This Kickstarter is the kick-off event of RPG Tools, LLC! I've been a gamer for 35 years, and have been crafting gaming terrain for my own use for years, and have a lot of experience using and making terrain items. With this Kickstarter, I decided to take my terrain public in the hopes that it fills a niche for some gamers out there.
Here are some sample pictures of items on Dwarven Forge (c) terrain, and with Paizo, Inc. (c) miniatures, to give an idea of what some of the RPG Tools accessories look like on the game table.
Here are just some of the items! Please check out the Pledge Calculator (http://www.rpgtools.org) for the full list. It also has more (and larger) pictures. Note, these are pictures of the actual items that will be sent out (though brightness/contrast was changed to show off the detail better). I have already begun production on everything - there will be no development delays on this project.
- Pledges from $30 to $99.99 receive one set of stretch goals.
- Pledges of $100 to $199.99 receive two sets of stretch goals.
- Pledges $200 to $299.99 receive three sets of stretch goals.
- And so on, so for every $100 above $200, a pledge will receive another set.
That's total dollars you enter in "Manage Pledge" here on Kickstarter (so it includes shipping dollars as well). Here's the base "set" of stretch goals that every single pledge will receive, at minimum:
At $9,000 - the base set of stretch goals will add the FA2056 Interposing Hand:
At $11,000 - the base set of stretch goals will add the FA2079 Anvil:
Extra bonus on large pledges:
If you pledge $100 (before shipping) or more, then you'll receive a 10% discount (rounded to the nearest dollar). If you pledge $200 (before shipping) or more, then you'll receive a total of 20% discount (also rounded to the nearest dollar). Both of these will automatically occur on the Pledge Calculator.
I've prepared over 130 different items to be available for this Kickstarter. This new business will be making 3D-printed RPG and wargaming tabletop accessories for dungeons, towns, and open-ground battlefields for use with miniatures (or just markers). Many of the items can also be used to enhance board game layouts.
I've set the pledges as waves rather than set rewards, as you'll be able to put your pledge money toward your choice of items. The pledge amount of $30 (plus shipping) was set as a "minimum buy-in," but the amount can be increased (by clicking on Manage Pledge) to whatever amount you desire for all of the items you want. By using waves, I can ensure that I meet/beat the Estimated Delivery timeline of each pledge category, and it will be easier for people to see roughly where they are in the delivery pipeline. I advise using the Pledge Calculator (http://www.rpgtools.org) to determine the total dollars you will need to pledge. It will make selecting items easy, and will calculate the totals for you. It also has more pictures of each item.
Due to issues in the industry (and perhaps with Kickstarter in general) where Kickstarters fail completely, are horribly late, or fulfill items that are not what were promised, I've done this one differently than what I've seen others do. I have already finished the design work on the accessories (though I may tweak the design of a few if I find they are produced faster or more successfully). I have already created the masters and molds for the items being hand-cast in resin, and have already acquired the machines and begun production of the items. That means that the initial wave(s) will actually go out in very short order after Kickstarter doles out funds and people fill out the pledge manager. (It depends on if each person order one of each item, or if I have an overload of some items. This would still be a minor issue, as I would focus on making those few items to get the pledges out quickly.) I set the Estimated Delivery times for each pledge level at a date to be certain I could make those timelines, but I have planned everything to deliver early, at least for the first pledge wave(s).
I'll repeat again that using the Pledge Calculator (http://www.rpgtools.org/) will be the easiest way to figure out the total dollar figure (plus shipping) you need to enter using the "Manage Pledge" button on the top right of the Kickstarter screen.
There are three different types of materials used in making the items.
1. Castable Resin (white). I've had great success in using a very strong white resin in my own gaming accessories for years, and will be using it for those items that lend themselves well to making molds and pouring resin. The pictures of items made of a white material use this resin. It holds detail extremely well, and is so strong that I have thrown game tiles (2" cube roughly) as high as possible into the air, with only a tiny dent on corners sometimes appearing when they bounce onto concrete. (I also tried driving over one with my SUV, but it snapped at the corner, so I advise against driving over your game pieces.) Most of the masters for these were printed on a high-end resin 3D printer, cast in silicone molds, and then poured with the white resin.
2. ABS Plastic (shiny black). These are the majority of pieces, and are all 3D printed individually (or in batches) on a 3D printer. ABS is a similar type of plastic used to make Legos, though these aren't as strong as a Lego block when printed.
3. Photopolymer Resin (flat black). These (few) items are all printed on a high-end resin 3D printer, as they have projections or undercuts that make molds difficult. The resin is quite strong, though not as strong as the white castable resin, and it holds detail extremely well. The core items being made like this are the weapon rack, the round table with the fish spaceship, the round fantasy table with the planet, and the small skull packs.
Note that when items arrive, they may require some cleanup with a sharp hobby knife or nippers to remove the brim around the bottom and/or supports used in the printing process. Please use caution when using these tools. I will leave some of these attached, mostly to help protect the items during shipping.
Reminder, the pictures are of the actual items that will be sent out (though brightness/contrast was changed to show off the detail better). I have already begun production on everything - there will be no development delays on this project. Items are supplied unpainted.
Here's an overview of me talking about the project. (I replaced the top video with one of painted items, this was the original video from the top).
Accessories shown with permission on terrain from and copyrighted by Dwarven Forge®, Custom Fantasy Terrain®, and shown with miniatures (for size comparison) copyrighted by Paizo, Inc.® This was done with permission, though none of these entities are affiliated with this project. Thank you to all of them.
Risks and challenges
Risks and challenges
These fall into three categories:
1. Non-completion of the overall project
2. Change in design of a model
3. Delays in meeting the estimates delivery schedule
1. Non-completion: This is almost non-existent, as I already have two production machines (for the ABS parts) and the molds made. In a nutshell, this project is already underway even as it begins. I am committed to the project, and have prepped everything to ensure that this isn't a "theoretical project" during the Kickstarter.
2. Some models are more difficult to print than others, and I may need to redesign them slightly to ensure that they can be produced successfully. I see this as being highly unlikely (considering I am already producing the items and have a pile of each already in hand), but I reserve the right to do so should it be required. In these cases, any changes would be very minor, and would be done with the intent of keeping the items looking as close as possible to the pictures above.
3. Delays are possible, as machine breakdowns can't be foreseen, or a catastrophic mold failure destroying an entire mold. However, since I have the ability to recreate the masters in-house, I see this as being unlikely (the molds can be re-made). Since about 2/3 of the items will be made with the pair of production 3D printers, I already have a backup in-house. If the Kickstarter grows in size, I will add machines if needed with the intent of meeting the delivery schedule.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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