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Last updated October 10, 2015

Hero Dice - a roll-playing game for role-players (Canceled)

Take part in a dice-only, RPG adventure game that you can pick up and play anywhere. Every roll can change your character and the game.

Hero Dice - a roll-playing game for role-players (Canceled)

Take part in a dice-only, RPG adventure game that you can pick up and play anywhere. Every roll can change your character and the game.

$1,099
pledged of $30,000pledged of $30,000 goal
17
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Oct 10 2015
Last updated October 10, 2015

About

Greetings! Are you a fan of dice? Maybe also enjoy fantasy role-play themes? Well we have some dice for that! The idea behind Hero Dice is to make a fun RPG-light experience that only uses dice, and you can change things in the heat of battle with your rolls.

Focusing on dice gives a great chance to experiment with different gameplay you wouldn't find normally with a board game or deck-builder. One moment you're an Elven Warrior, countering enemy weakness, and the next you're a Griffin Mage, able to mimic what your opponent can do.

Check out the components and game summary below to see what's in the box and how a round of the game plays out.

When you pop open the game box you're going to find plenty of specially-made, custom engraved dice inside!

*The images above are renders of how the final dice are intended to look. Exact colors may vary from final product.

Player Dice: Each player has a Race (D10), Ability (D6), Fame (D10), and Infamy (D10). As you play through the game you might take on a Companion or two so you'll gain a Race (D10) for each.

Instructions: Aside from all the dice, there will be a handy rules sheet to cover how you play the game.

Here is a quick general overview of the game flow from start to finish.

Let every player select a color for their dice set (Red, Blue, Purple, Green). So hand out those dice and let everyone roll their Race and Ability to determine what they are at the start of the game. Then set Infamy and Fame based on the number of players in the game. Your goal is to be the first to reach 10 Fame.

Each player has a D10 with a Race on each die face. When you roll at the start of the game it will determine your character.

Each Race has an advantage and disadvantage over one other based on its position on the physical D10. So it's easy to keep track of that just by looking at your dice without needing to look at the rulebook.

At the start of your turn you immediately roll the Dungeon D12 to determine what happens on your turn. You may encounter a Bandit, battle another player, or gain more Fame or Infamy. If a battle occurs, you move onto resolving it.

During the game you'll be having to roll several dice. The Dungeon (D12) at the start of your turn, and 1 or more D6 for attack. These are opportunities to also change your character. If you roll a die, and it bumps your Race, or Ability die, changing it, then boom! You are now whatever it was changed to. So if you were a Gnome, but struck the Race and it now becomes an Orc, then you are an Orc going forward.

With each Race having an advantage over another (or disadvantage), it might be in your best interest to change out what you are during a fight. Circumstances may also not be best for your Ability at all times, so you want to change it and hope for something better.

In battle, both sides will roll a D6 for an attack. Highest roll always wins the fight, with a tie going to the challenger. There are things you can do though to change how a battle turns out.

Another attack roll is immediately granted for having a Race advantage over the enemy. Players can also spend Fame in exchange for another attack roll (1 Fame = 1 D6 Attack). You can also have other players help one side during the battle, with that player adding an attack roll of their own.

Rulebook: Click HERE to view a copy of the game's rules. Feel free to ask questions or comments if you feel something needs clarifying or more detail before we take it to print.

Diceless Rulebook: If you want to play at home with regular dice that do not include the unique Hero Dice iconography, we have an option for that. Click HERE to view a copy of the game rulebook that replaces the icons for dice numbers instead.

Generous Hero: You have my undying gratitude for supporting the game and making this all happen. Thank you so much!

Special Thanks Hero: As extra thanks, your name will be featured on the Hero Dice page for the Skies of Dice web site, thanking those who gave a little bit extra to help make the dream a reality. It's greatly appreciated!

$10 - Print and Play Hero: This tier will net you the Deluxe copy of the Hero Dice Print & Play Edition. The Deluxe Edition has print-ready documents for cards and dice stickers as needed. More colors and details have been added from the Regular Print & Play Edition. It also includes cards for items that are stretch goals for the main game, such as classes, and a 5th, Kickstarter Hero. Plus, there is a more detailed and expanded rulebook to play the game with your own dice at home.

Dice Hero: Includes a full copy of Hero Dice, along with any stretch goals we unlock during the Kickstarter campaign, shipped worldwide.

$65 - EU Hero: A full copy of Hero Dice, same as above with all stretch goals. With this tier it will be shipped from within the EU to help avoid VAT issues if you have a concern of it being hit.

Infamous Hero: Includes a copy of Hero Dice, any stretch goals met during the campaign, worldwide shipping, and a promotional exclusive expansion, the Infamous Bandit, only available during the Kickstarter campaign. The Infamous Bandit adds a brand new playable character to the game, with the abilities of a Bandit, able to change the game experience.

*Note: Skies of Dice may choose to provide the Infamous Bandit as a promotional item for a future Kickstarter campaign, contests, giveaways, etc. However, it will never be sold separately, and will only serve as a promotional expansion.

Infamous EU Hero: Full copy of Hero dice with all stretch goals, and the exclusive Infamous Bandit expansion. Like the EU Friendly Hero, this copy will be shipped from within the EU to avoid any VAT issues.

Artistic Hero: Includes a copy of Hero Dice, any stretch goals met during the campaign, and the Infamous Bandit expansion. Also, you'll have a commissioned art piece of a Hero all your own. You'll select a Race, Class, and Gender for your Hero, and then we'll send you a PNG for your own personal use!

Bulk Hero: Four copies of Hero Dice at a lower price bundled together. Still includes all stretch goals of course. Free global shipping included.

Infamous Bulk Hero: Four copies of Hero Dice with the Infamous Bandit expansion, all at a lower price bundled together. Also includes all stretch goal rewards.  Free global shipping included.

Design Hero: Work with Skies of Dice to create an additional Hero Dice player dice set that will be included as a promotional item. The player dice set will feature a new two-color choice, and we will include your personal or company logo on the box, recognized as a sponsor.

*We may require changes, alterations, or some other graphic for the logo appearing on the box to ensure it is suitable for minors worldwide.

Kickstarter Hero: A 5th character will be added to the game as a Kickstarter exclusive! Plus it will have Kickstarter colors to show off how unique it is. It will not be sold separately or at a later date.

Class Dice: Classes are something I had been playing with as an extra role-playing element in the game for some added fun. I'd like to have these become part of the base game so people also have a unique D8 for their character.

Here are the different classes that will be included on the D8 for each Hero. They too have an advantage and disadvantage feature that can change how a battle plays out.

Fame & Infamy Dice: For an extra nice touch, the Fame and Infamy dice will be upgraded for the base game. Now the numbers will match the Hero Dice font, and the Fame and Infamy symbols will be shown on their dice in place of the 10.

Engraved D6 Attack Rolls: Upgrade the attack rolls in the game to feature the Hero Dice logo on them. Also, instead of 4 attack rolls we'll up the number to 6 for those extra long battles.

Kickstarter Attack: For those really extra long battles, I'll include an extra set of D6 attack dice, all with a custom engraving, and donning Kickstarter colors!

Companion Mobile App: Some players like having the ability to keep track of the game while playing. I'll make an app for Android and iOS that will allow you to record everyone's Fame, Infamy, character specifics, and help with monitoring battles.

Multiple Copies: If you would like multiple copies of Hero Dice, all you have to do is add a higher amount to your pledge! For additional copies of the full game add an extra $59. If you want to include the Infamous Bandit expansion add $69

Print & Play Deluxe Bonus: If you back any tier that rewards a full copy of Hero Dice, you can also get the Print & Play Deluxe Edition at a discount. Add $3 to your pledge and earn this special PnP.

Holiday Hero: Due to the time it takes to manufacture and ship a new tabletop game, it will not be possible to have it ready for the holiday season as a gift.. So if you're hoping to use a reward game copy as a gift for someone, include this add-on and we'll send a card to someone letting them know you're their Holiday Hero!. For $2 we will send them an e-card, and for $5 we will mail out a signed physical card for them.

Backers who add a Holiday Hero to their pledge will also be able to vote on the Race, Class, and gender for which character is created to represent as the Holiday Hero.

*Note that the card will be universal to the holiday season and not reflect any specific celebration or religion.

*Note that for the reviews and previews below, they were provided a prototype of the Infamous Bandit expansion, and the Class stretch goal so they could include content on them.

Another Dungeon (Preview) - "Hero Dice feels like an excellent excuse to roll a crapload of dice, and it turns out that rolling a crapload of dice can be enormous fun." Check out the full preview HERE.

Cloak & Meeple (Preview)

Robin David of Dice On Fire (Review) - Coming soon...

Smarter Backer / The Meeple Mechanic (Live Review) - "If you're a dice roller, this is your game...this is for you if you love RPGs and you love dice games."

Bored? Games! (Interview) - "Where did you come up with the idea for the game?" Find out the answer and more in the full interview HERE.

Want to try out the game at home with your own dice? Click HERE to download a copy of the Hero Dice: Print & Play Edition. There's also the option to print out cards and mark those with tokens if you don't have enough dice to spare.

Honestly, dice are incredibly costly to manufacture. I want to do the game right, and that will cost a good sum to produce properly for everyone. Any die with a custom image on it I want to be etched so they can last longer than being printed on, and that also increases the cost heavily. It also adds up using D10 die rather than all D6. So I need help to get the game manufactured and have real copies made.

Instructions/Rulebook - While the rules themselves are set, the layout and design of the rulebook is still being finalized. It will be completed by the end of the Kickstarter so it can be ready for the printer.

Press Kit

Hero Dice: Print & Play Edition

Alexander Hodgkiss - For almost 10 years now I have been a designer and developer in video games. I've worked on PC, consoles, mobile, and social. Covered everything it feels like, from education to sports, to RPGs and shooters, and free-to-play. When it comes to design I'm all about the mechanics and how it plays, so I wanted to give myself a unique "limitation" for tabletop, and I'm going with a design that sticks 100% to dice.

Michael Shur - For my entire life I've loved art and design. My work has spanned national projects for the American Lung Association to local logo and branding packages for restaurants. For this game, I wanted the dice themselves to be fun objects to interact with. Each die face is carefully crafted and designed. And at the core, every face is designed to be fun.

Each Kickstarter reward tier includes shipping as part of the pledge amount. Copies of the game will be sent directly from China using SendFromChina based on success stories of other Kickstarters going the same route.

FREE GLOBAL SHIPPING - Your pledge has shipping bundled with it, regardless of where you are in the world. So there will be no extra fund collections later, or any add-on amounts necessary for shipping to your country.

VAT FREE - Despite the high molding costs and weight, the value of the game per unit is low enough to be exempt from VAT fees as it is under the minimum threshold values to be charged for it in many EU countries. Now some countries have no free threshold for shipping, so if that is a concern/issue for your location I recommend selecting one of the EU tiers such as the EU Friendly Hero or Infamous EU Hero. Those rewards will be shipped to a warehouse in Europe and then shipped directly to you from within the EU. Please note that it will take a bit longer to receive your copy of the game going this route.

Feel free to share comments here on Kickstarter and let me know your thoughts. One of the great things about Kickstarter is being able to interact with the community. I can't promise that I'll be able to respond to everyone directly, but I'll do my best!

Naturally, we always welcome others sharing and talking about the game. Connect below and share with #HeroDice to let us know!

 

Of course, please post a comment here on the Kickstarter and I will get back to soon as I can. Also, feel free to send me an email here:
support@skiesofdice.com.

If you're a shop owner interested in having Hero Dice in your store, please let me know. For those inquiries I can be reached here:
contact@skiesofdice.com

Following the Kickstarter, and ensuring every backer gets their rewards, the plan is to sell future copies of the game online through our web site and/or other retailers. After that we'll be looking at other options for the game.

Expansions: There are ideas for future expansions, including additional Heroes and much more. Following a successful Kickstarter it will be great to playtest some of the ideas and see about expanding the game.

Future Games: Hero Dice is the first dice game I designed that I felt worth taking to market. Since then I have had other dice game ideas that have been casually playtested and were well-received. I'd love to see about getting those games their due at some point in the future as well.

Kickstarter Hero: If we reach the stretch goal for the Kickstarter Hero, it will be included in all copies of Hero Dice rewarded from supporting the campaign. Voting will be done to create a new character on the game box for representing the Kickstarter Hero.

Infamous Bandit: For those pledging the Infamous Hero reward tier, the Infamous Bandit will be a Kickstarter-only mini-expansion. Backers will receive a game box with an additional character on the cover representing the Infamous Bandit.

*Kickstarter Exclusives listed here are considered promotional, and may be used for other promotional purposes should any remain after fulfillment of the campaign. All Exclusives are subject to possible future inclusion as bonuses in any potential future Kickstarter expansions. Kickstarter Exclusives will NOT be sold separately, and will exclusively remain promotional.

Hero Dice would not be where it is without the help and support from families, friends, and all others who playtested the game.

With so much to learn about creating your own tabletop game and bringing it to Kickstarter, a huge thanks to Jamey Stegmair and James Mathe for all the helpful content on their blogs. Same for Spellforge Games and Kim Brebacht for the articles written so others can learn. Likewise, thank you to all the incredibly friendly and helpful people in the Facebook groups for tabletop Kickstarter designers and publishers. They provided great feedback and support through planning for the Kickstarter.

And a personal thanks to Sam Coates of Potluck Games (makers of Dungeon Dice) for his advice in the several emails I sent his way with questions on handling a dice-based game as a small designer and publisher.

Risks and challenges

Now this is going to be our first foray into the world of tabletop gaming. I've been spending the past year doing all manner of research and planning, going through all of the options and finding what works best for this project. As well as making sure we do what we can to work with people that can help deliver our product.

With our research we spent a great deal of time talking with manufacturers to figure out who can get our game out there. We also spoke with other tabletop teams on who they went with, why, and how their experiences went down. While we know there is never any certainty, I have done a lot of prep and am confident in the partners I've made to get the job done.

SHIPPING

Everyone we're working with for manufacturing, shipping, fulfillment, and all else are organizations with good reputations and come recommended by other tabletop designers. While I don't have any first-hand experience as of yet, I trust the word of those who vouched for these.

ART

All art for the game is currently complete, pending any specific wording changes for the instructions. The iconography for all the dice is complete and ready to be sent off for molding and tooling. So all of it will be ready for the manufacturer once the Kickstarter ends.

MISSING OR DAMAGED ITEMS

If there are any damaged items or something missing please let me know and we will take care of it immediately about a replacement. As the game components are all dice the damage will hopefully be as minimal as possible.

UPDATES

It's my intention to update as often as possible with any updates or changes that take place after the campaign. You're all going to be trusting me to deliver a great game and I want to make certain everyone knows what is going on.

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