My name is David Savedge and I am a blacksmith and artist. I started smithing and metal work as a child and trained with a journeyman blacksmith at Jamestown Settlement and a master brass founder at Colonial Williamsburg. I have finally built a basic shop on my farm, Ravenstead. It's a simple shop reminiscent of the 17th century shop I worked in at Jamestown.
Ravenstead is my home and family business with smithing becoming a bigger part of what I do to provide. This current project will help better establish the blacksmithing shop at Ravenstead.
When I'm not working on the farm or smithing I'm thinking about games and gaming. I love classic tabletop role-playing games.
I have been looking for a smithing project that I could bring to gaming, hence the rune token.
I have been making runic jewelry and iron hardware to sell in my Etsy Store but I wanted to reach out to the gaming community with something special. The runes I am making for this project can be utilized in so many different ways. I use them in an RPG campaign as inspiration tokens. When one of my players does something extraordinary or creative I will gift them a rune. They can choose to keep it or spend it back during the game for an advantage of some kind. The runes can represent treasure, a magical effect, or a unique "hook" or story idea for a gaming session. I also keep one in my pocket and have worried it smooth. It's far less annoying than jingling pocket change!
Speaking of jingling change, the money I earn with this project will go towards improving my blacksmith shop, specifically an new anvil. Anything left over will go towards coal for the forge and other consumables such as metal files, wire brushes, and metal stock.
I am adding Rune Sticks for casting as a limited reward stretch goal.
Risks and challenges
I have carefully estimated my time and available resources; i.e. coal, metal, tools, and the occasional cup of mead. I feel very confident, barring a freak accident, that I can have everyone's reward delivered by mid December. I have confidence in this project so I have already begun production of the promised rewards.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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