able to add this to your order when we move to Backerkit.
Some reward levels come with a complimentary copy of Taylor's poem, but you will be able to add this to your order when we move to Backerkit.

Risks and challenges

This is a considerably larger amount of money that we are trying to raise, especially since we are not charging for shipping up front (we'll figure that out later). However, if we are successful the overall unit cost of each set will be significantly less. Basically, we want to raise the funds required to place an order from our manufacturer for 5,000 sets, not just 1,000. Go big or go home, right?

I learned last time not to talk too much about individual WORDS that I was considering for the dice, because nothing will please everyone. When I announced late in the last campaign that I was including the object CURVEBALL, you wouldn't believe the uproar that followed! "I backed this project because it had nothing to do with sports! The jocks have everything!" I am a little wiser now.

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    "LATE FATHER" (FATHER'S DAY SPECIAL)

    A copy of Taylor Mali's latest book of poetry, "Late Father & Other Poems," inscribed to the person of your choice, autographed, EMBOSSED, and dated on Father's Day (June 16, 2019) or the date of your choice, mailed to you before the end of May. Billy Collins says, "Not since Taylor Mali has there been a poet of the likes of Taylor Mali." TO BE CLEAR: THIS IS ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE LEVELS WHERE YOU ARE SUPPORTING THE METAPHOR DICE PROJECT BY PLEDGING TO RECEIVE SOMETHING ELSE ENTIRELY (A BOOK). Of course, there will be an option to "add-on" other items to this order later if you so desire, but that might affect the speed at which this book can be delivered. We will work it out some way! AS WITH ALL BACKING TIERS, SHIPPING IS NOT INCLUDED HERE AND WILL BE ADDED LATER. IT WILL BE REASONABLE.

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    MY FAVORITE TEACHER (A)

    Get a FIRST EDITION hardback copy of Taylor's book, "What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World," INSCRIBED to the person of your choice, autographed & EMBOSSED, plus an ORIGINAL set of Metaphor Dice, all mailed out by the end of May (as long as you fill out your survey in time)!

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    (B) MY FAVORITE TEACHER

    Autographed & embossed PAPERBACK copy of Taylor's book, "What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World," plus an ORIGINAL set of Metaphor Dice, plus TEN "This is a LIKE-FREE Zone" stickers, PLUS one pullout banner pen with the entire text of "What Teachers Make" on it! All mailed out by the end of May (as long as you fill out your survey in time)!

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    6 ORIGINAL SETS ONLY

    Get six sets of the original 12-dice starter set of Metaphor Dice at the LOWEST PRICE EVER OFFERED ($8.33 each) mailed to you in during June 2019! You will always be able to "add on" the new set later if you want. IF YOU LIKE THE ORIGINAL SET, THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO BUY SETS AT ALMOST 60% OFF.

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    TWO NEW & SIX OLD

    A new reward tier created for those folks (I know there's at least one) who want to take advantage of the deal on six original sets of Metaphor Dice, BUT ALSO WANT two sets of the new ERUDITION EDITION sent to you by mid October! PRICE OF ALL REWARDS DOES NOT INCLUDE SHIPPING which will be added when you complete and submit your fulfillment survey, but we assure you that shipping costs will be reasonable no matter where you live in the world.

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    YOUR HOLIDAY SHOPPING IS DONE! Includes a beautifully printed letterpress broadside of Taylor's poem "How Falling in Love is Like Owning a Dog," which sounds as if it was written using the dice (except it predates the dice by 20 years)! PRICE OF ALL REWARDS DOES NOT INCLUDE SHIPPING which will be added when you complete and submit your fulfillment survey, but we assure you that shipping costs will be reasonable no matter where you live in the world.

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    ONE NEW SET + THE 4 PROTOTYPE D20s!

    These are the original Metaphor Dice prototypes from back when I thought they would be 20-sided icosahedra (commonly called a D-20 by gamers). These four dice (R, W, W, B) are acrylic, sharp-edged, and at 55mm in diameter LETHAL! Heft one in your hand, and you'll realize how crazy it would have been to make these available to your average mischievous 7th grader! Back in early 2016, I bought several sample D-20s from my local game shop while trying to figure out how to make them big enough to be readable but small enough NOT to be deadly projectiles! These four are covered in sample words, scribblings and stickers. I have kept them long enough. PRICE OF ALL REWARDS DOES NOT INCLUDE SHIPPING which will be added when you complete and submit your fulfillment survey, but we assure you that shipping costs will be reasonable no matter where you live in the world.

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    OWN A PROTOTYPE D20 (stress ball)!

    Three backers will receive jumbo (128mm) stress ball D-20s from back when I was trying to make Metaphor Dice less dangerous to children! There's a RED, YELLOW (because they don't sell white), and BLUE icosahedron available (which might have been my nemonic if I'd been born in Romania, Chad, Andora, or Moldova, Venezuela, Ecuador!). I have kept them long enough. PRICE OF ALL REWARDS DOES NOT INCLUDE SHIPPING which will be added when you complete and submit your fulfillment survey, but we assure you that shipping costs will be reasonable no matter where you live in the world.

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