I've been playing RPG's way longer than I care to remember. I've always wanted an easy, visible way to track temporary bonuses. You know, those temporary bonuses to things like your attack roll or to a saving roll for a spell or something like that. I always seem to forget to add that +1 because I've been "blessed."
Now with your help, we all can all keep up. The idea I need help with is BONUS DICE! They aren't for random bonus generation (but you could use them that way). Place them in front of you when you have a temporary modification to one of your stats. It will make it easy to remember! The set consists of SIX large (1") wooden dice. One for Attack Bonus, One for Defense Bonus, One for Damage Bonus, One for Fortitude Saves, One for Reflex Saves, and One for Will Saves. Each die has a face for +3 , +2, +1, 0 bonus, -1, & -2.
This is the second time I have tried to get this going in Kickstarter. The first was a longshot. The plan was to have plastic dice custom molded. It was expensive and had a very large minimum order for the work to make sense. This time I have sorted another much easier way to get this done. Laser engraved wooden dice!! Please feel free to look at my old Kickstarter, I have a video there. BUT remember, that was plastic dice, this one is wood.
I have located a reliable source for the wooden blanks. The pictures here are actual prototypes of the dice engraved with a CO2 laser. I also have the artwork completed (I have been busy over the last 3 years).
Once this gets kicked off (surely we can come up with $500??) I will get the laser engraver in place and set up to do bulk engravings. There are still 36 separate engravings for each set (6 dice x 6 different images) so it will be something of a pain to run the dice. I sincerely hope to beat the deadline but I am giving myself plenty of time. There are details to work out for the laser settings and best colors. Please remember this will be laser cut wood, the dice will not all match perfectly!
The part I am least happy about is limiting the number of pledge options. But with wooden dice there just aren't that many ways to do this. Keeping it very simple also makes success much more likely.
Here are pictures of the prototype dice. The artwork will be the same. We should have the engraving show up a bit more consistently, but on wood they can't match perfectly.
Risks and challenges
Here is the biggest risk: Wood is complicated. The laser actually vaporizes some of the wood and burns what is left. This process depends on the density of the wood. You can see some of the differences in the prototype images. I will try to pick the most consistent dice, but please do not expect your dice to match perfectly.
There are risks in any project. The risks in this one are pretty small. The wooden blanks are readily available. The laser engraving process is easy and well understood. I'm an engineer and have worked with laser cutters and tool & die makers before. We will keep you up to speed with regular postings.
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